Sampson Hellerman

Ripe

Sampson Hellerman

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Paiste Artist Since
February 2020

Nationality
United States

Main Affiliation
Ripe

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„It has been a dream and a goal of mine to be a paiste artist ever since I started studying the drums at 10 years old. Whether it was the sound, the look, the name, the reputation, or the artists that play them, I was drawn to these cymbals from the second I knew they existed! Paiste cymbals are bold, complex, and beautiful. It is an honor to play them!“

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Biography

Hey everyone! I am Sampson Hellerman. I was born in New York City in 1992. When I was 9 years old, my father and I were on a road trip through the southeast when we stumbled upon a mom and pop music shop in Farmville, VA. My dad bought me my first pair of drumsticks that day. After a year of drumming on the dashboard of the car I decided to start my first band at age 10, this kicked off 8 years of gigging around the NYC club circuit (as well as constantly moving apartments after getting kicked out due to practicing drums loudly). I was greatly influenced at a young age by drummers such as Jim Gordon, Levon Helm, Steve Gadd, Steve Jordan, Joe Russo, Taylor Hawkins, JR Robinson, Vinnie Colaiuta, and many other incredible players. After graduating high school I attended Berklee College of Music and there started the band "Ripe" early on during my freshman year. While Ripe was beginning to get moving I was simultaneously and constantly recording and gigging with other artists around the Boston scene, as well as touring whenever the opportunity arose. However, over the last 8 years Ripe has become a full time job and a juggernaut of a touring act (if I may say so myself), continuously doing laps around the country year after year and selling out venues from coast to coast while also making and releasing records. I am very proud of the work we have done and continue to do! I am also beyond proud to be part of the Paiste family!

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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: 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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