October 2015 Issue of <em>Modern Drummer</em> featuring Ilan Rubin

(Available in print August 30, 2015; digitally August 27, 2015)

On the Cover

Ilan Rubin

“From a young age I was taught to treat being a musician as a real skill. At twenty, when I joined Nine Inch Nails, I thought, ‘This is the kind of organization I want to be a part of.’”
Trent Reznor isn’t the only rock star who’s seen the value of Ilan Rubin’s mature approach to art and commerce; the members of Paramore and Angels & Airwaves have tapped his considerable skills as well. In his first MD cover story, the multi-instrumentalist talks about those gigs, as well as the latest album by the band he leads, the New Regime. By Ken Micallef.

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October 2015 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Ilan Rubin


Catching Up With… the Grateful Dead’s BILL

Terence Blanchard’s OSCAR SEATON finds freedom in the grooves. – by Ken Micallef

BLAKE RICHARDSON advances the future with Between the Buried and Me. – by David Ciauro

Classic-rock vet JOE VITALEtakes it to the silver screen in Ricki and the Flash. – by Billy Amendola

Up & Coming: Royal Blood’s: BEN THATCHER.
Inside today’s hottest, heaviest two-piece. by Ken Micallef

A Different View with JOHN TROPEA: notes on Cobham, Gadd, Purdie, Pelton, and more. by Billy Amendola


Basics – Necessary Ruffness Make Your Grooves Percolate
With Subtle Doubles – by Rich Redmond (click here for supplemental video content)

Strictly Technique – Build a More Balanced
Double-Stroke Roll
Inverting the Diddles to Increase Strength and Precision – by Jeff W. Johnson

Rock ’n’ Jazz Clinic – The Flexible Five Exploring the Five-Stroke Roll
on the Drumset – by Mike Johnston (click here for supplemental video content)

Jazz Drummer’s Workshop – Swing Style 101 Part 2: The Other Half – by Justin Varnes

Teacher’s Forum – A Yogi’s Approach to Learning Drums Awareness Exercises for Developing a More Fluid Connection With the Instrument – by Nicholas Schlesinger

Rock Perspectives – Progressive Drumming Essentials Part 4: How to Feel Odd Subdivisions (click here for supplemental video content)

Concepts The Responsibility Is Ours – by Russ Miller


Product Close-Up
• Angel Black Wenge Segment-Shell Drumset (click here for supplemental video content)
• V-Classic Hi-Hats, Crashes, Rides, and Jingle Splashes (click here for supplemental video content)
• DTS 6.5×14 Oscar Seaton Hybrid-Shell Snare (click here for supplemental video content)
• Stellar 3-Ply and Walnut/Bird’s-Eye Maple Wood Hoops

Electronic Review – 9 iOS Apps Every Drummer Should Know Metronomes, Play-Alongs, and More (click here for supplemental video content)

Gearing Up Every Time I Die’s Daniel Davison

New and Notable


Tools in Technology by Michael Dawson

Readers’ Platform


It’s QuestionableNickel and Chrome Plating: What’s the Difference?

Showcase Featuring Drum Market


The 2015 Chicago Drum Show • DrumPhest 2015

Kit of the Month Silver Sparkler

and more!