African & Samba Beats Live performance & Workshops. Presented by Beat Factor
The Beat Factor Drum Group will be performing their own brand of African and Samba Beats at the following dates:
Come down, have some fun and be part of this free community event.
Enjoy the sound of the African Drums and the infectious rhythms of the Samba beats.
NOVEMBER 26, POINT COOK POP UP PARK
POINT COOK TOWN CENTRE
2.00PM TO 3.30PM
Come down and listen to The Beat Factor Drum Group perform from African rhythms, Samba Reggae to Samba rhythms of Rio de Janeiro. Our new beginners class featuring adults and teens will also be performing for the first time. So come down and join in the fun.
SEPTEMBER 8: 10.00AM TO 11.30AM
RUOK DAY- LAVERTON COMMUNITY HUB-PERFORMANCE
Sausage Sizzle and other activities such as yoga, games & counsellors.
Beat Factor Drum Group performing African and Brazilian drumming for the event for the community.
Beat Factor Duo performing Brazilian drumming and making a bit of a noise roving around the shops of Seabrook to launch the opening of the Art work.
BEAT FACTOR DUO
AUGUST 6 – The Lomond Hotel, Brunswick Johnny Longshot- 9.00pm to 11.30pm
Rod from Beat Factor will be performing some great Jamaican Ska music with Melbourne’s 6 piece Ska band, Johnny Longshot at Melbourne’s famous Live music venue. $10 entry
MAY 21 – The Lomond Hotel, Brunswick Johnny Longshot- 9.00pm to 11.30pm
May 21- Rod from Beat Factor Drum Group will be performing with Melbourne’s 6 piece Ska band, Johnny Longshot on Saturday May 21 at Melbourne’s famous Live music venue, The Lomond Hotel in Brunswick. Come down and skank away the night with us. Door charge $10
MAY 27 – Altona Meadows Library Event Launch-Performance- 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Friday May 27 from 3.30 pm to 4.30pm. The Beat Factor Drum Group will be part of a special launch presented by Hobsons Bay City Council at the Altona Meadows Library. Guest speakers and lots of fun for the family, with refreshments, face paining and African and Brazilian drumming performance from us as usual.
MAY 29 –MulticulturalEvent Festival
Point Cook Town Centre-6.00 pm to 6.30pm
May 29-from 6.00pm to 6.30pm, followed by Fireworks in the evening. The Beat Factor Drum Group have been invited to be part of this special combined event presented by Wyndham City Council at the Point Cook Town Centre. Lots of food, rides and fun for the family, live music and African and Brazilian drumming performance from us as usual.
PAST PAST PERFORMANCES:
Point Cook Pop Up Park, Sat 12 Feb and 12 March, from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. Point Cook Town Centre, Murnong St, Point Cook.
Soho Village Pop Up Park, 26 Feb and 26 March, from 3.00pm to 4.30pm, Adelphi Blvd, Point Cook
Our community drumming group are always looking for new participants to join our weekly classes in Point Cook. If interested, Email: email@example.com
Roddi- Solo instrumentalist playing cool tunes in Latin-Jazz, Reggae, Pop and originals.
Soho Village Pop Up Park, Friday 18 Feb and 11 March, from 5.00pm to 6.30pm, Adelphi Blvd, Point Cook. A great way to chill out on a Friday afternoon and enjoy a drink at Hopheads.
Our adult students and community drum classes is featured in a special article in the Westside Living Magazine, by Provincial Media.. The main story was written by journalist Carol Saffer and photos by Angus Smith.
Please click on the link below for the full story on page 36.
So honored and humble to be part of this article. I felt like a Rock star as did my students, it was fun. Enjoy the article, where you can hear from the students themselves on the classes. Lots of other stories as well in the magazine.
Always looking for more participants to join our community drumming classes in Point Cook. Classes run weekly on Tuesdays in Point Cook.
Beginners classes 6.30 pm- Intermediate classes from 7.15pm.
No experience required, just a willing to have fun and beat the drum.
Connect with your community for your wellbeing and have fun.
PRESENTED BY BEAT FACTOR MUSIC
Join us for this Free On-line Community Drum class, as part of the Wyndham Learning Festival.
No Drums-no problem, participants can try out their rhythmic skills on tables, chairs, buckets, pots and pans, utensils, pencils & pens, rulers, body percussion and anything that they can use around the house as a drum.
BYO drums: Djembe, congas, bongos, snare drum, any hand or stick drum, hand percussion, or any other creative percussive instrument to the session, all welcome.
This class is designed for beginners through to those who have some experience in drumming. No musical ability is required.
Participants will learn African to Rock- Hip-Hop rhythms, warm up exercises, set rhythmic parts, sound textures and creativity through drumming.
The drumming class is uplifting & engaging
This event is being presented by Beat Factor Music with the support of the Wyndham Learning Festival.
I wanted to purchase an affordable electronic drum kit for my drum classes at the school I teach in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. After some research and reviews I ordered the Roland TD-1DMK.
It ticked lots of boxes:
It was within my music budget. ($999.00- AUD)
All mesh pads
Compact size and sturdy
Rubber Kick pad included
Lots of drum-kit sounds to choose from to inspire students
Backing Tracks (15) for students to play along
Metronome function to help keep time
Coach function (10) to develop timing skills
Adjustable heights for Teenagers and Adult use
Easy to use drum module
For more detail on the review, please click here to read the full set-up stages and Pro’s and Con’s on the Roland TD-1DmKV.
First Impression- unboxing:
The unit comes in a compact box and but a little heavy, so two people may be required to safely lift it or using a trolley to move it to the set up area would be wise.
All the items such as tubular steel frames, drum pads, cymbal pads and electronic devices are securely well packed and can be taken out of the box easily.
Pro’s & Con’s
You may skip the Setting-up steps below if you are comfortable doing it yourself by following the manual (trial and error). And go to the end for the Pro’s and Con’s of the TD-1DMK
Begin by removing the main components of the kit one by one, e.g tubular steel frames and placing together on one side on the floor.
Do not remove from wrapping just yet.
Continue to remove other items from the main box, such as, drum pads and place in one spot, then the cymbals and last the electronic devices and place in a safe spot. But do not remove their packaging until you are ready to place them on the frame.
Start by unwrapping the tubular steel frame and lay it flat on the floor together. Follow the instructions in the manual to help you connect the frames together. This is the main frame that will hold all the other drum, cymbal pads and other accessories together. You may need another person to help you do this.
Once you have assembled the frame and it is upright, you need to move the clamps where you would like to position your drums and cymbal pads. Next fit the tom pads and snare pad holders into the clamps. Make sure you attach the bass drum pad and plate to the frame before moving it upright.
Insert the cymbal stands/arms to the clamps and move the clamps if required to get a better playing position. Unpack the cymbal pads and place them on the appropriate stands, e.g Hi-hat, crash or ride cymbal stand.
Attach the main controller to the left side of the frame. Then plug in all the cables to the controller and connect to appropriate drum and cymbal pads and pedals. Last, connect the power cable to the controller (brain) and connect to power outlet.
If all has been properly connected, switch the controller on and it lights up ready for you to try it out. You may use a headphone to hear the drum sounds or you may hook an external speaker so everyone can hear the drum sounds.
The frame feels sturdy and strong for an entry level drum kit.
The controller/module is basic but simple to use
The mesh pads feels good to play on
Tunable drum pads
Choice of 15 drum-kits
Good sound from the kits, Rock, Pop, Jazz styles
Metronome function to help in timing
Coaching feature to test you timing skills
Backing tracks to songs for playing along
Various songs in Rock, Funk, Country, Jazz styles
Aux input for iPhone playback
USB output to trigger drums from music software
Drum pads seems a bit small
No dual trigger on pads
Cymbal pads feels a little hard at times
Rubber Bass drum pad feels hard when playing. (noisy thud sound)
No bass drum pedal supplied (bass drum review coming soon)
No drum stool/sticks or headphone supplied (drum stool review coming soon)
No separate volume adjustments for backing track songs
Same input for headphone and external speaker
Above all a great little electronic drum kit for individual practice, band rehearsals and stage performance. You get a good V-drum set up made by Roland, which have V-drums to cater for all needs from hobbyist, students to full on professional drummers.
This the link of a good video tutorial I went through with my students, to help them listen, watch and follow instructions on setting up the TD-1DMK, each step of the way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vIwdMqoucE
Thanks to my Year 8’ and two Year 7’s drum students who were keen to help me set-up the whole kit on the day.