Chris Knight Joins Vater

Vater is pleased to welcome Chris Knight to the Artist Family. Chris Knight began playing drums in church when he was 8 years old. This was a direct result of growing up in a musical home and having an entire family deeply rooted in music. In his teenage years, it had become a dream and passion to pursue playing drums for a living. After high school, Chris decided to attend Lee University in Cleveland, TN. While there, he performed with various traveling groups and began to get a feel for life on the road. Along with that, Chris had come in contact with session drummer and producer, Scott Williamson. It was Scott who took him under his wings and showed him the 'ins and outs' to being a professional musician... not just a professional drummer. In May of 2004, Chris received a phone call to audition for an artist in Nashville, TN. Chris took the audition, got the gig, packed his bags, and made the move to Nashville.

Chris is now an up-and-coming talent in the Nashville music scene. At only 28 years old, and only 7 years under his belt in Nashville, he has begun to make his mark. He has played a wide variety of Christian, Pop, and Country artists on the road and in the studio. His most noted artist gigs have included Grammy Nominated and Dove Award winning band, SONICFLOOD, and 14-time CCMA Award winning country artist, Carolyn Dawn Johnson.

In the Spring of 2010, Chris got the call to hold down the drum chair for Grammy Award winning and Multi-Platinum selling artist, LeAnn Rimes. He described this as a "dream come true phone call". Chris has made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Opry Live, Ellen, Regis and Kelly, America's Got Talent, GAC, CMT, and more. Chris is currently on tour with Rimes as things ramp up for the release of her new record, "Spitfire".


Chris Knight is now using the Vater 2B Wood and Powerhouse models.


 "The biggest factor in a stick for me is feel... this is why I switched to Vater sticks.  The sticks just feel like an extension of myself... very comfortable in the hand, and they have a great and very consistent weighting.  If I'm comfortable with them in my hand, it propels me to play at my highest level. I'm also somewhat of a hard hitter, so I also need a stick that will hold up with all the touring and studio work, and these certainly do just that!  I couldn't be happier!" -Chris Knight


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Posted by Chad on Thursday, March 29, 2012 1:05 PM

New Lit Album and Tour

Lit and Vater Artist Nate Walker, have announced a June 19th release date for their new album, "The View From The Bottom". the band's first studio album in 8 years. Lit will also be hitting the road April 25-May 16th, with another US Tour starting on June 28th that will include Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms and Marcy Playground.

Check out for updated news and added tour dates.


Nate Walker uses the Vater Power 5A in Wood Tip.

Posted by Chad on Thursday, March 29, 2012 9:25 AM

Dan Whitesides talks about The Used's New Album

Vater Artist Dan Whitesides of The Used took the time to write up his insight into the bands new album that was released March 27, 2012.

Our new album VULNERABLE comes out MARCH 26 it's our fifth studio album and my third with the band. Out of all of our albums I think this one might be my favorite for the simple fact that the songs are amazing. It's such an experimental album, there are so many different types of songs but it all ties in so well and It still has that classic THE USED sound. I think if you like THE USED then you'll love this album and if you don't like THE USED I really recommend checking it out because I'm guaranteeing there's a song in there for any music lover.

One of my favorite tracks is called KINDA TURNIN' ME ON. It has one of the coolest beats on the album; it's a beat that uses kick, snare, hi hat and floor tom to make one of the more original sounding beats on the album. You'll need to listen to it to hear what I mean. I'm a rocker at heart so all of the crazier jams are my favorites. KISS IT GOODBYE is another one that rules. That song stemmed from someone saying "play something sort of crazy" and that beat came right out and we wrote that song really quick.

I think this album is probably the most experimental album we've ever done. Some of the songs were written in our practice space as a full band, some were written on a keyboard, on piano, on acoustic and some we wrote in the studio. I think we work best when we mix things up and sort of keep things fresh. It was cool coming up with electro beats, jamming over the top with real drums and coming up with some interesting beats. It's also fun to just come up with a beat and then Jepha or Quinn will jam out to it and write something that fits well over the top of it. We really do try write in every and any way possible.

Vocally this album is one of the more positive albums we've done. There are definitely some super dark songs but we went in to this album on a positive note so we had no choice but to write a few positive songs.

I've played VATER drumsticks since I was a teenager, so basically since they started making sticks over 1000 years ago! I use the VATER MV-10 stick model.

I love VATER sticks because I'm a heavy hitter, their sticks are hard to break, they weigh the same and they feel solid when you're playing with them. I know that sticks and really any drum gear is expensive but VATER makes a great stick at a great price. I truly believe they are a stick company that really understands drummers and percussionists in general better then any other stick company out there. I'll always be using VATER... even when I'm 2000 years old!

VULNERABLE is available in stores and online now. A huge thank you to Chad Brandolini and to everyone at VATER for all their hard work and support over the years.

Thanks for your time,

-Dan Whitesides

Posted by Chad on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 11:15 AM

Donations for Jerry Gaskill of King's X

On February 26, 2012, long time Vater Artist and King's X Drummer Jerry Gaskill suffered a major heart attack. Jerry was rushed into emergency surgery and then was kept sedated. Within the next few days, Jerry developed a lung infection and had to have a trachestomy. Jerry is now awake and is fighting to get better. Like too many musicians, Jerry doesn't have any medical insurance and his medical bills are piling up quickly! 


Donations are now being accepted to assist Jerry with these costs. King's X have released an exclusive, never before released 90 Minute Live Set, "Burning Down Boston: Live at The Channel 6.12.91" for download with all proceeds going to Jerry. In addition to the gift with this download, anyone who wants to further make a personal gift to Jerry can mail a check (made out to Jerry Gaskill) to: Jerry Gaskill, c/o World Entertainment Inc., P.O. Box 3095, Sea Bright, NJ 07760.

100% of each gift goes to Jerry Gaskill to help him defray his medical bills. Jerry Gaskill is an individual and not a charity. Any funds given to him would be a gift and no further tax deduction for charitable contributions would be coming from him. We appreciate your help.



Download and Donate "Burning Down Boston: Live at The Channel 6.12.91"

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