I always enjoy playing drums on Ultra ’90s dance tribute gigs, and it’s great to see how successful and popular the show has become. I’m honoured to be involved in the expansion of the ‘Ultra 90s brand, and the opportunity to get this amazing, feel-good show out to even more people across the UK, with the creation of Ultra ’90s Fresh – a three-piece lineup of the show, featuring lead vocals, keys/synths and rap, and live percussion.
But the guys need your help to get ‘Fresh’ up-and-running, and to bring the ’90s dance nostalgia to where you are. There’s a KickStarter campaign running, but it only has a few hours left. If you are able to check out the campaign, see what it’s all about, and donate and share, please do!
As most people will know, I have been a proud ambassador for Carrera Drums since the start of 2011, and have been honoured to play their drums and be involved with the company for the past four years. Everywhere I go – on live shows and in recording studios – I get compliments on my Carrera gear from artists, from other musicians, and from engineers and producers.
Sadly, however, Carrera Drums is winding up in spring of this year, and will cease trading as of the end of March. This is the official announcement from the Carrera Drums website:
It is with the deepest sadness that we have to announce that Carrera Drums will stop trading as of the 31st March 2015.
Dave Carrera has fought serious health issues over the last 3 years which have now deteriorated to such a level that he has decided to focus on attempting to recover or stabilise his condition which, even with good extraction, a dusty workshop hinders.
We have all had fun making some fine instruments for some of the finest drummers active today and want to thank everyone for there support, kindness and love over the last 5+ years.
Any works currently in progress will be completed and shipped before end of March 2015 and customers have been notified.
We are also selling all tools,stock and items via our eBay page, search for Carrera Drums, but welcome direct emails to email@example.com with sensible offers for our drum shell making molds and tooling which if agreed to, must be collected by end of March 2015
Again, thank you to everyone who has helped us over the years and we wish you all every success in your futures.
The Carrera Drums Team
For my part, I am gutted to see Carrera Drums end in this way; their extraordinary attention to detail, high-quality craftsmanship and innovative way of thinking will be sorely missed in the UK drum building scene, and by the musicians who use and work with their products. Of course, the health of Dave Carrera – whom I am lucky to consider a friend – is the most important thing, and I fully respect his decision – which can’t have been at all easy – and the reasons for it. I will continue to use my Carrera Drums live and in the studio, and will be very proud to keep flying the flag for this amazing, ground-breaking company.
Here are a few photos from this weekend’s sessions with the Jamie Roe Band – recording with Lee Jacobs at Tide’s Reach Studio on the east coast, working on our first set of studio tracks for the new project.
Ben, Kit, Jamie, Joe.
Joe recording drums.
Ben on bass guitar.
Jamie putting down lead vocals.
Guitar amp in the studio.
Jamie recording guitar solos.
Kit, Joe, Jamie, Ben.
Jamie listening back to a take.
Recording piano parts.
Jamie laying down lead guitar.
Ben capturing the action.
Piano and organs.
Joe with his Istanbul cymbals.
Keep an eye out for the tracks, when they’re available.
Well, I’m finally able to announce that the long-awaited debut Witchers album will be released on Monday 11th May 2015 – and we will be playing a headline show at The Waterfront Studio in Norwich to celebrate the album’s release on Thursday 7th May 2015.
It will be three years since we began work on the album, and almost two years since we last played live, so we’re very excited about getting on stage again and playing our music for you all!
I hope to see lots of you there on 7th May to celebrate the launch of the album with us – tickets are available from any of the band members, or online.
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