ARTIST MICRO FEATURE – MEGADETH's SHAWN DROVER

ARTIST MICRO FEATURE
SHAWN DROVER

Dirtbag Clothing has afforded me the great opportunity to meet some spectacular musicians. Shawn Drover happens to be just one of those spectacular people.
A few weeks ago Shawn calls me to say they are going to South America for some gigs and all his Dirtbag swag was in the “A-Rig” and they were taking the “B-Rig” and he asked if I could send an emergency shirt his way to rock South America…. HELL YEAH I said! I then asked if he would be my guinea pig for my “Micro Feature” I wanted to do for the new site and he said sure thing!
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Five questions short and sweet. I hope you guys like it.

DBC: What are the differences from your studio kit vs. touring kit? And as a part 2 to that, what advice would you have for a drummer that just can’t take his entire kit on the road with him? (Advice on how to “edit” a drum kit?)
SD: My studio kit is actually 1 of my touring rigs, as I have an A,B and C rig for each World tour we do. At the end of a World tour all 3 kits are in our recording studio, so its quite easy to have 1 of them set up for recording. As for advice on a drummer who can’t take his entire kit on the road-Get in a band where you CAN take your entire rig on the road!!!!!! 😉

DBC: What’s the pre-show routine when it comes to your drum kit?
SD: Honestly, I don’t have any set pre-show warm-up, etc. before going onstage-We usually play 3-4 songs on our backstage rig before the show, so that along with some stretching and drinking lots of water is enough for me to be prepared for a show.

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DBC: Back up item(s) every drummer must have for a live gig?
SD: Extra sticks, bass drum pedals and drum heads are important to have plenty of on the road, as they will all break at 1 time or another, so be prepared and have lots of extra in case something does break.
DBC: Endorsements – every drummer wants to be endorsed and you know it’s not that easy. So what do you feel are the proper steps to take in reaching out to a company looking for those endorsements?
SD: Endorsements are easier to get once you’re in an established band, as most of them want you to play and showcase their product in a live setting and in the studio-Some musicians are purists though and feel no need to be endorsed by a certain musical company, which is commendable, certainly. Everything that I am endorsed by I would use anyways and in most cases have used for years.

DBC: You’ve had a tremendously successful career that is still growing. So this is the proverbial knowing what I know now, back in the day I would have done __________________ (this) differently. Second question- Knowing what I know now, I wish I had this advice when I first started out in music??
SD: I am not sure how differently I would do anything to be where I was at this point of my life. Of course, I could always say “I wish i was successful at a younger age, but then who is to say I would still be doing this at my age if I was successful 20 years ago?? I just keep doing what I’m doing and am thankful I have been releasing records since 1996.

Links:

http://www.megadeth.com/content/shawn-drover

Twitter: SHAWNDROVER

MEGA ZIP – How and Why

The MEGAZIP has been a journey that has been nearly 8 years in the making. I’ve always wanted a huge zipper as Dirtbag has always been a bit “different” and counter to the direction most trends travel. I would always ask all my suppliers what is the largest zipper they had and they were never big enough. Then one day randomly I asked a new vendor what’s the largest zipper they can find and they came back with something that was close to the size I was wanting. After saying I think they can go BIGGER they did and finally in 2014 I’m happy to announce the MEGAZIP to one and all. Dirtbag pushed and pushed and we got the zipper we wanted!! Right now Dirtbag is the only one with this zipper so if you can handle it come to the MEGAZIP and enjoy!! MEGAZIP

MEGAZIP - Mega Core Hoody
MEGAZIP – Mega Core Hoody

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Invasive Joins Dirtbag

Invasive recently played in Twin Falls, Idaho at the Snake River Harley Davidson grand reopening and played in Caldwell, Idaho at a club called The Venue. Invasive is in the works of putting a tour together hopefully making stops in Salt Lake City Utah, Phoenix AZ, Los Angeles CA, Portland OR, and Seattle WA. Invasive will be in the studio in September recording their first album. Invasive recently picked up an endorsement deal with Dirtbag Clothing and are proud to be a part of the Dirtbag family and look forward to supporting them while on stage. We would like to thank Dirtbag Clothing, Ed Leclere, and all of our fans for helping us do what we do best.

Nick Matthews Band – UPDATE

Our CD – “Blues From The Wild Side” went to #25 on the APD Top 100 Blues Albums charts
The title cut from our latest CD “Live Free/Ride Hard” debuted last week at #27 on the IMN Mainstream charts
August 24th we’re playing at The Hot August Blues Festival in Hardin KY
We recently tied for 1st place in the Gorilla Entertainment Battle of The Bands in Nashville TN

check us out at www.nickmatthewsband.com

Thanks,

Glenn

The Nick Matthews Band