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NAMM 2015 - GC Drum Off Winner Shariq Tucker Solo - GoPro Booth
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 22:30

This solo video of Shariq Tucker, winner of the 26th Annual 2014 Guitar Center Drum Off, was filmed at the GoPro Booth at Winter NAMM 2015. This was the second time in the finals for the 22 year old Bronx, NY native, but taking home the prize this year left him with tears of joy. Beating out over 5,000 competitors across the country, and taking home a prize package valued at over $45,000.00, Shariq now joins the ranks of previous winners who have gone on to play for acts like: Suicidal Tendencies, Jay-Z, Prince, and many more.

Shariq, who has been playing drums since age 3 said: “I was determined to take home the title this year, It’s been one of my major goals. Winning this competition means the world to me.

As another successful NAMM Show comes to a close, buyers and exhibitors from around the world leave Anaheim armed with inspiration, fortified relationships, and new strategies to help them resonate with their customers in the coming year. Winter NAMM 2015 took place in Anaheim, California, January 22nd - 25th and again, was one of the best shows we have experienced in recent years.


 
NAMM 2015 - Chason Westmoreland Of Hate Eternal - Schlagwerk Percussion
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 20:50

As another successful NAMM Show comes to a close, buyers and exhibitors from around the world leave Anaheim armed with inspiration, fortified relationships, and new strategies to help them resonate with their customers in the coming year. Winter NAMM 2015 took place in Anaheim, California, January 22nd - 25th and again, was one of the best shows we have experienced in recent years.

This footage of Chason Westmoreland, the newly appointed rummer for Hate Eternal. You may also know Chason from his time in Rose Funeral, Oceano, and even from filling in with Fallujah, or Enfold Darkness. Chason is an insane drummer with a vast range of playing ability, and we can't wait to hear more from him in the coming year. He recently finished recording the next Hate Eternal release with Erik Rutan at Mana Studios, and we are told it's some of (if not the best) best drumming ever to be tracked for the band. When we asked Erik Rutan about the sessions, he simply said... "Wow." We will be releasing some in-studio footage from that session as soon as permitted, and if nothing else, will be premiering one of the new tracks when available.

This video features Chason playing a kit comprised of different Cajons from Schlagwerk Percussion out of Germany. http://www.schlagwerk.com and featuring CRX Cymbals. This kit was extremely fun to play... Keep checking back, as we also have footage of Gus Rios, and Raanen Bozzio getting some time on this kit! As well as tons of other video and NAMM coverage on the way.


 
Jason Bittner Joins Flotsam and Jetsam
Monday, 12 January 2015 17:19

Jason Bittner will be taking over drumming duties for Arizona-based thrash metal heavyweights, Flotsam and Jetsam, for their upcoming recording session and 2015 touring. Jason, most known for his work with Shadows Fall, will be replacing his friend and founding Flotsam and Jetsam drummer, Kelly David Smith, who is stepping down for family obligations.

Jason Bittner comments: "I have been a Flotsam and Jetsam fan for decades, following the band around the East Coast in the eighties and nineties. I've been lucky enough to be in the background of the Flotsam and Jetsam camp as a fan, supporter, and gear loader to my dear friend, Kelly David Smith.” Jason continues, "I am hard at work relearning all the classic Flotz material and can't wait to record and tour with the band in 2015. This will become my focus after the completion of the 2015 U.S. Shadows Fall hiatus tour, which will happen spring/summer 2015.”

“As they say… 'Flotz 'till death!' See you in Europe, in April."

Along with preparing to enter the studio to record their 12th studio album, which is currently on pace for an April release, Flotsam and Jetsam are currently finalizing plans to tour Europe in the spring of 2015, with summer festival dates planned throughout Europe and beyond. For the latest Flotsam and Jetsam news and announcements, please visit www.Flotsam-and-Jetsam.com.

For more information on Jason Bittner, and for full specs on the monstrous Reference Series setup he’ll be using with this exciting new gig, click here.


 


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