Drum Workshop, Inc. has inked a deal for worldwide distribution, marketing, and artist relations for KickPort International products. Drum Workshop’s chief product officer, Don Lombardi, spearheaded the agreement that will have DW taking over operations for the line, while manufacturing arrangements will remain unchanged. Also recently announced was the appointment of Mark Moralez to KickPort brand manager. Moralez is based in DW’s Oxnard, CA headquarters and also manages KAT Digital Percussion.
Erikson Audio is now the Canadian distribution for Reloop. Reloop manufacturers a wide array of DJ products, including DJ turntables, mixers, controllers, interfaces, and more.
“We are pleased and excited to be taking on Reloop distribution here in the Canadian market and look forward to being a part of this great brand’s continued growth,” comments Erikson Audio Product Manager Mark Wellein.
Hal Leonard Corporation and Loog Guitars have announced a strategic partnership covering distribution in Canada and the U.S. for Loog’s line of three-string children’s guitars, as well as licensing rights for Loog’s new instructional book and app.
Omnimedia has been appointed the exclusive Canadian distributor for ROLI products, which includes the Seaboard GRAND and Seaboard RISE.
“Given the economic uncertainly Canadians and Canadian business are currently experiencing, is easy to get into the mindset that there is little to get excited about. Well that appears to not be the case. Omnimedia is very proud to be named the exclusive Canadian distributor for ROLI and introduce the ROLI Seaboard it to the Canadian market place and to music lovers all across Canada,” Jim Patmore, regional sales manager for Omnimedia, tells CMT. “The ROLI Seaboard is truly a new musical instrument built with the best technology our modern times has to offer and we at Omnimedia look forward to working closely with ROLI, a truly visionary company to expand the benefits of music to all Canadians.”
Audio Distributors International (ADI) has announced its appointment as exclusive Canadian distributor for the Auratone brand of studio monitor speakers.
Founded in 1958 in Thousand Oaks, CA, and family owned for over 50 years, Auratone disappeared when it’s founder and president Jack Wilson passed away a few years ago. The Auratone 5C Super Sound Cube was used in many major recording studios worldwide and by many top producers and engineers, such as Quincy Jones and Bruce Swedien, for “real world” mixing. The company has now been revived by Wilson’s grandson, Alexander Jacobsen, who has relocated the company to Nashville, TN. All products are still made in the U.S.
Peavey Electronics, which until now distributed directly into Canada, has announced the appointment of B&J Music as its new distributor for the Canadian market. B&J Music, a division of JAM, will be the new Canadian distributor for the Peavey, Composite Acoustics, Trace Elliot, and Budda lines. The agreement was confirmed recently after discussions amongst JAM President Martin Szpiro, VP Jeff Carman, B&J VP David McAllister, and Peavey COO Courtland Gray, GM of North American Sales Fred Poole, and Hartley Peavey, Peavey Electronics’ founder.