The Ultimate Weekend is back again! Singapore Drum Fest 2017 will witness an impressive line-up of local and foreign artists who will convene at MAX Atria @ Singapore EXPO for two days of musicianship and showmanship.
This year, we have a killer line-up that is sure to attract fans from all over the world to come and watch this event! We have international drumming stars Meytal Cohen with Bassist Anel Pedrero, Juan Carlito Mendoza, Anel Pedrero Orantes, Jost Nickel, Federico Paulovich and Stanley Randolph. We will also have local artistes like Benjamin Lim, Anson Koh (Drum Off 2016 Open Category Champion) and his band!
This is an awesome event not to be missed with an incredible line up, with more artistes and of course, more reasons to spend a weekend immersed in one of the biggest and best drumming event in the Asia today!
This year's Drum Off Singapore gives drummers, be it established or new and upcoming drummer not only in Singapore, but overseas as well, an opportunity to showcase their skills and use this to go beyond their current career. This is an ultimate drumming competition and it will be an engaging platform for contestants to interact with other drummers from Singapore and overseas, it also encourages the drummers to get their creative juices flowing, expose drummers to more drumming techniques as they take new ideas and make something different of their own.
13 - 14 May: Auditions @ The Star Vista
01 - 02 July: Semi-Finals @ The Star Vista
04 August: YouTube Semi-Finals @ Singapore Expo Hall 5
05 August: Grand Finals @ Singapore Expo Hall 5 (Get tickets here)
Leading YouTube and Facebook Lady Drumming Sensation
Meytal is an Israeli-American drummer and one of the founding members of the American heavy metal band Meytal. At the age of 20, she studied at Los Angeles Music Academy, majoring in percussion. After that, she played with her band "Metaphor", playing concert tours in Australia, the United States, Mexico, South America and Europe in 2007.
In 2010, Cohen began posting drum covers of popular rock and heavy metal songs and has resulted in more than 100 million total views. Her first studio album Alchemy was released in August 2015 and peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, No. 5 on the Hard Rock Albums Chart and No. 7 on the Independent Albums chart. She was also featured in an American TV show and two Australian shows. Her Facebook followers in 2013 was said to be greater than that of any other Israeli woman with 369,000 "likes", outpacing supermodel Bar Refaeli; ahead of President Shimon Peres.
Juan “Carlito” Mendoza
Grand Champion of USA-wide Guitar Centre Drum Off 2012, Expert Music Educator
From a very tender age, Juan “Carlito” Mendoza has been competing and establishing himself as a talented musician. At the age of 13, he competed and won Best Soloist in a national competition held in Niagara Falls, Canada. The competition was for instrumentalists competing on instruments, such as sax and trumpet, and included the participation of high school students. He has been studying and performing for the past 25 years.
Juan currently runs a drum educational website, where he offers an array of pre-recorded video drum lessons on various topics ranging from technique, masterclasses, electronic programming and a multitude of different musical styles. He is currently working on various drum method books, social media content and studio projects. Juan “Carlito” Mendoza’s endorsements include: Pearl Drums, Meinl Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, Vic Firth Drumsticks and Mallets, Meinl Percussion and Drumdots.
Drummer for Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys, The Jacksons
Stanley Randolph, has become one of the most in-demand and highly respected drummers of our time, gaining the attention of music icons and legends such as Stevie Wonder, New Kids on the Block, Back Street Boys, Christina Aguilera, Chrisette Michele, Boyz II Men as well as several members of the Jackson family.
Stanley is a veteran of the music industry and boasts one of the most impressive resumés around. He is continually building on his style and sound due to his vast music understanding and knowledge. Stanley has an uncanny ability to capture legendary grooves and signature styles which is why he is so highly regarded in the music world.
Top Drum Clinician, Matalex, Jan Delay & Disko No.1
Jost Nickel is one of the new breed of drummers emerging from Germany. A top session and tour player, like his friends and contemporaries Benny Greb, Marco Minnemann and Anika Nilles (one of Jost’s students), Jost is taking contemporary drumming in new directions. His name appears within the credits of many hit records at home as well as abroad where Jost has played drums alongside Abe Laboriel Jr. and Manu Katché on many top-selling albums. Jost’s career received a major boost when he joined the German fusion band Matalex. He recorded all but one of Matalex’s albums – two of which featured Randy Brecker on trumpet, with the first record being the exception as that featured the one and only Steve Smith on drums before Jost stepped in on a permanent basis.
Currently, Jost is in a highly creative relationship with German super group Jan Delay & Disko No.1 whose CDs have all gone straight to number #1 in the charts, with the artist selling out venues and packing festivals wherever he tours.
Drummer for local band, Villes
Benjamin is an extremely hardworking and versatile player who has extensive reach in different styles of music. Benjamin plays with post-hardcore band Villes", who were signed to japanese label ZESTONE RECORDS, and the Artery Foundation, Australia. topping the charts on iTunes twice in 2014. "Villes" have just released their debut album titled 'The Cure' on the 29th of May, 2017 to widespread acclaim.
Ben also played in veteran death metal band Oshiego", and rock' and roll band, "V's", who are currently signed to Hong Kong label, Sun entertainment culture. On top of that, Ben plays every night in the canto/mando pop industry.
Ben has toured extensively with his bands in Japan, Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and many more. He has also attended world renowned drum educator Mike Johnston's drum camp in Seattle, US.
Ben is currently endorsing SJC drums, and Pantheon percussion snares.
Winner of Drum Off Competition 2016 (Open Category), Drummer for Nathan Hartono, Sezairi, Gareth Fernandez
Anson started playing the drums at the age of 4, under the guidance of his eldest brother, Jenson Koh. After shifting his focus to other hobbies, he decided to pick up the sticks again at the age of 16. Anson started teaching and playing professionally at the age of 18 and has since performed locally and also in countries like Jogja, Brunei, Chennai, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Perth. Although he is slightly more interested in R&B, Funk and Hip-Hop drumming, Anson wants to continue to explore other musical grounds to further expand his vocabulary on the drums and develop his musicality.
He is a member of a few local bands including Wicked Aura, Cold Cut Quartet, NeoDomnatrix and plays for local artists Gareth Fernandez and Nathan Hartono.
Italy's Top Drummer, Destrage, Vasco Rossi
Federico Paulovich is a drummer for Destrage, an Italian metalcore band. He began his musical studies at the age of 9. Having taken lessons through the years from some of the greatest Italian and international drummers such as Chris Coleman, Maxx Furian and Stefano Bagnoli, he became a talented drummer himself.
He started playing for hundreds of concerts all around Italy and going for several recordings since he was 12 years old. One of these is the EP released in 2004 by the band Amniotic Count (Winner of the national contest organized by “True Metal” re-view-webzine). Federico also worked for 2 years with the Vasco Rossi (Italian rock legend) tribute band “Vascombriccola” in which, also play Vasco’s musicians Claudio Gollinelli, Maurizio Solieri and Mimmo Camporeale.
Federico is a recognized and validated drum teacher having obtained his Vic Firth teacher's certificate.