MCD in the News
We are excited to announce that we are providing drums for Philly Drum Project's one year anniversary show featuring Loop 2.4.3, Rob Brosh/Will Alpers Drumset Duo, and Ari Hoenig! If you're a drummer in the greater Philadelphia area, this is an event you don't want to miss!
Stevie Nick's Jimmy Paxson using 6 1/2 x14 MCD Seamless Clear/Hot pink acrylic snare.
"This tour sees the addition of a 6 1/2x14 MCD acrylic snare on teh left side of the hi-hat. The drum is tuned super high and is used with the snares off as a timbale on several tunes and with the snares on during my solo."
Optimal Sound Series makes Modern Drummer's New and Notable Column
MCD Percussion's OSS kits were featured in the September 2012 issue of Modern Drummer under their New and Notable column! If you're not a subscriber to Modern Drummer, you can pick up your copy on newstands the first week of September!
Modern Drummer posts Press Release on MCD Percussion Optimal Sound Series
The Godfather of Gospel drumming, Jeff "LO" Davis joins the MCD Family
MCD Percussion is happy to announce the newest addition to our artist family, The Godfather of Gospel drumming, Jeff "LO" Davis! We couldn't be happier to have Jeff Lo as an MCD Percussion Artist! He is a true inspiration on and off of the kit and we look forward to all of the possibilities and opportunities our relationship together will bring.
Jeff “Lo” Davis, the “Godfather of Gospel drumming”. Percussionist/composer Jeff "LO" Davis has established himself in New York as a vital contributor tothe local and international creative music scenes. Jeff is widely sought out for his unique, textural approach to the drum set, as well as for his power and intensity. His sound and style have helped mold gospel drumming that has become very popular today in many other genres. He's been heralded as the "Godfather of Modern Drumming" by Modern Drummer magazine/Oct. 2010 and featured in the Ask A Pro section Dec. 2010. Well versed in all styles outside gospel as well, his professional tenure started early with notables like, RUN-DMC, GUY, TAKE 6, Stevie Wonder, The late Phyliss Hyman & The great Chaka Khan, Patti Austin, PhoebeSnow, Faith Evans, Kelly Price, James Taylor, Keith Sweat, Aaron Hall, Mary J Blige,
Puffy Combs-now Diddy, Pru, En Vogue, as well as many other not so notables as well!
When asked why Jeff decided to make a change and sign with MCD Percussion and share his thoughts on MCD Percussion, this is what he had to say. “The past years we've seen music change and change again, but regardless, rhythm has always remained paramount and usually the responsible dynamic for success. It has become the vehicle for almost everything today, culture, religion, advertisements, it even dictates fashion, style, lifestyles, just about everything today, has a pulse or a melody attached to it, so the drum/drums are still always at the center of communication. MCD Percussion drums put the drummer comfortably back in the driver's seat, back in control. The sound, attack, tonality, warmth and beauty of these drums make them stand-alone! Recording, live, in any situation these drums sing! Never before have I heard such perfection and beauty in each shell played!"
MCD Percussion drums put the drummer comfortably back in the driver's seat, back in control. The sound, attack, tonality, warmth and beauty of these drums make them stand-alone! Recording, live, in any situation these drums sing! Never before have I heard such perfection and beauty in each shell played!"
- Jeff "LO" Davis
Drum Maker Of The Month: MCD Percussion
While working as a manager for Guitar Center in the ‘90s Kyle Mastropietro got a lot of recording and studio gigs. He says he was never completely pleased with big name drums he would try, so eventually he began making his own in the workshop owned by his family’s construction business. He still plays the first snare drum he ever made.
“What makes MCD Special is the intense process we use in cutting bearing edges,” says Kyle. We use three different granite tables and LED lighting to ensure a perfectly flat edge before we start cutting.” This process, he says, guarantees that drummers don’t get the “bad aftertaste” from drums where the head is not seated properly. They must be doing something right. Drummers at Larry Gold’s busy Philly studio, rave about MCD kits.
All MCD drums are completely custom, but they primarily build acrylics, maple ply drums and solid shells. “Our acrylics are really popular with guys in the hip-hop and gospel scene,” says Kyle.
MCD is a family business—even Kyle’s grandfather helps in the shop. And, if you order drums to pick up in person, they may even cook a little barbecue for you. MCD kits start at around $800 for standard kits and $2500 for solid shell designs.
-- Salman Haqqi