Jury/Partners

Experts from Shure will determine the country winners.

An all-star drummer jury will select the top three winners from the country finalists and a wild card entry earning the most votes overall.

Judges: Ash Soan (UK), Taylor Gordon (US), Tobias Derer (GER), Takashi Kashikura (JPN), and Shiguang Cui (CHN).

Metropolis Studios is a leading independent studio in London and home to some of the best engineers in the world. Mick Jagger, Rihanna and Lady Gaga are just a few of the artists who have recorded there.

Tobias Derer (GER)

Tobias Derer is a real One-Man-Show: With his Solo-Project UMC he is Drummer, Youtuber, Producer and Guitarist - and is quickly making a name for himself in the metal scene. Not only do his college degrees in classic, pop and Jazz show his variety, so do his international touring experience with orchestras, big bands and bands like Beyond The Black and Cypecore speak for itself. He also was part of the drum jury of the famous German "Jugend Musiziert" competition in 2018. Now days he is doing videos on YouTube as a full time job and works in his own „Drums & Cymbals Studio“ in Germany.

instagram.com/tobiasderer   youtube.com/user/tobiasderer

twitter.com/tobiasderer   facebook.com/tobiasdererdrums

Ash Soan (UK)

Ash Soan has been working professionally as a drummer for over 20 years. His live experience includes tours and performances with many artists including: Performing at Woodstock 94, supporting The Rolling Stones, REM, Bon Jovi, Van Hallen, Oasis and Bryan Adams at Wembley with his band Del Amitri in 1994-97, to touring and playing with Marianne Faithfull, Sinead O'Connor, Sheryl Crow, Robbie Williams, James Morrison, Will Young, Squeeze, Lewis Taylor, Hamish Stuart, The Waterboys, Jeff Lorber, Trevor Horn and Seal, Rumer, Terry Reid, Ronnie Wood, Dionne Warwick and many more.

instagram.com/ashsoan   youtube.com/user/ashsoan

twitter.com/ashsoan   facebook.com/ashsoan

Taylor Gordon (US)

Known as The Pocket Queen, Taylor Gordon has performed with artists including Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Michelle Williams, Musiq Soulchild and many more. Originally hailing from New Orleans, she attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston before heading out to Los Angeles to pursue her pro drumming career.

instagram.com/thepocketqueen

youtube.com/channel/UCNzdBviJvgzAWzelcL8-gXg

twitter.com/pocket_queen

facebook.com/thepocketqueen

Takashi Kashikura (JPN)

Takashi Kashikura was formerly a drummer for REACH, and is now a member of toe and the HIATUS. Aside from playing in bands, he also plays as a supporting drummer in recording sessions and live shows on stage with musicians such as Kaela Kimura, ACO, SUEMITSU & THE SUEMITH, Kotringo, and Nagisa Kuroki. His extraordinary and emotion-filled drumming style transcends genres, drawing fans from various circles.

twitter.com/shuumaibentoe

Shiguang Cui (CHN)

"I'd like to wish all contestants could put out their best game and achieve their goal! Good luck!"

Cui Shiguang is an active Drummer and Educator in China, mentored by Don Ashley, who is one of the best drummers in Asia. As a professional drummer, he is playing with bands of various music styles such as Post Hardcore, Latin Jazz, Hip-Hop, Dubstep and Trip-hop. He has worked with Chinese A-list artists and has been invited to be the live drummer for high caliber music TV shows in China. He is dedicated to the dissemination of music culture.

www.weibo.com/cuishiguang

Metropolis Studios

Metropolis Studios is a leading independent studio in London and home to some of the best engineers in the world. Mick Jagger, Rihanna and Lady Gaga are just a few of the artists who have recorded there.

Metropolis Studios