Guitar Center to grant Aasiya-Bey with Career Altering Endorsement Deals, Gear and Cash in a Grand Prize Package Valued at Over $50,000
(January 21, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA) –
Starting in August, over 5,000 drummers from across the country signed up to compete in Guitar Center’s 25th Annual Drum-Off. Five finalists were chosen out of the thousands of hopefuls to battle it out for the title of Guitar Center’s Drum-Off Champion and a prize package valued at nearly $50,000 at the event last Saturday night.
The winner- Dawud Aasiya-Bey, joins an esteemed group of highly talented drummers- past winners have gone on to play for the likes of Prince, Beyonce, Jay Z and more.About The Winner: Dawud “D-Mile” Aasiya-Bey has had some time to hone his drumming skills. Having first picked up the sticks at just two years old, the Riverside, CA musician continuously pushes himself to improve. As a third-time competitor in Guitar Center’s Drum-Off grand finals, he’s never been one to give up, utilizing each turn as a finalist as an opportunity to learn and challenge himself, constantly building upon on his increasingly impressive performances. Also an accomplished keyboard and organ player, Dawud’s instrument of choice is the drums, maintaining his craft as an outlet to express his emotions- no matter the genre. He credits his father, a fellow musician, for introducing him to the world of music and hopes to pass that passion along to his daughter.
Watch Aasiya-Bey’s Winning Performance Here: http://youtu.be/rVcrO9tA12A
“It is impossible to describe how good it feels to be recognized for a craft I have worked at for so long,” says Dawud Aasiya-Bey. “This win is proof that if you just put a little bit of time in and stay with it – something good can happen. I hope my story can inspire other musicians to stick with it and dream big. I’m thankful to Guitar Center and all of the incredible judges tonight for giving me that opportunity.”