Except thaat the new contract is with DW. That means his next kit will be a Gretsch USA kit.Not to sound jaded, but why is this big news? This is simply one contract running out, and another one beginning. I’ve long since stopped believing drumming artists when they tout one brand and then find them with another brand some years later. The only one I really believe is Charlie Watts, and he actually bought his iconic set.
Not the first time that an endorser plays something else and goes 'i like this more' and switches brands. I also read a lot that endorsers follow the rep when (s)he switches to another brand because of great artist relations.
Contrary to popular belief, I don’t think artists get stuff for free
Funny, after what felt like years of reading his name over and over without context, I finally got around to checking him out on YT no more than a month or two ago. That's when I realized he was part of Animals as Leaders...which I'd also been hearing about for years without actually knowing what they sounded like. I felt like I was one of the few around drum forums who wasn't quite familiar with him. Guess not.I'm one of those who didn't know his name although I've heard of the band.
MI companies don't sponsor artists per se, unless they're promoting a clinic tour. The artist endorses the brand or specific product, and is entitled to consideration for that endorsement, typically a discount on the product. Sponsorships in other events/activities involve a broader level of financial support.I always assumed that an instrument "sponsorship" was the same as a non tour golf pro's "sponsorship
This.This is big news to drum nerds like us. It's our way of gossiping about drummers.
Some people talk about the Kardashians. We talk about Vinnie kicking Ludwig to the curb.
And this.No, you definately sound jaded. It's a drum forum, what else are people supposed to talk about? I personally find it interesting when artists switch brands. It can certainly affect a company. Greg Bissonette leaving Mapex was definitely a blow to them and a big boost to Dixon.
No, you definately sound jaded. It's a drum forum, what else are people supposed to talk about? I personally find it interesting when artists switch brands. It can certainly affect a company. Greg Bissonette leaving Mapex was definitely a blow to them and a big boost to Dixon.
I'm not surprised. Mapex has been floundering for years. I've ranted about this in the past, but ever since they basically let Russ Miller run wild Mapex has been going downhill. Nothing against him as a drummer (he is amazing) or person or anything, but he approaches drum concepts from such an engineering viewpoint that they've completely lost sight of aesthetics, which is a huge factor in how attractive a kit is to buyers. Oh, and their logo looks cheap as hell. I say this as someone who owns and loves mapex kits.Mapex also lost Matt Halpern and Anika Nilles, both big losses.