Friday, December 28, 2012

Wham Bam Thank You NAMM !

Article for Xombiewoof Magazine By Musician Mike Veny

For us hardcore musicians, we love playing music and we take music gear seriously. My obsession with music gear started shortly after I learned to play the drums at age 10. While growing up, I looked for every opportunity for my parents to take me into a music store. After a while, they became firm about me not buying anything when we took a trip into the store. Somehow, my enthusiasm always convinced them to buy me something.

Second only to Musikmesse, the Winter NAMM Show is the largest music gear trade show in the world. For most of my life, the NAMM Show was a legendary event that I only heard about and read about. Two years ago, I was invited to the 2011 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. I’ll never forget walking onto the main floor the first time. It felt like a music store on steroids. I got that same feeling that I had as a kid.

Since I first attended, I’ve created some resources that have helped many of the attendees get the most out of their experience. In case you don’t know, NAMM is an acronym for the National Association of Music Merchants. NAMM should stand for Networking Amongst Many Musicians. Here are 5 tips for successful networking at NAMM Show. Successful networking is one key to growing your career at the NAMM Show. After the first day, you will be exhausted beyond belief. Be sure to read this survival checklist.

Like most live events you attend nowadays, Twitter is a great resource to learn about what’s going on before, during, and after the event. Here are people you must follow on Twitter for the NAMM Show. Be sure to check out the Xombiewoof NAMM Report 2013 for more in-depth information about some of the newest music gear. If you’ll be attending the event, I’d like to meet you.

Thursday, December 13, 2012






Enter to become a part of Paiste’s “Expression Wall of Fame” at the 2013 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California and you may win great prizes!

Contest Rules

Submit your best photo showing you and your Paiste cymbal(s), gong(s), swag, sticker or promo-material (Paiste logo must be visible). Enter as many photos as you’d like until the contest ends on January 8th, 2013 (12.00 GMT+2). Immediately following your photo upload your friends, family and everyone else can vote for your photo to help it reach the top ranking position. The more creative your photos are, the greater your chances of winning will be!


1st Place: Paiste Cymbal Set of your Choice (14” Hi-Hat, 16” Crash, 18” Crash, 20” Ride)

2nd Place: Twenty Masters Collection Ride of your Choice

3rd Place: PST8 Reflector Universal Set (14/16/20)

4th to 10th Place: Paiste T-Shirt (you choose size)

TOP 50

The 50 photos with the most votes will be featured at Paiste’s 2013 Namm Show “Expression Wall Of Fame” as part of the booth’s graphic display along with some of your favorite Paiste artists! Good luck!

Important Photo Information: If you are one of fifty selected for the “Expression Wall of Fame”, it’s very important to have a high resolution photo available for print use. (2 megs in size/300 dpi preferred) Low resolution images do not print clearly; therefore they will not be submitted for use.


Paiste welcomes Simon Dawson to the Paiste Artist Family


Nottwil/Switzerland – The world renowned Swiss cymbal maker Paiste is proud to welcome Simon Dawson to its Artist Endorsement Program.



Iron Maiden mastermind and bassist Steve Harris surprised music fans around the world recently by announcing his first ever solo album "British Lion." His new side project - as Harris calls it - features the talents of drummer Simon Dawson. Although "British Lion" is a departure from Steve's body of work with Iron Maiden, Simon's taste of sound is inspired by Nicko McBrain, and so is his cymbal selection, which mainly consists of Paiste Alpha Boomer models.

Simon’s cymbal set up is as follows: 18” Alpha Medium Swiss Crash, 14” Alpha Metal Edge Hats, 18” Alpha Boomer Crash, 19” Alpha Boomer Crash, 8” Alpha Thin Splash, 10” Alpha Thin Splash, 22” Alpha Boomer Ride, 14” Alpha Boomer Hats, 19” Alpha Boomer Crash, 18” Alpha Boomer Crash, 18” Alpha Boomer China.





Paiste welcomes also the following distinguished artists to the Paiste Artist Family

  • Bram Raeymaekers # Hadise (Belgium)
  • Sergey Podlivakhin # Independent (Belarus)
  • Jason Cook # Jets Overhead (Canada)
  • Murray Creed # Justin Hewitt (Canada)
  • Jon Grundtvig-Poulsen # Anne Dorte og Maria Bramsen (Denmark)
  • Kristjan Heidarsson # Kontinuum (Iceland)
  • Rudy Rotta # Rudy Rotta Band (Italy)
  • Akira Kawasaki # Mouse On The Keys (Japan)
  • Adas Gecevicius # Independent (Lithuania)
  • Christian Svendsen # Anton Ruud I Terapie (Norway)
  • Zoltan Cz√∂rsz jr. # Jan Lundgren Trio (Sweden)
  • Fred Bintner # Lucky Peterson (Switzerland)
  • David Stauffacher # Lariba (Switzerland)
  • Nacho Santiago # Medina Azahara (Spain)
  • Richard Wilson # RAW Studios (UK)
  • Darren Beckett # Brandon Flowers (USA)
  • Ivan Edwards # Aimee Mann (USA)
  • Brian Ferguson # Aaron Watson (USA)
  • Nate Hufford # NeedToBreathe (USA)
  • Jules Pampena # Scars on Broadway (USA)
  • Michael Robinson # Little Five Points Rock Star Orchestra (USA)

Paiste’s Artist Endorsement Policy, as established in 1957 with the creation of «Drummer Service», is based entirely on the artist’s appreciation for Paiste products, Paiste’s recognition of the artist’s career and distinguished status among the drum and percussion community, and mutual respect and loyalty.