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An Editor's Overview

Modern Drummer is the world’s most widely read drum magazine, is dedicated entirely to the art of drumming and caters to the needs of amateur, semi-pro, and professional drummers.

The Next Best Thing

In his cover story this month, Chad Smith says, “It’s great to play in a room and record yourself. But…to me, to truly be playing music you have to be playing with other people. That’s the fun part, the human…

Sep 1, 2020

Stay Inspired!

It’s a great honor to write my first Overview since becoming CEO and publisher of the world’s longest-standing drum publication—and well beyond that, resource—for drums, drumming, and drummers. I’ve been an ardent reader of Modern Drummer since 1979, two years…

Aug 1, 2020

Be Your Own Shaman

As usual, it was a dame that turned my drumming all topsy-turvy…. Sorry, I’ve been watching too many Humphrey Bogart movies during this lockdown. But that lead is actually true. Besides overdosing on Bogey, I also recently started binge-watching Outlander,…

Jul 6, 2020

When in Doubt…

I have no idea why, but as I sat here staring at a blank Word document, contemplating which angle to take for this month’s overview, the title of progressive drumming great Bill Bruford’s out-of-print transcription book, When in Doubt, Roll!,…

by Michael Dawson
Jun 1, 2020

Reflections of My Life

Hi, and welcome to 1970! We editors really enjoy doing these theme issues, and we hope you take as much pleasure from them. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE 15% Digital…

By Billy Amendola
May 1, 2020

In His Image

Role models are a tricky thing. If we’re to make our way through life successfully, it’s immensely helpful to identify people who have figured it all out. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99…

Mar 31, 2020

Sunshine and Love

In this issue we feature, for the first time on our cover, the illustrious Alex González. Alex is the drummer and occasional singer/songwriter with the Mexican band Maná, one of the most popular Latin-American groups in the world. TO READ…

Jan 31, 2020

Why Do You Do It?

Over the years you’ve no doubt read many a pro drummer or MD columnist espouse the importance of learning as wide a range of styles as possible. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99…

by Adam Budofsky
Dec 27, 2019

The 2020 Modern Drummer Readers Poll: Something New

This year we’ve made some adjustments to our annual Readers Poll, which goes live here at on December 1. So if you’ve voted in the past, you’ll notice that things look a little different. TO READ THE FULL STORY:…

Nov 25, 2019

Every Drummer’s a Snowflake

What I’m talking about here is the age-old concept of every snowflake being utterly unique. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE 15% Digital Monthly Magazine 47 Years of Archives (500+ Issues)…

By Adam Budofsky
Oct 29, 2019

Skipping Down Memory Lane

Hi, everyone! I hope you enjoyed your summer. Did you get out to any live shows? Play some great gigs? Make a record? Let us know what you’ve been up to, and you could be selected to be one our…

by Billy Amendola
Sep 30, 2019

Talking About Our Generations

A teaser of the momentous drumming from 1969 that our October issue explores—and a chat with the Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd about some of his favorite music from the era. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99…

by Adam Budofsky
Aug 26, 2019

A Common Fabric

Nir “Z” Zidkyahu, this month’s featured cover artist, was born in Rishon LeZion, Israel. The session master, who’s now based near Nashville—America’s Music City—built a substantial career fueling a heap of contemporary hits behind the skins with artists such as…

Jul 31, 2019

Star Power

History tells us that the first drum star was Gene Krupa. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE 15% Digital Monthly Magazine 47 Years of Archives (500+ Issues) 40+ Drum Channel Subscribe…

Jun 28, 2019

Boom, Ba-Boom, Crash! Boom, Ba-Boom, Crash!

Hello, everyone. Welcome to the July 2019 issue. If you’re into gawking at wild and famous drumkits, then you’re going to enjoy our photo-essay on Crash, the new coffee-table book by drummer, collector, and studio sound technician David Frangioni. In…

May 29, 2019