Ben got the endorsement with Adoro Drums in June 2012 and got this kit right before he started recording for Royal Bloods debut. He still uses it for all recordings, but for some reasons decided to keep this a secret. Short after the recording, the band signed with Warner and got a free DW kit. Ben short after paired up with Gretsch as they can provide worldwide support. Since Ben himself tried to avoid answering questions concerning the equipment used for recordings, being loyal to his recent endorsement. Before he got engaged with Gretsch, Ben statet: "I own a Custom City Lights kit. Each time I play it I get people commenting on how good the sound of the kit is, everyone from recording engineers, live sound engineers, session players and general public. The kit itself looks spectacular, It's a slightly darker broken glass sparkle finish. These kits can also take a bashing, I often find myself standing on the top of them, sometimes having a little wrestle. I'm honoured to drum with Adoro. I would recommend them to every drummer that like's a good sounding kit and for a very reasonable price." Ben Thatcher Bens sound engineer was indeed so impressed by the sound of the set that they decided to record it with room microphones only, so they ended up recording just the drums first, while replacing the cymbals with cushions, and then tracking the cymbals extra. First Ben also toured with these drums locally, but his label wanted his kit to be bigger for the show effect (sizes of his City Lights kit: BD is 20x17, Toms 12x8, FT 14x12 and 16x12) and gave him a pretty similar looking DW.more
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