Musikmesse 2018: Gary Wallis, Will Hunt, Jost Nickel and Felix Lehrmann join Drum Camp line-up

Musikmesse has announced the full line-up of top drummers performing at this year’s Drum Camp.

Gary Wallis, Will Hunt, Jost Nickel and Felix Lehrmann, join the previously announced Karl Brazil, Ash Soan, Ralf Gustke and Patrick Metzger. These eight drummers will be demonstrating their skills daily from 11th to 14th April 2018 – on original touring equipment in a sound-proof show cabin in Hall 9.0.

After their performances, the artists will be available for autographs and to answer questions about their equipment and playing techniques. For the first time, there will also be hourly workshops with the stars of the Drum Camp and other renowned drum coaches.

The ’College’ and the ‘Academy’ are held in the immediate vicinity of the Drum Camp. At the College, Drum Camp stars give daily masterclasses and show how drummers can improve their skills. The Academy presents workshops on the perfect drum sound with Drum Camp artist Felix Lehrmann, as well as internationally renowned drum technician Chris Lockyer and drum coach Manni von Bohr.

Here’s a bit more information about the latest additions to the line-up:

Gary Wallis
For seven years, percussionist Gary Wallis influenced the sound of Pink Floyd – both live and on disk. Accordingly, he will play at the Drum Camp on the original drum set he used on stage with the legendary psychedelic rock band. He also plays for the British all-star band Mike & The Mechanics.

Will Hunt
The US drummer has been a familiar name for fans of hard sounds for many years. Will Hunt’s references range from Black Label Society, via Crossfade, Device and Skrape, to touring activities with Staind and Static X. At present, he is a permanent member of the alternative rock band Evanescence – and will be giving a performance at the Drum Camp immediately after the world tour.

Jost Nickel
The ‘groove monster’ is returning to the Drum Camp! The Hamburg-born came to the attention of a broader audience as Jan Delay drummer. He is also a popular drum coach and much in demand for international workshops and clinics.

Felix Lehrmann
German television viewers know Felix Lehrmann primarily as the drummer of the studio band of ‘Neo Magazin Royale’ late-night show with Jan Böhmermann. He is also in demand as a session drummer and has played on recordings by hip-hop artists such as Dendemann, Samy Deluxe and Megaloh, as well as pop acts such as Sarah Connor, Lena Meyer-Landrut and Namika.

Provisional running order at the Drum Camp (per February 2018)

Wednesday to Saturday (11 to 14 April 2018)
10:15 – Patrick Metzger
11:15 – Ash Soan
12:15 – Ralf Gustke
13:15 – Gary Wallis
14:15 – Jost Nickel
15:15 – Karl Brazil
16:15 – Will Hunt
17:15 – Felix Lehrmann

Provisional workshop programme at the College and Academy
(per February 2018)

Wednesday to Saturday (11 to 14 April 2018)
11:00 – Jost Nickel – College
12:00 – Felix Lehrmann – Academy
13:00 – Patrick Metzger – College
14:00 – Manni von Bohr – Academy
15:00 – Ash Soan – College
16:00 – Clint Lockyer – Academy
17:00 – Ralf Gustke – College


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