Ken Schalk

Mister Sparx

Ken Schalk

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About

Paiste Artist Since
February 2002

Nationality
United States

Main Affiliation
Mister Sparx

Other Affiliation
Candiria

Follow Artist

„Paiste has always been an amazingly pristine, consistent and clean cymbal maker. They’ve always been awesome when it came to experimenting with new sounds, FX or even diversifying existing lines. But when they released the Dark Energy and traditionals lines, my respect and love for them grew exponentially.“

Setup

Ken Schalk

Cymbals listed from left to right

10" Alpha Splash (discontinued)
14" Signature Precision Hi-Hat (as hi-hat bottom)
14" 2002 Medium Hi-Hat (as hi-hat top)
18" Signature Precision Heavy Crash
18" 900 Series China
19" RUDE Crash/Ride
14" PST X Swiss Flanger Stack

Videos & Pics

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Biography

Ken has been tapping, banging, stomping and beating on everything since he was a small child. Listening to all genres of music from the young age of 4, Ken has grown into an extremely diverse musician and drummer, harnessing the ability to play a wide variety of musical genres with many rhythmic and melodic instruments. Ken’s main point of public recognition was CANDIRIA, a Brooklyn, NY quintet that covered a wide range of musical styles over a 14 year career. Perceived as a progressive, urban fusion wrapped in Heavy Metal, CANDIRIA’s sound provided Kenneth an environment that most musicians dream of; to challenge his talent on every level. In 2009, Ken said yes to the drum seat for Platinum selling rock band FUEL, touring for almost 4 years and writing & recording the drums for FUEL’s 2014 release, “Puppet Strings”. Presently, Ken is endeavoring two musical paths: 1 - Producing educational content on his Youtube channel and teaching drummers of all levels 2 - Releasing music and social media content as a drummer/song writer.

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 16", 18", 20"
    Volume: Loud
    Weight: Heavy

    Sound character: Very bright, warm, strong, brilliant. Wide range, clean mix. Slightly heavy, responsive feel. Meaty, powerful crash for clear, cutting, precise accents in Rock, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.

  • Sounds
  • Details

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

    Sound character: Fairly dark, energetic. Medium wide range, complex mix. Explosive, shattering crash. Exotic stick sound over a complex, trashy wash. Assertive china for exotic effects.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 14"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Earthy, warm, dry, washy. Fairly narrow range, complex mix. Soft, giving and responsive feel. Depending on how aggressively you tighten the pair, they offer a range from dry, trashy hi-hat sounds to shattering, noisy-washy crash effects.

  • Sounds