8 September 2011
A lot of people underestimate the amount of work that goes into a festival. We have to unpack and set-up over 500 individual Roland electronic drum and percussion products – and after the show is over, pack them all up again.
Needless to say, whilst we all love working at the V-Drum Festival (we’d hate to have real jobs!), we can’t stand pack-down, re-boxing, reconciling and sorting out all the Roland electronic percussion.
So, this year, we have decided to sell the lot. Allans Music + Billy Hyde are selling all the ex-demonstration kits from the V-Drum Festival at heavily discounted prices.
Every V-Drum kit, HandSonic, Rhythm Coach, Octapad, Percussion Controller and Drum Amplifier on display will be priced to clear.
Cash, EFTPOS and major credit cards will be accepted. Schools or institutions with accounts will need to provide the relevant paperwork on the day. Even though all drums would have been on display for the duration of the V-Drum Festival, the full manufacturers’ warranty still applies.
Where’s the catch? You can’t take the drums home until the end of the festival.
What if you caught the train? Allans Music + Billy Hyde will take your purchase to the nearby Alexandria Store, and you can collect it at a time that suits you.
Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!
21 August 2011
Drumming legend Johnny Rabb was the original World’s Fastest Drummer. His book, the Official Freehand Technique, has captivated the drummers around the world and details how to perform drum rolls with one hand.
At the V-Drum Festival Johnny will teach a group drum lesson. Up to 10 drummers can participate in this intimate hands-on lesson and additional people can observe.
Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to learn from one of the best in the world, visit the Lessons Room at 1.30pm
17 August 2011
Ben Gillies has taken time out of his busy schedule and agreed to be Special Guest Judge at the finals of the V-Drums Contest, which will take part of the main stage at 4pm. A panel of experts, including Ben Gillies and Johnny Rabb, will see the best six Roland V-drummers from Australia and New Zealand go head-to-head in a live onstage battle.
The winner will go on to represent Australia & New Zealand in the V-Drums International Finals, held at the NAMM Show (Anaheim, California) next year.
It’s not too late to enter – the competition closes at 5pm on 31st August 2011. If you think you have what it takes, and want the chance for Ben Gillies and/or Johnny Rabb to give you advice on your playing, enter here.
12 August 2011
Chris Whitten made a name for himself providing drums for the classic hits ‘What I Am’ by Edie Brikell and The New Bohemians and ‘The Whole Of The Moon’ by The Water-boys.
He cemented his place as one of the World’s top drummers with two critically acclaimed projects in the early 90′s; Paul McCartney’s ‘Flowers In The Dirt’ album and subsequent record breaking World tour, and Dire Straits 18 month ‘On Every Street’ tour (1991-92). Chris has also recorded with such varied artists as Tom Jones, Johnny Cash, Julian Cope, World Party, Swing Out Sister and The Pretenders.
At the V-Drum Festival, Chris will invite drummers to play along with bassist David Stratton and then offer suggestions on how to create different feels by changing the drum parts.
This is an invaluable opportunity to learn how interact with other musicians – from someone who has done it with the best of them. These one-on-one sessions will be held in the lessons room and drummers of all ages and stages are welcome to take part.
9 August 2011
When people talk about the ‘feel’ of a song, they are generally referring to the rhythm section – and at its core is the way a drummer interacts with the bass player.
Chris Whitten has performed or recorded with many famous artists, including Paul McCartney and Dire Straits. At the V-Drum Festival, Chris will invite drummers to play along with bassist David Stratton and then offer suggestions on how to create different feels by changing the drum parts.
This is an invaluable opportunity to learn how interact with other musicians – from someone who has done it with the best of them. Drummers of all ages and stages are welcome to take part.