Pearl Artist, Ray Luzier, recently headlined The Drum Daze festival- hosted by Columbus Percussion in Columbus, Ohio- where he performed a stellar clinic filled jaw-dropping drum solos, fan-favorite play-along tracks, and took part in a highly informative and educational Q&A session with the packed house of aspiring drummers. Ray, who is best known for his work with the Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum album selling rock icons, Korn, has recently earned himself some much deserved attention for his new all-star side-project, KXM, and performed a play-through of the KXM track, “Gun Fight” as part of his Drum Daze appearance. A video of Ray’s “Gun Fight” performance can be found here.
Ray Luzier and Korn are currently gearing up for their summer trek headlining the widely popular Mayhem Festival, which runs from July 5th – August 18th, and comes in support of Korn’s most recently studio release, The Paradigm Shift. As he has throughout his past several tours, Ray will be relying on the road-proven tones of Pearl’s Reference Series drums topped off with Ray’s preferred 14x6.5 Phosphor Bronze Free Floating snare drum.
For more information on Ray Luzier, please visit his official website-www.RayLuzier.com.
World renowned drummer and Pearl Artist, Virgil Donati, will be bringing his sensational and mesmerizing drum skills to a town near you on the recently announced “In This Life” US Tour. The 12-date tour kicks off on July 12th at the legendary Baked Potato in Los Angeles, CA, and will make its way around the US for the following 2 weeks before coming to a close on July 25th, at Douglas Corner in Nashville, TN. A full list of tour stops can be found here.
For Virgil Donati, this tour comes primarily in support of his debut solo album, In This Life, which was released in July of 2013. In This Life stands as the first album in which Virgil wholly wrote, composed, and orchestrated himself, with his astounding technicality and mathematical approach to the drum kit being ever present throughout each highly complex track of the album. Along with performing tracks from In This Life, Virgil will be also be performing a few tracks each night from artists whom he has previously collaborated with in the past, including Planet X, Allan Holdsworth, and others.
Virgil Donati will turn to Pearl’s highly innovative Reference Series drums for this tour, topped off by his preferred Virgil Donati Signature Series Snare Drum. Virgil’s full specs can be found here.
For more information on Virgil Donati, and for ticketing information for the “In This Life” US Tour, please visit Virgil’s official website-www.VirgilDonati.com.
MyPet Releases Live Video for "Bodysnatcher"
MYPET- the Los Angeles based trio featuring Elmo Lovano on drums- recently released their new live video for the fan-favorite track, “Bodysnatcher,” which can be viewed here. MYPET has been thrilling audiences worldwide since their debut in 2012, bringing their highly complex electronic compositions to life in a more-traditional live setting- meaning, with actual musicianship and without the assistance of backing tracks. As seen in the video, Elmo is beautifully demonstrating his chops using a very scaled down electronic setup, relying on Pearl’s Tru Trac Drumheads and switching between several custom configured drum setups throughout each track. Elmo explains:
"With MYPET, I have at least 3 kits per song, so we needed to find away to perform this meticulously, accurately, while bringing the record fully to life. With the Tru-Trac heads, I'm able to dual trigger, and have a drumhead-like feel in an electronic pad, which I need in order to make the samples have the proper swing. These heads give me a realistic response to an un-realistic scenario. In 'Bodysnatcher' my kits rotate 10 times. Can you find where they change?"
More information on your favorite Pearl Artists can be found at www.PearlDrum.com