Video Feature-Jay Lane of Primus

The Vater crew caught up with Jay Lane at soundcheck on Primus' first US Tour Date in Boston, MA. Jay took a few minutes at soundcheck to chat about his background, re-joining Primus, why he uses the Vater 52nd Street Jazz, Vintage Bomber Beater and Bamboo Splashsticks.

  

 
 
Check out Primus' new album, "Green Naugahyde" here:
 
 
  

Posted by Chad on Thursday, October 06, 2011 3:34 PM

2 New Vater Artist Videos

Two new Vater Artist Spotlight Videos on Aaron Stern and Zachary Alford.

 

Aaron Stern (D.R.U.G.S.)



Zachary Alford (Glee/B 52's)

Posted by Chad on Monday, September 26, 2011 10:29 AM

Video Feature-Dick DiCenso

For Dick DiCenso's 70th Birthday this past August, fellow Vater Artist Jimmy Pemberton (Kiley Evans/Educator) sat down with him to film this 2 part video interview. Jimmy had Dick chat about what got him into playing drums as a young kid, touring, opening DiCenso's Drum Shop and why after all these years, his real passion with drums is with his being an Educator.

Dick DiCenso has been a long time friend of the Vater Family. In fact, Dick had great influence on the launching of the Vater brand in 1991 and also helped design the Vater Super Jazz Model .

Part 1:

Part 2:

 
 
 A few words from Alan Vater on Dick DiCenso:

I first met Dick 30 years ago while he was Managing Director at Harris Fandel Music Company. Dick was a very close friend of my Father Clarry, and my Dad cherished this friendship. If my Dad were around today, he would be very honored to share in the Happy Birthday wishes for Dick! 

It was on that day, when I met Dick for the first time, that he and my Dad were discussing the prospects of Harris Fandel purchasing the drumsticks that my Dad and my brother Ron were making downstairs in my Dad’s Drum Shop in Norwood Massachusetts.

Dick was instrumental in providing expert advice to my Dad in those early days when my Family resumed the art of making drumsticks. That art had been passed on from my Grandfather Jack Adams (of Jack's Drum Shop in Boston, MA) and my Godfather Fred Michele. Dick's guidance, friendship and generosity are greatly appreciated as we look back on those early times of Vater Percussion.

I also can clearly remember the day that Dick paid us a visit, to our then new factory, in Weymouth Mass and asked us to produce Private Label Drumsticks under the name “ChopStix” for his new store, DiCenso’s Drum Shop, that he was opening in Quincy. It's apparent today that Dick's decision to open his own drum shop was the right one, as it continues to thrive today.

There is alot of history between the Vater and DiCenso families. I have come to know and respect not only Dick but also his son Dave who is one of today's greatest drumming talents. Personally there are a select few people that I looked to with the passing of my Father in 1998. Dick is one of those people whose words and presence continue to bring me comfort and reassurance.

From myself and the entire Vater Family, we wish you a very Happy 70th Birthday!     -Alan Vater

 


Alan Vater and Dick DiCenso
 
 
 
Purchase Dick DiCenso's book, A Practical Workbook for the Modern Drummer, by clicking the image below:

 

Posted by blogadmin on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 10:25 AM

Video Series: How to Prepare for the Recording Studio

Boston based Vater Artist Jimmy Pemberton (Kiley Evans/Educator/Independent) set up this great video series with very helpful hints on how to prepare for the recording studio.

Part 1


Part 2


Part 3


Jimmy Pemberton is a professional drummer & educator based out of Boston,MA. Known for his “play for the song” approach he has become one of the areas go to guys for producers, song writers and bands alike. No matter if it’s in the studio or on the stage Jimmy brings his upbeat positive attitude and hard work ethic to any situation.

Jimmy has worked with Kiley Evans, Marc Orrell (former Dropkick Murphys), Endway, Jamison Ernest (Warner Music Group), Jer Coons,Gregory James,The Holiday Electric, Soren Sorensen, Gone Baby Gone, AutoManual, and many more. Some producers include: Mike Poorman, Jim Wirt, Joe Merrick, Michael Carroll, Jim Foster,and Mathew Ellard.

Jimmy has studied with Dave DiCenso, Dick DiCenso and Chris Rivelli. ” I plan on always being a Student , a Teacher and an Artist. I feel keeping all three going is the key for me to progress as a musician and human being.”

Jimmy Pemberton uses the Vater 5B Wood

www.jimmypemberton.com

Posted by Chad on Tuesday, August 09, 2011 2:29 PM

Video-Chronicles of Cora Coleman-Dunham

Signature Vater Drumstick Artist Cora Coleman-Dunham sent us this mini-documentary video that gives a rare and unique look into her world performing with Beyonce and Prince. Enjoy!

 

 
 
 

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Vater Queen Cora Coleman-Dunham Model 
 
This design is as versatile as Cora herself! Performing with artists like Prince and Beyonce, Cora needed a stick that could cover all genres of music without changing models. Cora’s design combines a little extra length and a gradual taper to an acorn tip to offer superb response, feel and dynamics in any musical application.

L 16 1/2" D .530"
L 41.91cm D 1.36cm
VHCCDW


Ask for them at your local store today, or
BUY NOW HERE

Posted by Chad on Friday, July 29, 2011 12:58 PM

Kim Thompson visits Vater Factory

Vater Artist Kim Thompson (Mike Stern/Beyonce) recently had the time to visit Vater’s Factory in Massachusetts for the first time. Kim got to see every step of Vater’s production process first hand, including seeing the Vater 7A Wood (her stick of choice) being turned on a lathe.

 

 

“Visiting the Vater factory was one of the most incredible experiences!” Commented Kim Thompson.  "To see all the ground that transpires for one single stick was astounding and really added a height of inspiration to the overall visit. I definitely would do it again and I might even have get my hands dirty on the next visit. Thanks Vater!”

 

Check out Kim's Vater Artist Spotlight video here:

 

During her stay in Boston, Kim also appeared for a clinic with DiCenso’s Drum Shop, in Weymouth, MA. Kim opened the clinic sharing details about her musical journey from the time she was a kid up to her current projects. The clinic was then more-so directed towards the spiritual and emotional side to performing music and drumming.

 

 

Posted by Chad on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 11:40 AM

New Product Demo Videos

Here is a series of videos to give you helpful information on some of Vater products that you just can't get by reading a product description in a catalog. We'll be filming many more, so stay tuned!

 

Mike Johnston demonstrates how different tip shapes and sizes have an effect on how your cymbals sound. He also shows the sound difference between wood tip and nylon tip.




Jen Lowe demo's the New Vater Cajon Brush and also the Wire Tap Retractable Brush on the Cajon.
 




Vater Slick Nut Cymbal Fastener Artist Mike Mangini (Dream Theater) shows how he uses the Slick Nut and Slick Nut Skull in his set up and also while he adjusts them when actually performing live. (Please Note: Mike Mangini is not a Vater Drumstick Artist)




Jen Lowe demo's the 12" Split Surface Pad from Vater's Chop Builder Practice Pad line.




In this video, Jimmy Pemberton gives you the skinny on Vater's Earplugs. An important must have for any musician!




Steve Fidyk shows off his Vater Swing model sticks in both wood tip and nylon tip.

Posted by Chad on Thursday, June 02, 2011 8:53 AM

7 New Artist Spotlight Videos

We've been working hard on shooting and editing videos of Vater Artists to give you an up-close and in-depth look at these artists, their backgrounds, influences, careers, their advice, what Vater models they prefer and more. Here's a few more to check out. For the most up to date list, please visit Vater's Media Page or the Vater You Tube Channel

Shannon Leto (30 Seconds to Mars)



Jen Lowe


Felix Pollard (House of Pain/Lionel Richie/Independent)


Kendrick Scott (Terence Blanchard/Independent)


Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry)


Larone "Skeeter" McMillian


Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch)

Posted by Chad on Thursday, May 19, 2011 10:53 AM

Vater Artist News

 

Didi Negron has a new web site up at didinegron.com

 

 

Anthony Steele will be touring this summer with J. Holiday.  

 

The 2011 Modern Drummer Festival is right around the corner! You can catch Vater Artists Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts) and Trevor Lawrence Jr. both performing at the show. moderndrummer.com for more info.

 

Dana Spellman and Hurtsmile will be hitting the road soon. hurtsmile.com for more dates added soon. Dates confirmed so far include:

May 13-The Cube-Delaware

May 14-M3 Festival-Maryland

June 2-House Of Blues-Los Angeles, CA (opening for Cinderella)

June 3-Club Red-Phoenix, AZ

June 4-Casino Del Sol-Tuscon, AZ

June 24-Bottom Line-Nagoya, Japan

June 25-Redbox-Kurasiki, Japan

June 26-Caravan Sary-Kochi, Japan

June 27-Big Cat-Osaka, Japan

June 28-Radio Promo-Sendai, Japan

June 29-Enn 2-Sendai, Japan

June 30-O East-Tokyo, Japan

July 2-STB 139-Tokyo, Japan

July 22-BB Kings-NY, NY

July 23-Showcase Live-Foxboro,MA

 

Hurtsmile's video for "Just War Theory":

 
 
 
Jen Lowe will be playing drums for the 2008 Tony Award Winning musical "Passing Strange" from May 1-22nd. in Boston, MA. The show will be at the Arsenal Theater and more info can be found here: newrep.org/passing_strange.php
 
 
 
 
 

The trailer for the documentary about Nathan Followill and Kings of Leon has been released.

Talihina Sky - The Story of Kings of Leon Official Movie Trailer:

 

 

Kim Thompson's debut album, "Like Clockwork", can be purchased here: itunes.apple.com/us/album/like-clockwork/id401451531

Kim is also currently raising money to help funding for the Pattonville High School Drum Line Summer Program for 2011. Donations can be made through her site at www.kimthompson.net

 

 

Brian Tichy is on tour with Whitesnake. Whitesnake's new album, "Forevermore" entered the Billboard Charts at #48.

Whitesnake's video for "Love Will Set you Free":

 

 

Chris Johnson in in rehearsals for another world-wide arena tour with Rihanna. Like Chris, Rihanna rocks the Vater 3A's on the drums!

 

 

Will Hunt is in the studio working on the new Evanescence album.

 

Danny Thompson and Face to Face will release "Laugh Now, Laugh Later" on May 17, 2011.

Posted by Chad on Thursday, April 14, 2011 10:58 AM

Branden Steineckert Update

Update from Vater Artist Branden Steineckert (Rancid)

Live Online Performance: April 9, 2011

 

"My project "Apocalypse Radio" is releasing a live performance and documentary online this Saturday. We've got a brand new website that we've teamed up with a pretty rad company to be able to do a multi-angle HD live performance (that we shot on March 6th) and viewers can register for $1.99 to watch it unlimited, high quality sound/video and the viewer can select which of the many camera angles they want to watch from at anytime in real time without interrupting the show.

We also have a 20min documentary about the band/project that people can get for only $0.99 (if people register for both they also get a free live download of our song "Lost Souls"). Pre-registration is available now at our website: www.Radio801.com and the show will release this Saturday, April 9th 2011

"Apocalypse Radio" released a new self titled album on Nov 30th 2010. "Apocalypse Radio" is myself along with my best friend Brian Patchett. He and I write, perform everything ourselves. I play drums on the whole album, we both play guitar, sing, and we both played bass on all the songs. I personally recorded, engineered, produced and mixed the entire album myself. It was a lot of work but very rewarding!! We released it by ourselves through iTunes and our online store on our site. We've just arranged with Hot Topic to be the exclusive retailer of our cd too. We've worked really hard on this project doing it all 100% independent, by ourselves.

Our live performance features our good friend Atom Willard (Angels & Airwaves) on drums and Drew Hamnett (The Trademark) on bass while Brian and I sing/play guitar. This online performance will be cool because with our "live" line up, it makes it very hard for this band to tour properly due to everyones careers, etc. So with this we can bring the event right to people in the comfort of their own home."

Hope you get to check it out!

 

-Branden Steineckert

 

www.Radio801.com

www.Facebook.com/ApocalypseRadio

 

 

Posted by Chad on Thursday, April 07, 2011 3:01 PM
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