(Available March 30, 2015)

On the Cover

Jojo Mayer

“As I exposed myself to programmed music, I became more aware of the contrasts between electronic media and real-time playing. I understood that this is something that we should cultivate.” And cultivate he did, with startling results. A new live recording with Nerve shows just how far Mayer has come, while his second educational DVD continues his quest to help the rest of us improve our own game. – by Adam Budofsky

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May 2015 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Jojo MayerFEATURES
Encore Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti. – by Michael Parillo

Catching Up With… Tyshawn Sorey /// Tony Palermo /// Nikki Glaspie

2015 Readers Poll Who’s hot, right now.

Britt Walford Slint’s rhythm machine revs it up with Watter. – by Hank Shteamer

Ty Segall Tireless garage-rock multi-threat. – by David Jarnstrom

Up & Coming The Contortionist’s Joey Baca: Growing up prog. – by Ben Meyer

Essential Drummer Autobiographies What, you thought singers have all the big adventures? by Patrick Berkery


Rock ’n’ Jazz Clinic – Jojo’s Modified Swiss Triplets A Slick Sticking for Quick Jungle Grooves
– by Terry Branam

Strictly Technique – Pataflafla Builder Exercises for Developing a Challenging Yet Musical Rudiment – by Bill Bachman

In the Pocket – Take Your Shuffle to the Max! Layering in Quarter-Note Triplets by Greg Sundel

Around the World – Traditional Percussion on Drumset Part 2: Bongos – by Arturo Stable

Jazz Drummer’s Workshop – Elvin Jones–Style Triplet Fills Part 1: Creating a Rolling Melodic Feel Using Basic Stickings – by John Xepoleas

Concepts – Defining Your RoleSix Degrees of Communication – by Russ Miller


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• GMS Special Edition Series Drumset
• Zildjian 21″ K Custom Organic and 20″ K Constantinople Renaissance Rides
• Castle Tapered Snares
• Cymgard Cymbal Accessories

Electronic Review – GoProHERO3+ Black Edition Music Bundle

Electronic Insights – Drum Miking 101 Part 4: Four Microphones – by John Emrich

Gearing Up Bob Mould’s Jon Wurster

New and Notable


No Beats Prohibited by Michael Parillo

Readers’ Platform


It’s Questionable Single-Mic Recording Advice • Seven-Stroke Roll Phrasing

First Person – Why I Stopped Playing
by Roy Burns

Showcase Featuring Drum Market

Critique Featuring Taking the Reins

Kit of the Month Crash Into Me

and more!