Will Hunt on DRUM! Magazine Cover

Check out Vater Artist Will Hunt on the cover of the current issue of DRUM! Magazine (Nov. 2011 issue)!

Will opens up about his work with Tommy Lee, Evanescence, Static-X, Motley Crue and so many more artists that have filled his career, plus his musical background and more.
 
 

  

 

Posted by Chad on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 11:19 AM

Vater Artist Video: Fred Eltringham (K.D. Lang)

We caught up with Vater Artist Fred Eltringham at the Boston, MA stop of K.D. Lang's US Tour in September.

Fred has worked with The Wallflowers, Dixie Chicks, Ben Kweller, Pistol Annies, Tracy Bonham, Juliana hatfield, Tears for Fears and many more. Fred took a few minutes to discuss his musical background, influences, carrer advice and the various Vater products he uses.


Posted by Chad on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 11:04 AM

Vater Welcomes Debbi Peterson of The Bangles

The Bangles are a hugely popular and successful all-female rock group from Los Angeles, California. The band first formed in 1981. The original line-up was: Susanna Hoffs(vocals/guitar), Victoria Peterson (vocals/guitar), Vicki's sister Debbi Peterson (drums/vocals) and Annette Zilinskas (bass/vocals).

 

 

 

The group hailed from the 80's L.A. Paisley Underground music scene and released their self-titled debut EP in 1982. Zilinskas subsequently left the band and was replaced by singer/bassist Michael Steele of The Runaways. The group's first full-length album "All Over the Place" was released in 1984.

The 1986 follow-up album "Different Light" beget two smash songs: the plaintive lament "Manic Monday" peaked at #2 on the US Billboard pop charts and the dynamic "Walk Like an Egyptian" soared all the way to #1 not only in America, but also in Britain, Australia, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands as well. The band scored a #2 US Billboard chart hit in 1987 with a cover of the Simon & Garfunkel song "Hazy Shade of Winter".

In 1989, The Bangles had another massive smash with the lovely ballad "Eternal Flame", which peaked at the #1 spot in the United States, England, Norway, Sweden, Australia and the Netherlands. Alas, tensions amongst the band members steadily mounted and the group broke up in 1989.

In 1999, The Bangles got back together to record the song "Get the Girl" for the soundtrack of the hit comedy Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999). The group then released "Doll Revolution" in 2003. August 2007 saw the release of their first official live DVD, Return to Bangleonia - Live in Concert.

  

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In the spring of 2009, the band returned to the studio to begin work on a new album.The Bangles have since released thenew album, "Sweetheart of the Sun" on Sept. 27, 2011 and are currently on a promo tour in support of it including recent performances on Good Morning America and Dancing With The Stars.

 

Debbi Peterson uses the Vater 5A in Nylon tip

 

Posted by Chad on Friday, October 21, 2011 10:11 AM

Vater Artists top Billboard Charts

A Huge Congratulations to Vater Artists Will Hunt (Evanescence) and Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch) for topping the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts this week!


Evanescence hit #1 with their self-titled album, selling over 127,000 copies.
 
Five Finger Death Punch hit #3 with "American Capitalist",  selling 90,509 copies.
 
 


 
 

 

Will Hunt uses the Vater Virgil Donati's Assault.


Jeremy Spencer uses the Vater 5B Wood and Skull Slick Nut Cymbal Fasteners.



Posted by Chad on Thursday, October 20, 2011 12:05 PM

Video Feature-Joe Sirois (Mighty Mighty Bosstones)

Mighty Mighty Bosstones drummer Joe Sirois has been a Vater Artist since 1993. We caught up with Joe at the Middle East in Cambridge, MA where he was playing with his side project, Roll The Tanks, just a few days before the two Bosstones shows at Boston's Fenway Park opening for Dropkick Murphy's. In this video, Joe talks about what got him into drumming, Bosstones' history, why the Vater 3A Wood Tip has been his stick of choice and more.

 


 
 
 


Posted by Chad on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 10:17 AM

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

Victor Indrizzo Joins Vater

We are very excited to welcome Victor Indrizzo to the Vater Artist Family!

Victor Indrizzo is the driving force behind many of today's hit recordings. Not only is he one of the worlds most sought after session drummers, he is also an accomplished songwriter and producer.

Victor has toured, recorded and worked with an amazing variety of artists, such as: Beck, Sheryl Crow, Gwen Stefani, Scott Weiland, Chris Cornell, Macy Gray, Katherine McPhee, Willie Nelson, Hilary Duff, Avril Lavigne, Shakira, Jordin Sparks, Meatloaf, Alanis Morissette and many, many more.

Victor's drumming, composing and guitar-playing can also be heard on countless movie soundtracks and film scores such as: 40 yr. Old Virgin, Get Him To The Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Spiderman, The Matrix II, American Idol, I Love You, Man, Wedding Crashers and more.

"We are honored that Victor Indrizzo has chosen to play Vater sticks." commented Chad Brandolini (Vater Artist Relations Director) "We're excited that Vater sticks will be a part of the magic that Victor lays down both in the studio and live, with the world's leading acts."

 

Victor is now using the Vater New Orleans Jazz Model in wood tip

For more info on Victor Indrizzo, please visit his site at: www.victorindrizzo.com

 

Posted by Chad on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 12:00 PM

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 .

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 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-Chris McHugh (Keith Urban/Nashville Session Artist)

Vater Artist Chris McHugh is one of the busiest guys in the drum business! In between laying down rock solid tracks for artists like Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, and countless others, he's playing to sold out arenas around the world with Keith Urban.

Vater's Chad Brandolini (Director of Artist Relations) and crew caught up with Chris at a recent Keith Urban show in Boston, MA. Chris sat down with Vater to talk about his start in drumming, the concept behind his new Vater Chris McHugh model, influences, career advice and much more.



Chris McHugh Model

 L 16 1/4" · 41.28cm

D .645" · 1.64cmVHCMW

Chris' model comes in at just over a 2B in the grip with a quick taper for a solid feel. The Chris McHugh model is a great playing stick for rock solid pocket playing as well as heavy hitting rock players.

You can buy the Vater Chris McHugh model Here, or by requesting it at your local store today!


For more info on Chris, please visit 
www.chrismchugh.com

Posted by Chad on Monday, August 22, 2011 2:35 PM
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