Quasi Nelson

Kelhani

Quasi Nelson

About

Paiste Artist Since
September 2019

Nationality
United States

Main Affiliations
Kelhani
The Shadowboxers

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Biography

At the age of twenty-seven, Ray “Quasi” Nelson has proved that he can wear many hats in the music and entertainment industry. Born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, Ray’s early musical influences include the church and his grandfather whom he studied with heavily on snare rudiments and jazz drums. Attending arts schools from Elementary to High school allowed Ray to submerged himself in various genres of music and be influenced by a plethora of musicians, which sculpted his diverse playing style. By the time Ray graduated high school, he had debuted his self-produced DVD entitled, “Out the Box”, performed internationally and on television, and was featured in Modern Drummer magazine. After receiving his B.A. in Jazz Studies with a minor in Music Industry from Florida A&M University, Ray (who formally goes by Quasi) moved to California to pursue a career in music and entertainment. Shortly after, he began touring and recording with The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra becoming one of the youngest members to hold the drummers chair. In 2017, Quasi began touring with Grammy nominated recording artist, Kehlani, co-produced a mulit- platinum recording single and filmed his television acting debut on BET’s The Quad. He currently plays for several artist across the music industry including Sabrina Claudio, The Shadowboxers and Stanaj. Residing in Los Angeles, CA, Quasi is also the Founder and Director of Synergy Percussion Camp, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization he founded in 2015. Located in South Florida, Synergy was created to serve as a bridge builder for young musicians and influential artist in the music industry.

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    Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark body, full frequency spectrum, brilliant highs. Very wide range, complex, pleasing musical mix. Immediate, sensitive response, strong attack, controllable spread, even, layered fade. This crash combines silky, soft qualities with energy and projection for an incredibly versatile application range. Also extremely well suited as suspended cymbals and for mallet rolls.

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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: 8", 10"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Full, wet with a brittle, trashy side. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft and very responsive, giving feel with a short, exploding sparkly splash character. Very well suited for dynamic effect accents in many musical styles. Also, well suited for hand playing in percussive set-ups.

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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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    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
  • Details

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

    Sound character: Dark, soft, warm, fast. Wide range, complex mix. Very soft feel, very responsive. Delicately whooshing effect cymbal with a round, balanced decay for short accents in low to moderate music settings.

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