Hand Crafted, High Tech.
This is the tagline of GRUV-X, a new venture founded in 2020 by International artist Russ Miller and veteran drum builder Bill Detamore. Miller is globally known as one of the top session and touring drummers of the past 25+ years. Along this career path, and having a second interest in architectural engineering, he has developed a penchant for inventing musical products and accessories. Russ has developed over 80 products with different companies in the music instrument manufacturing business. Enter drum builder extraordinaire Bill Detamore who founded Pork Pie Drums, a custom drum and accessory manufacturer, in the 1980’s. Pork Pie has been creating some of the industry’s most sought after, USA made, hand instruments and accessories.
The brain child of both Miller and Detamore, Gruv-X launched it’s first product line in November of 2020, with the “X-Click, Extreme Cross Stick Percussion Accessory”. The Gruv-X, X-Click, is a completely new approach and a technological advanced instrument. The X-Click is a hybrid formula of 24-plies of American rock maple and copper in a trapezoid shaped body, with a proprietary new design for mounting, called the “Mono Mount”. This revolutionary design gives expanded volume and boosted low-frequencies to the cross stick sound on any drum. This helps the cross stick tone with execution consistency and also gives it a better “nominal listening value” (or common volume) to the snare drum backbeat sound. This helps audio engineers by eliminating the need to ride the snare drum mic channel, live and in the studio. The Mono-Mount fits drums from a 10” 6 -lug, to a 15” 8-lug and everything in between. Gruv-X also has the “Mono-Mount Expansion pack”, which includes two additional mono mounts, that allows the player to have cross stick sounds on a diameter as small as an 8” snare drum! The expansion pack also allows the user to adjust the distance from the drum for longer stick lengths. Thirty of the top drum artists in the industry, have come out of the gate as Gruv-X , X-Click endorsees: Steve Smith, Peter Erskine, Gavin Harrison, Jo Jo Mayer, Ray Luzier and a host of others. Gruv-X has a series of new products in the line-up coming in 2021 and beyond! All are handmade in the U.S.A, with all U.S.A. produced parts. The X-Click is drumming and percussion technology at it’s finest and is sure to become another ‘must have’ product in the drum industry! Welcome to Gruv-X!
Gruv-X first Anniversary!
On this first anniversary of the Gruv-X brand, I just wanted to write and say thanks to all of the drummers across the Globe that have supported Gruv-X and it’s approach to creating instruments. We launched on Nov.16th 2020 on my birthday…in the center of the crazy pandemic, not knowing what might happen. But in this first year, we have almost doubled our expectations for sales and production, which is incredible! Thousands and Thousands of drummers are using the X-Click and Mundo all over the world and we get positive comments from you all, everyday. We have an incredible team of all industry veterans. It’s all drummers working at Gruv-X, no corporate fodder here. As a part of our commitment to doing things the right way…. innovating the old school way, making great products focused on knowing exactly what drummers want because…. we’re all drummers! Simple, just making the best stuff we can and make it all in the U.S.A! We literally have so much in the pipeline coming the end of this year and into 2022, tons of awesome new ideas. We have literally… 50 of the top drummers on the planet earth, as the artist roster. Bill (Detamore) and I, are working directly with these players to create a bunch of new products. And, we are now in the top shops and distributors in the business, in 28 countries! Stay tuned and please like/ subscribe, etc. to the Gruv-X Socials and Web-Site, for all of the info and tons of video lessons, performances and gear ideas. Hope to see everybody back in person soon! Thanks again for 1-year of support for Gruv-X, many more to come!