(Available digitally Janury 29, 2015; on newsstands February 3, 2015)

On the Cover

Animals as Leaders’ Matt Garstka

Some would say that even in the most futuristic of musical styles, it still don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing. This month’s cover star thrives in that place where technique and feel coexist. By Ken Micallef. (View Video: Matt Garstka Demonstrates Animals as Leaders’ “Nephele” and/or Video: Matt Garstka Demonstrates Animals as Leaders’ “The Future That Awaited Me”)

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March 2015 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Animals as Leaders’ Matt GarstkaFEATURES
Catching Up With… Chad Smith /// Willie Green /// Neal Smith

Henry Cole Folkloric to free, in perfect harmony.

Dan Needham Respecting Nashville’s past, looking to its future.

Greg Saunier Setting sights on an aural apocalypse with Deerhoof.

Up & Coming Anika Nilles—what’s good about online drum culture.

Inside Methods Ray Luzier’s Double Bass Drum Techniques.


Basics: More Balance Builders
Four-Limb Exercises to Get You Feeling Grounded on the Kit. By Jayson Brinkworth.

Rock ’n’ Jazz Clinic Progressive Independence: Rock Revisited
A Step-by-Step Method for Building Creative Coordination. By Miguel Monroy

Rock Perspectives Diamonds in the Ruff
Part 1: The Mighty Three-Stroke. By Matt Starr. (View supplemental video content here)

In the Pocket Grooving on the Snare
Six Beats That Break From the Kick/Snare/Hat Cliché. By Greg Sundel.

Strictly Technique Rudimental Clave With Inverted Stickings
Musical Exercises for Developing the Whip-and-Stop Technique. By Bill Bachman.

Jazz Drummer’s Workshop The Collapsing Concept
Crushing Roll Rudiments to Create Contemporary Swing and Solo Ideas. By Steve Fidyk.


Product Close-Up
• Natal Walnut US Rock Drumset
• Crescent Elements Series Cymbals
• Pork Pie Wood Over Brass Snare Drums
• Studio Lab Percussion Drumtacs
• Logjam Prolog Stomper

Gearing Up Katy Perry’s Adam Marcello

Spotlight Yamaha Drums

Shop Talk
• Stanbridge Empyrean Todd Sucherman Signature Snare Drum

New and Notable

Concepts Time Keeps You Humble
When You Think You Know It All, Think Again. By Russ Miller


On the State of the Music Business. By Billy Amendola,

Readers’ Platform


Showcase Featuring Drum Market


Backbeats Whiplash and PASIC 2014

Kit of the Month Trapped in Time

and more!