A swag of prizes, as well as some hefty bragging rights, are on offer in a new competition to find the region's fastest drummer.
Main Street Studios will host the inaugural Wollongong's Fastest Drummer contest on Sunday, with three speed categories - fastest single stroke roll, fastest single kick and fastest double kick - and a groove section for percussionists to show their skills.
Adam Jordan, owner of Main Street Studios, said years of recording Illawarra musicians had made him curious as to who was the most talented drummer in the area.
"I saw an online video of the world's fastest drummers and I started wondering who Wollongong's fastest would be because I have recorded quite a few of them," he said.
Mr Jordan bought a special machine called a drumometer, which records the number of strokes on a drum. The current world record for fastest single stroke roll is 1208 strokes in one minute, set by Canadian Tom Grosset in July.
While he did not expect anyone to come close to that mark, which equates to 20 hits per second, he said the event would give big bragging rights to the winner.
"Most musicians like to show off in some way, so I think people will be interested to see who is the fastest in the area," he said.
The winners of each speed category will receive a gift voucher for Haworth Guitars, but it is the fourth category Mr Jordan is most excited about.
Entrants in the "best groove" section will show off their most interesting drum pattern and have their efforts videotaped. Contestants will then have to spread their video as widely as possible, with the title - and a day recording in the Main Street Studios - awarded to the most popular video.
"That is about spreading the word through whatever they can do, by posting it on Facebook, drum forums, whatever they can think of," Mr Jordan said.
"It's to show the wider community the skill of people here in Wollongong, and show off what they can do to as many people as possible."
Entries for the competition, to be held Sunday September 8, are open until Friday. See mainstreetstudios.com.au for more information.