David Novin takes an unusual approach to his drummer portraits, which he presents in a series called Drums From Above. Novin, who’s based in Denver, has worked with more than eighty drummers so far, and feels that his shooting style provides an opportunity to capture each player’s drumming personality. Here at the MD offices, we’ve found that the shots inspire extended geek-out sessions, as we compare the players’ unique setups and try to guess who each drummer is. We thought you might want to get in on the game too, so we asked Novin to share six of his photos. (More can be seen at drumsfromabove.com.) Have fun trying to tell if any of your favorite drummers are included here. The answers can be found at the bottom of the page, but don’t get too hung up on the ID part; there’s a lot of enjoyment to be had by just staring at the idiosyncrasies of each setup.


1. Andy Borger (Marco Benevento) 2. Jeff Franca (Thievery Corporation) 3. Jeremy Salken (Big Gigantic) 4. Mike Greenfield (Lotus)  5. Vinnie Amico (moe.) 6. Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction)