Dimitri Fantini

Independent

Dimitri Fantini

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About

Paiste Artist Since
March 2018

Nationality
United States

Main Affiliation
Independent

Website
www.dimitrifantini.com

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Biography

Dimitri was given a set of drums for his first birthday, and that’s when his musical journey began. Initially, he was self-taught, playing along to records until the age of eleven when he began studying with Woody Sutton, who was a student of Chester Thompson—best known as the drummer for Genesis and Phil Collins. The knowledge Woody passed on helped Dimitri to build a foundation of technique, independence, and musicality on the drums. Dimitri went on to study percussion, piano, and music theory at Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington, Delaware, one of the most selective public schools in the United States. It was at this time he started gaining experience performing in many situations, including concert bands, marching band competitions, and multiple gigging jazz groups. After graduating Dimitri focused on studio recording, engineering, and composition, perfecting his craft both on and off the drum kit. Today, Dimitri can be found performing and recording in a wide variety of situations, all drawing on his lifetime of musical experience. You can find him in jazz and R&B settings playing festivals with Cynthia Marie and touring with Liz Vice, in funk and hip hop settings with his own duo Smile and Wave, and producing and collaborating on music with a wide variety of artists. Dimitri's passion for music and rhythm motivates him to share with others. In clinics and with his students, he shares his experience and insights on everything from music theory and composition, to all manners of rhythmic concepts and drum set techniques.

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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.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 20"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Soft, warm, sweet, airy. Medium range, fairly complex mix. Fine, buttery feel. Silky, silvery ping over warm, mellow wash. Musical, gracious bell. Easily transcends Jazz and finds broad musical application wherever refined articulation and cultured style are required.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 12"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Warm, defined with strong presence. Fairly narrow range, complex mix. Balanced feel, very responsive. Distinct, dry stick sound. Muted, trashy, hissing open sound. Crisp, dry, clapping chick. Lively, dynamic hi-hat that also works well as an auxiliary hi-hat.

  • Sounds
  • Details

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

    Sound character: Dark, full, soft, multi-layered. Medium wide range, complex mix. Soft, responsive feel. Velvety sizzling open sound. Rich, dark chick sound. A sensitive hi-hat perfectly suited for light to medium heavy use within Jazz, Blues, Country and other acoustic music styles.

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