HIT LIKE A GIRL
Weekly and Mini-Contests
In addition to its international and regional contests, Hit Like A Girl 2021 will feature a weekly contest and three new mini-contests, increasing the opportunities for female and gender-expansive drummers to enter the 10th annual competition and win prizes and recognition.
Modern Drummer Weekly Contests: One “Weekly Winner” in each age division of the drum set category will be chosen by a team of judges representing Modern Drummer magazine during each week of the upcoming Hit Like A Girl contest. Winners will have their entry videos displayed on the Hit Like A Girl website and automatically go on to the final round.
Hudson Music/Modern Drummer Mini-Contest: Contestants who use one of seven free Hudson play-along tracks as the backing track for their HLAG-X entry will have their video displayed on the Mini-Contest webpage and reviewed by special judges, including drummers Dena Tauriello and Joe Bergamini, plus Rob Wallis (Hudson founder) and Billy Amendola (Modern Drummer Editor at Large). The drumless tracks are available as downloads on the HLAG website. Prizes for the contest are online lessons from artist/educator/author Joe Bergamini and a bundle of digital books and videos from the Hudson catalog, along with Modern Drummer digital subscriptions and downloads of the Neil Peart and Alex Van Halen “Legends” books.
LP/Rhythm Magazine Mini-Contest: Drummers who incorporate one or more drum set percussion instruments (cowbell, tambourine, blocks, etc.) in their video will have their entry displayed on the Mini-Contest webpage and reviewed by special judges, including Stephen Perkins, Mona Tavakoli, Daru Jones, Dani Markham, Emily Moon, and Kaz Rodriguez. Winners will receive drum set percussion from LP as well as online lessons, magazine subscriptions, and merch from Rhythm.
Tom Tom Magazine/Paiste Mini-Contest: Hit Like A Girl contestants who post a clip of their entry video on their Instagram or Tik Tok feed and then tag and follow Hit Like A Girl, Tom Tom Magazine, and Paiste will have their entry video displayed on the Mini-Contest webpage and be eligible for a random drawing. First-place winners in the under- and over-18 age groups will receive a Paiste cymbal. First-, second-, and third-place winners in each age group will receive digital back-issues and merch from Tom Tom.
Participation in one or more of the Hit Like A Girl mini-contests does not affect a contestant's participation or eligibility in the main, weekly, regional, or public contests. For complete details on HLAG-X mini-contest, general rules, sponsors, judges, prizes and more, visit hitlikeagirlcontest.com.
Hit Like A Girl and SoundGirls.org Team Up
Hit Like A Girl and SoundGirls.org have announced a new collaboration that will add impact to Hit Like A Girl X, the 10th-annual edition of the groundbreaking contest for female drummers and beat makers. In addition to sharing SoundGirls’ educational content about tuning, miking, and recording acoustic and electronic drums on the HLAG-X website, SoundGirls members have been added to the judging panels for HLAG-X drum set and beatmaking categories. The group is also contributing lessons and seminars from SoundGirls mentors as contest prizes and awards.
“It is so important to be multi-versed in music production, and we are excited to provide tools for drummers to learn how to record and produce their own music,” says SoundGirls co-founder Karrie Keyes. “With current events forcing many players and programmers to become sound engineers, we are happy to take advantage of the opportunity to work with Hit Like A Girl.”
Adds Hit Like A Girl Executive Director David Levine, “Our organizations share a common goal to encourage a higher level of participation as well as a higher level of contribution to music by women. Providing the Hit Like A Girl community with additional knowledge and support from such a reliable source will only accelerate the process.”
SoundGirls was established in 2013 to provide a support network for women and non-binary people working in the professional audio industry, and to assist those with a drive to be successful in audio. The organization supports girls, women, and marginalized groups working in professional audio and music production by highlighting their success and providing a place for them to connect, network and share advice and experiences; providing support, career development and tools to help those working in the field advance in their career; working to inspire and empower young women and girls to enter the world of professional audio and music production; and seeking to expand opportunities for girls and women in these fields and to share resources and knowledge through cooperation, collaboration and diversity.
To learn more, visit hitlikeagirlcontest.com and soundgirls.org.
Revitalized Publication Appoints New Team
The UK’s only magazine for drummers and percussionists, Rhythm, now owned by Beats Network Ltd, is delighted to announce its new team: highly respected editor Louise King returns, experienced publisher Ondine Barry takes the helm, and Kim Noakes becomes advertising manager.
The first edition of the relaunched magazine, a much-anticipated Neil Peart tribute, saw print copies hitting doormats across the globe in November 2020. The follow-up issue, published this January, focuses on everything a beatmaker needs to know about setting up a professional drum studio; recording, filming, editing, audio and lighting, social media promotion, and much more, which is perfect for the current climate where musicians need to be seen online to be heard.
Rhythm retains many popular sections and introduces new ones, keeping readers up to date with the latest trends and equipment, be it hybrid or e-kits, livestreaming, or social media and studio tech. The magazine’s independent content includes interviews with top artists as well as new and emerging talent; expert, in-depth and rated product reviews; insights into players’ setups; and a comprehensive tuition section for all levels with accompanying video lessons on Rhythm’s YouTube channel.
Louise King, editor of Rhythm magazine 1999 to 2010, brings a wealth of experience in the drumming world. “I am thrilled to be back with Rhythm,” she said, “I plan to build on the magazine’s rich history with creative, innovative content, intelligent perspectives, and cutting-edge insights to engage with our current and future readers.”
Publisher Ondine Barry added: “Rhythm has such a fantastic and established history as the UK’s best-loved drum and percussion magazine, being an integral part of this exceptionally well-loved and respected publication is a real honor.”
To find out more about Rhythm magazine, visit rhythmdrumnetwork.com.
Limited Edition Release of Vintage A’s
In celebration of what would have been Armand Zildjian's 100th birthday, the Avedis Zildjian Company is excited to announce that for the first time ever, it will be releasing vintage cymbals from the Zildjian family vault.
This first ever family vault release features 200 hand-selected genuine vintage 20-inch A cymbals from Armand Zildjian's personal collection. Handed down through generations of Zildjians, these cymbals were cherished by Armand during his lifetime and represent his vast contributions to the development of the modern-day cymbal, his collaborations with the top drummers of the day, and his legacy as the Father of Artist Relations.
Says Cady Zildjian, Director Avedis Zildjian Company, “My grandfather would have been 100 this February. His passion, energy, and love for creating sound and crafting his product continue to drive our vision today. Armand’s legacy is alive and well! Our family is thrilled to share these hand-selected cymbals from his personal collection and these special pieces of Zildjian’s history with the percussion community in celebration of his milestone birthday.”
These 1940s to 1950s era A Zildjian cymbals were created at the original Zildjian factory in Quincy Massachusetts by a small team of dedicated craftsman. They bear all the visual and sonic qualities of a well-loved vintage cymbal, delivering that unmistakable early A sound. With this limited-edition release, these one-of-a-kind instruments can now become part of your collection.
Included with each cymbal is a pair of limited-edition Armand Zildjian signature drumsticks, a pair of gloves, a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity, and a book celebrating Armand Zildjian's life and legacy. All of these come packed in a premium Calzone road case.
The Zildjian Company is honored to share these highly sought-after cymbals with collectors around the world in celebration of Armand’s 100th birthday and all that he achieved in his illustrious life. Only 200 of these sets will be available globally, with 100 being released in the United States and 100 internationally.
Visit zildjian.com for more information.