VIC FIRTH SIGNATURE ARTIST
JOJO MAYER

Jojo began his drumming career at 18, touring with Monty Alexander's group, playing major jazz festivals throughout Europe. This lead to back-up gigs with other jazz-greats such as Dizzy Gillespie and Nina Simone and introduced him to an international audience.

Jojo Mayer has performed and / or recorded with a great variety of artists covering a wide range of musical styles such as The Screaming Headless Torsos, Meshell n'dege Occello, Vernon Reid's science project, DJ Spooky, the Vienna Art Orchestra, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Harry Pepl, Gerald Veasley, Lunar Crush, John Zorn, Chico Freeman, George Adams John Medeski, Hiram Bullock, Leni Stern, Depart, Wolfgang Puschnigg, Friedrich Gulda, Harry Sokal, Steve Coleman's 5 Elements, Passport, Wah Wah Watson, and many more.

More recently, Jojo has been venturing into New York's Techno / Multimedia / Avantgarde / club scene by promoting his own weekly party event called PROHIBITED BEATZ. This new platform for live "Drum n" Bass", "Nu-Skool Breaks", "Speed Garage" and the latest stylistical hybrids and mutations in DJ culture, has also provided the back drop for his first solo project called NERVE. Described as an "endeavor in reverse engineering the textures and rhythms of the current stream of computer generated music into a live performed, improvisational format", NERVE and PROHIBITED BEATZ have created a reputation in the New York scene that already goes way beyond "a serious buzz".



VIDEO SPOTLIGHT

LONDON DRUM SHOW 2013

PERFORMANCE SPOTLIGHT:
DUET WITH STEVE SMITH



Jojo Mayer/Steve Smith Duet, Part 1


Jojo Mayer/Steve Smith Duet, Part 2

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT:
JOJO MAYER SIGNATURE STICK

Jojo Mayer (SJM)
Jojo's stick is a 5A style stick‚ but with thicker and shorter dimensions. Designed to offer a big sound and feel without a lot of weight.
L = 15 21/64" | Dia. = .577"
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MORE VIDEO!
JOJO PERFORMANCES THROUGH THE YEARS:



MusikMesse 2012


Performance Spotlight, 2011




MusikMesse 2010 (part 1)


MusikMesse 2010 (part 2)




MusikMesse 2010 (part 3)


MusikMesse 2008


VIDEO INTERVIEW SERIES:

  Installment 1: The Early Years
  Jojo talks about playing at an early age and the effect that no formal training had on his musical style.
  Installment 2: Change is Good
  On adapting to change and seeking out the spirit of innovation. Including clips from his new “Secret Weapons” DVD
  Installment 3: Listening and Communication
  The importance of listening to the members of the band and the audience. Including clips from Jojo's Modern Drummer Festival performance.
  Installment 4: Technique and Reclaiming the Drummer's Role
  Jojo discusses beat culture and his source of inspiration. Including thoughts on the design of his signature Vic Firth stick.

 

For a complete discography, tour dates, clinics, photos and more, visit Jojo online at:

www.jojomayer.com



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