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Category: Drummers

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

Tosin Aribisala

On the Beat With Tosin Aribisala: Let’s Get Happy!

Hello, everyone! From time to time I try to offer the drum community something tangible and inspiring—drum monologues, communal drumming, basic instructions, and workshops. Last year I embarked on a communal drumming project, which involved a few tribal drummers and myself on the drumset. The outcome was really amazing and we got to perform in different cities….

Hanna Brewer By Tobias Marti

Purple’s Hanna Brewer on Bodacious

Texas trio Purple has released its second album, Bodacious, which makes for another great showcase for Hanna Brewer’s many talents. Modern Drummer Online asked Brewer about the making of album, and about her background as a singing drummer….

Allison Miller Podcast

The Modern Drummer Podcast With Allison Miller

Drummer/composer Allison Miller’s new album, Otis Was a Polar Bear, once again features her Boom Tic Boom ensemble: pianist Myra Melford, violinist Jenny Scheinman, cornetist Kirk Knuffke, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, and bassist Todd Sickafoose. Miller recently invited Modern Drummer into her Brooklyn, New York, home, to discuss the making of the album….

Denny Seiwell

On the Beat With Denny Seiwell: Talks New Book, Trio, and Drums

Hey MD drummers! How’s everybody doing? It’s Denny Seiwell checking in from Los Angeles. I’ve been playing drums since I was five years old. My dad was a drummer and I’ve had a pretty wonderful career that includes over two hundred or so albums/CDs, and a slew of TV shows and movie soundtracks.

Drummer Carmine Appice behind the kit

On the Beat With Carmine Appice: Stick It!

Hi MD drummer dudes and girls! This is a fun time in my career. After forty-nine years in the music business and touring the world many times playing arenas, stadiums, theaters, etc., I’ve reached a point where I can sit back and review my life of drumming and music….

Remo Belli Passes

Remo Inc. Founder Remo Belli Passes

The staff of Modern Drummer magazine is extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Remo Belli, founder of the world-renowned drumhead and percussion manufacturer that bares his name. We’ll make more information available as soon as it becomes available. Our sincere condolences go out to his family and employees….

Thomas Lang Presents Fifth Annual Big Drum Bonanza

Thomas Lang Presents Fifth Annual Big Drum Bonanza

Drummer/producer Thomas Lang (stOrk/Paul Gilbert) has announced that Big Drum Bonanza 2016 (BDB2016) will take place June 28 to July 2 at the Palm Garden Hotel in Thousand Oaks, California. Drummers of all ages, levels, and styles are invited to join Thomas Lang and his special guest instructors, including world-renowned drummers Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), Brian Frasier Moore (Madonna/Justin Timberlake), Gergo Borlai (Tribal Tech), and the “mad scientist” of drumming, Scott Pellegrom….

Prince Dies at Age Fifty-Seven

Iconic Singer, Songwriter, and Multi-Instrumentalist Prince Dies at Age Fifty-Seven

Prince’s massive appeal crossed genres and generations, and besides his singing, songwriting, and production prowess, the influential artist was adept on many instruments, including the drums. In fact, Prince and his longtime drummer John Blackwell appeared on the cover of Modern Drummer in January of 2005, soon after the release of the Musicology album, which, like many of Prince’s records, featured him on drums on a number of tracks. Here we present our entire interview with Prince, which was conducted by MD associate editor Billy Amendola.