Poison drummer, Rikki Rockett and Chop Shop Drum Company
announced today that they have joined forces. Rockett, an avid drum enthusiast along with customizer and Chop Shop Drum Co. founder, Brian Cocivera are extremely excited about the new partnership and are destined to take the custom drum industry by storm.
Chop Shop has been gaining popularity with young and seasoned drummers alike since it's inception in 2001. Customers worldwide have sought out Chop Shop to create one of a kind, completely custom drums, which are handcrafted to the player's exact specifications.
"Today's drummers are more educated as to exactly what they are searching for in their drums" says Cocivera "They have decided to seek out the smaller boutique type companies that can build exactly what they want, as opposed to whatever is available at the local music store."
"I have had the distinct privilege to work with the finest drum builders in the world over my 20 year career, adds Rockett. John Good and Don Lombardi from D.W., Steve Badalment from Innovation Drums and Bill Detamore from the original boutique drum company, Pork Pie. Something good has to have rubbed off on me by now! These guys have been the leaders in the last 20 years. Brian and I have our own unique ideas and we are anxious to get these drums out there!"
In addition to the tried and true classic North American rock maple drums produced by Chop Shop, the company also offers birch, acrylic, aluminum, titanium, steel, and brass shelled drums. "Our goal has always been to produce some of the world's finest sounding drums, and offer customers unlimited options, and the most advanced finish options the drum community has ever seen." Says Cocivera. Now with Rikki on board, the creative energy is high, and the sky is the limit with what we can do."
Chop Shop will also move from the current location in Phoenix, Arizona, to a new workshop in Southern California beginning in January 2006.
Rockett, who rose to international fame as a founding member of the multi-platinum selling band, Poison, has always has a passion for customizing his drums. An amazingly talented artist in his own right, Rockett's drums have always been visually astounding. From customizing, to restoring, and ultimately building drums, the move to own a drum company has always been something he has dreamed about, so when the offer was made from longtime friend, Cocivera, the decision was easy.
The new image and creations by the new partners at Chop Shop will be on display at this year's NAMM show in Anaheim, CA from Jan. 19-23 2006.