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
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