Dzn: And how long have CDS Drums been in existence?
CDS: I did my first customization of my old Pearl kit in 2002. I noticed that more and more people were interested in custom drums so I built a few test snares. That was in 2004 I think. I guess that would be a birth date of CDS drums
Dzn: Why did you start to make drums?
CDS: As I sad before, more and more people were interested in different looking and sounding drums and there was really no custom company in our country. The main reason is of course, the love to this instrument.
Dzn: You make "custom" drums Do you make anything else (like sticks or cymbals or bags or hardware or standard "production" drum kits)?
Dzn: Do CDS Drums have a signature sound or look, or are your kits specifically designed for/by the artists themselves?
CDS: There’s no signature for now so everything is specially made and designed for/by our customers.
CDS: We make drums mostly out of wood. Everything else (acrylic, steel, bronze) is OEM ordered.
Dzn: How long does it usually take from design through to completion of a drum kit?
CDS: The drum kit waiting period is for now around 3-5 months. It really depends on the season.
Dzn: Do you have a favoured drum skin which you use on your kits?
CDS: Kits are usually equipped with Remo Pinstripe, Remo Emperor or Evans G2 coated. We put Remo ambassador on snares.
Dzn: Do you have any particular favourite kits that you have made so far? If so, (can you provide pictures and) tell us who the kit is used by?
CDS: This one was fun to build:
CDS: Two favorite bands would definitely be Snapcase and Raised Fist. I mostly listen to Hardcore/Punk-Rock music with a few rock exceptions.
Dzn: Do you play drums yourself?
CDS: I am a drummer. Been playing for about 15 years now.
Dzn: Do you have a favourite drummer?
CDS: That would be Dennis Chambers. The guy has killer moves.
Dzn: You make a very traditional acoustic instrument; How important do you think new technology is in modern day drumming?
CDS: Technology is good for many reasons: Most important is the development of new hardware so things keep on getting better and stronger. The other is that more that machines are used for mass production, more and more people will understand and appreciate hand built instruments. That will keep custom companies as ours is alive ☺
Dzn: How much does it all cost?!
Dzn: Is there anything else you would like to tell us about? (Any other links or information about CDS Drums?)
CDS: As mentioned before, we are looking for suppliers and also new endorsers so this can also be a public call for all the drummers out there that would like to try out our drums and have some mad skill to prove themselves!
Dzn: I would now like to say a very big Thank You to Emir & CDS Drums for sharing yourself with us! And good luck!
CDS: Thank you for this great interview and I’m sure we will talk again soon ☺
Cheers to all your readers!
Emir, CDS Drums Owner/Masterbuilder