Photo by Jeff Smith

Hello, everyone in MD land. I hope your summer went well. There were so many classic and new bands out on the road; hopefully you got to enjoy a few of those live shows. And hopefully you didn’t miss last month’s “Alive and Kicking!” theme issue, in which we interviewed players who power the world’s biggest musical acts. We talked to the drummers with Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar, Bon Jovi, Damian Marley, and Lamb of God about their daily routines, their nightly responsibilities, and what it takes to play at the very highest levels of stage performance, where it’s not just the skills that matter, but the consistency. The issue is full of lessons we can all benefit from learning, no matter how big or how small the audiences are that we play to.

If you didn’t happen to catch the issue, though, you still can! In fact, you never have to miss an issue of Modern Drummer ever again. Every month, when the new MD hits newsstands, we post its entire contents online. When the next issue comes out, the previous one becomes available to readers who subscribe to our online Archive.

I can tell you, you can get lost for hours in theArchive. Like so many of our readers, I have stacks of Modern Drummer. I’m one of those people who prefers reading something in print. But I also like being able to access the information in all those old issues whenever and wherever I want. It’s sort of like having all your favorite records in your iTunes library.

By adding the Archive to your MD print or digital subscription, you can access our entire catalog on your phone, tablet, and computer. Since we’ve all become dependent on our smart devices, I actually forgot what it’s like to flip on the computer and see the pages digitally come alive. Trust me, you can get lost for hours, days, and months going through them all. It’s like finding hidden treasures everywhere—features you missed or forgot about, and ads and reviews of products from when they were first introduced to the public. I constantly use the Archive for research purposes, and as a fan and student of drumming, I use it for leisurely fun and for serious learning.

For more than forty years, we’ve been proud to offer drummers the most informative and accurate information available. Looking back, I’m amazed at the content we’ve published—not only on the top drummers in the world, but also the up-and-coming ones, some of whom went on to become cover artists themselves.

We’re truly grateful that all these great players agreed to sit down with us and let us pick their brains. This would also be a good time to thank all of our advertisers for their support over the years—and to welcome the new companies that future generations of players will come to know and endorse. And while I’m at it, we always like to take the opportunity to thank you, the reader. Without your support, there’s no us.

Enjoy this month’s issue. See you next time!




Billy Amendola
Editor at Large