Nathaniel Townsley

Alejandro Sanz

Nathaniel Townsley

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Paiste Artist Since
February 1997

Nationality
United States

Main Affiliation
Alejandro Sanz

Other Affiliations
Mariah Carey
Stevie Wonder
Special EFX
Joe Zawinul

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PAISTE CYMBALS - Nathaniel Townsley - Interview & Studio Session
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Biography

Nathaniel Townsley’s natural talent was evident at an early age in his father’s church and still to this day, returns to his roots when he’s not on the road. Considered one of the most gifted drummers in the world today, Nathaniel’s talent was recognized by one of music’s true innovators, Weather Report’s Joe Zawinul, with whom he played with for years up until Joe’s passing. Anyone commanding the Zawinul’s drum chair was considered an absolute drummer’s drummer and Nathaniel amazing technique, musicality and incredible feel matched Zawinul’s vision completely. Nathaniel Townsley has performed and recorded with a diverse list of artists that include Richard Bona, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Jessica Simpson, Corey Glover, Special EFX, Chris DeBarge, R. Kelly, Dru Hill, Public Enemy, Nile Rogers & Chic and Lalah Hathaway just to name a few. He’s been a featured performer at the Modern Drummer Festival, the Montreal Drum Festival and workshops worldwide. Currently and for the past years, he’s been touring with 15-time Grammy winner… Spanish Mega-Star, Alejandro Sanz.

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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: Medium

    Sound character: Dark, dry, woody. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft, responsive feel. Full, warm, open sound. Loose, soggy chick sound. Perfectly suited for traditional swing patterns, but also well usable for other acoustic styles like Blues, Country, Soul or Gospel.

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

    Sound character: Aggressive, bright, energetic, trashy. Medium range, complex mix. Responsive feel, explosive attack. Powerful, cutting effect cymbal for exotic accents. A good cymbal for noisy crash riding at higher volume levels.

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    Sizes: 8", 10"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Warm, airy, snarling, silvery. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft feel with a very responsive, explosive splash sound. Low tuned effect cymbal for lively accents in moderate volume. Well suited for hand-playing. Vinnie Colaiuta explains: “They are sweet, they are these kind of punctuation marks in the background.”

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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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