On the Beat

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On The Beat with Dave Weckl: Talks Making the Singer Happy

Hey all! I wanted to share a project that is a little different than my usual jazz/fusion content. Although I don’t get the opportunity too much these days, I’ve always loved playing with, for, and behind great vocalists. I really…

Modern Drummer
Aug 6, 2020

Melkbelly's James Wetzel on Time and Space

Wetzel conjuring new vistas of time and space. Hello, Modern Drummers! My name is James Wetzel, and I play drums in the noise rock band Melkbelly, along with a few other projects (Ree-Yees, Mode Hexe). I’m honored to contribute here,…

Modern Drummer
Jun 24, 2020

Quarantine Home Recording #3: Five Ways to Tank Your Drum Mix

Don't let this be an allegorical representation of your drum mixing skills! Home recording can be a fabulous oasis of no rules, no judgement, no fear, and no regrets, because YOU are the benevolent dictator of your own audio kingdom.…

Modern Drummer
Jun 6, 2020

Clementine on Channeling John Bonham in 12 Steps

Clementine of all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band Zepparella. Step One Love Led Zeppelin. How did John Bonham become one of a handful of drummers who are celebrated as much as any of the other guys in the band? Chalk it…

Modern Drummer
Jun 4, 2020

Quarantine Home Recording #2: The Source Sound

By Michael Molenda Choose your assistant engineers carefully — Shiba Inus are a horrible option because they don't follow orders. Ever. Hopefully, our first article in this home-recording series — Don't Say "Can't" — convinced you to stop worrying about…

Modern Drummer
Jun 1, 2020

Quarantine Home Recording: Don't Say "Can't"

By Michael Molenda, Modern Drummer Chief Digital Editor Photo from Reddit DoubleBass336 If the pandemic has taught creative artists anything other than, well, truly horrible and depressing stuff, it's that spending the time to improve and expand your craft during…

Modern Drummer
May 28, 2020

Chris Hornbrook On his Play-Through Video for Greg Puciato's "Deep Set"

Chris Hornbrook “Deep Set” was one of the first songs that Greg Puciato presented to me for his first solo record, Child Soldier: Creator of God. We’ve known each other for more than 20 years, and both of our prior…

Modern Drummer
May 26, 2020

Clementine on Ten Ways to Shine as a Session Drummer

Clementine of the All-Female Led Zeppelin Tribute, Zepparella. Photo by Matt Granz. Nearly every item on this list is based on one truth: A hired musician must respect the clock, as studio time is precious. As someone hired for a…

Modern Drummer
May 1, 2020

Jonathan Barber on Keeping The Vision Ahead

Photos by Lauren Desberg In early March, I was two weeks into a West Coast tour with my band Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead. For me, this was a special tour, considering I organized it myself to promote my upcoming…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2020

Jake Cochran on Small Kits and Playing While Standing Up

Jake Cochran Hello Modern Drummer! My name is Jake Cochran, and I am the drummer half of alt-rock duo Illiterate Light. I'm coming off of an incredible two-month headlining U.S. tour, and diving into writing for our next record—a shift…

Modern Drummer
Apr 20, 2020

Shad Teems of Framing Hanley

Hello MD! Shad here and I have been fascinated with drums as far back as I can remember. When I was two years old, my parents got tired of continually picking up pots and pans and wooden spoons off the…

Modern Drummer
Mar 17, 2020

Veronica Bellino of Life of Agony

Talking About Getting the Gig, New Album, and Tour Hello MD readers! Veronica Bellino here and I am the drummer with Life of Agony. A brief background on how I “got the gig.” I was introduced to LOA’s guitar player,…

Modern Drummer
Mar 12, 2020

Joey Cassata of ZO2

On His New Autobiography Hey, Modern Drummer readers! It’s Joey Cassata from ZO2 and the television show Z Rock. I’m really excited to announce that my recently released autobiography, Start With a Dream: A Drummer’s Journey from Rock & Roll…

Modern Drummer
Mar 5, 2020

On The Beat with Nettie Baker: Shares Ginger Baker Tribute

Hello MD readers! A tribute to a drummer by a lead guitarist? Whoever heard of such a thing? But this was no ordinary lead guitarist and no ordinary drummer either—they were legends Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, who along with…

Modern Drummer
Feb 25, 2020