My Start With Meinl
I got my start with Meinl through Instagram. I had a part in setting up their page and gaining over 2,300 followers in three short days. Big thanks to the Meinl artists who helped get the page noticed: Matt Halpern, Luke Holland, David Puckett, and JP Bouvet.
After the page was established, Meinl asked me to start working on a guest blog for them. I’ve never written anything that people wanted to read, only some bad essays for high school and college. So I figured I’d start by writing something I’d like to read, something about the drummer that got me interested in Meinl – JP Bouvet.
I learned about JP back in 2011 when he won the GC Drum-Off. His solo was awesome and he posted all these cool videos of his experience. He took us behind the scenes of what happens to a winner. After that, he began posting more vlogs of his life, his drumming, and anything else he was doing. He took us on a tour of Meinl USA and the process artists go through to pick out cymbals. He showed videos of his band on tour in Istanbul. Most importantly however, he managed to stay humble the whole time, always giving off an, “I can’t believe this is happening,” sort of vibe.
JP is truly an inspirational guy. Throughout his videos, you realize the guy is wise beyond his years. He wants to inspire anyone and make everyone realize that if he can do it, why can’t anyone. JP has never given up on his dreams, and just wants to share his experience with the world. I couldn’t think of a better person for it to happen to.
Watching his videos, I saw a lot about Meinl. I began researching the company and realized that my favorite drummers are playing Meinl. Alex Rudinger, Matt Halpern, and Grant McFarland are just a few of them. I began learning everything about Meinl, from all the artists, to all the cymbal lines. Believe me, there are a lot of both.
Now I am in the position of writing this blog and have talked to and gotten to know a bunch of the guys at Meinl. They love their jobs and are all about making the company awesome. I hope with this blog I can get the word out about Meinl and how they’re making the drum world better. I am new to this, so go easy on me. I plan to talk about monster drummers, cymbals and cymbal lines, practice tips, and whatever I’m working on. What do you want to see? Let me know!