Here is what happened at London Drum Show 2016!
The weekend Nov 12 and 13, 2016, saw an event which can be described as the highlight of the year for the drumming community in the British Isles, namely the London Drum Show, During those two days, London’s renowned Olympia Hall became mecca for drum maniacs, both from all over the UK and also from other European countries. They are all drawn by world-class drummers, who perform, conduct workshops and showcase their gear during the event. The bill for LDS 2016 guaranteed lots of excitement and there were enough exhibitors to also attract us – drum manics from the beatIt.tv team…
The artists who presented themselves in the course of those two days are at least heavyweight champions of the drumming world. Beanie Bhebhe (Rudimental), Eric Moore II (Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves, Bobby Brown, Gospel Chops Movement), Jason Sutter (Chris Cornell, Marilyn Manson, Foreigner, New York Dolls, Smash Mouth), Brian Frasier-Moore (Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Toni Braxton, Backstreet Boys) performed on Saturday the 12th, while Chris Coleman (Chaka Khan, Pati LaBelle, Bootsy Collins), Jamie Morrison (Stereophonics, The Noisettes), Mark Guiliana (David Bowie, Meshell Ndegeocello, Gretchen Parlato, Avishai Cohen, Matisyahu, Lionel Loueke, Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet) and Larnell Lewis (educator and gospel drummer) appeared on the following day. Needless to say, the level of the performances was absolute top-class. We also must note that the sound engineers made them taste even better. Great job, guys!
Two additional places available to London Drum Show 2016 attendees were the Masterclass Room and the Education Zone. In the former, sharing their extensive experience were: Tom Potter (Young Drummer of the Year 2016 contest winner), Joe Clegg (Ellie Goulding), Eddy Thrower (Lower Than Atlantis) and Ian Matthews (Kasabian), while the latter enabled all the drum maniacs to meet in person such cats as Steve White (The Who, Oasis, Ian Dury, Jon Lord), Jason Sutter or the star of Meinl Drum Festival 2016 – the great Jost Nickel.
Amedia Booth at LDS 2016
In this installment of our report from London Drum Show 2016, we visit the stand of Amedia Cymbals – a well-known Turkish brand. Its jolly disrtibutor Alex from Amedia UK talks us through the advantages of his products, such as Amedia Vigor, Dervish, Galata, Fusion or Classic. He also explains the importance of hand hammering and inverted bells on Chinese cymbals. Enjoy!