A Different View

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Web Exclusive: Producer Russ Titelman on 10 of His Favorite Drummers

By Billy Amendola   The June issue of Modern Drummer magazine features an interview with three-time Grammy Award–winning producer Russ Titelman https://moderndrummer.com/, who in his long career has worked with musical giants including Little Feat, Randy Newman, James Taylor, Brian…

Modern Drummer
Apr 26, 2017

A Different View: Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr. By Frank Maddocks by Will Romano   The last time I talked with Gary Clark Jr., it was over a decade ago and he was fitting a harp into a harmonica rack at Antone’s blues club, in…

Modern Drummer
Feb 19, 2016

David Bowie: A Different View

    by Adam Budofsky   The music world is quite a bit less bold today with the passing of David Bowie, the iconic artist who was as famous for his appetite for new musical ideas as he was for…

Modern Drummer
Jan 11, 2016

Mark Egan On... The star bassist reflects on 15 world-class drummers

The February 2013 issue of Modern Drummer magazine features renowned bassist Mark Egan sharing some of the lessons he’s learned from working with drumming royalty. Here he focuses the discussion on the unique qualities and skills each of these players…

Modern Drummer
Jan 3, 2013

Mike Watt: Pouncing on Opportunities

by Adam Budofsky Mike Watt is a flesh-and-blood superhero to anyone who’s followed the do-it-yourself alternative music scene over the past twenty-five years. As the spieling rhythmic force behind the legendary San Pedro, California, band the Minutemen, Watt, along with…

Modern Drummer
Dec 1, 2011

A Different View with Danny Kortchmar

By Billy Amendola   More with the world-renowned right-hand man to rock’s singer-songwriter royalty, who is featured in the Different View column of the September 2011 issue of MD. Here Danny talks about some of the drummers he’s worked with over…

Modern Drummer
Jul 28, 2011

Bill Laswell: Famed Bassist/Producer

Mention any major drummer of the past forty years, and Bill Laswell has shared a stage, studio, or rhythm section with him or her. Here the bassist/producer/remix engineer gives us his personal impressions of Tony Williams, Ginger Baker, Elvin Jones,…

Modern Drummer
May 8, 2010

A Different View: Paul Shaffer

By Billy Amendola MD's December issue, out now, features a Different View interview with bandleader Paul Shaffer from The Late Show With David Letterman, whose autobiography, We'll Be Here For The Rest Of Our Lives, was released recently. For this…

Modern Drummer
Oct 20, 2009

Branford Marsalis' Take On Jeff "Tain" Watts

Reflections From Jeff Watts’s Longtime Collaborator by Ken Micallef Since Jeff “Tain” Watts’s first recording with Wynton Marsalis in 1981, saxophonist Branford Marsalis has been at the drummer’s side, providing material, inspiration, and employment. Tain has appeared on practically all…

Modern Drummer
Aug 21, 2009

Les Claypool: Web Exclusive Interview

Les Claypool sat down with MD Online to discuss an impressive partner in rhythm, his new bandmate in Oysterhead: Stewart Copeland. MD: Let's talk a little bit about Stewart Copeland. Les: Who? Who's that? MD: How did you first hook…

Modern Drummer
May 12, 2004