The NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA, January 13-16, 2011 – Evans Drumheads is thrilled to announce the signing of dynamic and top drummer, JoJo Mayer, leader of the live electronic sensation, NERVE .
Mayer plays Evans G-Plus clear tom heads, Hydraulic Black and Hydraulic Glass tom heads as well as Hybrid Coated snare batter heads and Hazy 300 snare side heads.
NERVE was initiated in the spring of 1998 by Jojo Mayer as an experimental platform for musicians interested in intelligent electronic DJ culture and its gateway to live electronic music. His basic idea was to deconstruct electronic music and reverse engineer the textures and rhythms of digital production within a live performed context – with live drums, bass, keyboards and live interactive sound processing - no loops, sequencers, or pre-production, all sounds and rhythms performed in real time.
NERVE has formulated a highly skilled, kinetic and dynamic hybrid of improvisational performed music, which is completely unique to this date. Within a few months of its existence, Jojo Mayer’s NERVE generated a tremendously enthusiastic response among New York‘s underground scene which led to the creation of the now legendary “PROHIBITED BEATZ” party nights.
After 2001 NERVE started to leave their NYC home base to perform on the club circuit and some festivals in Europe and Asia. Occasionally, they also exported and staged “PROHIBITED BEATZ” events in a number of European cities, which not only earned them rave reviews, but generated a cult like following around the world.
NERVE never intended to produce any studio recordings, as their raison d’etre was to create a unique and exclusively live experience, but due to the overwhelming demand of fans over the years, NERVE started to experiment in studios in New York, Berlin and Zurich in order to document some of the material that had evolved during their international tours. In order to stay as true as possible to their original live concept, the entire record was recorded in real time without any premeditated electronic programming. This compilation of early material is now finally released as NERVE / PROHIBITED BEATS.
Mayer is also known for his best-selling DVD Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer, and will soon be releasing a new DVD on Foot Pedal Techniques.
Says Mayer about his recent switch, “I’m really loving the new sounds I can get with my Evans Heads!” He adds, “I’m really proud to be a part of the family.”
“JoJo Mayer’s point of view on music and drumming are unparalleled,” says Director of Artist Relations, Marco Soccoli. “We’re excited he’s chosen Evans to take his career to the next level, and we extend the warmest welcome to our family.”
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