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 John Mayer, Joss Stone, Colbie Caillat, and Jason Mraz, among many others.

Bruno Esrubilsky, this month’s featured On Tour artist, is Argentine-born and grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After moving to New York and building a touring career, he eventually joined the eccentric, forward-thinking badass songwriter Mitski, who was born in Japan in 1990 and would go on to establish a substantial stateside following while finishing her schooling at Purchase College in New York.

YoshimiO, drummer for the mad noise-punk group Boredoms, was born in Okayama, Japan. The other half of the group’s percussive force, Yojiro Tatekawa, also hails from Japan, and both have enjoyed success touring the States and beyond with their wild Boredoms performances and volcanic presence.

Richard Spaven—whose extensive work is brilliantly analyzed this month by the author, educator, and MD contributor Terry Branam—grew up in the United Kingdom amidst its electronic club scene. And it was that early landscape that continues to fuel Spaven’s hybrid aesthetic on his latest releases today.

Longtime MD columnist Aaron Edgar, of Winnipeg, Canada, presents a mind-boggling excursion into quintuplet linear patterns in this month’s Rock Perspectives. Be sure to check out that lesson’s accompanying video at

We’re also taking a look at the Holland–based company Kuppmen, whose carbon-fiber sticks are featured among the great new gear put under the microscope in this month’s Product Close-Up.

In this issue, we’re presenting an incredibly diverse group of drummers, artists, and manufacturers from all walks of life and all corners of the world—no matter where each contributor’s first steps were taken. As an editor, I’m proud to say that mountains, rivers, deserts, oceans, or walls can’t keep these drummers’ and writers’ wealth of talent, creativity, innovation, and zest for life from reaching all of us enthusiasts through our platform.

Enjoy the issue!




Willie Rose
Associate Editor