After a quiet opening in late 2010 and building its clientele to include major-name players Taku Hirano (Cirque Du Soliel/MJ Immortal tour), Kevin Ricard (Tonight Show), and Keith Harris (Black Eyed Peas), Los Angeles Drum Services (LADS) is announcing its official opening.
Founded and operated by former Sabian North American artist relation manager Bobby Boos and drum tech Chris Achzet, LADS is a full-service facility that caters to storage and service requirements of professional drummers and percussionists. LADS offers secured storage lockers, equipment inventory, maintenance and servicing, programming and cartage, and available in 2013, a video recording facility. Achzet offers kit customizing, on-site rack design and construction like Brian Frasier-Moore’s current touring kit. An equipment showcase features brands such as DrumCraft, Spaun, and Natal, and the retail service sells essential percussion pieces and necessities. Located in the Burbank media district, LADS offers career counseling and direction, clinic and event booking, image development, personal promotion and management, as well as an endorsement service liaison.
According to Boos, “LADS does virtually everything associated with making sure our drummers are always set up and ready to go, whether it’s for L.A. gigs, TV dates, or world tours. Many of the major drummers in L.A. were wanting a serious facility geared toward the pros, providing a place to hang, teach, and meet other players. Chris and I felt the time was right for LADS, so here we are in Burbank, California, in a 6,000 square-foot facility.” Boos, a drummer himself, gigs and records in the L.A. area and beyond. “Our clients appreciate the fact that we’re players and know exactly what they expect.”
Among those already signed with LADS are Chaun Horton (Natasha Beddingfield), Shauney Baby (Lauren Harris), and Peter Antunes (Matthew Morrison). Guests have included everyone from Russ McKinnon (Barry Manilow), Johnny “Vatos” Hernandez (Oingo Boingo), Robin DiMaggio (U.N. musical director), Bruce Rutherford (Alan Jackson), Walfredo Reyes Jr. (Chicago), Herman Matthews (Timothy B. Schmidt), and Roland Garcia (American Idol).
For more information, visit www.losangelesdrumservices.com.