Drumadics Beat-N-Brass Band
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Drumadics Beat-N-Brass Band

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2005 | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2005
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"A Drumadic Time in New York With William B. Johnson"

"...Wil is jocular and affable, someone who doesn't seem to take himself too seriously. For this reason I made the assumption that his band might be just a little better than amateur. How wrong I was." - Huffington Post


"Underground Gourmet"

WILLAM B. JOHNSON: Johnson plays alone or with his band Drumadics, a madcap group of drummers and horn players.
SOUNDS: Funky, sweaty free jazz. “I’m a painter. I just don’t use red, blues, and greens?I use bucket drums and horns.”
BEST OF THE SUBWAY: It’s in New York. “We set the bar. I challenge any band in the world on any street in the world. I set up, you’re in trouble.”
WORST: “I’ve been arrested close to a hundred times. You’re down at the Tombs and it’s two in the morning and you might not see a judge for two days. One dude is there for attempted murder, another beat up his girlfriend. And what are you here for? Man, playing music in the subway.”
FIND HIM AT: Drumadics.com - New York Magazine


"Drumadics, Underground Percussive & Horn Ensemble, Breathing Life in NYC Subways"

Brisk saunters are the lingua franca in a crowded NYC subway station. The middle of the day and an iridescent sun beats the ground and passing foreheads with unapologetic abrasion, causing sweat to slither down backs and the subway to transform into a refuge for the cool. Any station has the chance of having music brimming the air’s rim, with 14th St. and W 4th St. being hotspots for jazz musicians to flirt with the atmosphere and provide soundtracks for the train wait. While this feat is largely comprised of soloists, there are collective creative minds who’ve coalesced and began making music as an ensemble.

One day out in Union Square and the same unapologetic attack the sun had on the sidewalk was the same that Drumadics provided the subway station in the middle of the day. The refuge was in the music, which was being performed in the same makeshift manner that many subway performers do: a drummer’s seat on a bucket, the horn player’s feet dancing along the rhythm of the band, the people gathering around, sweaty palms choking their smartphones.

Their official Twitter account says “The Fusion World-Beat sound captivates audiences in NY & around the world,” and without a shrivel of doubt; any Drumadics performance will have a crowd haloing the group, each individual donning a face-wide grin.

In between sets the group met the general air of excitement with unfazed focus; the talk was kept at a bare minimum, the drummer and brass players consuming water with their primary desire of putting on a show at the forefront of their demeanor. Almost as an unspoken agreement with the audience; the vibe could not be disturbed in between songs as they prepared for another vivacious song.

Alongside jazz standards and original compositions, the band also dabbles in covers of hip-hop songs, walking the bridge between influences and related genres.

While the band considers New York their home, a recent GoFundMe was launched with the end goal of having the band visit different cities around the globe. Regardless of the amassed fame to come, there’ll always be a raw aesthetic associated with the “Beat-N-Brass” band; the reverberation of 40s and 50s jazz music which held its place as the soundtrack of Urban NY. You can keep up with the band, founded by William B. Johnson, on Twitter, SoundCloud, and Instagram. - RESPECT Magazine


Discography

Drumadics Beat-N-Brass Band: First Ensemble (Full Ensemble EP)

Drumadics Beat-N-Brass Band: Christmas with Drumadics (EP)

Drumadics: Constructing A Masterpiece (Full ensemble EP)

Drumadics Beat-N-Brass Band: Subway Music Re-Loaded (Acoustic Ensemble Live)

Drumadics: The Next Level (Percussion Only)

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Drumadics Beat-N-Brass Band

Funk | Brass | Hip-Hop | Pop | Go-Go | Instrumental


Where else can you travel the world in a single set? Hear original, authentic music, and the most popular covers of Kanye West, Aaliyah, Curtis Mayfield, Michael Jackson, and more? At a Drumadics show! If you haven’t witnessed Drumadics, allow this to be your official introduction…

Driven by the raw power of the bucket drum and a strong emphasis on the down beat, Drumadics clever fusion of woodwind, stirring brass, and unorthodox drum styles delivers a unique and distinct sound. With Hip-Hop, Funk, Latin and Pop highlights, this World-Beat/Jam Band dances at the musical crossroads of American and Industrial music. 

Drumadics has travelled internationally performing at top entertainment venues and music festivals in Mexico City, Mexico; Austin, TX; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; Boston, New Jersey, and New York. Drumadics performs regularly at top NYC venues, including B.B. Kings, The HighLine Ballroom, Webster Hall, Hammerstein Ballroom, The Knitting Factory, Terminal 5, Lincoln Center, and more. They have performed for the New York Knicks, the U.S. Open, SuperBowl 48 and Cirque du Soleil, and have opened for such artists as Eve, Raphael Saadiq, Wyclef Jean, Lenny Kravitz and Janelle Monáe. Drumadics can still be seen performing in and around New York City clubs, streets and subways. Come witness this musical explosion of culture and rhythm, as they unite in symphony to define the sound that is indeed… New York! 

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