Pocket ProTechTours: Please tell us a little about yourself JC.
JC Clifford: My name is JC Clifford and I own Scorpio Marketing and Management. We are going into our third year specializing in product development and management of percussionists whether they are performers, clinicians or educators.
Pocket ProTechTours: What products are you currently marketing?
JC Clifford: Right now our main product is Drumtacs, a polymer-based tone control accessory designed by Cristian Beaulieu.
Pocket ProTechTours: What inspired the design the Drumtacs?
JC Clifford: Cristian is a session drummer and was not happy with the sound control products that were available on the market. He saw limitations in each product that he tried out, whether it be gaff tape or gels. There was not a product that would still allow the drum tone to shine through, while removing the unwanted overtones. This motivated Cristian to go back to school and learn about polymers and chemical interactions. He went on to create the patented polymer that is used in the Drumtacs.
Pocket ProTechTours: What separates your product form the other muffling/dampening accessories on the market?
JC Clifford: Not to be pompous, but we don’t consider ourselves to have any competition out there. Drumtacs are not a muffling or dampening product, they are used for tone control. The unique polymer used in the Drumtacs is not made up of any glue or oil, so it does not melt or leave a residue. The polymer bonds on a molecular level which functions as a million tiny suction cups and adheres to any surface they are placed on. This includes cymbals, drum heads, cajons and other percussion instruments. One Drumtac can last up to 12-16 months if they are properly cared for. I have even had artists tell me they have been using the same Drumtacs up to 3 years. In addition, Drumtacs do not take away from the desired sound of a drum or cymbal; it simply changes the decay and shortens the note. This is why even sound guys are using and endorsing the product.
Pocket ProTechTours: How long has your product been around?
JC Clifford: Prototypes of Drumtacs have been in production for about 5 years, but it was not released to the public until Summer NAMM 2014.
Pocket ProTechTours: Do you all plan on making modifications to the design or is it proficient as is?
JC Clifford: At NAMM a few weeks ago we introduced the new formula for the polymer which includes a new UV protectant. This will extend the life of the Drumtac by a few months. We will also begin doing laser etching for the logo design rather than the stamp we’ve been using. This will be available first quarter but we are currently taking advanced orders.
The other big news is that due to the amount of volume that we are doing, production costs, and Cristian tweaking the manufacturing process, we will be re-introducing new pricing in the first quarter. I’ll just say it will be good news for drummers’ pockets.
Pocket ProTechTours: Are there any performing artist currently using your products on the road?
JC Clifford: You can find the full list of arts at www.drumtacs.com/drumtacs-artists/ but to name a few Thomas Lang ( Stork , Clinician / Educator ), Ray Luzier ( KORN ), Seven Antonopoulos ( Channel Zero ), Stephen Pulley ( Saving Abel ), Chad Szeliga (Independent), Rich Redmond ( Jason Aldean ), Keio Stroud ( Big & Rich ), Mark Schulman ( Pink , Cher ), Daniel Glass ( Clinician/Author / Educator ), Garrett Goodwin ( Carrie Underwood ), Ben Sesar ( Brad Paisley ), The Drummer’s Collective and Drumeo.com
Pocket ProTechTours: Do you have any other products or projects coming up in the near future?
JC Clifford: We are in the developing and prototype stages of two new products. One will be targeted for the marching percussion community and “stay tuned” on the other product.
Pocket ProTechTours: How is your product packaged? What is the street price?
JC Clifford: They come in packs of 4 and the current street price is $19.99
Pocket ProTechTours: Where can your product be found?
JC Clifford: We are internationally and exclusively distributed through Big Bang Distribution and can be purchased at any major drum shop, music store, and even some music schools. You may also purchase them online through sites such as Sweetwater Music, American Music Supply, Guitar Center, and Sam Ash to name a few. Any local shops and stores that are not currently carrying the product can contact Bob at Big Bang Distribution firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.