F.A.Q. for competitors

(you will understand all rules and regulations by reading all information here)

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

What are the categories for all country Drum-Offs and Drum-Off Global?


1) Super Junior (Drum Set) – age 7 & below by date 31 Aug 2020
(even if the child turns 8 years old on 1 Sept 2020, the child still can join the
Super Junior category)

2) Junior (Drum Set) – age 8 till age 12
(all age based on year of birthday in year 2020)

3) Intermediate (Drum Set) – age 13 till age 18
(all age based on year of birthday in year 2020)

4) Open – (Drum Set) age 19 and older
(all age based on year of birthday in year 2020)





ENTITLEMENTS OF THE GLOBAL WINNERS

What are the categories for all country Drum-Offs and Drum-Off Global?


1) Super Junior (Drum Set) – age 7 & below by date 31 Aug 2020
(even if the child turns 8 years old on 1 Sept 2020, the child still can join the
Super Junior category)

2) Junior (Drum Set) – age 8 till age 12
(all age based on year of birthday in year 2020)

3) Intermediate (Drum Set) – age 13 till age 18
(all age based on year of birthday in year 2020)

4) Open – (Drum Set) age 19 and older
(all age based on year of birthday in year 2020)





CATEGORIES FOR COUNTRY DRUM-OFFs and DRUM-OFF GLOBAL

What are the categories for all country Drum-Offs and Drum-Off Global?


1) Super Junior (Drum Set) – age 7 & below by date 31 Aug 2020
(even if the child turns 8 years old on 1 Sept 2020, the child still can join the
Super Junior category)

2) Junior (Drum Set) – age 8 till age 12
(all age based on year of birthday in year 2020)

3) Intermediate (Drum Set) – age 13 till age 18
(all age based on year of birthday in year 2020)

4) Open – (Drum Set) age 19 and older
(all age based on year of birthday in year 2020)





REGISTRATION

Am I eligible to join the country Drum-Offs?


All country Drum-Offs 2020 is open to amateur* drummers of all races, nationalities and genders worldwide and we welcome both new, aspiring and established drummers to participate. You must be a citizen or permanent resident proven by official documents in order to take part in your country drum-off and represent your country thereafter.

All competitors can only participate in ONE Drum Set Solo category of their choice and they must also be eligible for.

Who is a Qualified Amateur*? A “Qualified Amateur” is defined as one who does not earn more than USD$45,000 gross income per year as a professional performing musician, based on the previous tax year. Should the Drum-Off Global organization require it at any juncture, the competitor is obligated to provide his / her previous year’s personal income tax records via email and will remain as classified and private information at all times and only privy to the staff at Drum-Off Global.




How do I register?


If your country has her own country Drum-Off and her own website affiliated with Drum-Off Global, please use their forms.

For country Drum-Offs facilitated by FEST EVENTS INTERNATIONAL:
3 Steps
1) Make the payment for the registration fee (click here)
2) Fill up the form and submit a clear picture of yourself playing the acoustic drum set
3) Submit 2 videos to the upload link provided

Video 1 : a 4 mins ‘continuous stationary shot’ drum solo from the front view recorded in the LANDSCAPE mode (16:9 ratio)
Video 2 : the same 4 mins ‘continuous stationary shot’ drum solo as video 1 but this video will be shot from the left or right view recorded in the LANDSCAPE mode (16:9 ratio)
No edits on video are allowed, no multiple camera edits are allowed. But make sure the audio sounds good and clear. No over-dubbing is allowed. Make sure the lighting is enough to have a clear view. Your face must be shown fully and clearly. Please refer to picture here for suggestion on how you should film your 2 videos, both at the same time. Videos are to be recorded in the LANDSCAPE mode (16:9 ratio).




What are the general registration fees for a country Drum-Off?


USD $25 per Drum Set Solo category application for those managed by Fest-Events International from 2 March to 9 Nov 2020 Pacific Standard Time. (updated 15 Sept 2020) However, Country Organizers that helm their Drum-Off at the Country level may charge a different amount(s) for the registration fee. Again depending on what their needs are to produce a good Drum-Off for their own country. Some may choose to get sponsors. Whatever the scenario is, it will always be good that your country has a respectable local Drum-Off that is linked to progress to Drum-Off Global. Most importantly, Support it!




What are the registration fees for Drum-Off Global?


Zero $. And definitely Invaluable.
You cannot enter Drum-Off Global by paying a registration fee. You can only get into the finals of Drum-Off Global when you win in your country Drum-Off that is either affiliated to the Drum-Off Global organization or your country Drum-Off that is managed by the Drum-Off Global organization. Please register here.




Why do I need to share my picture and profile write up when I submit the registration form?


Because we want the world to know who you are and in fact get to know you better beyond your drumming!




I don't have a credit card. Any other ways to pay?


Contact us at: contact@DrumOffGlobal.org
However, we are sure you can find a way to get a credit card if you are serious about joining this competition.




Can I join the country Drum-Offs 2020 if I was a Drum-Off Global champion for the same category in 2017, 2018 or 2019?


No. But any champion may join again after a complete 5 year hiatus. For example the 2018 champion can join the same category again in 2024.




Can I join the country Drum-Offs again in 2021 if I was a country Drum-Off winner in 2020?


Yes, you may join again.




Why should I join this competition?


Because you want to take your drumming to the next level!
And this is a competition that starts from the country Drum-Offs
where you will get to work on your strengths and weaknesses when you record your Drum Solo and put yourself before the top drummers in your country...
and if you do win, you get to progress onto a true Global platform representing your country to DRUM-OFF against the best of the best from all other countries.
The Bonus... your Drum Solo video stays on a website that could possibly be visited by every merchant and drummer on the planet!




What if my country has no Country Organizer yet? Do i still register as per normal?


The competition still goes on.
Fest Events International will manage your Country's Drum-Off as per normal, if there is no Country Organizer overseeing it.





DRUM SOLO VIDEOS

Why is the competition concentrating only on Drum Solos?


A Drum Solo is an accurate way to gauge a drummer's skill-level and creativity.




Do I need to watermark my videos? Can I add text to my videos?


No. Please do not add any text, words, logos or images to your videos.




Where will my videos appear after I submit them?


They will appear on your country page or website if have, they will also appear on Youtube which is uploaded by us. They will also appear periodically on the Drum-Off Global main landing page to feature you!




Can I submit another new video after my registration?


No. Your initial submitted video would have presented your best. Otherwise you wouldn’t have submitted.




Is it okay that my drum solo is longer than 4 mins?


Yes, however do not exceed by more than 30 secs.




Is it okay that my drum solo is shorter than 4 mins?


Yes, however you should have a solo that is at least 3 mins 45 secs long.




Can I send in another new video for Drum-Off Global Finals when I win my country Drum-Off?


No. Unless your country Drum-Off was a “live” event. After winning this ‘live’ drum-off in your country, your country organizer will help you submit the videos according to the same guidelines as every other competitor.




Can I send a video of me using a Electronic drum kit?


No, we are only interested in hearing you play your drum solo on an acoustic drum kit.




Can I send a video of me playing to a backing track?


No, this is a Drum solo competition and we want to see your creativity and musicality on the drum kit without a backing track. Backing tracks create a false perception of a drummer's ability due to the use of other musical elements in the song. Also, it might lead to inaccurate judging decisions, since not all judges might be able to appreciate the style of music the contestant is playing along to.




Is there a standard way that the drum kit should be set up in the videos I send?


No, you have freedom and flexibility for set ups. But remember, we are not looking for a product video, we are looking at your musicality, creativity, groove and skills on the drum kit. And we need to see unblocked views of your head, body, hands, drumsticks and feet.




Can I sing or rap during my drum solo in the video?


There is no need for that, but Yes you may but bear in mind these additionals will not be assessed as part of your Drum Solo.




Can I add auxilary hand drums to my acoustic drum kit set up?


Yes. Please use drumsticks to play on them.




Can I add any melodic instrument to my Drum solo? Like Handpan, Steelpan, Xylophone etc?


No, you may not.




Can I add any electronic pad, electronics and triggering to my Drum solo?


No, you may not.




Can I use bare hands to play the acoustic drums or auxilary added hand drums in my drum solo video?


Yes but it should only take up no more than 20% of that 4 mins. And do watch the sound levels of your video when you interchange from using hands to sticks.




What orientation or mode should my videos be submitted in?


Your videos should be recorded and submitted in the LANDSCAPE mode (16:9 ratio).





FEEDBACK

Will I get feedback for my Drum solo in country Drum-Offs?


Yes, if you are from Country Drum-Offs managed by Fest Events International
For country Drum-Offs with local country organizer, please refer to their rules.




Is there a place where I can feedback concerning my country’s Drum-Off?


Yes , please write it here





IMPORTANT DATES

Am I eligible to join the country Drum-Offs?


All country Drum-Offs 2020 is open to amateur* drummers of all races, nationalities and genders worldwide and we welcome both new, aspiring and established drummers to participate. You must be a citizen or permanent resident proven by official documents in order to take part in your country drum-off and represent your country thereafter.

All competitors can only participate in ONE Drum Set Solo category of their choice and they must also be eligible for.

Who is a Qualified Amateur*? A “Qualified Amateur” is defined as one who does not earn more than USD$45,000 gross income per year as a professional performing musician, based on the previous tax year. Should the Drum-Off Global organization require it at any juncture, the competitor is obligated to provide his / her previous year’s personal income tax records via email and will remain as classified and private information at all times and only privy to the staff at Drum-Off Global.




How do I register?


If your country has her own country Drum-Off and her own website affiliated with Drum-Off Global, please use their forms.

For country Drum-Offs facilitated by FEST EVENTS INTERNATIONAL:
3 Steps
1) Make the payment for the registration fee (click here)
2) Fill up the form and submit a clear picture of yourself playing the acoustic drum set
3) Submit 2 videos to the upload link provided

Video 1 : a 4 mins ‘continuous stationary shot’ drum solo from the front view recorded in the LANDSCAPE mode (16:9 ratio)
Video 2 : the same 4 mins ‘continuous stationary shot’ drum solo as video 1 but this video will be shot from the left or right view recorded in the LANDSCAPE mode (16:9 ratio)
No edits on video are allowed, no multiple camera edits are allowed. But make sure the audio sounds good and clear. No over-dubbing is allowed. Make sure the lighting is enough to have a clear view. Your face must be shown fully and clearly. Please refer to picture here for suggestion on how you should film your 2 videos, both at the same time. Videos are to be recorded in the LANDSCAPE mode (16:9 ratio).




What are the general registration fees for a country Drum-Off?


USD $25 per Drum Set Solo category application for those managed by Fest-Events International from 2 March to 9 Nov 2020 Pacific Standard Time. (updated 15 Sept 2020) However, Country Organizers that helm their Drum-Off at the Country level may charge a different amount(s) for the registration fee. Again depending on what their needs are to produce a good Drum-Off for their own country. Some may choose to get sponsors. Whatever the scenario is, it will always be good that your country has a respectable local Drum-Off that is linked to progress to Drum-Off Global. Most importantly, Support it!




What are the registration fees for Drum-Off Global?


Zero $. And definitely Invaluable.
You cannot enter Drum-Off Global by paying a registration fee. You can only get into the finals of Drum-Off Global when you win in your country Drum-Off that is either affiliated to the Drum-Off Global organization or your country Drum-Off that is managed by the Drum-Off Global organization. Please register here.




Why do I need to share my picture and profile write up when I submit the registration form?


Because we want the world to know who you are and in fact get to know you better beyond your drumming!




I don't have a credit card. Any other ways to pay?


Contact us at: contact@DrumOffGlobal.org
However, we are sure you can find a way to get a credit card if you are serious about joining this competition.




Can I join the country Drum-Offs 2020 if I was a Drum-Off Global champion for the same category in 2017, 2018 or 2019?


No. But any champion may join again after a complete 5 year hiatus. For example the 2018 champion can join the same category again in 2024.




Can I join the country Drum-Offs again in 2021 if I was a country Drum-Off winner in 2020?


Yes, you may join again.




Why should I join this competition?


Because you want to take your drumming to the next level!
And this is a competition that starts from the country Drum-Offs
where you will get to work on your strengths and weaknesses when you record your Drum Solo and put yourself before the top drummers in your country...
and if you do win, you get to progress onto a true Global platform representing your country to DRUM-OFF against the best of the best from all other countries.
The Bonus... your Drum Solo video stays on a website that could possibly be visited by every merchant and drummer on the planet!




What if my country has no Country Organizer yet? Do i still register as per normal?


The competition still goes on.
Fest Events International will manage your Country's Drum-Off as per normal, if there is no Country Organizer overseeing it.





ENTERING THE FINALS OF DRUM-OFF GLOBAL 2020 (after winning your country Drum-Off)

Will I get feedback for my Drum solo in country Drum-Offs?


Yes, if you are from Country Drum-Offs managed by Fest Events International
For country Drum-Offs with local country organizer, please refer to their rules.




Is there a place where I can feedback concerning my country’s Drum-Off?


Yes , please write it here





AFTER I BECOME THE GRAND CHAMPION OF DRUM-OFF GLOBAL

Will I get feedback for my Drum solo in country Drum-Offs?


Yes, if you are from Country Drum-Offs managed by Fest Events International
For country Drum-Offs with local country organizer, please refer to their rules.




Is there a place where I can feedback concerning my country’s Drum-Off?


Yes , please write it here





 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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