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Feature stories and articles from Modern Drummer.

Duran Duran’s 'Paper Gods'

Roger Taylor Discusses Duran Duran’s Paper Gods Track by Track

Roger Taylor and the hit-making British “new romantic” band Duran Duran are back on the road, promoting their fourteenth album, Paper Gods. Taylor, who originally joined Duran Duran in 1979—replacing a drum machine—takes us through the release track-by-track….

Harold Jones

Count Basie/Tony Bennett Drummer Harold Jones

Harold Jones is a marvel. While some people his age are already living in retirement homes, the seventy-five-year-old drummer is busy globe-hopping with another over-achieving American musical icon, Tony Bennett….

Dom Famularo

Dom Famularo’s Teachers List

Over the course of his forty-year career traveling the globe to teach, perform, and conduct clinics, Dom Famularo has interacted with some of the finest drummers and drum instructors in the world. The following list contains many of those names, organized by country/continent. If you’re looking for top-notch drum instruction, find the category for your area and start researching the drummers we’ve listed.

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Video Demo: Handheld Tambourines

Whether you’re an aspiring session musician, a home studio owner, or the drummer in an original band that’s about to record its first album, it’s very likely that you’re going to be asked to layer some percussion over your drum tracks at some point in the process. While it may seem easy enough, it takes a significant amount of practice to get control of even the most basic techniques for frequently overdubbed percussion instruments like shakers, congas, and tambourines. And those instruments come in dozens of varieties, with each offering a unique timbre that can perfectly complement the track—or obliterate it….

Johnny Radelat - Gearing Up for Modern Drummer Magazine

Video Tour! Gearing Up with Gary Clark Jr.’s Johnny Radelat

As much as we love checking out giant kits, it’s nice to see someone walk on stage in front of thousands of people and make some incredible music with nothing more than three drums. Gary Clark Jr. drummer Johnny Radelat welcomes us to the Iroquois Amphitheater in Louisville for a tour of his kit and shares why he transitioned to fewer and smaller drums. “The bare minimum always makes me play better, because it makes me focus on the snare/kick/hi-hat groove—the meat and potatoes,” he explains. “Throughout the [show], I switch out the crash. I’ll switch it out from song to song sometimes. That’s something I got from watching Steve Jordan. People always ask, ‘Why don’t you just set up another stand?’ Well, the more things you have up here, the more distractions, and the more likely I am to tinker and do more than I need to be doing.”

Evan Burrows of Wand

Evan Burrows of Wand on 1,000 Days

The Los Angeles–based group Wand, featuring drummer Evan Burrows, singer and guitarist Cory Hanson, and bassist Lee Landy, are among the most prolific of the current crop of galaxy-gazing garage-rockers, producing three full-lengths in just over a year. Burrows makes the most out of the group’s ambitious music-world view, muscularly navigating mini-epic, proggy workouts and delicately illustrating mellower moments with grace. We spoke to the drummer on the occasion of Wand’s brand-new release, 1000 Days….

Shaun Foist of Breaking Benjamin

Shaun Foist of Breaking Benjamin: Failure Was Never an Option

Prior to joining the revamped lineup of the hit alternative metal band Breaking Benjamin, Shaun Foist spent thirteen years immersing himself in all things drumming, including playing with Picture Me Broken, a band fronted by Gregg Allman’s daughter, Brooklyn Allman. Over the years Foist enjoyed a few “wow” moments, including opening the 2013 Alice Cooper/Marilyn Manson Masters of Madness tour. MD recently spent some quality time talking with Shaun about those and other precious “wow” moments that he’s been having with Breaking Benjamin.

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Mike Wengren of Disturbed on Immortalized

Chart-topping metal band Disturbed has returned from a four-year hiatus this past August 21 with the Kevin Churko–produced album Immortalized. We caught up with drummer Mike Wengren as he was prepping for the band’s first show since 2011 at Chicago’s House of Blues….