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JOSHUA ALLEN

Product Engineer

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TEAM PROFILE:

1. Ludwig Team Position and Time Served:
Design Engineer, 2 years
2. Things you love about your job:
The opportunity to make my mark on Ludwig History, and working with people who are all passionate about Ludwig, Musser and our products. There is a great vibe working at a place where everyone is truly interested in the product they work with.
3. Challenging aspects:
I have around 10+ projects going on right now, covering concert, combo, marching, and accessories, so keeping them all on track can be a tough.
4. Drumming experience, and how it all started:
My dad played the drums, and we had his 1968, Silver Sparkle Ludwig Hollywood kit (With Supraphonic!) stored in the basement. When I was 11, we set them up and my dad started to teach me to play. I also started to play in the concert band in school that year. I played in the concert band, and eventually marching band while in school, and played in several rock bands from then until I graduated from college. I also did a couple of month-long national tours with the band I was playing in during my summer vacations.
5. Were there any experiences before you came to Ludwig that you feel prepared you for what you do now?
I have a fairly diverse background- I went to school for Industrial Design, and have developed products, processes and manufacturing equipment for the food, printing, electronics, automotive, and other industries. In addition to playing drums for the last 20 years, I have built drums for myself and friends, giving me a good understanding of how to make a drum sound the way I want it to. Understanding what a drummer needs, how to make it look good, and how to manufacture it efficiently are all important in my position.
6. Most memorable experiences while "on duty" with Ludwig:
The 2012 NAMM show had a lot of memorable moments. The Pre-NAMM Atlas launch party was amazing, showing off what I had been working on to dealers and artists was a great way to start the show. Finishing with the "Best In Show" award made for a pretty outstanding week.
7. Current Drumming Gig outside Ludwig:
I am not playing out these days, but I am working on teaching my 3-year-old, Drew, to be the next generation of "Allen Drummers"
8. Favorite "Ludwig Era" of drum making:
This one! I love my vintage Ludwigs, but the current product line, and the new stuff we have up our sleeves are crazy-good.
9. Strangest thing that has happened on the job:
I can't think of a good answer for this one.
10. Do you collect Ludwig Drums? Favorite Piece:
The 1968 Silver Sparkle Hollywood kit with a Supraphonic that my dad bought new- great sound and a cool history.
11. Your current playing set-up, and what you dig about it:
14x22, 8x12, 16x16, Ludwig discontinued birch shells I found at the factory, wrapped in gold sparkle, and built up at home, and a LM402. These have been the test-mule for a lot of new stuff, so they have some unique and one-of a kind parts on them. They sound like a mix between a Classic Maple and Keystone kit- a lot of depth and tone, but a bit more controlled.
12. Favorite concerts/gigs featuring a Ludwig Artists:
I saw Social Distortion, and The Darkness this year, which are a couple of my favorites, along with Van Halen and Roger Daltrey- legends which were very cool to see.
13. What drew you to Ludwig?
I was born into a Ludwig family! The only drums I ever lusted after were Ludwigs, and when I came across a posting for a Design Engineer on the website- I couldn't resist!
14. What, to you, makes Ludwig unique?
The 103 year history! The current team of people here are all proud of that history, and we do our best to honor it.
15. Any upcoming projects that you are particularly excited about?
Absolutely! But . . . I can't elaborate at this time. :)
16. Who are you major drumming influences?
Anyone out there, making great music- I don't get geeked out over any drummers in particular, but like to watch/listen to excellent drummers add subtle style to a song- without overplaying.
17. What are your five favorite albums (drumming or otherwise)?
Ramones - Rocket to Russia
Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come
Fugazi - Steady Diet of Nothing
Red Fang - Self Tilted
Chuck Ragan - Gold Country







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