For “Where’s the Passion” D’Virgilio opted for a DW Santa Monica kit in birds-eye maple.

If you’ve been following the series (and you should be), you already know that Nick D’Virgilio and Sweetwater produced a bounty of content around the recording of D’Virgilio’s Invisible album [Sweetwater Sound].

Throughout the video productions, D’Virgilio discusses his compositional concepts, as well as why he choose different drum gear to manifest the feel, groove, and atmosphere of each specific song.

For #4 in the series, we have reached what D’Virgilio calls the “centerpiece” of the album, “Where’s the Passion.”

“The melody in the chorus is a reoccurring theme throughout the record,” he explains. “I chose the DW Santa Monica series kit for this song, because it has a beautiful sound whether playing the delicate grooves of the verses, or the big powerful grooves of the bridge, and everything in between.”

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D’VIRGILIO’S “WHERE’S THE PASSION” GEAR

Drum Kit
DW Santa Monica in birds-eye maple finish
Kick – 16 x 22
Tom 1 – 8 x 12
Tom 2 – 8 x 13
Floor Tom 1 – 14 x 16
Floor Tom 2 – 16 x 18
Snare – 6.5 x 14
Hardware
DW
Cymbal stands – 9700 Heavy Duty
Cymbal/Tom stand – DWCP9999 9000 Series w/extra boom
and DWSM799 cymbal arm w/dbl clamshell clamp
Cymbal/Tom stand – DWCP9999 9000 Series w/extra boom
Snare stand – 9300 Heavy Duty
Hi Hat stand – 5500D
Kick pedal – DW 9000 dbl pedal – standard footboard
Cymbals
Sabian
Crash 1 – 18” HHX Ozone Crash
Crash 2 – 17” HHX Evolution Crash
Crash 3 – 18” HHX Legacy Crash
Crash 4 – 19” HHX Legacy Crash
Ride – 22” Sabian HHX Legacy Heavy ride
Splash 1 – 10” HHX Evolution Splash
Splash 2 – 7” HHX Evolution Splash
China – 18” HHX China
Hi Hats – 16” AA Apollo Hats
Drumheads
Toms: Remo Emperor Clear (batter side), DW clear (resonant side)
Kick: Remo Power Stroke 3 clear (batter side), DW branded (resonant side)
Snare: DW coated (batter side), DW Snare Bottom (resonant side)
Drumsticks
Vic Firth American Classic 55A woodtip

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