Modern Drummer Readers Poll

Congratulations to all the Vater Artists who placed in Modern Drummer's 2013 Readers Poll.

 

 

Alternative

# 2 Gil Sharone [Stolen Babies]
# 4 Mike Byrne [Smashing Pumpkins]
 
Pop
# 3 Tony Escapa [Ricky Martin]
# 4 Brian Frasier-Moore [Justin Timberlake]
 
Metal
# 5 Brann Dailor [Mastodon]
 
R&B
# 3 Chris Dave [D'Angelo]
# 4 Lil' John Roberts [Neyo]
 
Country
# 1 Jim Riley [Rascal Flatts]
 
Clinician/Educator
# 4 Mike Johnston [Mikeslessons.com]
 
Up & Coming
# 2 Luke Holland [The Word Alive]
 
Percussionist
# 5 Roland Gajate Garcia [American Idol/Stevie Wonder]

 

Posted by Chad on Monday, June 24, 2013 2:23 PM

When You've Found The Right Stick, It Really Hits You: New Ad

Readers of Modern Drummer Magazine or Drum! Magazine, have been seeing a brand new Vater Ad that features Mike Johnston. The new ad entitled: "When You've Found The Right Stick, It Really Hits You!" has been gettting a lot of attention and creating quite a buzz already! The most heard comment is: "Is that picture REAL!?" And the answer is: YES! The ad is pictured below and there is also a brief video with great info and footage on how photographer Sasha Leahovcenco capured the shot that you see in the ad. 

Here's a bit about the ad from Mike:

"So about 2 months ago I did a shoot for a new VATER Drumsticks ad at this scary abandoned sugar mill. It was definitely the scariest location I had ever been on, lol. My photographer, Sasha Leahovcenco, had this idea that he wanted tons of sticks just floating around me and flying right at my face, and me looking as non frightened as possible right before they all hit me, lol. The concept of the ad was to show every model of stick that VATER makes flying in the air and for me to be holding my signature sticks. We wanted to show that with the huge variety of sticks that VATER makes, there is one model that is just right for you. In my case it's the 2-4-5-1's but I want everyone to find their "perfect stick". Sasha is very big on doing shots that look fully Photoshopped, but doing them for real. Here is the shot. Hope you like it! " -Mike Johnston

 

Behind the Scenes Video:

 

 

 


Educator Mike Johnston's 2451 Model is a great all-around design that can be used in any musical style. It has a grip size between a 5A and 5B with a gradual taper to a barrel tip for ride cymbal definition. The gradual taper gives the model a fantastic and quick feel around the kit.
 
The 2451 model is available in both Hickory and Sugar Maple. The Sugar Maple version is perfect for lower volume and lesson room type settings, while the Hickory version is the right choice for live and harder hitting performance settings.

 


Posted by Chad on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 11:34 AM

2012 Drummie Awards

Once again, there's plenty of Vater presence in DRUM! Magazine's Annual Drummie Readers Poll Awards!

 

 

 

 

 

GEAR

Drumsticks
Runner Up: Vater Nisan Steart Model
 
 
 
DRUM SET
 
Drummer of the Year
Runner up: Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
 
Rising Star
Ruunners Up:
Chris Dave (D'Angelo/Maxwell/Robert Glasper Expirement), Mike Johnston (mikeslessons.com) and Luke Holland
 
Progressive
Runner Up: Virgil Donati (Alan Holdsworth)
 
Metal
Runners Up: Brann Dailor (Mastodon) and Matt Byrne (Hatebreed)
 
Rock/Pop
Runners Up: Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Cora Coleman-Dunham (Beyonce/Prince)
 
Indie
Winner: Shannon Leto (Thirty Seconds to Mars)
 
Funk
Runner Up: Jay Lane (Primus)
 
Hip-Hop
Runner Up:
Chris Dave (D'Angelo/Maxwell/Robert Glasper Expirement)
 
Blues
Runner Up: Chris Layton (Kenny Wayne Shephard/Stevie Ray Vaughn)
 
Jazz
Chris Dave (D'Angelo/Maxwell/Robert Glasper Expirement)
 
Country
Winner: Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts)
Runner Up: Chris McHugh (Keith Urban/Nashville Session Artist)
 
Clinician
Runner Up: Mike Johnston (mikeslessons.com)
 
Studio Drummer/Drummer for Hire
Runner Up: Nisan Stewart (Jay Z/Diddy/Jamie Fox)
 
 
 
PERCUSSION
 
Studio
Runner Up: Richie Gajate Garcia
 
Rising Star
Runner Up: Roland Gajate Garcia
 
Live Performer
Winner: Karl Perazzo (Santana)
Runner Up: Andy Farag (Umphreys McGee)
 
Rock/Pop/Hip-Hop
Runner Up: Andy Farag (Umphreys McGee)
 
Clinician
Winner: Raul Rekow/Karl Perazzo (Santana)
 
 
MEDIA
 
Educational Web Site
Winner: Mikeslessons.com-MikeJohnston
 

 

Posted by Chad on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 9:19 AM

Vater Artists Win in 2012 MD Readers Poll

Congratulations to all of the Vater Artists that placed in the 2012 Modern Drummer Magzine Readers Poll! You can also see the full results in the July 2012 issue of Modern Drummer, which is on sale now.


 

MVP

#3 Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

#4 Josh Freese (Devo/Weezer/A Perfect Circle) 

 

Mainstream Rock

#2 Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

 

Alternative Rock 

#5 Jay Lane (Primus)

 

Pop

#2 Mattt Flynn (Maroon 5)

 

Studio

Winner: Josh Freese (Devo/Weezer/A Perfect Circle)

 

R&B 

#4 Chris Dave (D'Angelo/Robert Glasper Experiment)

 

Metal 

#4 Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch)

#5 Brann Dailor (Mastodon)

 

Country

Winner: Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts)

#4 Chris McHugh (Keith Urban/Nashville Session Artist)

 

Clinician/Educator

#3 Mike Johnston ( www.mikeslessons.com) 

#5 Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts)

 

Up & Coming

#3 Erick Slick (Dr.Dog)

#5 Chris St. Hilaire (The London Souls)

 

Educational Book 

#3 Jim Riley: Song Charting Made Easy 

#4 Ari Hoenig: Systems: Book 

 

Educational DVD 

#3 Virgil Donati: Double Bass Drum Freedom 

 

Recorded Performance

#4 Brann Dailor: The Hunter (Mastodon) 

 

 

Also, a big Congrats to Vater Slick Nut Cymbal Fastener Artist Mike Mangini for Winning MVP and Recorded Performance and taking #2 in Prog.

Posted by Chad on Monday, June 04, 2012 8:55 AM

Modern Drummer Readers Poll 2012

Vater is well represented in the 2012 Modern Drummer Readers Poll! Head on over to ModernDrummer.com and cast your vote. Vater Artist nominees in the various categories include: Chad Smith, Josh Freese, Chris McHugh, Virgil Donati, Mike Johnston, Jim Riley, Eric Slick, Jay Lane, Matt Flynn, Matt Halpern, Jeremy Spencer, Brann Dailor, Chris Dave and Ari Hoenig.
  
 

Posted by Chad on Wednesday, January 04, 2012 12:10 AM

Brann Dailor on Cover of DRUM! Magazine

Vater Artist Brann Dailor of Mastodon is the cover story of the current issue of DRUM! Magazine (Dec 2011) issue.

Another Vater Artist featured in this issue is Andy Farag of Umphrey's McGee.

As if that wasn't enough, on page #106, there's a review of some of Vater's new products including the Cora Coleman Dunham, Chris McHugh, Mike Johnson 2451, Chris Pennie, Big Mike Clemons models as well as Vater Grip Tape.

Grab your copy of DRUM!'s Dec. issue today! 

 

 

Check out our Vater Artist video spotlight on Brann Dailor here:

Posted by Chad on Monday, November 21, 2011 10:28 PM

New Product Demo Videos

Here is a series of videos to give you helpful information on some of Vater products that you just can't get by reading a product description in a catalog. We'll be filming many more, so stay tuned!

 

Mike Johnston demonstrates how different tip shapes and sizes have an effect on how your cymbals sound. He also shows the sound difference between wood tip and nylon tip.




Jen Lowe demo's the New Vater Cajon Brush and also the Wire Tap Retractable Brush on the Cajon.
 




Vater Slick Nut Cymbal Fastener Artist Mike Mangini (Dream Theater) shows how he uses the Slick Nut and Slick Nut Skull in his set up and also while he adjusts them when actually performing live. (Please Note: Mike Mangini is not a Vater Drumstick Artist)




Jen Lowe demo's the 12" Split Surface Pad from Vater's Chop Builder Practice Pad line.




In this video, Jimmy Pemberton gives you the skinny on Vater's Earplugs. An important must have for any musician!




Steve Fidyk shows off his Vater Swing model sticks in both wood tip and nylon tip.

Posted by Chad on Thursday, June 02, 2011 8:53 AM

Modern Drummer Review

Check out the review of some of Vater's new models in the May 2011 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine on page 24. Modern Drummer reviewed the new Mike Johnston 2451, Chris Pennie, Chris McHugh, Big Mike Clemons, and Cora Coleman-Dunham Vater Player's Design models. Also reviewed is the Swing, Bamboo Splashstick and Bambooo Splashstick Slim models.


 

 

 

Posted by Chad on Tuesday, April 05, 2011 1:29 PM

Factory Tour Video

We have just posted a new Vater Factory Tour video. The video is a step-by-step overview from Alan Vater of the manufacturing process from the time it's a dowel all the way through being a finished drumstick in our warehouse.

See for yourself the hands-on care and quality assurance that your Vater sticks get every single day.

 

Posted by Chad on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 7:03 PM

NAMM day 2

Friday was nuts at NAMM. We had Steven Adler sign for fans at noon, and artists coming by nonstop. Lots of fun was had. Check the photos!

 

 
Derek Roddy could not contain his excitement.
 
 
 
Patrick Keeler (the Raconteurs) picked up a Vintage Bomber
 
 

 
fans lined up for over an hour to see Steven Adler 
 
 
 
 
Steven and Vater's own Bill Morgan
 
 
 
Mika Fineo (Filter) swung in before his signing on Saturday
 
 
 
Alan Vater and Fred Dinkins
 
 
 
Anthony Michelli and Vater's Chad Brandolini
 
 
 
Darius Fentress
 
 
 
Eliott Jacobson (Ingrid Michaelson) and Justin Glasco (Kate Vogel)
 
 
 
Mario Calire (Ozomatli) was pumped to get on the booth wall.  He stayed there for quite a while.
 
 
 
Nate Walker (Lit) and Chad B!
 
 
 
Jerry Gaskill (King's X)
 
 
 
Andrew Cook (A Rocket to the Moon) and Ryan Yerdon (Puddle of Mudd) hung out for a while and talked about how Portland, Oregon could have just has easily been Boston, Oregon. Weird.
 
 
 
David Silveria and Chris Pennie
 
 
 
Brian Frasier-Moore really loves his signature sticks. No, REALLY loves them. You will too.
 
 
 
Ilan Rubin (The New Regime/Nine Inch Nails)
 
 
Mike Clemons (Israel Houghton and the New Breed) checking out his new signature stick. 
 
 
 
Serge Lysack (The Drum Lab) and Mike Johnston (mikeslessons.com) are stoked to be part of the Vater family, and were nice enough to let Mario stay on the wall for this photo ;)
 
That's it from Day 2 of NAMM. More photos to come from Day 3! 

Posted by Dan on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 4:22 AM
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