I champion a campaign called “Music Is A Sport.” It’s designed to encourage clothing corporations, and advertising agencies to develop and market products geared toward the needs of professional musicians and school band programs (marching band uniforms are the worst) similar to the way they market to athletes. We need clothes that look great onstage or on field, are breathable, wicking, and quick drying, and don’t stink.
Levis put out the “Commuter” line which has been a life saver for me on the road. Originally designed for folks that ride bikes to work and/or bike messengers, this clothing line is also tailor-made for drummers who deal with sweat drenched clothes every night on tour. Levis added a technology called Sanitized, which prevents bacteria from multiplying so you can maintain that fresh feel and smell when you put them on the next day. The fabric is also much more flexible than the normal denim. So much so that I actually buy the jackets a size smaller than I would normally because I really do not feel constricted when playing drums and I like that slimmer more form-fitting look. The pants are available in the 511 skinny model. The classic “5 Pocket Trucker Jacket” has not been altered that much, so you still have that classic look. For spring 2012 they are coming out with incredible new colors as well. I’ve made a TON of drummers aware of this line and receive nothing but thanks and praise in return.
2. Ludwig Drums
These drums feel like home. I’ve played them since 8th grade and as much as I love, and am a collector of all drums, there is just simply nothing like Ludwig. I started as a jazzer and most of my heroes like Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Vernel Fournier, and Joe Morello were playing Ludwig. As I got more into soul, rock, and pop I noticed that most of my favorite drummers like Al Jackson Jr., Ringo Starr, John Bonham, Alex Van Halen, Bun E Carlos, and countless others were rocking Ludwigs of all sorts. I’m honored to be representing them now and I’m happy to say they still feel like home.