2017 can be marked as the Gear Year for Daru Jones. Not only did DW Drums create a signature PDP portable hip-hop kit for him, he also collaborated with Paiste on a complete new cymbal series called the PST X DJs 45. Knowing that both DW and Paiste are not keen on creating signature lines for artists, the companies must have thought that his ideas on different sized and built instruments are just too good to not work on them. Here are several videos on his new products and the 8-minute demo with Daru playing the PST X DJs 45 with the talented bassist MonoNeon during the Paiste press meeting at NAMM. This article is part of our coverage on the Swiss army of cymbals that Paiste introduced at Winter NAMM 2017.
The Daru Jones PDP New Yorker kit Daru Jones is one of the most sought-after drummers and producer/musical directors in the hip-hop, soul and rock scene at the moment. He has worked with Jack White, Jamie Lidell and Living Colour's Doug Wimbish, to name just a few.
Being a New Yorker, Daru needed gig-friendly instruments to get around quickly and without too much hassle. With PDP, the solution was found in a 4-piece kit with DW Ultralight hardware and includes cases. The shells are hybrid poplar/maple, and the short stack dimensions make the kit sound wonderfully big and warm. The DW Ultralight hardware won the Product Excellence Award at the 2016 NAMM Show.
In the video below you see Daru playing his 'old' DW Gold Galaxy with the Paiste PST X DJs 45 set.
Daru Jones New Yorker specs
Gold-to-Black Sparkle Fade Lacquer Finish
5x10" Rack Tom
7x13" Floor Tom
10x20" Bass Drum
6x13" Snare Drum
Paiste PST X DJs 45 All the cymbals in this set have the coolest and remarkable sounds. The bell on the 12" Ride is probably the most eye-catching feature of the cymbals, and it sounds just as spectacular as well. The Crash and Hats Top cymbals feature the PST X hole pattern.
The PST X DJs 45 set includes
12" Crash (fast & explosive)
12" Ride (is that vinyl we see?)
12" Hats (listen to the amazing chick!)
Paiste PST X DJs 45 facts
The 45 rpm 12-inch single served as guidance in the overall design and naming of the DJs 45 set
The Ride visually mimics a vinyl record
Daru's Rusic Records label logo is placed on the cymbals
The Artist Inspiration cymbals are created by Paiste featuring Artists' uncompromising sound ideas and visual concepts
Daru Jones introduces the Paiste PST X DJs 45 During the Paiste press meeting at NAMM 2017, Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain showed and demoed his 'Treasures', and the legendary JR Robinson demoed the new Masters models. More about that in other videos and articles to come.
Daru Jones Paiste PST X DJs 45 demo - featuring MonoNeon Daru's drum kit here is a DW Gold Galaxy with 7.5×18" kick, 4×13" snare and a 6×12" rack tom. Notable fact: Dywane Thomas, Jr. aka MonoNeon, was the last bass player who worked with Prince before his death on April 21, 2016.