It’s easy to think of electronic drum kits as “starter” sets for those who don’t want to deal with the noise of real drums. People who live in apartments and young children whose parents don’t want to hear that racket often play on these kits. But these electronic sets aren’t merely stepping stones until you’re old enough to have a home where you can make as much noise as you want. Some of the world’s top-selling recording artists choose to play on electronic drums.
Just ask Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots. As one half of the Grammy award-winning alternative hip hop group, Joshhas catapulted into the mainstream music scene. The band’s latest album, Blurryface, went platinum. Its single Stressed Out went double platinum in the States, and it shared a spot in the top ten of the Billboards with Heathens, the song they wrote for the movie Suicide Squad. As Josh tours the world in support of their success, he could have his choice of drum set, and he chooses to supplement his SJC customized kit with Roland SPD-SX Sampling pads.
Most travelling musicians are like Josh, and they tour with either partial or full electric kits. Take for example, the drummer currently touring with Kid Cudi. Mike Moore has created a hybrid drum kit that uses V-Drums kick and snare pads alongside acoustic tom drums. Or Mark Schulman: while currently touring with Cher, he’s toured with Foreigner, Stevie Nicks, P!nk, and more in the past. Every time he sets out to support an artist, he uses another hybrid of electronic and acoustic drums with V-Drums and a TD-30 setup.
Suddenly using electronic drums doesn’t sound so bad, does it? If you still aren’t sure if you want to invest in entire set or just a hybrid one, search out a drum shop that has a huge selection of Roland drums. Not only will you be able to test out individual pieces, but you can see how a fully kitted out set feels and sounds. You can also speak with one of the representatives who is familiar with the brand and its v drums, as well as a variety of Yamaha electronic drums. They’ll also help with any acoustic question you might have about last-minute accessories.
So the next time you feel as though you’re not a real drummer because of your electronic drum set, remember most of the world’s top performing artists rely on them to produce the sounds their fans know and love. Whether you live in an apartment, with your parents, or in a home where you don’t have to worry about sound, you can use electronic Roland drums like the professionals.