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Hi, I'm Drummer Dan. From the time I was about 10 years old, I have had a passion for drums and percussion instruments. It wouldn't be until my early 20's, that I would find my true percussion calling in the acoustic hand drum.
I saw my first real drum circle in Eugene, Oregon, back in 1993 or 1994, the year the city of Eugene, OR , let the Grateful Dead play at Autzen Stadium again, for the first time in about 20 years. I was never the same after that show, 4 days and nights on the scene with 70,000 other people, drum circles everywhere, people bartering and selling everywhere, on Shakedown St. and all around. What a happening!
That is where I encountered ashikos, THE all around versatile drum. The ashiko is like having a combination djembe/conga style drum, that can lead and deliver slaps and booming basses like a djembe, as well as quietly and emphatically support an acoustic guitar or flute.
And so I made hand drums for 20 years or more, BUT in recent years, I just got the FEVER for Trap Kits!!! I eschewed modern trap kits for years, because I hated those fake shells, and plastic heads.
And then it occurred to me, that modern drum kits could be improved dramatically by adapting to better shells, and better membranes.