Well, not so much time has passed, we know… 2006 was ‘yesterday’ but some groovers must be reminded and never forgotten! With some close attention to his solo, we feel a bit of the classic Tito Puente‘s timbale element in Daniel’s hands…
But he adds the bass drum on top of it…! Very Funky, with Gospel, Latin, Jazzy, R&B… Quite a melt of the most groovy styles of drumming, and all with no “real” stick tricks… Just plain grooving on the drums!
The Grand Final took place in front of some of then most influential drummers in a well packed house at Hollywood’s Music Box at Fonda Theatre.
“Drum Off is more than just the grand finals; it’s a six-month-long commitment to providing a platform for our customers to achieve the recognition they deserve” said Dustin Hinz, event marketing and promotions manager for Guitar Center. “There’s no question that these young drummers have had a life-changing experience. Whether it was playing in front of a sold-out crowd filled with A-level musicians, celebrities, press and industry heavyweights, meeting their drumming heroes or forging life-long relationships with their peers, each competitor walks away from Drum Off a winner. Of course, the $38,000 in prizes doesn’t hurt either.”
Rodriguez celebrated his victory in typical Hollywood fashion – at a VIP after-party overlooking Hollywood Blvd., where he rubbed elbows with some of the finest drummers in the industry including Adrian Young (No Doubt), Taylor Hawkins (The Foo Fighters), Atom Willard (Angels and Airwaves) Keith Harris (Black Eyed Peas) ?uestlove (The Roots), Steve Ferrone (Eric Clapton), John Tempesta (The Cult), Jason Sutter (Smash Mouth) and numerous others.
Rodriguez outlasted 4,000 talented competitors throughout the six-month competition. After entering the preliminary competition at his local Guitar Center store in September, Rodriguez advanced to the in-store, district, regional and grand final competitions, proving his excellence in the categories of originality, technique, style, stage presence and overall performance.
The Brooklyn, N.Y., native has been practicing his rolls since he was 5. A security guard by day, Rodriguez indulges in his hobby at night when he performs with his Christian rock band Justice at church events, concerts and weddings. He first entered Guitar Center’s Drum Off in 1999 and came closest to victory in 2004 when he advanced to the Grand Finals. After seven years, Rodriguez’s persistence finally paid off as he walked away with the title of Drum Off 2006 champion.
“I was truly blessed to meet all the talented, famous drummers who attended Drum Off” Rodriguez said. “One of my all-time dreams was to stand in the same room as guys like Travis Barker and Stephen Perkins. But to perform on the same stage as them and swap stories backstage was surreal. I’m so grateful for the opportunities Guitar Center has provided me, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.”
In addition to the coveted title as the nation’s top undiscovered drummer, Rodriguez walked away with a 2006 Scion tC, $2,500 Guitar Center shopping spree, Roland V Pro electronic drum kit, custom designed SoBe Adrenaline Rush drum cases, a one-year drum and cymbal endorsement deal and thousands of dollars in gear from the industry’s top manufacturers.
What a true amazing GROOVE from the past…
- Drum-off Champion to Host Series of Free Drum Clinics (hangout.altsounds.com)
- Guitar Center Preferred Player or Sweetwater All Access (gearslutz.com)