March 2017 "Low Boy Beaters"

Jeremy Brieske, originally from Saginaw.MI is nearly a lifelong drummer, having first played the bells in his second grade class play. In sixth grade, Jeremy switched to the drum set, and played in bands in high school, college, and later while living in the “real world.” His first job was in a small music store, selling guitars, and later worked for multiple gear manufacturers, including Dean Markley, Pro Co Sound, and Fender Musical Instruments. After moving to Denver, Jeremy started a web design and podcast production agency. He is also the co-founder of Low Boy Beaters with Christopher Gregori and they make hand-painted wooden bass drum beaters.   Pocket ProTechTours: What inspired you to design the LowBoy? Jeremy Brieske: We realized that there aren’t enough wood beaters that had the preferred weight that drummers wanted. People wanted the tone of wood but complained that they were too heavy. We also wanted to do something that looked cool and had some style. Finally the flat edge on our design gives the beater a unique tone, more punch, and power in general.   Pocket ProTechTours: Was it successful the first time? Or did you have to try multiple prototypes? Jeremy Brieske: We went through a handful of prototypes but it was fairly quick. We knew the shape that we wanted pretty early on, so it was really the process of finding the weight that we wanted.  We probably went through about 3 or 4 prototypes before we found the right one.   Pocket ProTechTours: What separates your product from other bass drum beaters on the market? Jeremy Brieske: Well it kind of goes back to the inspiration part of the process. It’s a wood beater with the right weight, and it’s a stylish addition to the drum set even if the audience can’t see it, it’s something you as the drummer can be proud of.   Pocket ProTechTours: How long has your product been around? Jeremy Brieske: We launched in October of 2014.   Pocket ProTechTours: Do you plan on modifications to the design or is it proficient as is? Jeremy Brieske: We have created the Leather Daddy beater and the Felt Daddy beater for variations in tone. In addition we have a lightweight version to accommodate those who wanted a lighter feel. The end goal is to create a line of beaters that satisfies any drummer regardless of genre or tone that they desire.   Pocket ProTechTours: Who are some performing drummers that are currently using your products? Jeremy Brieske: Glen Kotche-Wilco, Garret Goodwin-Carrie Underwood, Billy Rymer of Dilinger Escape Plan, and Stan Bicknell.   Pocket ProTechTours: Do you have any other products or projects coming in the near future? Jeremy Brieske: The Felt Daddy are now officially available for sale this month.   Pocket ProTechTours: Does your products come in packs or sold individually? What is the street price?  Jeremy Brieske: They are sold individually and the price ranges from $28-$100 depending on the amount of customization that you would like for your beater.   Pocket ProTechTours: Where can your product be found? Jeremy Brieske: Through our website www.lowboybeaters.com you can customize your own design and there stock and premade options available in independent drum shops around the country.         Pocket ProTechTours: Who are some of you drumming influences? Jeremy Brieske: John Bonham, Max Roach, and Dave Grohl.   Pocket ProTechTours: If you could only listen to or play one genre of music what would it be? Jeremy Brieske: Rock and Roll.   Pocket ProTechTours: What is your favorite song to play or listen to? Jeremy Brieske: When the Levee Breaks- Led Zeppelin   Pocket ProTechTours: Who are some women that you look up to or inspire you? Jeremy Brieske: My wife Ally keeps me motivated to work hard and be a better person. Patti Smith because she was influential in the Punk movement and she wasn’t afraid to be different.    

Jeremy Brieske, originally from Saginaw.MI is nearly a lifelong drummer, having first played the bells in his second grade class play. In sixth grade, Jeremy switched to the drum set, and played in bands in high school, college, and later while living in the “real world.” His first job was in a small music store, selling guitars, and later worked for multiple gear manufacturers, including Dean Markley, Pro Co Sound, and Fender Musical Instruments. After moving to Denver, Jeremy started a web design and podcast production agency. He is also the co-founder of Low Boy Beaters with Christopher Gregori and they make hand-painted wooden bass drum beaters.

 

Pocket ProTechTours: What inspired you to design the LowBoy?

Jeremy Brieske: We realized that there aren’t enough wood beaters that had the preferred weight that drummers wanted. People wanted the tone of wood but complained that they were too heavy. We also wanted to do something that looked cool and had some style. Finally the flat edge on our design gives the beater a unique tone, more punch, and power in general.

 

Pocket ProTechTours: Was it successful the first time? Or did you have to try multiple prototypes?

Jeremy Brieske: We went through a handful of prototypes but it was fairly quick. We knew the shape that we wanted pretty early on, so it was really the process of finding the weight that we wanted.  We probably went through about 3 or 4 prototypes before we found the right one.

 

Pocket ProTechTours: What separates your product from other bass drum beaters on the market?

Jeremy Brieske: Well it kind of goes back to the inspiration part of the process. It’s a wood beater with the right weight, and it’s a stylish addition to the drum set even if the audience can’t see it, it’s something you as the drummer can be proud of.

 

Pocket ProTechTours: How long has your product been around?

Jeremy Brieske: We launched in October of 2014.

 

Pocket ProTechTours: Do you plan on modifications to the design or is it proficient as is?

Jeremy Brieske: We have created the Leather Daddy beater and the Felt Daddy beater for variations in tone. In addition we have a lightweight version to accommodate those who wanted a lighter feel. The end goal is to create a line of beaters that satisfies any drummer regardless of genre or tone that they desire.

 

Pocket ProTechTours: Who are some performing drummers that are currently using your products?

Jeremy Brieske: Glen Kotche-Wilco, Garret Goodwin-Carrie Underwood, Billy Rymer of Dilinger Escape Plan, and Stan Bicknell.

 

Pocket ProTechTours: Do you have any other products or projects coming in the near future?

Jeremy Brieske: The Felt Daddy are now officially available for sale this month.

 

Pocket ProTechTours: Does your products come in packs or sold individually? What is the street price?

 Jeremy Brieske: They are sold individually and the price ranges from $28-$100 depending on the amount of customization that you would like for your beater.

 

Pocket ProTechTours: Where can your product be found?

Jeremy Brieske: Through our website www.lowboybeaters.com you can customize your own design and there stock and premade options available in independent drum shops around the country.

       

Pocket ProTechTours: Who are some of you drumming influences?

Jeremy Brieske: John Bonham, Max Roach, and Dave Grohl.

 

Pocket ProTechTours: If you could only listen to or play one genre of music what would it be?

Jeremy Brieske: Rock and Roll.

 

Pocket ProTechTours: What is your favorite song to play or listen to?

Jeremy Brieske: When the Levee Breaks- Led Zeppelin

 

Pocket ProTechTours: Who are some women that you look up to or inspire you?

Jeremy Brieske: My wife Ally keeps me motivated to work hard and be a better person. Patti Smith because she was influential in the Punk movement and she wasn’t afraid to be different.

 

 

February 2017 "Drumtacs"

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 bob@bigbangdist.com for more information.

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