Adrian Young Drum Contest Winner Announced

Last month, Adrian Young of No Doubt invited drummers to participate in a competition surrounding “Push and Shove,” the title track from the band’s most recent album. Contestants submitted their drum covers for a chance to win gear from Orange County Drum and Percussion, Zildjian, Remo, and Ahead Armor Cases.

Adrian announced the grand-prize winner, Tosha Jones, via No Doubt’s official website, accompanied by a montage video of all the contestants performing together.

Here is the “Push And Shove” contestants’ montage video.

And here is Tosha Jones’ winning video.

Adrian Young is featured in the May 2013 issue of Modern Drummer magazine. In this excerpt of that piece, Adrian describes his “practice” routine.

“I try to take on projects, whether it’s going into the studio with someone or maybe as a fill-in for a live date. Doing that forces me to think outside of my instincts at times. I think adapting to another band’s style just helps me improve.

There’s a certain comfort level from playing with No Doubt for twenty-five years that creates a pocket, instinct, and feel that is unique to itself. There have been times where adapting to another band’s style and feel didn’t come instantly. For example, I played with Bow Wow Wow for a few years, and the Burundi beat that runs through most of their songs is not only different from anything that I’ve ever played, it’s a unique way to play drums for songs that have been such a huge part of popular culture. Advertisement

“In a different instance, when I subbed for Matt Flynn in Maroon 5 in 2010, I got the call while on the West Coast, and the first show was the following night in Rochester, New York. I had to learn the band’s whole set, most of which I was unfamiliar with, on a red-eye flight.

“I feel that the goal when filling in is to make it as easy on the band as possible and to play the drum parts as similar as you can to the way they’re used to hearing them. In this situation, the added fire drill created an environment where I was happy to make it through one song at a time. In the end, I felt very good about the way it worked out. I enjoyed playing with the band and took away many positives from the experience.”


To read the rest of the Adrian Young MD interview, check out the May 2013 issue of Modern Drummer magazine, available now on iTunes/iOS and Android/Amazon.

Photo by Alex Solca.