Vikory Endorsement : Craig Horobin

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Name : Craig Horobin

Country : United Kingdom

Status : Performer

Favorite Sticks : Kukulkan in 5B

When did you start playing the drums and why ?

About 28 years ago, a friend of mine wanted to start a band and was struggling to find a drummer. So I decided to learn and I never looked back.

What is your favorite type of music to play on the drums ?

Heavy Rock. Sticks, skins and cymbals have to work hard!

What is your single favorite band/artist and why ?

Motley Crue. Tommy Lee always knows how to put a show in and not just sit there and play.

Why did you choose Vikory ?

I ordered some to try since I was fed up of breaking sticks from other brands! The stick I have are holding up very well and are very strong. I love the weight and I have to say that I just love the designs!

Any special anecdote about you as a drummer ?

Having supported the likes of Tigertailz, Rival Sons, The Damned, Warrior Soul, Eric Martin and Taking Dawn, I have to admit that my personal favourite though was opening download 2010 the year that the mighty AC/DC headlined the show with a full size train busting through the stage!!

What’s your favorite Vikory model and why?

My favourite model so far is the Kukulkan in 5B. The design immediately caught my eye and couldn’t wait to take delivery and play with these. What can I say… the wait was well worth waiting for! The balance, the weight and the strength of these sticks are unreal! These are the best sticks I have ever used and I am really honoured to be part of the Vikory family!

Thanks Craig and welcome to the Vikory family !

Vikory Endorsement : Savinien Thomas

Photo by Arnaud Koscianski - @Eladanelrair

Photo by Arnaud Koscianski - @Eladanelrair

Name : Savinien Thomas

Country : France

Status : Performer and Educator

Favorite Sticks : Ananda in 5A

Current Band : Dead Bones Bunny

When did you start playing the drums and why ?

I started to play the drums when I was 8 years old. I saw some famous drummer playing Peruvian music during my holidays and I fell in love with the instrument instantaneously. Then, I knew that i wanted to be a musician when i listened to Metallica for the first time in 2001.
I play different instruments as well : Guitar, Bass, Ukulele and a bit of Piano but the Drums remains my true love story!

What is your favorite type of music to play on the drums ?

I'm pretty eclectic but I must confess : Rock and Metal are my favourite types of music when I'm behind my drumset. However, I did study Jazz music in different schools, and I also like playing funk and groove music.

What is your single favorite band/artist and why ?

As a drummer my answer is often mocked but I will always be in love with Metallica, even though it's not really the band that I listen to the most right now.
As of today I’m really fond of artists like : Alt-J, Twenty-one pilots, Ibrahim Maalouf, Emancipator, Gojira, Architects...

Why did you choose Vikory ?

I chose Vikory because I'm really comfortable with these sticks and the design is really great! I can only recommend them!

Any special anecdote about you as a drummer ?

In France we have a national music day the 21st of June. When I was 15 years old I played with a trash metal cover band in Versailles. The problem was that in this city the music had to stop at midnight, so the policemen began to unplugged the instruments and the public began to yell out of frustration.
So, as a drummer, and since my instrument is acoustic and already unplugged, I started a drum solo to make the public laugh. The policemen did not laugh however. Instead, they came to me and threatened to arrest me so I stopped immediately…

What’s your favorite Vikory model and why?

My favourite Vikory model is the Ananda model in 5A because the weight is correctly distributed on the sticks. Not too heavy and not too light. But I have to admit it's a difficult choice to make.

Thanks Savinien and welcome to the Vikory family !

Vikory Endorsement : Jonathan Roseleth

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Name : Jonathan Roseleth

Country : Belgium

Status : Performer and Educator

Favorite Sticks : Kukulkan in 5B

Current Band : VVYNN

When did you start playing the drums and why ?

When I was around 15 years old I wrote songs and played guitar in a band. We rehearsed in the basement of my parents house. Luckily for me, the drummer left his drumset in the rehearsal space.
By seeing that gigantic instrument with all the shiny cymbals every day, it hypnotized me to give it a go.
At first I didn’t have a clue on how to approach the drumset until my nephew – also a drumteacher - came over and taught me some cool basics.
I would say that this moment changed my life as it made me want to become a drummer.

What is your favorite type of music to play on the drums ?

In my band VVYNN, I try to mix grunge, progressive and odd meters in my drumming. As a teacher and educator I really want to know how to play a lot of genres, therefore I really like to play a lot of different types of music styles. But if I really have to choose one style I really love and enjoy the most, it would be Afro-Cuban styles (bembé, cascara, baião).

What is your single favorite band/artist and why ?

This is a really tough one!

In rock music I love the drumming of Chris Guanlao of Silversun Pickups. He as an amazing energetic and original style of drumming.

In contemporary jazz I love Anton Eger’s (Phronesis – Morten Schantz – Marius Neset) playing style. His way of interchanging rates is phenomenal!

Also in contemporary jazz: Rob Turner (GoGo Penguin). He’s a machine! It’s like he plays programmed drumparts like Aphex Twin and Squarepusher but organically in a jazz trio.

Why did you choose Vikory ?

The main reason for choosing Vikory is because it’s such a fresh company!
When I saw the campaign on Indiegogo I immediately fell in love with the designs and wanted a pair as soon as possible.

Any special anecdote about you as a drummer ?

There is one memory that always puts a smile on my face: when I was around 15/16 years old I used to play music for hours and hours non-stop. On one particular day I think it was a bit too much and too loud for my father. He came rushing down the stairs, ran to the drumset and kicked the bass drum like a football player takes a penalty. He then left the room without saying a word…
So now, when I explain the drumset to a new student I tell them to "kick the drum like a football player".

What’s your favorite Vikory model and why?

My favorite Vikory model is the Kukulkan.
I’m a big fan of mythologies, so the story behind the name and colors (Kukulkan is the Mayan name for Quetzalcoatl: the feathered Aztec snake deity) intrigued me so much that I knew these would be my new favorite drumsticks.

Thanks Jonathan and welcome to the Vikory family !