From Jared Falk, Drumeo Co-Founder & CEO
When I was 15 years old, I attended my first ever drum festival.
I had a teacher named Gio who was really connected into the local music scene and he knew all the ‘drum guys’ at the music stores. So when he invited me to the Vancouver International Drum Festival, I was thrilled to go, but also super nervous. The lineup featured superstars like Simon Phillips, Terry Bozzio, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Matt Cameron, and Jack DeJohnette.
I remember walking in and seeing thousands of people in the venue. And I couldn’t stop thinking: “these are ALL drummers”.
Dom Famularo came out for his opening talk. He has always been such a passionate speaker. I sat there in awe listening to every motivating word and thinking “this is where I belong”. And then I watched with my jaw on the floor as Simon Phillips seamlessly played both right and left hand-lead. Terry Bozzio came out, sat behind his kit, said a short prayer and then proceeded to play a 60-minute solo that was more like a musical composition. And then Horacio Hernández came out and as he played it felt like there were eight people drumming at the same time.
Going home after the festival, I felt like my life was changed forever. I remember getting behind my kit and playing my own 60-minute solo in honor of Mr. Bozzio. And even now as I look back, I still get inspired by the feeling at that event: the vibrant, positive energy, and the belief that I belonged to a community way larger than I’d ever imagined.
Fast-forward to today -- festivals are few and far between; music stores just don’t have the budgets to put on events like that anymore. And drum communities have changed, too. There’s a good chance that you know more drummers ‘online’ than you do in your local city -- especially if you’re a part of a community like Drumeo Edge where you can connect with other students and teachers from around the world, anytime.
It goes without saying that I’m a big believer in online education. It’s accessible, it connects you to a world of educators that would otherwise be impossible to learn from, and it’s affordable. But I also care deeply about building deeper relationships and experiencing musical performances.
You can watch a drum solo on YouTube and be amazed, but if you’re in the room for that very same solo it might just change your life. And you can chat with a fellow drummer online, but once you meet them in person you can forge a friendship that’ll inspire you forever.
So when I decided to create the Drumeo Festival, it was designed to give you the same feeling that I had when I first entered the festival hall as a 15 year old kid.
It’s crazy that Dom Famularo was the host back then and he’s also agreed to host the first ever Drumeo Festival as well. And Horacio Hernández is also going to perform. It’s all coming full circle. We’re going to have an AMAZING lineup of drummers. We’re busily preparing the final lineup with 10 total spots for the two-day event and some very special extras for the VIP attendees.
I hope you’ll join us so you can experience being in a room where you’re amazed, inspired, and can say without question that “this is where I belong”.
To Your Drumming Success,
February 21-22, 2020
10:00AM - 7:00PM
February 23rd, 2020
9:00AM - 4:30PM
600 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Vancouver City Centre
180 W Georgia Street