I posted a little flyover from my 3/3 show but wanted to share a bit more about the gear I’m playing around with for 2018.
First off, great news that Impression Cymbals has a US presence again. I’ve been with them for 3 years now and have a wide selection of their Turkish made masterpieces. So far the very limited run I-Con series 15″ hihats and 20″ ride paired with a 19″ Traditional Crash/Ride are all perfect choices but I may add some efx cymbals or another washy crash soon.
The new music needs a different sound than my Taye Studio Birch so I’m giving the Yamaha Absolute Maple Hybrid kit a spin. I’ve never been a Maple drums fan but the Wenge in the middle of this shell does something magical and somehow the kit sounds like Maple and Birch at the same time? Sorcery. I’m using a Big Fat Snarebourine for a little extra snare chunk and an LP micro snare and click hihat tambourine for some spice.
Stickwise, Vic Firth has come out with this Modern Jazz collection and I’m loving the MJC3. It’s like an 8D but with an oval bead instead of an acorn and it feels perfect in my hands. I’d been an SD4 guy forever but for some reason I move to it for drums and away from it for sticks?
My new electronics rig is a work in progress but so far I’ve got all of the atmospheric vocal effects and additional keys/strings/blips and boops running from Ableton Live out of an iConnectAudi02+ to the house and also with a headphone mix to me via the amazing FutureSonics G10 in ear monitors. The iConnect has a software mixer that allows me a lot of control to route of out Ableton and even though were only using two right now we could easily push 4 and I’d still be able to have a separate stereo headphone mix. I love that lil robot! I’M also using a Keith McMillen Instruments Bop Pad as the start/stop controller and since it has 4 zones I can trigger a sound or two per song if needed. And it all fits in one case! wooo!
It’s been fun to jump back into music with an electronic component and our new set of songs definitely have alot of new colors and textures to make them come to life.
More experiments to come…..
My site has been a little neglected what with everything that happened in 2017 so here’s a little listicle of highlights and pics that made it a little better.
June 4 – We played The Brewtown Rumble in the shadow of the lovely Pabst brewery in Downtown Milwaukee. It was HOT! We did a second set without the suits and I put my hair up haha
June 10: I love the swirly stage at Company Brewing
(Thanks Luke for the backline drums which allowed me to fly in and just jump onstage and play)
June 30: We played Summerfest AKA The World’s largest Muic Festival as part of their Emerging Artists series (Ehson lounging backstage)
July 26: We played Chill on the Hill – it was a perfect night albeit a little buggy. Ignore my love handles and just enjoy this photo for it’s epicness.
August ?: Speaking of epic! I hate photos of myself but someone shared this online and I think I’m ok with it 😉
September 9: We played Rock the Green on a 100% pedal powered stage!
“Milwaukee’s Devil Met Contention, was the sharpest dressed band of the festival, with each of the members donning a matching dark suit. They brought their southwestern tinged tunes to the Pedal Power Stage, riding into their set with a unique sound and soulful energy. Lead singer/songwriter Ehson Rad’s deep vocals and storytelling helped lead almost the entire crowd at the festival at the time over to the Pedal Power Stage for their late afternoon set. Equal parts musically rocking and lyrically poignant, Devil Met Contention are a band on the rise who held the audience in the palms of their hands during their forty-five minute set.”
October 12: National Tastemaker 88NINE Radio Milwaukee included us on their Pledge Drive CD gift called “Live From Studioo Milwaukee, Vol.7”. Had we known at the time that we would end up rubbing shoulder with Old 97s, Aimee Mann, Robyn Hitchcock, The Magnetic Zeroes, Brett Dennen and Mike Doughty we would have played better haha!
November and December: we carved out a little bit of time to demo, track and produce two new songs for release in 2018. They’re definitely a move into new territory for us and I hope people will be into them as much as we are. I can honestly say this is the first time that I never once got tired of hearing the songs throughout the entire process which is rare I think.
Also, Daniel Holter is our new champ behind the board and its been such a pleasure to watch him work.
SEE YOU IN 2018!
It was a blast to be asked to play this show in which MKE bands draft other bands and then cover their music live. It’s a reminder of how much talent and variety there is in this city – and that people from outside of it may not know that it’s here. Our set was de/reconstructed hip hop from Vincent Van Great which means I had ALOT of fun playing drums. (and BTW thank to Nick Lang from Buffalo Gospel for letting me use his vintage Ludwig kit for that chunky thump.)
Abby Jeanne and her awesome band did a great take on our stuff and I really wish I had been recording it because it was <insert fire emogi x 10>!!!
DMC goes international!
We’ll be heading up to Toronto to play some shows during Indie Week Canada as part of the RSL blog’s Outlaw Roadshow. One of the shows is even at the legendary Cameron House, which some folks consider Canada’s CBGB’s. (Having played at CBGB’s back in the late 90’s I’ll let you know!)
DMC is packing up the van, grabbing some snacks and heading out for a quick 10 days around the Midwest.
Don’t worry about preseason football or the impending end of this gorgeous Summer, just come out and see us and have some fun!
It’s Alive! haha
Stream and Download Fuel The Lights, the new album by Devil Met Contention today!
Or you can find them on Spotify, Itunes, Youtube and everywhere digital music is sold.
Also, a HUGE thank you to Milwaukee Record for the exclusive early stream and kind words about the new music. We love our local press!
Exclusive: Suit up for Devil Met Contention’s debut full-length, ‘Fuel The Lights’
After about a year of various sessions and a single release last year of “Summertime”, this release is ready for the world. It was an honor to join Victor DeLorenzo, Janet Schiff, Rob Wasserman, Monia and more special guests by contributing drum set and percussion to this release. If time and venues permit, I may even get to join V & J onstage in the future to play some of these tunes live!.