Vater Drum Sticks and Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chili Peppers have stuck (pun intended) together for 25 years, now celebrating their silver anniversary. Congrats, guys and here’s to another 25 years!
As Chad Smith explains in this anniversary video, Vater sticks are just like good wood… Perfected! But to him it’s even more than that, as the sticks simply represent the very connection between him and the drums, and even a step further they are what connects his head (and ideas) to the actual music:
“As a drummer the things you hold in your hands are the most important thing that connects you with your instrument. To me these sticks are actual instruments. These are the things that facilitate you ti be able to do what you do. Your creative ideas comes from your head and come out on the drums, but they travel through these sticks right here.”
Chad Smith’s signature Vater stick is called the Funk Master and has the same grip as a 5B, but with a beefier taper for some extra weight up top and acorn tip. Great for heavy, solid playing. Hickory!
…and if you have time for more, here’s a full concert with Chad Smith and his fellow Chili Peppers: