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Category: On the Beat

An archive of blog posts from drummers and percussionists in the Modern Drummer community.

Drummer/Producer Mike “Metal” Goldberg

On the Beat With Drummer/Producer Mike “Metal” Goldberg: Serve the Song

How’s it going out there all my skin beating buddies? It’s Mike Goldberg (AKA Metal) checking in from my home base at IMP Studios. Recently, I have been working with Mountain’s Leslie West on his latest solo album Soundcheck, which was released on November 20, 2015. This makes my third consecutive record with the “King of Tone,” expanding from recording engineer to co-producer, engineer, mixer, and drummer….

Brandon Olander

On the Beat With Brandon Olander of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps: Worth the Hard Work

Hi, I’m Brandon Olander and a snare drummer for the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. My passion for drum corps started when I was ten and happened upon a YouTube video of the BD drumline. I begged my parents for sticks and a drum pad, and soon began practicing for five or six hours each day, teaching myself rudiments and learning how to follow along to drum corps snarelines. I attended my first BD audition at twelve, dreaming that one day I could become a member. This dream came true when, at sixteen, I earned a contract to the Blue Devils.

Damon Wilson of the Temperance Movement

On the Beat With Damon Wilson of the Temperance Movement: Opening For the Rolling Stones

Hi MD! For the past months we’ve played shows in all sorts of places across America. Large theatres. Small clubs. Sports bars. Board rooms. Radio stations. You name it, we’ve played it. But nothing beats Friday June 12, 2015 in Orlando, FL opening for the biggest rock ’n’ roll band in the world, the Rolling Stones, at the Citrus Bowl Stadium with a sold-out, 70,000 people show….

Jake Bundrick of Mayday Parade

On the Beat With Jake Bundrick of Mayday Parade: Make It Your Own

It’s the fall of 2015. Mayday Parade’s fifth album, Black Lines, has just dropped and we’re about to be back on the road again. It’s been one hell of a ride so far. We started this band exactly ten years ago and never thought we would get this far, yet here we are….