Recently, we made our way up the California coast to San Pedro; a small town on the working class side of L.A. with Shaper Ambassador, Ryan Miller. Ryan has shaping and designing his surfboards with Shaper for almost 4 years now. The goal was to hand shape Ryan a new snare drum with the best in the business, Jeremey Berman of Q Drums. Over the last 15 years Jeremy has become known for building the highest quality, best sounding drums in the business. His talent for building handcrafted drums that sound like no other drum in the world has given him the chance to work with bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Thrice, Bad Religion, Angels & Airwaves, and Awol Nation.
The goal for Jeremy and his team is to build drums that say something not only with how they sound, but also how they look. Using techniques from generations past, they spare no expense in customizing every last piece of each drum by hand. Jeremy and Ryan took about 3 hours to build a new copper snare drum and by the end of the day we could definitely tell that Ryan was frothing to get home and dial in the sound on his new masterpiece. It's great to see artists still striving to create handcrafted goods that are true works of art. Thanks to Jeremy and the team at Q Drums for giving us some insight on how drums are made the right way.
A quote on the Q Drums website sums up the love they have for the art of making drums.
"A man who works with his hands is a laborer; A man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; A man who works with his hands, his brain, and his heart is an artist.
- Louis Nizer
Check out www.qdrumco.com for some serious musical inspiration or follow them on social media @qdrumco and let them know the crew from Shaper Studios sent ya!
If you want to see Milly and his new drums in action check out @lullsofficial for upcoming tour dates.