Vater Sponsors Hit Like a Girl Contest

Vater is proud to join DRUM! Magazine, Tom Tom Magazine and others in sponsoring “Hit Like A Girl 2012,” the first ever drumming contest for girls and women. Vater Artists

The online competition will be hosted at HitLikeAGirl.com and is open to female drumset players of all ages, levels, types and styles. Entries in the form of 3-5 minute performance videos will be accepted from February 1 through March 31, 2012 with the winners to be announced May 1. The video entries will be posted on the Hit Like A Girl 2012 YouTube channel and must include a brief, written description of the player’s influences and/or reasons for drumming. Since the competition will take place online, players can participate from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

For the final rounds, the top videos will be judged by a stellar panel of female drum artists, including Vater Artists Jess Bowen (The Summer Set), Kim Thompson (Beyoncé), Hannah Ford (Bellevue Suite) and more. Judging criteria will include technique, time, feel, creativity, personality, passion and showmanship. Fans, friends and drum enthusiasts from around the world will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites in the preliminary rounds through YouTube viewer rankings.

Contest prizes will feature a complete drum and cymbal set along with sticks, heads, cases and a variety of other accessories and merch totaling over $10,000.

For a complete list of contest rules, prizes and entry instructions, go to HitLikeAGirl.com!

 

Posted by Chad on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 11:18 PM

Kim Thompson visits Vater Factory

Vater Artist Kim Thompson (Mike Stern/Beyonce) recently had the time to visit Vater’s Factory in Massachusetts for the first time. Kim got to see every step of Vater’s production process first hand, including seeing the Vater 7A Wood (her stick of choice) being turned on a lathe.

 

 

“Visiting the Vater factory was one of the most incredible experiences!” Commented Kim Thompson.  "To see all the ground that transpires for one single stick was astounding and really added a height of inspiration to the overall visit. I definitely would do it again and I might even have get my hands dirty on the next visit. Thanks Vater!”

 

Check out Kim's Vater Artist Spotlight video here:

 

During her stay in Boston, Kim also appeared for a clinic with DiCenso’s Drum Shop, in Weymouth, MA. Kim opened the clinic sharing details about her musical journey from the time she was a kid up to her current projects. The clinic was then more-so directed towards the spiritual and emotional side to performing music and drumming.

 

 

Posted by Chad on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 11:40 AM

Vater Artist News

 

Didi Negron has a new web site up at didinegron.com

 

 

Anthony Steele will be touring this summer with J. Holiday.  

 

The 2011 Modern Drummer Festival is right around the corner! You can catch Vater Artists Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts) and Trevor Lawrence Jr. both performing at the show. moderndrummer.com for more info.

 

Dana Spellman and Hurtsmile will be hitting the road soon. hurtsmile.com for more dates added soon. Dates confirmed so far include:

May 13-The Cube-Delaware

May 14-M3 Festival-Maryland

June 2-House Of Blues-Los Angeles, CA (opening for Cinderella)

June 3-Club Red-Phoenix, AZ

June 4-Casino Del Sol-Tuscon, AZ

June 24-Bottom Line-Nagoya, Japan

June 25-Redbox-Kurasiki, Japan

June 26-Caravan Sary-Kochi, Japan

June 27-Big Cat-Osaka, Japan

June 28-Radio Promo-Sendai, Japan

June 29-Enn 2-Sendai, Japan

June 30-O East-Tokyo, Japan

July 2-STB 139-Tokyo, Japan

July 22-BB Kings-NY, NY

July 23-Showcase Live-Foxboro,MA

 

Hurtsmile's video for "Just War Theory":

 
 
 
Jen Lowe will be playing drums for the 2008 Tony Award Winning musical "Passing Strange" from May 1-22nd. in Boston, MA. The show will be at the Arsenal Theater and more info can be found here: newrep.org/passing_strange.php
 
 
 
 
 

The trailer for the documentary about Nathan Followill and Kings of Leon has been released.

Talihina Sky - The Story of Kings of Leon Official Movie Trailer:

 

 

Kim Thompson's debut album, "Like Clockwork", can be purchased here: itunes.apple.com/us/album/like-clockwork/id401451531

Kim is also currently raising money to help funding for the Pattonville High School Drum Line Summer Program for 2011. Donations can be made through her site at www.kimthompson.net

 

 

Brian Tichy is on tour with Whitesnake. Whitesnake's new album, "Forevermore" entered the Billboard Charts at #48.

Whitesnake's video for "Love Will Set you Free":

 

 

Chris Johnson in in rehearsals for another world-wide arena tour with Rihanna. Like Chris, Rihanna rocks the Vater 3A's on the drums!

 

 

Will Hunt is in the studio working on the new Evanescence album.

 

Danny Thompson and Face to Face will release "Laugh Now, Laugh Later" on May 17, 2011.

Posted by Chad on Thursday, April 14, 2011 10:58 AM
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