“Drumtomation” is the side/solo project of drummer Jasper Wellens (Finalist Roland V-Drums Contest 2011). While performing on lots of venues and doing some studio & demo recordings with various rock bands, Jasper also gave several solo performances on electronic drums at some local parties. As a result, an idea of an electronic e-drum project was about to form steadily, and after several successful try-outs and being a finalist of the Roland V-drums Contest, the project ‘Drumtomation’ was officially born in 2012. In 2015 the project got a serious boost with some serious 1000-people venues, at Vooruit (Ghent) and Route du Soleil (Bordeaux, France) as most significant examples.
Drumtomation is a project where the drummer actually replaces the DJ: a drummer will play on an electronic drum set with a mix of electronic music genres like house, techno, dubstep and drum ’n bass. The mix and light show will be triggered live as well. It is an original alternative to book at parties, events or festivals instead of a DJ or between DJ’s. This brings more audiovisual spectacle, in comparison to a DJ for example which can provide this to a lesser extent.
The word ‘Drumtomation’ is a contraction of the words ‘drum’ and ‘automation’. The reference to the drums seems pretty Obvious and doesn’t require any further explanation; ‘automation’, however, refers to an evolution in our postmodern society where employees are increasingly being replaced by machines in the workplace. This is what has happened here as well, where the dj and the light engineer are both replaced by a drum sampling device. Both drums as music and lightning are produced or controlled by the same person; meanwhile the dj and the light engineer are hereby fired and kindly thanked for their creative contributions 😉
The setlist and music genres can be tailored to the type of party and audience, f.i. a Dubstep/Drum ’n Bass party has a setlist with only DubStep and Drum’ n Bass; for a general audience we can focus more on Dance, House, Hiphop etc … as long as it is electronic. In an entire set, lots of different drum kits will be used, all adapted to the mix, creating a lot of variety and dynamics in the drum sound. A set of Drumtomation takes about 60 minutes, but is adaptable to the needs of each organizer.