Im a firm believer of the fact that a gigging drummer should always be prepared for anything that can happen in a session or gig. For instance, I always carry an extra snare head, and a bag full of sticks.
I think that it is vital for a drummer to have a gig-box. There are a few credits that I must mention who have inspired this article. On youtube there is a fantastic drummer called Bazy-Beats, who has a series of videos on being prepared for gigs and studio sessions. There is a fantastic website called “Tomas Howies Drumming Web”, which has an article on a drummers gig-box. Thanks to the both of you!!!
My gig box is basically a decently sized aluminium flightcase, with padding and internal dividers. I carry all the bits and bobs that I need to keep the show running. The case is designed to take care of me, and most importantly my kit. Youd be suprised at what can happen mid gig. Mapex tom arm wing nuts are prone to threading, so I always have some back-ups.
Lots of drummers carry their parts in a stick bag, and thats fine, but I like to have a separate case. My case sits by my kit when Im playing, so I can keep all the vital stuff to hand. I also have drinks, a towel and lots of sticks ready to grab around the kit.
I will now give you an idea of what I think is a good idea to fill your case with.
Wingnuts and spare bolts
tension rods and washers
cymbal sleeves felts and washers
anything to keep the kit in top nothch working order really.
Essential gig bits:
various clamps and holding devices
electrical tape in more than one colour
Tissues and wetwipes
also a jay-cloth or rag
WD-40 with the straw for fine work
pliers and screwdrivers
spanners an hex keys
jewellers screwdrivers for hardware problems
Pens and markers
bass drum patch
headphones and adaptors
swiss army knife
and most importantly – ANIMAL PUPPET!!!!
Heres a picture I took of my case, and all the stuff laid out so you can take a peek…..
Gig Box contents