Curtis Bearden

Independent

Curtis Bearden

About

Paiste Artist Since
July 2008

Nationality
United States

Main Affiliation
Independent

Other Affiliation
Mariah

Setup

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Biography

Curtis Bearden is a self taught drummer who grew up listening to a variety of bands such as Kiss, Rush, Pat Travers, Steve Miller Band, Tom Scott, The LA Express and Mahavishnu Orchestra. His main influences growing up were Tommy Aldridge and Billy Cobham. While in high school, Curtis played in the Symphonic & Marching Band and Jazz ensemble. Curtis played the club scenes throughout the U.S.; eventually landing him the gig with a newly formed band in Minneapolis Minnesota called “Pretty Boy”. It was at that time Curtis hooked up with Steve Miller Band drummer Gordy Knudtson. Curtis began taking personal lessons from Gordy in between his tours. In 1987, the band Pretty Boy caught the ear of Jon Bon Jovi and began working with Jon and Ritchie Sambora. The name “Pretty Boy” was soon changed to “Mariah”. They landed a deal with Atlantic Records but it wasn’t long after that when Nirvana came on to the music scene and the grunge style music began dominating the music industry. This was the beginning of the end for the 80’s hair bands. Though Mariah split up in the early 90’s, Curtis continued on being a freelance drummer doing mostly studio work and some live shows. Now after 15 years, the 80’s style music is making a come back and Mariah has reunited. Curtis is the driving force once again in the band “Mariah”.

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 18", 19", 20"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Heavy

    Sound character: Bright, explosive, full, sparkling, warm. Wide frequency range, fairly clean mix. Even, giving feel with a powerful attack, sharp response and a nice sparkling fade. A strong, full, durable and cutting crash with radiant sound.

  • Sounds
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    Sizes: 10"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Bright, fully, silvery, sizzling. Fairly narrow range, fairly clean mix. Quick response, somewhat soft feel. Great cutting splash with a rich sound for all purpose stage or studio applications.

  • Sounds
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    Sizes: 14"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Bright, full, warm, brilliant. Wide range, balanced, focused mix. Responsive feel. Bright, aggressive open sound. Sharp, cutting chick sound. Excellent for articulate playing.

  • Sounds
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    Sizes: 18"
    Volume: Loud
    Weight: Heavy

    Sound character: Bright, full, trashy. Wide range with complex frequencies. Well suited for stronger china ride playing and big, exotic crashes.

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    Sizes: 13"
    Volume: Loud
    Weight: Heavy

    Sound character: Full, bright, metallic, strong. Narrow range, clean mix. Fairly heavy, very immediate feel. Dry, clear, strong, slightly distorted ping over sparse, warm, metallic bell sound. A loud, lively, unusual cymbal with very specific ride and bell playing functions. Also suited for strong color accents and various percussion effects.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 10"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Heavy

    Sound character: Warm, bright, vibrating, piercing. Medium range, fairly clean mix. Hard, heavy and direct feel. Bright, piercing ping over a warm, powerful, glimmering bell sound. Versatile, heavy instrument for percussive effects.

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