I am a gear head.

When I was young, I always wanted to play catcher in baseball, goalie in hockey, and drums in the band. The more equipment a position required, the more interested I was in it.

In the already geeky subculture of "band member", I was a further distinguished geek -- the equipment manager. The kid who would get excited to watch other drumlines warm up, just so that he could see what kind of drums they were playing. In rock shows, I'd offer to help bands load-in and load-out, not because of any altruistic desire to help, but just so I could see their equipment, up close.

My favorite part of drum magazines is the gear reviews, and the little kit diagrams showing how the featured artists put together their sets. I decorated my room with pictures of drums. Not, mind you, pictures of drummers. Pictures of DRUMS. I'd cut sets and marching drums out of Yamaha and Pearl catalogs, put the pictures on white poster board, and hang them up in my room. And when I grew up, posterboard wasn't the nice "foamcore" we have now. No, back then, poster board was basically cereal box paper. including that lovely "heathered gray t-shirt" mottling. Bleached white? Bleach was for closers.  Oh uh, sorry.  Got sidetracked.

Any way -- I like gear, a lot.


I'm also a geek in my "day job". I work for a company that's trying to help make digital medicine available to everyone who needs it. (Seriously, if you or someone you know has legitimate sleeping problems, check us out!).

So I want to use those skills to put together a resource for people like me -- in my experience, there's one of us in every high school, in every band, and in every audience. I want to build a place where gear takes center stage.

I want to do reviews that address the things I find missing in other reviews -- I don't care about the things that you know upon opening it up and playing with it for 10 minutes, I want to know what you discover 10 months later. 

I also want to do performances where the gear is given equal prominence. For me, tools like live loopers are equal parts art and science -- I love seeing a master looper at work, but I'd love it even more if I saw annotated, clearly shot explanations of what exactly they're doing.  Some people think this takes away the magic, but to me, this is like watching Penn and Teller explain a magic trick - there is entertainment in dexterity, and there is wonder in seeing the creative process at work.

If you find interest in these kind of examinations of STUFF, of the tools that we use to deliver our creativity, and of the mechanical training we endure to develop faculty, then stick around here.

Tell me what YOU want to see. What are reviews missing? What blind spots exist?

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Quick hits:

  • From Pittsburgh, PA
  • Innovative Percussion drumset artist
  • Lived in London, UK for 9 years
  • Currently playing with Silencio (A tribute to the works of David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti)
  • Played quads for the Pittsburgh Steeline (official drumline of the Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Taught at Project Percussion (WGI PIW finalist), Conquest Percussion (WGI PIO finalist) and various high school / university programs