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  • Jonathan Joseph recently wrapped up his second tour with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, a gig that you can read all about in the November issue of Modern Drummer magazine. Here we talk with Joseph, who’s also singer Joss Stone’s drummer and musical director, about his work with R&B singer Betty Wright, with whom he recorded the recently released album Living…Love…Lies....

    Jonathan Joseph: Tracking Soul Legend Betty Wright’s Living…Love…Lies

    Jonathan Joseph recently wrapped up his second tour with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, a gig that you can read all about in the November issue of Modern Drummer magazine. Here we talk with Joseph, who’s also singer Joss Stone’s drummer and musical director, about his work with R&B singer Betty Wright, with whom he recorded the recently released album Living…Love…Lies….

  • What is the rhythmic essence of progressive music? What makes prog so different from other genres? Does it require a specific skill set on the drumkit, or does the nature of the music make it open to interpretation? MD posed these and other questions to the drummers in Spock’s Beard, King’s X, the Devin Townsend Project, Haken, Glass Mind, the Flower Kings, and the Adrian Belew Power Trio, all of whom performed on the 2014 edition of Mike Portnoy’s Progressive Nation at Sea cruise. The answers they gave were wide-ranging, thoughtful, bold, even poetic—much like the music itself. Before we get to the drummers, though, let’s hear from a man whose contributions to the art of prog-rock guitar are legendary, and who’s been known to lay it down at the kit as well....

    The Essence of Progressive Drumming

    What is the rhythmic essence of progressive music? What makes prog so different from other genres? Does it require a specific skill set on the drumkit, or does the nature of the music make it open to interpretation? MD posed these and other questions to the drummers in Spock’s Beard, King’s X, the Devin Townsend Project, Haken, Glass Mind, the Flower Kings, and the Adrian Belew Power Trio, all of whom performed on the 2014 edition of Mike Portnoy’s Progressive Nation at Sea cruise. The answers they gave were wide-ranging, thoughtful, bold, even poetic—much like the music itself. Before we get to the drummers, though, let’s hear from a man whose contributions to the art of prog-rock guitar are legendary, and who’s been known to lay it down at the kit as well….

  • Recording with Black Sabbath was the first surprise; now the ex-Rage/Audioslave drummer dashes expectations again with the Last Internationale....

    Brad Wilk Dashes Expectations With the Last Internationale

    Recording with Black Sabbath was the first surprise; now the ex-Rage/Audioslave drummer dashes expectations again with the Last Internationale….

  • Drummer Bill Stevenson is among the most influential musicians associated with West Coast punk rock, on any instrument. After making his name with seminal hard-core band Black Flag in the ’80s, Stevenson proceeded to set a standard for punk drumming with the Descendants and All, later spreading his reputation even further as producer and engineer with countless other groups. Modern Drummer’s October issue includes an Influences feature detailing Stevenson’s career highlights; here we speak directly with the iconic figure.

    Influences: Bill Stevenson

    Drummer Bill Stevenson is among the most influential musicians associated with West Coast punk rock, on any instrument. After making his name with seminal hard-core band Black Flag in the ’80s, Stevenson proceeded to set a standard for punk drumming with the Descendants and All, later spreading his reputation even further as producer and engineer with countless other groups. Modern Drummer’s October issue includes an Influences feature detailing Stevenson’s career highlights; here we speak directly with the iconic figure.

  • Though Adam Wade cut his teeth with seminal ’90s noise rockers Jawbox, he didn’t truly come into his own until joining fellow Beltway-based post-hardcore pioneers Shudder to Think. Manning the drumkit on the latter’s prog-pop masterpiece Pony Express Record—an under-sung treasure of the alt-rock epoch—Wade weathered Shudder’s stylistic schizophrenia and time-signature hopscotch to deliver a classic performance worthy of air-drum immortality....

    Encore: Adam Wade on Shudder to Think’s Pony Express Record

    Though Adam Wade cut his teeth with seminal ’90s noise rockers Jawbox, he didn’t truly come into his own until joining fellow Beltway-based post-hardcore pioneers Shudder to Think. Manning the drumkit on the latter’s prog-pop masterpiece Pony Express Record—an under-sung treasure of the alt-rock epoch—Wade weathered Shudder’s stylistic schizophrenia and time-signature hopscotch to deliver a classic performance worthy of air-drum immortality….

  • Here, as a companion to our August 2014 Influences piece on Mason, we speak with the drummer about his new album, his early days, the drummers who inspired him, and more....

    Influences: Harvey Mason

    Here, as a companion to our August 2014 Influences piece on Mason, we speak with the drummer about his new album, his early days, the drummers who inspired him, and more….

  • Drummer Dean Zimmer spoke with Modern Drummer about his viral success and life since gaining notoriety through the short film, "Drummer Wanted."

    Dean Zimmer: Drummer Still Wanted

    Drummer Dean Zimmer spoke with Modern Drummer about his viral success and life since gaining notoriety through the short film, “Drummer Wanted.”

  • Modern Drummer recently chatted with longtime Jethro Tull drummer Doane Perry while doing research for an article on drummer Dean Zimmer. Perry spoke at length about his relationship with Zimmer as well as his great friendship with the late, great Mark Craney, who, in addition to preceding Perry in Tull, turned heads with fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and sophisticated pop vocalist Gino Vannelli. Next year marks a decade since Craney’s death, so this was the perfect opportunity to reflect on his exceptional talent....

    A Tale of Two Tull Drummers: Doane Perry and Mark Craney

    Modern Drummer recently chatted with longtime Jethro Tull drummer Doane Perry while doing research for an article on drummer Dean Zimmer. Perry spoke at length about his relationship with Zimmer as well as his great friendship with the late, great Mark Craney, who, in addition to preceding Perry in Tull, turned heads with fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and sophisticated pop vocalist Gino Vannelli. Next year marks a decade since Craney’s death, so this was the perfect opportunity to reflect on his exceptional talent….

  • Brian Reitzell, drummer (Redd Kross/Air) and soundtrack multi-talent (Marie Antoinette, 30 Days of Night, TV’s Hannibal) has recently moved into the wild world of video game music, while continuing to guide the soundtracks of major films by directors like Sofia Coppola and collaborating with adventurous rockers like Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine and Beck main man Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Brian shares valuable insight into all of those unique musical situations, discusses his brand-new solo debut, Auto Music—the self-styled soundtrack to his L.A. commutes—and wonders what O.J. might have been listening to during his infamous trip along those very same speedways.

    Episode 1 with Brian Reitzell -
    The Modern Drummer Podcast

    Brian Reitzell, drummer (Redd Kross/Air) and soundtrack multi-talent (Marie Antoinette, 30 Days of Night, TV’s Hannibal) has recently moved into the wild world of video game music, while continuing to guide the soundtracks of major films by directors like Sofia Coppola and collaborating with adventurous rockers like Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine and Beck main man Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Brian shares valuable insight into all of those unique musical situations, discusses his brand-new solo debut, Auto Music—the self-styled soundtrack to his L.A. commutes—and wonders what O.J. might have been listening to during his infamous trip along those very same speedways.

  • A band’s fortieth anniversary might find the members in victory-lap, let’s-slow-it-down-a-notch mode. Not so with Blondie. To mark the big four-oh, the group is touring extensively and has released a double-disc package titled Blondie 4(0)-Ever, featuring a collection of new songs called Ghosts of Download along with the album Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux, which comprises new studio recordings of the band’s biggest songs. Drummer Clem Burke isn’t slowing down either, with multiple side projects (the Empty Hearts, the Split Squad, the International Swingers) and a John Varvatos ad campaign to occupy his “downtime.” Here, as an online addition to MD’s September 2014 Influences piece, Blondie’s timekeeper fills us in....

    Influences: Blondie’s Clem Burke

    A band’s fortieth anniversary might find the members in victory-lap, let’s-slow-it-down-a-notch mode. Not so with Blondie. To mark the big four-oh, the group is touring extensively and has released a double-disc package titled Blondie 4(0)-Ever, featuring a collection of new songs called Ghosts of Download along with the album Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux, which comprises new studio recordings of the band’s biggest songs. Drummer Clem Burke isn’t slowing down either, with multiple side projects (the Empty Hearts, the Split Squad, the International Swingers) and a John Varvatos ad campaign to occupy his “downtime.” Here, as an online addition to MD’s September 2014 Influences piece, Blondie’s timekeeper fills us in….

  • In this video few fellow drummers recently stopped by to say “thank you” to Ringo Starr for all the years of brilliant drumming....

    VIDEO! A Ringo Tribute: With a Little Help From Our Friends

    In this video few fellow drummers recently stopped by to say “thank you” to Ringo Starr for all the years of brilliant drumming….

  • In this video <em>Modern Drummer</em>'s Billy Amendola sat down with legendary drummer Jim Keltner at the <em>Modern Drummer</em>/Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp, which took place in November of 2013, to have a conversation about Ringo Starr, the Traveling Wiiburys, recording with George Harrison, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, his unique drumming technique, his view on double drumming, and more. The interview is shown here in it's entirety for the first time.

    Video! Drumming Great Jim Keltner Q&A Session at the Modern Drummer/Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp

    In this video Modern Drummer‘s Billy Amendola sat down with legendary drummer Jim Keltner at the Modern Drummer/Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp, which took place in November of 2013, to have a conversation about Ringo Starr, the Traveling Wiiburys, recording with George Harrison, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, his unique drumming technique, his view on double drumming, and more. The interview is shown here in it’s entirety for the first time.

  • Intervals drummer Anup Sastry, who we profile in the July 2014 of Modern Drummer magazine—get it here—was kind enough to share two exclusive play-along tracks with us....

    Anup Sastry Videos:
    “Ephemeral” and “The Escape” by Intervals

    Intervals drummer Anup Sastry, who we profile in the July 2014 of Modern Drummer magazine—get it here—was kind enough to share two exclusive play-along tracks with us….

  • We kick off video segment four starting Sunday’s Fest For Beatles Fans celebration with the Fest’s host Michelle Joni Lapidos welcoming back from Saturday, former Billy Joel and Slim King, BJ Kramer drummer Liberty Devitto. Lib continues his passion for Ringo’s drumming and demonstrates two songs that Starr and the Beatles inspired from the Joel album The Nylon Curtain, as well as a few of his favorite Ringo drum parts. Lib then introduces Ringo’s personal photographer Rob Shanahan, who shares his stories about working and hanging with the ex-Beatle. Rob fills us in on how he met the superstar, displays a few of his photos, talks about Starr’s new Zildjian drumsticks and Paul and Ringo’s Grammy performance.

    Ringo Video Tribute With Drummer Liberty DeVitto and Photographer Rob Shanahan (from the Fest For Beatles Fans 2014 )

    We kick off video segment four starting Sunday’s Fest For Beatles Fans celebration with the Fest’s host Michelle Joni Lapidos welcoming back from Saturday, former Billy Joel and Slim King, BJ Kramer drummer Liberty Devitto. Lib continues his passion for Ringo’s drumming and demonstrates two songs that Starr and the Beatles inspired from the Joel album The Nylon Curtain, as well as a few of his favorite Ringo drum parts. Lib then introduces Ringo’s personal photographer Rob Shanahan, who shares his stories about working and hanging with the ex-Beatle. Rob fills us in on how he met the superstar, displays a few of his photos, talks about Starr’s new Zildjian drumsticks and Paul and Ringo’s Grammy performance.

  • Click here to check out Rich Redmond's video accompaniment for his video on rhythmic displacement basics.

    VIDEO! Rhythmic Displacement Essentials: Milking the Most From the Money Beats (From the August 2014 Issue)

    Click here to check out Rich Redmond’s video accompaniment for his video on rhythmic displacement basics.

  • Click here to check out a video lesson on how to use jump rope to improve your timing.

    VIDEO! Health & Science: Improve Your Timing! Jump-Rope Exercises for Drummers (From the August 2014 Issue)

    Click here to check out a video lesson on how to use jump rope to improve your timing.

  • Watch Omar Hakim demonstrate his drum part for the song Walk the Walk” from his new solo album, We Are One in the video.

    Omar Hakim Video
    “Walk the Walk” Drum Part Demonstration

    Watch Omar Hakim demonstrate his drum part for the song Walk the Walk” from his new solo album, We Are One in the video.

  • In this video, drummer, producer/singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Mark Hudson shares stories of producing Ringo and discusses how much Ringo's drumming was an influence on him. Hudson recalls how excited he was to play the original Abbey Road/Let It Be Ludwig maple kit and to sing and perform with Ringo, Brian Wilson, and Paul McCartney....

    Mark Hudson Ringo Tribute Video

    In this video, drummer, producer/singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Mark Hudson shares stories of producing Ringo and discusses how much Ringo’s drumming was an influence on him. Hudson recalls how excited he was to play the original Abbey Road/Let It Be Ludwig maple kit and to sing and perform with Ringo, Brian Wilson, and Paul McCartney….

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