DW hardware (“I use the thinner 6000 series for the crashes as I like the vintage look but they still don’t collapse.”); Roland SPD-S
Helders on his Premier kits...
“The first good kit I had was a Premier kit for my 18th birthday, and obviously Keith Moon played Premier.
“When I started I didn’t know what each drum was called, I just loved the idea of being a drummer. Pearl was the drum kit that the one person I knew played drums had. I started looking into it and saw that Premier were a British company, and when I first had the opportunity to get a decent kit and saw they were being made in England I thought that was quite important, and they sounded good.
“My latest Premier kit is the Union Jack one I used at the Olympics and I’ve been touring that. It’s the first bigger kit that I’ve got. I always used the same configuration, 22", 13", 16", but I went 24", 14" and 18" which has been great, it sounds massive. It’s one of the ones that was made in England.
“I knew they’d done Union Jack before but I got a bit specific about it, even down to that I wanted the white of the Union Jack to be a bit darker so it looked like an old flag.”
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