Scott Travis of Judas Priest Joins Vater

Vater Welcomes Metal Icon Scott Travis to the Artist Family!

Scott Travis is the drummer for the Grammy Award winning, heavy metal band Judas Priest. Scott’s long and very influential drumming career has also included acclaimed work with Fight and Racer-X.

Right now Scott is about to begin rehearsals with Judas Priest in England for what will become a very extensive, worldwide arena tour in 2011.

Scott Travis and Judas Priest have had such a massive influence on heavy metal music and musicians over the course of their 40 year career. Whether with Judas Priest, Fight or Racer-X, Scott’s licks and drum parts have been analyzed and awed by millions of drumming fanatics around the world. Speaking on behalf of everyone at Vater, we’re honored that Scott has chosen Vater sticks and I’m very excited to welcome him into our Artist Family.” Chad Brandolini (Vater Artist Relations Director)


Scott's influence on his peers:

"Scott Travis...the king of the feet! I first heard him with Racer-X and thought to myself, "You have to be kidding me!?!?". The minute he joined Judas Priest, they became a freight train! He's a bad man....period!!" -Morgan Rose (Sevendust)

"It's an honor for me to welcome the legendary Scott Travis to the Vater family. I have been a huge fan of his starting all the way back to his days in Racer X and following him throughout the years to his current position as the foundation of one the most iconic and influential metal bands of all time - Judas Priest. Scott has been a big influence on my playing. I have incorporated parts of "Scarified" from Racer X in my live solos and I used the drum intro from "Painkiller" from Judas Priest in the beginning of Disturbed's cover of "Livin After Midnight" from Judas Priest. Scott, I'm looking forward to seeing you out on tour with your new wood!" -Mike Wengren (Disturbed)

"I'll never forget the first time hearing the intro to Painkiller. I was in high school and completely blown away by the amazing footwork. Now, many years later, getting to watch him in person at some of these European festivals within the past couple of years, it really has come full circle for me. It's nice to watch and hear what he does so well throughout the years. Scott is a phenomenal player." -Chris Pennie (Coheed and Cambria)

"Scott Travis has played for some greeeaaat metal bands. Judas Priest, Racer X...I mean, come on! When Painkiller came out, what drummer wasn't locked in his/her room trying to nail that opening drum-lick of the title track?! I'm excited that I can tell people he uses the same drumsticks as me." -Matt Byrne (Hatebreed)

"Scott Travis is a huge influence on my drumming and seeing him with Judas Priest on the Painkiller tour when i was in high school was a life changing experience for me as a drummer. I'm psyched that he's using the greatest sticks in the world - Vater!" -Richard Christy (Charred Walls of the Damned)

"Many years ago, I remember hearing a band called "Racer X" and was immediately blown away by the power and precision of the drummer.... especially his double bass drumming on a song called "Scarified". That drummer was Scott Travis. He went on to play with Judas Priest and to this day is one of metal's most solid and influential double bass drummers!" -Brian Tichy (Whitesnake)

"Having Scott Travis on the Vater team is killer! He is a big influence and one of the first "true masters" of double bass playing. Thanks for all the years of inspiration, Scott!" -Derek Roddy (Serpent's Rise)

"Scott Travis is one the true double bass pioneers! His combination of chops and groove are unparalleled." -Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch)


Scott Travis is now using the Vater Rock in Wood Tip.



Posted by Chad on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 9:51 AM

Vater Artists running Get Off My Case Company

When Vater Artists Nate Walker (Lit/Kerli) and Ed Udhus (Zebrahead) aren't touring the world, or in the recording studio, they are real busy running the successful Fullerton, California based company Get Off My Case.

 In 2002, Ed Udhus set up shop inside his garage and, without fanfare, launched his own custom case business. With nothing more than this "do it yourself" work ethic and a huge collection of tools, the dream was set in motion. Little did Ed know,Get Off My Case was soon to be hailed as, "The greatest case building company in the world!"

The entire staff at G.O.M.C. have dedicated themselves to providing the highest quality product for their musical peers. With their artist backgrounds, they understand - firsthand - the rigors and wear of the road. In their opinion, a well built case is one that lasts longer than the band who purchased it. Quality craftsmanship is their goal and the key, they believe, in having a long-lasting company that will be around for years to come.

Satisfied Get Off My Case customers include: The Vandals, Green Day, Unwritten Law, Ratt, Flogging Molly, Lit, Zebrahead, Reel Big Fish, Sugar Ray, Goo Goo Dolls, Social Distortion, Sugar Cult, Poison The Well, D.I., The Matches, The Strays, The Hurt Process, The Summer Set, Core One Products, Zinky Electronics, Kung Fu Records, and many more.

Get Off My Case offers cases in any size, shape and color to protect your drums, guitars, cymbals, amps, keyboards, laptops, merch, soundboards and everything and anything else!

For a FREE and no obligation quote on any type of case, and to take a part in G.O.M.C's year end sale, contact them at the info below and make sure you tell them that you saw this at



Categories: Products | Artists
Posted by Chad on Monday, December 13, 2010 8:36 PM

Mike Johnston 2451 Videos

Vater Artist and Educator Mike Johnston sent us this video that breaks down all the specs of his new Vater 2451 stick models. Mike also answers a very common question: "What's the difference in Hickory and Maple drumsticks?"

Be sure to also check out the other 2 videos below explaining the 2451 models and the inspiration behind the stick name.

2451 Specs and Hickory vs. Maple Video:

2451 Video Part 1:

2451 Video Part 2:

Ask for the Vater Mike Johnston 2451 models and Mike's Speed Chart Posters at your local store today!



Posted by Chad on Tuesday, December 07, 2010 7:30 PM

3 Vater Artists at Drum Off Finals

Three Vater Artists will be performing at the Guitar Center 2010 Drum Off Finals in January. Vater Artists Nisan Stewart, Cora Coleman-Dunham and Trevor Lawrence Jr. are included as special guests at this years Finals to be held at the Music Box in Hollywood, CA at 6:30 PM on January 8th 2011.

For more info, check out:

Nisan Stewart uses the Vater Nisan Stewart Model.

 Cora Coleman-Dunham uses the Vater Cora Coleman-Dunham Model

Trevor Lawrence Jr. uses the Vater Gospel Series Fusion and Nude Series Fusion in Wood Tip.

Posted by Chad on Monday, December 06, 2010 1:14 PM
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