The international finals for the Roland V-Drums World Championship 2, Roland’s annual competition that showcases the talents of electronic percussionists from around the globe, takes place Thursday, April 11, 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany. Hosted by the Südbahnhof music club and broadcast live on the V-Drums contest website, this year’s championship event features sixteen international V-Drums finalists, behind the scenes interviews, expert judges, and a performance by the German rock band the Intersphere.
Patrick Kennedy, a 2011 US national semi-finalist, has been training extensively and will represent the United States in the world finals this year. “It was an honor to participate in the V-Drums national competition,” Kennedy said. “I had an amazing time getting to hang out and talk with Thomas Lang and Johnny Rabb, as well as all of the other contestants.” Kennedy won a TD-30KV V-Drums set with a set of Remo custom shell wraps, a complete set of DW hardware, and Pat Kennedy signature sticks from Vic Firth.
Musician and music journalist judges Dirk Brand, Craig Blundell, Tommy Snyder, Florian Alexandru-Zorn, Mark Van Schaik, Rich Chamberlain, and Axel Mikolajczak will crown the V-Drums winner based on playing technique, musicality, groove, creativity, entertainment value, playing tricks, and precision.
Contestants this year are Nicolai Weißert (Germany), Haruka Matsumoto (Japan), Patrick Kennedy (USA), Zoltan Csanyi (Hungary), Boris Massot (Switzerland), Zhi Long Chen (China), Issah Contractor (Canada), Doğaç Titiz (Turkey), Diego José de Medeiros (Brasil), Lars Nijman (The Netherlands), Paul Kholodyansky (Ukraine), Geoff Fry (Great Britain), Fredrik Olsson (Sweden), Jesús Gancedo García (Spain), Jaime Edwin de la Rosa (Mexico), and Michele Villetti (Italy).