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Drum stars ex­plain why they choose SJC

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How and why did you start play­ing SJC drums?

Josh Dun, Twenty One Pi­lots : “I got in con­tact with Mike [Ciprari] through a mu­tual friend around 2013. I’ve been fol­low­ing his work for years and loved the crazy cre­ativ­ity and cus­tomi­sa­tion of drum­sets that he does. Play­ing drums is an ex­pres­sion of your­self; get­ting crazy with your in­stru­ment and how it looks is also a great way to ex­press your­self on stage.” Frank Zumo, Sum41: “I was search­ing for a com­pany that could cre­ate some next-level cus­tom art kits. I met the owner Mike and we started brain­storm­ing. He sent me out a kit to try at re­hearsals and then per­son­ally de­liv­ered me a kit to a show in Boston. I fell in love with the way the drums sounded and played.” Jay Wein­berg, Slip­knot: “I started play­ing SJC drums be­cause I was im­me­di­ately drawn to their cre­ativ­ity and pas­sion for what they do. I saw my own love of the in­stru­ment re­flected in the care and at­ten­tion they gave to cre­at­ing playable pieces of art.”

What makes SJC stand out?

JD: “The com­pany is run by dudes my age or even younger, which is cool ’cos stylis­ti­cally I think all this stuff is ahead of the curve. They get it. They un­der­stand that qual­ity and crafts­man­ship come first but that style and cre­ativ­ity are a very close sec­ond. If I hit them up and asked for a UFO drum kit, they’d be able to cre­ate some­thing mind-blow­ing.” FZ: “They con­stantly push bound­aries and truly cre­ate one-of-a-kind drums that con­tinue to change the cus­tom drum kit game.” JW: “SJC’s iden­tity is in the qual­ity of their drums, and how will­ing and able they are as a com­pany to ma­te­ri­alise the most in­no­va­tive de­sign ideas. Their con­fi­dence in de­liv­er­ing a drum based on any artist’s imag­i­na­tion is un­par­al­leled. A large part of my sound is di­alling in what I’m able to achieve through SJC drums.”

What’s been the coolest de­sign you’ve worked on with SJC?

JD: “My sig­na­ture kit for sure. As a kid I al­ways wanted a cus­tom drum kit and to have de­signed some­thing with my favourite cus­tom drum com­pany is a dream come true.” FZ: “The cre­ation of my cus­tom Shep­ard Fairey Obey ‘Rise Above’ drum kit. Then we re­cently had Shep­ard hand-paint two cus­tom snares and a gong tom for a spe­cial per­for­mance.” JW: “I’m most proud of what we’ve done to bring to­gether the worlds of art and mu­sic by do­ing live drum paint­ings. As a vis­ual artist, it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a one-of-one piece of art on an un­ortho­dox can­vas – a hol­low, cylin­dri­cal drum shell.”

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