Category: Drummers

An archive of posts from or about drummers in the Modern Drummer community.

James Muschler

James Muschler on Moon Hooch’s Red Sky

Jazz-meets-house trio Moon Hooch’s third album, Red Sky, expands the group’s danceable sound while maintaining a spirit of spontaneity. Modern Drummer Online asked drummer James Muschler about making the record and bringing its electro-acoustic blend to a live audience.

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The Damned’s Pinch

When you follow a drummer like Rat Scabies into a band, as Andrew “Pinch” Pinching of British punk institution the Damned did, it’s easy to figure that to some extent, you’re always going to be viewed as “the new guy.”

Carl Allen

Carl Allen: Learning From the Giants

Allen is a revered figure in the field of forward-reaching, swinging jazz rooted in the tradition. When he first made waves in the jazz world, joining Freddie Hubbard’s band in 1982 at the tender age of nineteen, elder giants took note.

Cole Marcus

On the Beat With Cole Marcus

Hey Modern Drummer readers, this is Cole Marcus. I’m a seventeen-year-old drummer with a thirteen-year long professional career. I started playing at ten months old, and landed my first artist endorsements at age four with Mapex, Zildjian, and Vic Firth, with more added after that (Evans, Yamaha DTX, Cympad, GoPro, Humes & Berg, RocNSoc).

Educator Mike Wrench

On the Beat With Educator Mike Wrench: Overcoming Obstacles

Greetings, fellow drummers! I’m very excited to introduce Upbeat Outreach to the drumming community. My name is Mike Wrench, and I am a drummer and clinician whose passion is exploring the endless abilities in the realm of drumming. You can find me speaking and teaching at events from Rich Redmond’s Drummers Weekend to my local YMCA and regional development centers.


Tony Thaxton Returns to the Road with Motion City Soundtrack…One Last Time

It’s not a stretch to say Tony Thaxton’s drumming is just as vital to Motion City Soundtrack’s DNA as frontman Justin Pierre’s infectious melodies and neurotic internal monologue. Trust me—my band shared a Minneapolis practice space with Motion City in the early aughts, when they cycled though timekeepers at a Spinal Tap-esque clip, searching in vain to find a rhythmic match to their curiously jagged, sugar-soaked songs. You could hear the potential, but the band was not quite awesome—mainly due to constant rhythm-section turnover.