12:30 pm, our journey by train to Paris draws to a close at the Hall of the Machine du Moulin Rouge.
Patrice le Roi, our French DW expert, as well as Berhard Weithofer (DW Europe) have been working energetically ever since the early hours of the morning at our stand, giving prominence to the latest unique jewels, just released by the US production Oxnard.
10h30, The rally point, where John and I meet, is at our stand where he will be available for all those who are passionate about percussion. Meanwhile, I’m helping Peter Erskine with the preparation of his drum, a DW Jazz Series model, with a Satin Oil Natural finish. The noise of the sound check perturbs him. I offer to talk in a quieter place, on the stairs, leading up to the dressing room… Peter explains, « I like it when the vibration of my drum travels through every element that composes it. I don’t need a silent block between my drums, and my bass drum. Even the cymbals pedals are flat DW bases ….which come into contact with the ground. It’s a change from the sound of my Zildjian cymbals. »
1:30 pm, The two musicians that accompany Peter arrive on the stage for the sound check. Stéphane Guillaume on the saxophone and Michel Berrita on the string bass.
The sound of the drum set is very precise; Peter wants it natural, with little acoustic pressure. He asks for his fold-back monitor to be removed, he wants to hear the direct source of the instruments that surround him.
The day finishes off to the rhythm of the drumming demonstrations, which made this addition of 2012 a tantalizing line-up, making this Bag Show an inevitable national event.