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Frequently Ask questions
WHAT IS BYOS?
BYOS is an arts and entertainment movement. It is aimed at the love for the craft of artistry (music, percussion, entertainment) that fuels BYOS to welcome other artists to collaborate and demonstrate their love for the arts to a larger audience.
WHO MAKES UP BYOS?
BYOS members are only Ralph Nader and Harvey Thompson. Ralph lives in California and Harvey lives in North Carolina.
WHEN WAS BYOS CREATED?
BYOS was created May, 2013 in Berlin, Germany when we were on tour with SEEED because we wanted something to do and continue to show our love for the craft. We officially became a LLC February, 2014.
HOW DO YOU INQUIRE ABOUT BOOKING?
SEE FORM BELOW.
WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR XYMOX PADS?
We are sponsored by Mapex Drums, Evans Drumheads, and ProMark Sticks.
HOW DID WE LEARN TO BE SO PROFICIENT IN STICK TRICKS?
Repetition. Repetition. Repetition.
HOW LONG HAVE WE BEEN PLAYING?
We've been playing drums for over 18 years.
HOW DO WE MAKE A LIVING OFF OF DRUMMING?
We have been blessed tremendously as well as being contacted for opportunities. There is no certain way to get contacted, just continue to push your material out there. There's people always watching.
WHAT IS A GOOD WAY TO PREPARE FOR AUDITIONING FOR DRUM CORPS?
Timing. Stick heights and definition. Quality of sound and interpretation.
WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION?
Talented individuals inspire us. The time they spent devoted to their craft shows a lot in their character.
WHAT INSPIRED OR GOT YOU GUYS INTO DRUMS?
Ralph's father was a DJ and introduced him to music at an early age. Harvey struck an interest in drumming when he saw Ralph do a stick twirl and drum.
IF YOU DIDN'T PLAY DRUMS, WHAT INSTRUMENT WOULD YOU PICK?
It would be the Bass Guitar.
WHAT STICKS DO WE USE AND WHY?
We use ProMark DC50's and DC8's Jeff Ausdemore's. We like the weight and balance of the stick.
WHAT COLLEGE DID YOU GUYS ATTEND
Ralph attended Hampton University and Harvey attended North Carolina A&T University.
WHAT IS OUR DRUM HISTORY?
Ralph: Black Fire Percussion; NJ Nets / NY Knicks Drumline; Hampton University Drumline; Cadets of New York City Div III Snare Line 04, 05; Concord Blue Devils Snare line 07,08,10; Soundsational Parade Drummer for Disneyland; Dancer/Percussionist for the German/Reggae band SEEED.
Harvey : Black Fire Percussion; NJ Nets / NY Knicks Drumline; ColdSteel Drumline 06,07; Dancer/Percussionist for SEEED.
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