Ash Higgins

Freelance

Ash Higgins

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About

Paiste Artist Since
September 2020

Nationality
Australia

Main Affiliations
Freelance
Educator

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„Paiste Cymbals provide the ultimate sound palette to cover whatever style of music I am called to play or record. They are consistently mind blowing and innovative.“

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Biography

Ashley is a successful educator & performer. He began his journey studying brass and woodwind instruments but quickly realized that his interest was in the ‘driver’s seat’ of a band. The devotion to the art of drumming began. By the time he was 14 he was working professionally with many bands and artists throughout South East Qld. A graduate of the Queensland University of Technology holding a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz & Popular Music as well as a Graduate Diploma of Education, Ashley has now been a Music Educator for close to 20 years working at some of Queensland’s most acclaimed music schools directing concert bands, orchestras, big bands & percussion ensembles. He has conducted workshops and professional development sessions for educators at one of Australia’s largest music education conferences, the Maryborough Music Conference, where he has also performed with acclaimed Jazz Bassist Rodney Whitaker & Gospel sensation Dr. Andrew Legg. Ashley has performed with some of Australia’s most successful corporate acts and artists and this experience launched him as an in demand freelance player performing many corporate, club, concert and festival shows.

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  • Details

    Sizes: 14", 16", 18"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Exotic, warm, trashy. Medium range, complex mix. Fast, responsive feel, fairly quick decay. An explosive Crash cymbal with a strong, low wash for unique effects in many styles of music.

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  • Details

    Sizes: 14", 15"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Full, rich, energetic with a definite dark side. Crunchy, with a meaty bite. Very wide range, very complex mix. Extremely balanced, very responsive feel. Full dark, rich, shimmering, biting open/closed sound. Beautiful, fat, meaty, crisp, cutting chick sound. Fast, responsive, articulate with excellent feel and playability. An immensely versatile hi-hat that combines finesse and articulation with raw energy and cutting power.

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  • Details

    Sizes: 20", 22"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky, breathy. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft feel with a quick response. Very well crashable. Controllable, peppery stick sound over a dark layered oriental, smoky wash. A ride cymbal that can easily be used in a small jazz club setting and flourish in other styles such as blues or country music.

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  • Details

    Sizes: 14"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Exotic, warm, fluttering slightly tinny. Medium range, complex mix. Flabby feel. Very responsive, and quick fading. Extraordinary, explosive sound where precise accents are needed in many styles of music. Also well-suited for hand playing.

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  • Details

    Sizes: 10"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Warm, airy, breathy. Medium range, complex mix. Very explosive response with quick decay. Soft feel. A fast, light accent effect cymbal for many musical styles.

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    Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19", 20"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky. Medium wide range, complex mix. Buttery, soft feel with quick response. Rich, dark, mystical crash sound with tender clarity. Extremely lively cymbal for broad accents and crashes in intimate to semi-loud settings. Well suited for delicate ride patterns or mallet swells. «For those guys who really appreciate just having a cymbal that can do everything, the larger Dark Crashes can do anything. Very crash-able, and if you want to ride on them, they will give you all the ride patterns in the world.» - Gregory Hutchinson

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