Being an employable drummer in 2018 carries more demands than it did in 1918, especially when it comes to melding live performances with the variety of A/V technology being used by most pop, rock, and R&B artists these days. And that applies not just to full-time touring professionals, like this month’s featured players Eric Hernandez (Bruno Mars), Rico Nichols (Kendrick Lamar), and Courtney Diedrick (Damian Marley), but also to those of us gigging on a more local/regional level with Top-40 wedding bands, electronic-inspired indie projects, club acts, or theater productions.

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