Damon Mendes

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Paiste Artist Since
July 1997

Nationality
United States

Other Affiliation
Elisabeth Withers

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Biography

A musician born and raised in NYC.. drummer/producer, songwriter and clinic coordinator. Damon has performed, toured and/or recorded for Cameo, The Manhattans, Regina Bell, Nona Hendryz, Freddie Jackson, Craig Harris, Roy Ayers, Mike Phillips, Shelby J., Public Enemy, Marcus Miller and has also manned the drum chair for TV series New York Undercover and Vaughn Harper and the Quiet Storm Live for NYC FM radio WBLS. Both gigs allowed Damon to accompany the best of the best in the music business. Studied Music at Old Westbury SUNY under Warren Smith and Makanda Ken McIntyre. Both teachers introduced methodical approaches to performing. An awesome journey raised in a small town in NY that had bands on every block. Damon was exposed to all styles and fell in love with performing and collaborating with musicians worldwide. Like the ol saying.. “If you can make it here”

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    Sizes: 20", 21", 22"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: A fusion of darkness, energy, projection and brilliance. Very wide range, complex, musical mix. Responsive feel, extremely controllable. Woody, silvery, spanky ping over crunchy, thriving wash. Extremely versatile, flexible ride for wide ranging application in modern blended music styles. Mark I: Tends to be a bit quieter, darker and drier. This manifests itself in the overall sound character and in particular in the bell and ping sound.

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

    Sound character: Warm, full, brilliant. Wide range, clean mix. Responsive and soft feel. Clear, yet very warm sounding crash sound for medium loud musical situations.

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