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Meinl Drum Festival 2012

I’ve just settled back into normal life after experiencing Meinl Drum Festival at the weekend in Gutenstetten, Germany. It was amazing! It was my first time at the festival and the only way I can describe it is by saying it was like being in a parallel universe where everyone is a drummer, everyone is positive and kind and everything runs smoothly.

Mike Dolbear and I met at Munich airport and had a big natter while we were driven to the Meinl factory in this

As soon as I got there I knew it was going to be brilliant because I found these on my hotel bed…Meinl Lindt chocolate hearts!

Then when I got given these I got the feeling the people at Meinl knew me too well…

But I wasn’t there just to stuff my face, I was there to work for www.mikedolbear.com in covering the event. I did 5 interviews over the weekend from the comfort of Mr Meinl’s office. It’s the first time in my life that I’ve had an office job and any others would just be a disappointment now

The weekend had masterclasses, drum performances and percussion demos. There was something for everyone and the masterclasses ranged from Symphonic Percussion to Progressive concepts for technical metal drumming to Groove design (by Benny Greb).

The variety of styles played by the artists was incredible – there was just no chance of anyone being bored! I met some fantastic drummers from the USA; JP Bouvet (winner of the guitar centre drum off contest 2011), Mike Johnston of mikes lessons.com and Matt Halpern from Periphery (who has a brilliant website called band happy.com where people can book to get lessons from musicians who are on tour). I also had a great time watching and learning from Benny Greb, Jost Nickel, Onkel, Hannes Grossman, Milos Meier, Juan Carlos Melian and Giovanni Imparato. Somehow I found some time to take part in the drum circle, which was led by Charly Broeck

Everyone enjoyed it so much that they queued out in the rain to wait for the signing session so they could meet all the guys who had played

Meinl have been really helpful to me over the last few years in my own playing and it was great to get the chance to do their factory tour and see how everything works.

Thank you to Mike Dolbear for sending me out to work at the event, to Norbert Saemann and the Meinl team for looking after us so well and for organising something so good. Also thank you to Ian, Sam and Rich from iDrum magazine who befriended me when busy Mr Dolbear had to head back to the UK! The drum industry is full of cool people and it’s great getting to know them at events like this.

My full report on the weekend will be up at www.mikedolbear.com on the 1st July 2012

 

New site!

Wooot! I now have one place for everything I do!

It’s fantastic to be able to have all my drum stuff on one website so I can forget about the complications of the new myspace once and for all. Typing up gig dates for that place is like filling in a 200 page questionnaire! It may be a few more days until everything is done on here but take a look around and let me know what you think. Massive uber thanks to Matt, who has done everything for me and been very patient.

I’ll be posting again soon with some news on stuff I’ve been up to…