One thing that is kinda cool about living in rough proximity to LA is the preponderance of trade shows that are within driving distance. For years it seems, people have been asking me, "Are you going to NAMM?" I've always answered, "No," because it's on the other side of the country. Well, now I'm also on the other side of the country and this year, I'm going to NAMM!
I've heard this is a pretty big show and that there are a lot of toys there. And that's OK with me! We're getting very close to choosing a personal monitor system and contemplating a FOH board swap. So I'll be spending time in the Digidesign booth. And perhaps a few others.
I'm also kind of stoked to stop by the Heil booth. I've written a few times about our Heil mics and how much I really like the new drum mic kit that we bought. I heard from my friend Greg McVeigh that there will be a few top-notch drummers at the show, all hanging out in the Heil booth. If I had more patience and time, I would learn to play the drums. I'm an accomplished air drummer and the drum line is always the first thing I learn when I hear a new song.
Thus, it will be cool to possibly meet some of the great drummers of our time. Greg tells me that the following people will be there at some point during the week.
We have Drew Hester, Phil Ehart from Kansas, Aaron Harris from a metal band called Isis, Russ Mckinnon who played with Tower of Power and is now with Barry Manilow, Wally Ingram with Sheryl Crow and others. Frampton is going to be there and also Neal Schoen from Journey.
So that's pretty cool. If you'll be at the show, stop by the Heil booth. I'll be dropping in a few times on Friday to hopefully meet one of my drumming heros. And perhaps we can organize a Tweetup while we're there--let me know if you're going and we can give it a shot.