Drum Mastery 2011

Shure Incorporated | 28/03/2012

Let’s be honest, drummers  don’t always get the glory they deserve. But where would the world’s  greatest bands be without someone to lock in the beat? So Shure put out a  call for Europe’s best drummers back in the fall of 2011. The idea was  to gather unsung rhythm gods from across the continent for a drum battle  royal in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Contestants were asked to showcase their chops by uploading a video  of them playing along to a designated track. During the entry phase,  Shure sponsored a series of online workshop videos to help everyone take  their drumming to the next level. After our online community voted on  314 entries from 24 countries, a panel of judges whittled it down to  just five finalists.

Shure then flew drummers from Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain and  Britain to Iceland to compete for the grand prize. But before the epic  drum battle, the five contestants were treated to a masterclass with UK  drumming pro Darren Ashford. They also learned the best mic techniques  from a Shure sound engineer.

The finalists then took to the stage of a dark club in the Icelandic  capital Reykjavik and proceeded to punish their drum kits as an awed  audience looked on. In the end, Antonio De Marianis from Italy won over  the crowd, which narrowly decided the drum battle champion by applause.  He took home a €5,000-voucher for Shure equipment and a set of cymbals  from Paiste.

“We’re five drummers with totally different styles and that’s what  made the contest so interesting and exciting,” said De Marianis. “I  never expected to win and was completely surprised. It was a unique  experience that I’ll never forget.”

The  Drum Mastery contest lives on in the still popular online workshop  videos, which can be found here. They are hopefully inspiring drummers  everywhere to seek their share of the glory.

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