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Category: Drummers

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

Ralph Alexander

On the Beat With Ralph Alexander of The Dose: The One Man Rhythm Section Experiment

Hello MD and greetings to all my fellow drummers! My name is Ralph Alexander and I play drums and bass in a rock duo called The Dose. My buddy Indio (guitar/vocals) and I wanted to form a two-piece band that could sonically fill a room without sacrificing any of the low end by omitting a bass player. We also didn’t want to use any backing tracks. So, I came up with the idea of playing both drums and bass—at the same time.

Steve Fidyk

On the Beat With Drummer/Educator Steve Fidyk: The Making of Allied Forces

Hello, On the Beat readers. Steve Fidyk here. You may be familiar with the column Jazz Drummers Workshop that I have been contributing to for the past five years in Modern Drummer magazine. I’ve also been performing as a member and featured soloist with the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble for over twenty years! I’m blogging today to inform the MD family of readers of my latest solo CD effort, Allied Forces.

Chris Turner of Oceans Ate Alaska

On Tour With Chris Turner of Oceans Ate Alaska

Since its debut release Lost Isles landed in early 2015, British technical metalcore band Oceans Ate Alaska has enjoyed a relatively accelerated rise in popularity. The group, driven by primary composer and chop-blurring drummer Chris Turner, currently occupies a prime spot on the Van’s Warped Tour.

Alex Shelnutt

Alex Shelnutt of A Day to Remember on Bad Vibrations

Metal and pop-punk mainstays A Day to Remember are getting set to release their sixth studio album, Bad Vibrations, in early September. MD Online asked drummer Alex Shelnutt, the band’s powerful backbone, about the influences and techniques he calls on to propel the band.

Bobby Rydell teen

On the Beat With ’60s Pop Idol Bobby Rydell: A Teen Idol’s Seven-Decade Love Affair With the Drums

Hello MD! Bobby Rydell? Yeah, that’s me! I was that teen idol guy in the early ’60s who sang all those pop hits like “Wild One,” “Volare,” and “Forget Him.” You know, the one with the huge pompadour haircut who was always on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, and then got to kiss Ann-Margret on-screen before he punched out Conrad Birdie in the film version of the hit musical Bye Bye Birdie.