Vikory Endorsement: Benjamin Balair
When did you start playing the drums and why?
I started playing at the age of 9. I had already practiced the snare drum for two years with a music teacher.
As a child, I was always very attracted to music and percussion. Rhythm is something I was already particularly sensitive to at the time.
On my 9th birthday, my parents took me to a music store and offered me the opportunity to choose and buy the instrument I wanted.
My eyes quickly settled on a drumset well displayed in the store, the size and beauty of the instrument immediately amazed me.
From that day on, it was like a revelation, the drums became for me a real playground and a real passion!
What is your favorite type of music to play on the drums?
Even if I am used to playing several different styles of music with my different bands (for me, not being locked into one style of music is important as a musician), I have to admit that rock is my favorite style of music!
What is your single favorite band/artist and why?
The first band that comes to mind is the Red Hot Chili Peppers: I really like their music and I love Chad Smith's playing style that perfectly mixes groove and power.
Why did you choose Vikory?
I was seduced by the unique design of the Vikory drumsticks, and the handling of the sticks is really comfortable for me!
Any special anecdote about you as a drummer?
We were doing a gig in a bar in Lille, France with one of my bands. Everything was going well, the atmosphere was very good and the audience extremely motivated!
Then, I decided to play a particularly intense drum solo between two songs. People were screaming to encourage me so I continued... until the moment when, in the euphoria, one of my drum sticks hit my nose.
I finished my solo with a nosebleed! I've always been told: the musician's first rule is to keep playing no matter what. That's what I did!
What’s your favorite Vikory model and why?
My favorite Vikory model is the Ananda in 5A. I love the design of these sticks: a mix of colors oscillating between fire and water, it's super cool!
Moreover, the weight and balance of these sticks suit me perfectly!
Thanks, Benjamin and welcome to the Vikory family!