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Educator & Percussionist
Adam Hill is an educator/percussionist in the Chicago area. He graduated from VanderCook College of Music with a music education degree and a focus on percussion. He was taught under the instruction of Kevin Lepper and Dr. Charlie Menghini. Hill is currently the Executive Director and founder of the national award winning percussion ensemble Pioneer Indoor - an Independent WGI marching ensemble. During the school year, he is director of percussion, music technology, music theory, and guitar and the assistant marching band director at Romeoville High School in Romeoville, IL. Hill is also a member of the Chicago Bears drum line, director of the Chicago Bulls "Stampede" Drum line, and was a percussion coordinator/caption head and arranger for the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps. Hill has placed in the top ten for snare drum solo contests with DCI, Drum Corps Midwest, and PASIC. In 2002, he placed 2nd in the DCI snare drum solo competition. Hill is a recipient of the Dr. Rosenthal Excellent teachers award from VanderCook College of Music and recipient of the Natalie Stukas Hearing Conservation Award from the Illinois Academy of Audiology. In his spare time, he is an active music arranger, judge, performer and clinician throughout the Midwest.
"Etymotic products (Musicians Plugs, ER•4, BEAN Quiet Sound Amplifier) and the Adopt-A-Band program have proven to be an upgrade to my overall music teaching and performing experience. I can hear better and teach more accurately. Hearing protection and conservation is now a very important part of my everyday musical life."
Andrew J. Lyon
Through his creative programming and enthusiasm for engaging audiences and musicians of all ages, Andrew J. Lyon has quickly built a reputation as an exciting conductor with an eye on the future of the orchestras and repertoire. Since 2006, Lyon's concerts have included the premiere performances of over 20 works, establishing himself as one of contemporary orchestral music's strongest proponent. Recent podium highlights for Lyon have included working with Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, members of the Berlin Philharmonic at the Conductors Lab in Aix-en-Provence, renowned conductor Marin Alsop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, The Great Noise Ensemble, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the Lyatoshinsky Chamber Orchestra of Kiev, Ukraine.
In 2008, Lyon created the Circle City Chamber Group - a groundbreaking arts organization that brings together the best of Indianapolis' visual, culinary, and musical artists, for an all- inclusive arts experience. His enthusiasm for music and community lead to an appointment as the Artistic & Music Director position for The 65th Street Klezmorim, Indianapolis' premiere klezmer ensemble.
As a saxophonist, Lyon has played with countless ensembles and artists across the country, including Marvin Hamlish, Marvin Stamm, Tommy Tune, Steve Rushingwind, the Grammy-nominated UNLV Jazz Ensemble, Governor Davis & The Blues Ambassadors, and many more.
Along with his work on stage, Lyon also serves as a marketing, development, and administrative consultant for a wide variety of artists, ensembles, festivals, non- and for-profit organizations, both in the U.S. and abroad.
"I've been wearing Etymotic's Musicians Earplugs for about 20 years now and have loved every second of it. Whether it was on stage with a band, or during my days as a bouncer in some of the biggest and loudest bars and nightclubs in the country, I always had my Musicians Earplugs with me. Today, I keep an ER-20XS in my pocket at all times, and extra sets of ETY-Plugs in my car for friends. Whenever the topic of ears comes up, I always brag about Etymotic. The incredible staff keeps outdoing themselves with more lines of great high-quality products-the mark of a company that truly listens to its customer base and knows what we need in the real world. My hearing is my life, so seeing Etymotic's constant strive for perfection and excellence lets me know my ears are in the right hands."
Songwriter, Singer, Musician - Bass Guitar, Guitar
My name is Bruce Hughes.
I grew up in austin texas and always knew i'd be a musician. My family were all musical, my friends were all into playing music, too, and it just naturally happened. I've been singing since I was a wee lad. I started playing guitar around 8 or 9, watching my dad play and sneakin his guitar out of the closet to practice. Piano at 10. Competition was fierce, so I picked up the bass at 11 and fell in love with the low end. Started playin in bands at the tender age of 12. Makin money and gettin attention at 13, I was hooked. Played in a cover band for a year and a half, playin all the hits of the 70's (that's when it was), there was a lot of good stuff comin out every week, and the bass lines were killer. Took a break for a coupla years to go to high school. Enrolled at ut and almost immediately started playing music again, first in a cosmic country band, then in new wave no wave punk rock & art rock combinations. Austin has always been a very vibrant and serious music town, people wanted to play music so bad it didn't matter how great they were or if they sucked, everybody got heard. I played with as many people as I could. Started working in studios in town as a session player. Started traveling in 86, true believers took me on tour, pick up gigs in texas and louisiana with brint anderson, backed up Dr. John for a couple of weeks in 87. Poi Dog Pondering came through town and I started playing with the band in 88. Toured heavily for 4 years. Put out a coupla records (columbia/sony) nationally and internationally, then started workin with teratoma founder Howard Harrison and the guys that became the Ugly Americans. 93 went on the kerosene hat tour with cracker for 7+ months, then came home to work with the Uglies exclusively. Toured heavily for the next coupla years, put out 2 independent records, then 2 records on capricorn, joined the Scabs and Bob Schneider's Lonelyland in the late 90's. Don't remember exactly. Put out another half dozen records with them, toured my ass off, put a new teratoma record out and started playing with the Resentments in 1999. 5 records with them over the next decade, along with tours in Europe and Japan at the same time as putting 3 records out with Bob and touring the US. Started my own band, Bhana, put out 2 solo records, then went on a 15 month tour of the world with Jason Mraz, supporting "we sing, we dance, we steal things".
Returned home and started producing, just finished producing english pop artist jonathan whiskerd.
Average 250 dates a year from 1998-2013.
Have performed on more than 60 albums. Most of them released.
It's all kind of a blur. I play a lot of shows still, 5 to 7 a week.
"So even and true and comfortable, I forgot I had them in."
Drummer: Peter Frampton's band
Drummer Dan Wojciechowski currently plays in Peter Frampton's band. He got his start in the 90's when he worked on The Backstreet Boys 'Millenium' CD. He later recorded the song 'On The Side Of Angels' with LeAnn Rimes, and continued on an extensive tour with her. An in-demand studio and side musician, Dan played on various recordings and gigs over the years and tours the world with Olivia Newton-John and The Andy Timmons Band, both of whom have recently released live concert DVD's. ??He can also be heard on countless commercials and music for radio and TV: CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, and most recently, shows such as: 'Dancing With The Stars' and a trailer for the television show 'Heroes'. His movie soundtrack credits include: 'Good Will Hunting', 'Quest For Camelot', 'Driven', 'Angel Eyes', and 'Land Before Time', among others.
"ER•4's - as reference monitors, in the studio, or live performance make me feel completely connected to the sounds! They sound 'AS THINGS SOUND' - accurate, transparent and have plenty of presence and punch...plus STELLAR isolation! Also, the 'ears behind the ears' at Etymotic are as GENUINE as the sound they produce!!"
Percussionist & Music Educator
Daniel Eastwood is a versatile percussionist and music educator, and a co-founder of Project Two, a contemporary percussion duo dedicated to performing percussion music. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Northern Illinois University and is an active member of The Chicago Bears Drumline, The Chicago Bulls Drumline, and the contemporary berimbau sextet Projecto Arcomusical, an ensemble devoted to performing and commissioning new works for the ancient berimbau instrument.
Daniel has performed with a variety of ensembles including KANSAS, The Elgin Symphony Orchestra, The Illinois Philharmonic, the 2008 and 2009 World Champion Indoor Percussion Ensemble, Pioneer Indoor, and shared programs with bands such as Fleetwood Mac, xBishopx, and Magic!. As an active percussionist, he has presented music to audiences at such venues as Millennium Park, House of Blues Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Arts in Chicago, Soldier Field, The United Center, Harper College, Northern Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University, Elgin Community College, The Lynden Sculpture Garden in Milwaukee, and in Indianapolis at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.
In addition to performing, Daniel Eastwood remains an active percussion educator. He has worked with many high schools in Illinois including William Fremd High School, Normal Community High School, Bolingbrook High School, Kaneland High School, and El Paso-Gridley High School, and Elgin High School. Daniel is currently the percussion instructor at Vero Voce School of Performing Arts, Wheaton-Warrenville South High School, and St. Charles North High School.
"I love how comfortable my custom molds are! I use them with the ER4, and with my musicians ER 9, 15, and 25 filters. They sound so clear and feel so comfortable that sometimes it's hard to believe they are even in my ears. When you remove them, it's shocking to realize how much noise has been filtered out! Clarity and comfort are a 10/10 with these."
Writer, Promoter, DJ, Music Obsessive
Owner/Founder of The Daily Swarm. A seasoned writer, publisher, event organizer, and new media professional who brings a cutting-edge approach to the creation of innovative publications, internet properties, and live productions.
"As someone who lives for listening to music every waking moment, nothing is more important to my being than my hearing. Not only does Etymotic help preserve this delicate, essential sense, its earplugs and earphones make music sound better in my ears."
Drummer, Producer, Instructor - The Drum School
From the streets of Chicago, to the rainforests of Cameroon, Earl's multicultural blend of music has touched millions of listeners with the message of inclusiveness and respect for each other's heritage.
As a multi platinum recording artist, Earl has provided 96 songs for Oprah, Dr. Oz, and Harpo Radio, from Maya Angelou's "Human Family Remix" to Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy's production of "The Hush Sound" with Shawn O'Keefe. Earl's hit song "Yakaleo" with French sensation "Nomads" earned a Diamond Record for it's success throughout Central Europe and North Africa.
His drumming career includes performances with Cyndi Lauper, Master Griots Dialy Mady Cissoko and Morikeba Kouyate, Poi Dog Pondering and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra to name a few.
Earl's expertise with Rhythm stems from years of touring, and constant study including Central African traditional styles from Cameroon.
"Earl has a fluidity as a musician that can't help but inspire others. Be it rock and jazz or the poly-rhythms of Cameroon, Talbot is capable of most anything percussive.
His real talent, however, is his inexhaustible patience and enthusiasm for music. Any student of his is lucky."
~ Patrick Stump, "Fall Out Boy" at The Drum School with Earl Talbot
"ETY•Plugs are a staple here at The Drum School. Now all of my students enjoy protecting their hearing, comfortably without objection! I use ETY Plugs while practicing, and at every show I attend, weather performing, or as an audience member. With Etymotic products I'm always safe, especially during set up and sound check when feedback and loud noises used to gang up on my precious ears. I've always got a pair handy, and never leave home without em'.
I use ER•4's exclusively for my amazing 'in-ear monitor situation'. On stage I've got no more need for a loud wedge that competes with my own drum volume levels. In studio I've got a true reference, and record and mix at low volume levels- perfect! I love being able to work for hours, and when I 'un-plug' my Etymotic products, the world sounds the same as it did before I started. I can't believe I used to rock without protection, but now I'm at ease and can enjoy listening for the rest of my life.
Drummer - Suicidal Tendencies
Eric Moore is a Professional Touring Drummer with Infectious Grooves and Suicidal Tendencies. He is well known for winning the 2004 Guitar Center National Drum Off.
"Clarity, definition and distinction are the first things that come to mind when listening to music through my ER•4 MicroPro in-ear monitors. These are the best in-ears I have ever had the pleasure of listening with!"
Multi Percussionist, Musician, Educator
Blue Sound / Orquesta La Cura
Ernie Becquer started his musical journey when he was a young boy. His grandmother, Ubalda, exposed him to her favorite Cuban music and planted the seeds of Son, Bolero, Cha Cha, Mambo and many other types of Cuban music in his heart. He grew up listening to that music and it influenced him tremendously. Ernie also was inspired by his other grandmother, Anita, who was a poet, painter and artist who painted 100's of paintings, recorded several records, many poems and a children's book called "Nachito". She encouraged Ernie to pursue his passion for music. Ernie is constantly searching for knowledge and history to expand his musicianship. His grandmothers can be credited for his passion for music and his constant journey of musical growth.
Ernie has lived in San Diego for more than 15 years, and his talent continues to be sought after by the top Salsa and Latin bands throughout California. His steady meter and passion for the conga is evident in his performances. He has performed all over the United States, Mexico, Central America and recently became the first Toca Percussion Artist to perform Salsa in Lagos, Nigeria (Africa). "It's a blessing to be able to perform and express yourself through music," says Ernie.
Ernie has performed and shared the stage for some of the biggest names in the business, including the late Ray Barretto, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Cachao, as well as Oscar D' Leon, Irakere, Cubanismo, Luisito Carrion, Son by 4 and Tito Nieves. "When you perform and share the stage with your musical heroes you can't help but be honored," says Ernie. "I am very thankful."
"As an Artist with many years in the industry, I neglected to protect my hearing, I took it for granted. I could of prevented some of my hearing loss. So with your help, I'm committed to champion your products and to help in any way. I want people to realize how crucial it is to protect your hearing, I want to help educate and prevent people from losing such a precious gift that is your hearing."
Philadelphia native and musician Jeff Campbell has toured all over the country, sharing the stage with John Mayer, members of Counting Crows, and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. He's also opened for the multiplatinum selling, multi-Grammy-winning band Train and performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Recently selected as the winner of Guitar Center's National Singer Songwriter 2 Competition from over 13,000 entrants, Jeff released "In Spite of Everything," a five song EP produced by six-time Grammy Winning Producer John Shanks, in late 2013. Of the EP, Michael Canter of Jivewired.com said, "...not since Elliot Smith have I heard similar music sound this accomplished. His wistful and soulful vocals make this album immediate and relevant." Chuck Dauphin of Music News Nashville said Jeff's 2012 release 'Stop and Go' is "...an album that will leave you wanting more."
"My ER4 MicroPro Earphones offer the perfect monitor sound onstage. They block out what's not supposed to get in and keep what's supposed to be crystal clear in my ears.
My EtyPlugs take the guesswork out of when to use and not use earplugs as a spectator at live music events, loud restaurants and clubs. If they're always in, they do the work!"
Jeff Glidden has been a professional drummer since the age of 12 and has played virtually every genre of music, from eclectic jazz to new country. He's had the pleasure of opening for/sharing the stage with/jamming with/recording with some amazing talent: Michael McDonald (Steely Dan, Doobie Bros.), Willie Nelson & Family, Donna Jean Godchaux, Vince Welnick, and Tom Constanten of The Grateful Dead, JGB, members of The Allman Bros. Band, Jim Weider's Project Percolator, Charlie Daniels, members of Phil Lesh & Friends, Keith Urban, Jon Fishman of Phish, Rodney Holmes of Santana/Steve Kimock Band fame, members of Blues Traveler, Gov't Mule, Barbara Mandrell, Karl Denson, members of The Steve Kimock Band...the list goes on and on. Jeff's currently endorsed by Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, Sonor drums, Kelly SHU, ButtKicker low-frequency transducers, K&K triggers/mics, Etymotic in-ear monitors, and Evans drumheads. Jeff's recent highlights include the CD "Night Blooming Cereus," by The Sumner McKane Group. 'ECHOES,' National Public Radio's highly acclaimed music program, placed the CD in their Top 25 Listeners' Poll for 2006 (www.echoes.org) and placed it at number four in their Essential CDs of 2006. The CD also recently placed #58 in ECHOES Top 200 CDs of The Past Twenty Years Listeners Poll.
Currently freelancing, The Time Traveler and Human Metronome is available for any musical situation.
"I got turned on to Etymotic by Dan Wojciechowski, Peter Frampton's drummer. The ER4s are just incredible. They were the missing link...the piece of equipment that I really needed to hear music the way that I wanted to hear it. Whether it be live or in the studio, they are indispensible now. I won't leave home without them."
Drummer/NYC Freelance Musician
Jeff Hirshfield is a native New Yorker who grew up on Long Island and began his jazz education after high school by working and traveling with some of the jazz greats. Since then he has continued to do extensive touring worldwide as well as conducting workshops and masterclasses focusing on the art of group interaction and the importance of listening. He has played on over 325 recordings, including projects he has co-led: Cloning Americana (Billy Drewes, Gary Versace, Scott Lee), ETC (Fred Hersch, Steve LaSpina), Loose Cannon (Tim Berne, Michael Formanek), and Lan Xang (David Binney, Donny McCaslin, Scott Colley).
Performance and recording credits include; Jim Hall, Toots Thielemans, Charlie Mariano, Joe Lovano, Red Rodney-Ira Sullivan, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Dr. John, Jerry Bergonzi, Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Orchestra, John Taylor, Randy Brecker, John Zorn, Mose Allison, Bennie Wallace, Bob Brookmeyer, Paul Bley, Eliane Elias, Mike Mainieri, Gary Peacock, Tim Berne, Woody Herman Orchestra, Tom Harrell, Fred Hersch, Mike Stern, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joe Diorio, Bob Belden, Joey Calderazzo, Eddie Daniels, Bob Berg, James Moody, Harold Danko, Ray Anderson, Tal Farlow, Marc Copland, Dave Liebman, David Binney, George Garzone, Michael Formanek, Loren Stillman, Jamie Baum, Daniel Schnyder, Ed Simon, Ben Monder, Greg Osby, John Lewis, Tim Hagans, Chris Potter, Slide Hampton, Joe Henderson, Rich Perry, Jazz Composers Collective, George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Wayne Krantz, Frank Kimbrough, Bill Frisell, George Colligan, Richie Bierach, Adam Rogers, Benny Golson, U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassadors and many others.
Endorsement agreements with: Zildjian Cymbals and Sticks, Drum Workshop Drums and Hardware, Evans Drum Heads, Puresound Snare Wires, and Mono Cases.
"Etymotic ER•4s have the clarity, response, comfort, build quality and isolation (when necessary) that I need. These are truly great earphones for detailed listening and recording."
Drumset / Percussion
Hey guys! My name is Jeremy Davis and I am a 21 year old drummer from Lexington, South Carolina. I have been playing drums for about 14 years and I utilize every moment I can as a learning opportunity and a practice experience. I play drums in many settings. Some of those settings being: my youtube drumming, performing at churches, and playing in a touring band.
Throughout all of these situations I put all my effort into every performance and leave all of my energy on stage. Whether I am recording Youtube videos: playing to a camera, playing to 5 people at a concert or 5,000 people, every setting gets the same energy level out of me.
Drummer/Musician - Dorydrive
Joey Zak has been touring the country playing drums for the past 10 years. You can see him performing with his current band Dorydrive. Dorydrive has played with artist like Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Papa Roach, James Durbin, Candlebox, Sevendust, Hinder, 12 Stones, Shinedown, Taproot, Fuel, Puddle of Mudd, Silver Sun Pick-Ups and many more! Joey has played drums with artists such as Eli Mattson (2008 NBC's Americas Got Talent runner-up) Joan Red, Marashino, as well as many studio sessions. Joey has appeared on multiple CBS stations, was a 2008 receiptent of a WAMI award for best drummer, and has also been featured in Modern Drummer magazine. Joey is currently a Ddrum endorsed artist and uses the ER•4PT ear buds live and in the studio.
"With the ER•4PT in ears, I can enjoy clean, crisp delivery, rounded low end and a true custom fit. Perfect sound isolation for my live performances, they also work great when in the studio! Etymotic has outdone themselves. Truly an amazing product."
Drummer, Percussionist, Sound Designer, Producer
From 1986 to 2006, John Emrich was a member of the United States Navy Band. While with the Navy, John performed throughout the world including performances for Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Pope John Paul II, The Crown Prince of Norway and visiting heads of state. After retiring from the Navy, John was able to devote his time to advancing the field of electronic drumming.
John has produced sample libraries on FXpansion's BFD2/Eco platform receiving worldwide critical acclaim. He has also produced samples and recordings for companies like Modern Drummer, Cymbal Masters, Wavemachine Labs, Mapex, Alesis, Pearl, Yamaha, and Zildjian.
John is also a contributor to Modern Drummer Magazine with product reviews and articles and he continues to advance the overall development of electronic percussion as a consultant for many of today's top companies.
"My gig requires me to spend 100% of my efforts on drums and percussion. I am either playing, recording, editing or producing world class drum samples. Consistency and accuracy are critical. For that reason I have come to rely on my ER•4 MicroPro earphones. Everything is clear and uncolored. I have worked with a lot of other brands and the ER•4 gives me the most accurate representation of what I need to hear."
Jon Cobert is a New York-based composer/arranger/pianist/session keyboardist/vocalist. He began his career recording and playing live with John Lennon (you can see him in the movie "Imagine"). Other recording and touring credits include John Denver, Harry Chapion, Dion, among others. He has played with Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Richie Havens, Taj Mahal, John Mellencamp, and many more. He recently appeared at Madison Square Garden in the tribute to Pete Seeger's 90th birthday concert. Since 1988, Jon has been working with Tom Chapin, recording, touring, writing and arranging, and producing. He has earned 5 Grammy nominations for his work as producer on Tom's recordings.
"The ER4's are great. The sound is crystal clear, and the bass is tight and punchy. I've used them on the airplane, and they do a great job at blocking out the background noise. The included earpieces are very comfortable, and fit well!"
Lead Vocalist - Yes, Glass Hammer
Jon Davison's earliest involvement with music began when he sang in the church youth choir led by his mother. From an early age, she instilled in him an appreciation for music and love for singing. Soon after he took up guitar and bass, which eventually led him during high school to perform in various original and cover bands with his childhood best friend, Taylor Hawkins (currently the drummer for Foo Fighters). Jon is currently an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist musician, and the current lead vocalist of progressive rock bands Yes (since 2012) and Glass Hammer (since 2009). He has also been the bass guitarist of Sky Cries Mary.
"Like many singers, I used to struggle hearing myself enough on stage. Since performing with the ER•4's, I've achieved incredible isolation. As a result, I'm able to sing without strain and with consistent pitch, all the while protecting my hearing. I love the high-definition and response of the ER•4's. Also, the tech support at Etymotic is second to none. I will never use any other type of in-ears."
Percussionist/Clinician/Educator - Lake Park HS, Cavaliers Indoor Percussion, Chicaco Bears/Bulls Drumline, Freelance Musician
Kyle Johnson has been living and breathing percussion for as long as he can remember. He started drum lessons at age of seven and went on to graduate from Illinois State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music. He now works as a freelance musician, clinician, and educator in the Chicago-Land area. Johnson is the Director of Percussion Studies at Lake Park High School in Roselle, IL where he shares his passion for percussion with his marching students. He also directs the Lake Park High percussion ensemble and teaches privately. During the spring, Johnson is on staff with the Cavaliers Indoor Percussion ensemble, a top-10 WGI Independent World Class finalist. He can be seen performing with a variety of ensembles himself, including the Chicago Bears and Bulls Drumlines, his rock trio, Third Line, and his percussion duo, Clocktower.
"I've been wearing the Etymotic Musicians Earplugs for a few years now, and they are the ideal solution for protecting the ears of any musician. Not only do they reduce the high frequencies and loud noises in many live playing situations, but they also allow you to speak naturally while teaching. As an educator, it means a lot to have hearing protection I can wear while I'm instructing different ensembles. The ER-4's provide fantastic clarity as in-ear earphones on stage too! I'll always trust Etymotic with my ears. Thanks, Etymotic!"
DJ, Producer - D'lectable Music
Lady D spent her childhood in Chicago studying theater, music and dance at an early age. Several years of performing paid off in commercials and a movie with Morgan Freeman and Cicely Tyson. Moving on to high school, college and grad school, she left her acting days behind her to explore science. Eventually she found her way back to the creative arts to become a premier DJ.
Darlene Jackson aka Lady D is a pillar of the Chicago House community. She's been a constant player at every relevant House club to rise (and often fall) in the city. She has played extensively throughout North America (Canada, US & Mexico) and globally in Russia, Asia, and parts of Europe. She's appeared at numerous festivals including Lollapalooza's 20th Anniversary on Perry's stage alongside Skrillex, Afrojack and others because she is a performer of the highest caliber. Fierce, sexy and classy, Lady D knows how to move the masses.
A media darling, Lady D has enjoyed covers and features in UR, New City, Billboard, Spin, Chicago Mag, iDJ, Urb, XLR8R, Mixer, Venus, DMA, and been the subject of radio broadcasts stateside (NPR) and overseas (Galaxy Radio UK) and documentaries such as: Midnite Madness, Girl The Movie, Slipcue, Godfather of Disco, Maestro and more.
"Hearing is so important. I'm a HUGE proponent of hearing conservation and protection at the personal level as well as institutional level. I've actually received certification for completing an intensive short course in hearing protection and conservation and I'm very happy about that fact."
Paul Von Mertens
Music Director/Brian Wilson Band
Paul Von Mertens is a Chicago-based composer/arranger and a performer on saxophone, flute, clarinet and harmonica. He has played and recorded with a variety of artists including Mavis Staples, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Stereolab, The Sea and Cake, Poi Dog Pondering, Broken Social Scene, Wilco, and Mono. He has been member of the Brian Wilson Band since 1999 and is currently music director. Paul joined Brian for the Beach Boys 50th anniversary tour in 2012 as co-music director.
Paul has written arrangements, orchestrations and performed for Brian Wilson's tour and Grammy-winning recording of "Smile", the Pet Sounds Tour, "Live In London" "Gettin' In Over My Head", "That Lucky Old Sun" "Wilson Reimagines Gershwin" and Brian's latest recording "In The Key Of Disney".
His arrangement of "Dvorak Re-mix Fantasy" was premiered at Orchestra Hall with Poi Dog Pondering and the Chicago Sinfonietta in 2005, and "Carmen Remix" in 2007.
Writing credits include music for Steppenwolf Theater, the Peabody Award-winning documentary "The Lost Children of Rockdale County"and "Merchants of Cool" for Frontline, and the long-running "Workplace Essential Skills" for PBS.
Paul and his wife, Cynthia Von Orthal, have created original puppet musicals "Akuba's Dream" "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "Tara's Story" for their own company, Von Orthal Puppets.
"I like the Etymotics because they sound great and they are very light, sturdy and comfortable. Great for critical listening while traveling, and I use them as part of my laptop studio.
Very simple in design and low-profile. Since there are many products available that sound good, details like cabling and fit are important to me. I also like the fact that they can be used very effectively as generic fitting ear buds or custom fitted with molds."
Richard Rainey is an Irish producer/mixer. Based in London, he has produced and mixed records with a wide range of artists from U2, Paul McCartney, Mansun, Mando Diao and The Aliens to The Beautiful South and Zucchero. He has also produced soundtracks for TV, mixed concerts in 5.1 for DVD and remixed club tracks as one half of dance duo Quincey and Sonance. Richard has worked extensively with U2 over the last 12 years including engineering both the recent No Line on the Horizon album and the 11 million selling All That You Can't Leave Behind which he won 3 Grammys for. He has also mixed many of their live performances for TV and radio and completed a year on tour with them as a monitor engineer on their record breaking 360 World Tour.
"Having toured with the ER•4s as a monitor engineer, I now also enjoy the detail of the ER•4s when I'm in the studio mixing. They rock!"
Producer/FilmMaker/Composer - SavageArts Entertainment
Rob is an established producer, writer, musician and filmmaker, with experience spanning many years in the business.
His three-decade career in the entertainment industry is a direct result of his ability to consistently create uncontrived works that inspire people.
"I use my ER4's everywhere to reference all my mixes. Without question, the most trusted earphones I've used.
Couldn't imagine going a day without them!
Drummer - Gretchen Wilson
Ron Gannaway started out playing rock and top 40 before he started playing drums for country legends Tom T. Hall and Mel McDaniel in the 80's. Since the early 90's he has worked with Steve Wariner, Bill Anderson, Ricky Van Shelton and Joe Nichols before working with Gretchen Wilson.
"So much! Playing Drums for forty years, and being around cymbals, snares and guitars (HA). I found a home with ETYMOTIC!! I have used there ear monitors since 2003 nonstop, on tour, and in the studio, with great results. The protection is there, plus sound quality is lovely. They are just part of my gear, and my hearing (and ears) love it!!"
Instrument & Backline Tech/Production & Stage Manager
Ross Lahey is an instrument and backline tech currently working with both Bonnie Raitt and Furthur. Based in the San Francisco area, he also serves as a production and stage manager and has worked with Brian Wilson, Stevie Nicks, Gloria Estefan, Phil Lesh, Tom Petty, Black Crowes, among many others.
"I have been using the ER•4 for years and they sound much better than the other earphones I've tried. The sound is very clear and true which is important to me so I can hear issues that might arise with guitar rigs."
Music Producer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Remixer, Composer - Timeless EnterpriZes, Zeitmahl (band), Red Light District (Band)
Shok is a producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist. His use of bass guitar, guitar and even live drums (including live tambourine) and his own voice as backing vocals, set his sound apart from the usual fully electronic remix.
Notable remixes include Fischerspooner, The BellRays (Lisa K of The Basement Jaxx), Nick Cave and Warren Ellis's Grinderman, Mirah, KMFDM, Combichrist, Fun Lovin Criminals, Isaac Hayes & Burt Bacharach, Godhead, autoKratz, featuring bassist, Peter Hook (Joy Division / New Order), Daniel Myer's Architect and Haujobb.
Recently having wrapped a mix for the new UK sensation, Queen Of Hearts, he is currently remixing Neil Finn (Crowded House, Split Enz) for the Pajama Club album, Max Pashm and Gotye.
Production and collaborative credits include work with Josie Cotton, Lady Gaga, DJ Superstar Keoki, L7's Donita Sparks, Traci Lords, Douglas McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb), Technical Itch and Daniel Ash (Bauhaus / Love And Rockets).
Shok has composed music for Nickelodeon cartoons, A&E'e Biography, Paramount Pictures, Fox, Miramax, M. Night Shyamalon, PS3, Newgrounds and Michael Bay's Transformers in a musical collaboration with Adam Freeland, Bassbin Twins and Alex Metric.
He has been the drummer of Mount Sims and Thrill Kill Kult and is presently a member of Juno Reactor, Red Light District (1920s, 30s neo-vaudeville cabaret vs. a time machine), Zeitmahl and also Tres Vampires, a project with Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde and David J. of Bauhaus / Love And Rockets set for release 2012.
"This is extremely important for anyone, especially today when there are always beeps, alarms, sirens and other alerts not just from the streets and clubs and other venues, but computers, mobile phones and such which increasingly become louder as we move forward in time. Being an avid music fan as well as being composer and producer means that I need to protect my ears effectively so I can ensure and reinforce the longevity of healthy hearing for work and pleasure. Even when I am in a loud restaurant or bar, I may use protection (hey and I am not talking sexually here, kids) I used my Etymotic plugs tonight when it was loud as they attenuate the volume and not muffle the high frequencies as typical foam plugs do. Hearing all frequencies accurately is important for anyone who wants to effectively communicate whether it be listening to music or hearing someone speak. If you do not protect your sensitive ears, you will not have them in the future. USE PROTECTION!!! You will be glad you did! You will also not have to purchase anything for a headache later too!"
Steve Elliott Smith is best known as the drummer for Journey and one of the top drummers of all time. The Berklee grad emerged as a jazz drummer touring with Jean-Luc Ponty, but it was his time with rock band Journey that put him on the map. He's since played in sessions and on stage with a who's-who of jazz, rock, pop, world and other artists. Today, he leads his own jazz band, Vital Information. Steve uses Etymotic ER•4s as his in-ear monitors.
photo by Stephen Shadrach
"The Etymotic ER•4s give me clear sound with a wide range of frequencies. They are comfortable to wear and work extremely well in the studio and live. - Steve Smith"
I'm a UK musician, composer, producer and very occasional DJ based in Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire.
I co-founded Fila Brazillia with David McSherry in 1990 with whom I released 10 lp's and produced over 70 remixes for artists such as Radiohead, Busta Rhymes, Black Uhuru, Simple Minds, A Certain Ratio and Moloko.
Prior to this I was signed to Big Life records as one half of Ashley and Jackson. A group that enjoyed moderate success in the late eighties and had a minor hit with 'Solid Gold', which went to number 3 in Austria. On a trivial note, the A&R man that signed us is head of Universal now.
My other writing and production collaborations include Heights of Abraham with ex Chakk members Sim Lister and Jake Harries; J*S*T*A*R*S with Lister and The Cutler with Dave 'Porky' Brennand . I also released two solo lp's and as The Solid Doctor and a selection of remixes under my own name. I've written and recorded with Cabaret Voltaire's Steven Mallinder under the guise of 'Hey Rube'. Our debut lp 'Can You Hear Me Mutha?' was released in October '12.https://soundcloud.com/heyrube.Adam Regan from Different Drummer and Leftfoot in Birmingham is also a regular collaborator. The project is entitled 'Chieftain' and aimed fairly and squarely at the dance floor. Digi ep released last year. CD to be released in '13.
I co-produced Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli's debut solo l.p. 'The Twilight Singers' in 2000 and also co-wrote and produced Three White Roses and a Budd ep with Bill Nelson and avant garde American composer Harold Budd. I worked extensively with old chum Darren Emerson on his solo lp, in an engineering and writing capacity. Looking ahead,I'm off to France to work with ex Cocteau Twin Robin Guthrie in a couple of weeks.
My work has been used on a wide array of international film and television programs. From Sex and the City and CSI Miami to Blue Peter and Homefront in the Garden, my PRS statements are testament to the wide appeal of my back catalogue.
'Loose Nuke Threat' by J*S*T*A*R*S was used on two extensive UK advertising campaigns for John Lewis in 2005/2006 and Fiat in 2011. Nokia used Motown Coppers by Fila Brazillia on an international campaign in 2010. Two international feature films by Stacy Peralta - Riding Giants & Dogtown and Z Boys also feature Fila tuneage.
I've DJ'd on every continent but Africa and performed live and extensively toured both Europe and the States with Fila Brazillia.
As you can gather, I have a wide range of production, writing and engineering skills.
I'm currently represented by Roberto Neri at Eagle I publishing.
"The ER 4 is far and away the best ear buds Ive ever used. They're the most comfortable Ive worn and deliver a wonderful crisp and balanced frequency range. The ETY ear defenders were a revelation. Zero muffle but powerful noise reduction. Outstanding."
Thick as Thieves
LA-based Thick as Thieves sound incorporates intention-filled rap verses and uplifting catchy choruses with dual vocals, all brought to life by sinuous stalking rhythms. They've toured nationwide in college markets, opening for national favorites such as Imagine Dragons, Nas, Bassnectar, Empire of the Sun, Sean Kingston, Matt & Kim, Young the Giant, The New Boyz, among others. At home, they've played at many of the world famous Sunset Strip venues such as the House of Blues, Troubadour, Whiskey a Go Go, and The Roxy. Thick as Thieves continues to pursue their path as innovators in support of their recently released EP "These Days." Currently, the band is in the studio, writing and recording new music for an upcoming 2014 winter release. To hear their music and see their videos, go to thievesmusic.com.
"We're using Etymotic's ER-4s as our in-ear monitors and we're happy to have them! Any band playing electric music deals with a ton of stage noise. There are lots of distinct parts to our music and with our band's multiple singers and guitars it's hard to focus and hear ourselves. Getting ER-4s and rid of the wedge monitors is an amazing musical opportunity."
Drummer/Percussionist/Educator - Blue Man Group, Chicago Bears Drumline, Minor Characters, Percussion Specialist
Thomas is a graduate of Northern Illinois University's percussion program and an alumnus of The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps and NorthCoast Academy Percussion Ensemble. Currently, Thomas is a percussion specialist at both Lake Park High School and Maine South High School where he teaches applied lessons, directs the percussion ensembles and teaches percussion methods and application. He also performs with Blue Man Group Chicago at the Briar Street Theater as one of their drummers and is the Briar Street Theater Drum School Teacher where he helps new Blue Man members with their drumming skills. Thomas is a member of the Chicago Bears Drumline and performs at all home games and Bears related corporate events. He also mans the drum throne for Chicago based rock bands, Minor Characters and RaKunk. Thomas is an Innovative Percussion Artist and a member of Percussive Arts Society.
"So crisp, accurate and comfortable - the ER4's have the sonic definition to let me focus on making and performing music while protecting my ears. I use them nearly every day. Thank you, Etymotic!"
Audio Engineer: Tyler Soifer, Steve Smith and Side 3 Studios
Whether at a music venue or in the studio, Tyler strives to provide the best possible audio to a wide range of talented musicians, producers, and artists. Currently, Tyler could be found at front-of-house, mixing concerts for artists like Steve Smith & Vital Information, Hiromi and Nelson Rangell, as well as at home in Denver, recording and mixing a wide variety of pop, rap, rock, and jazz.
"The wonderful thing about the ER-4's is they shine in many critical applications, because of their superior quality. I trust them over any other earphones because of the flat response and their ability to represent the audio so accurately at all levels."
Guitarist and Composer
Guitarist & composer Vinny Valentino continues to redefine musical genres, to the acclaim of audiences worldwide. In 1988, he released his first solo recording entitled, Vinny Valentino, and now has 12 recordings to his credit. His international debut recording, The Distance Between Two Lines, shot straight up the charts to #2 and stayed on the national charts for more than 14 weeks-an unprecedented achievement for a first international release. Paul Anthony of Jazz Unlimited called it "one of the top five albums of 1993."
His compositions have been recorded by Vital Information, John Benitez, George Benson, Sunny Sumter and Steve Haas and are featured in the "All Jazz Real Book." The National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts have recognized Vinny's talents as composer, arranger, and recording artist with a grant for a series of works entitled "New Music for Three Guitars."
Vinny and his trio "On 3" were selected by the Kennedy Center and the Department of State to represent the United States in the U.S. Jazz Ambassadors Program. Since 2006, Vinny has been the guitarist for the long-standing fusion group, Vital Information, which boasts legendary drummer Steve Smith as its founder and leader.
"I never thought it was possible to accurately mix and master while on tour until I bought my first pair of ER4's. They are the equitable combination of accuracy and isolation even at 30,000 feet. For me, Etymotic is all about quality mixed with practicality. They've done the 'Research' and I get to enjoy the music."