Hi there, my name is James Yates. You may wonder, why calfskin drumheads?
In 2013 I was working as an assistant to a couple of great producers in London. Lots of production talk moved on to Drums... Both of these producers had vintage kits with calfskin which were their preferred choice for recording and both expressed concern for the lifes of the calfskin and the availabilty for a replacement (both these kits were pre-international). So I thought... how hard could it be, I knew the mechanics of how it worked, so all I have to do was put that into practice. Well... two years of R&D as well as having some of the finest Pop, Jazz and Orchestral session players & Producers in the Uk use my heads and I now feel ready to release them to the public.
Before selling my heads I co-founded a pro audio sample library company and in 2016, I will be using Majetone to not only sell the finest calfskin heads available, but professional quality sample instruments for all major software (Sampler, Kontakt, EXS24 & offer audio ready to import to the Roland SPDSX). My plan is to fuse my love for great drums and a great drum recording, with creative & innovative drum samples.
Majetone is a modern company, and currently I work on it part time. Outside of MI I'm a member of the music production teaching faculty at BIMM in London & currently I play drums for Seramic and several shows for Vessels.
I've just build a dreamy recording studio at Majetone HQ featuring lots of drums, great converters, tape and a console. Thanks for visiting, please contact me with any questions or queries.
Onstage with Vessels at Rotondes in Luxembourg. 19th March 2016. Photo by Joaquim Valente