Host John DeChristopher goes in-depth with the biggest names in drumming


Episode 21: Ludwig Black Beauty, Turkish Cymbal Making, Meinl’s Byzance Vintage Pure, Travis Orbin, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike whether or not the Ludwig Black Beauty is still made with a seamless snare, and they discuss the myth and lore of Turkish cymbal making before diving into a review of Meinl’s Byzance Vintage…

Modern Drummer
Dec 25, 2015

Episode 20: Favorite Rudiments, Hybrid Setups, Innovative Gear, Yamaha Stage Custom Birch Hybrid Kit, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike share their favorite rudiments for drumset applications, and they discuss current trend of mixing electronics within an acoustic drumset. They also take a look at some of the most innovative pieces of gear to…

Modern Drummer
Dec 18, 2015

Episode 19: Dispelling Neil Peart's Retirement Rumors, Zach Danziger, In-Ear Monitors, Amedia's Kommagene Cymbals, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike dispel the rumors that Rush's Neil Peart has retired from drumming. They also discuss modern drumming innovator Zach Danziger, as well as their thoughts and opinions on in-ear monitors. In the gear review section,…

Modern Drummer
Dec 11, 2015

Episode 18: Brady Drums, Favorite Hi-Hat Sizes, the January 2016 issue, Neil Peart, Provenance Drums, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike catch up after a few weeks of traveling, drum shows, and clinics, and then they dive into some news regarding Brady drums. They also discuss their favorite hi-hat sizes, and then they crack open…

Modern Drummer
Dec 4, 2015

Episode 17: PASIC 2015, London Drum Show, Drum Depth, Frankie Banali, Tru Tuner, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike catch up after a crazy week of traveling. Dawson is just back from PASIC in San Antonio, Texas, and Johnston is calling in from his hotel in London as he wraps up a European clinic…

Modern Drummer
Nov 20, 2015

Episode 16: Bass Drum Mic Positioning, Bill Bachman’s Quintuplets Article, Gerry Gibbs, Meinl’s Benny Greb signature Sand Ride, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss different ways to position a bass drum mic, and then they dig deeper into Bill Bachman’s article on quintuplets from the December 2015 issue of Modern Drummer. Next, they give some additional background…

Modern Drummer
Nov 13, 2015

Episode 15: Jim Riley’s Ghost Notes, Dom Famularo, Zildjian’s new K Custom Dark Crashes, Drum Muffling, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike dig into a few of the stories in the December 2015 issue of Modern Drummer, including Jim Riley’s educational article on ghost notes, the cover story with global drumming ambassador Dom Famularo, and the…

Modern Drummer
Nov 6, 2015

Episode 14: Drumming Apps, Russ Miller’s Latest Concepts Column, Myths of Soundproofing, Audio-Technica Condenser Mics, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike highlight a few of their favorite drumming apps, and they talk a bit about session great Russ Miller’s latest Concepts column in Modern Drummer before doing their best to dispel some of the myths…

Modern Drummer
Oct 30, 2015

Episode 13: Groupings and Subdivisions, Robert “Sput??? Searight's GhostNote, Pearl’s Wood Fiberglass Drumset, Matt Chamberlain’s Endorsement Changes, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike talk about studio great Matt Chamberlain’s recent drum and cymbal endorsement changes, the difference between groupings and subdivisions, Snarky Puppy drummer Robert “Sput” Searight’s new project GhostNote, Pearl’s reissued Wood Fiberglass drumset, and some…

Modern Drummer
Oct 23, 2015

MD Podcast Episode 12: Bass Drum Speed, Brian Frasier-Moore, Coated and Clear Drumheads, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss some of the things included in the November 2015 issue of Modern Drummer, including Johnston’s Rock & Jazz Clinic article on developing bass drum speed. They also talk about cover artist Brian Frasier-Moore,…

Modern Drummer
Oct 16, 2015

Episode 11: It’s Questionable, Chrome- vs Nickel-Plated Brass Snares, Ilan Rubin, Angel Drums, V-Classic Cymbals, and More

This week Mike and Mike pour through the October 2015 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine, talking a bit about the It’s Questionable article that defines the differences between chrome- and nickel-plated brass snares, cover artist Ilan Rubin, and the custom…

Modern Drummer
Oct 9, 2015

Episode 10: Gil Sharone, Paiste’s PSTX Effects Cymbals, Craviotto’s Johnny C. Series Maple Snare Drums, Play-Along Products, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike focus on the September 2015 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine, discussing cover artist Gil Sharone, who’s currently touring with Marilyn Manson, and digging deeper into Johnston’s second educational article on grooving in form. Other…

Modern Drummer
Oct 2, 2015

Episode 9: Antonio Sanchez, 21 Drummers Camp, Fidock 6x13 Heartbreaker Series Snare, Remo Powerstroke Heads, and More

In this episode, Johnston talks about his recent trip to Ireland to teach a drum camp with fellow drummers Mark Guiliana and Robert “Sput” Searight. Then Mike and Mike discuss August 2015 Modern Drummer cover artist, modern jazz great Antonio…

Modern Drummer
Sep 25, 2015

Episode 8: Daru Jones, Drum Books, Gretsch’s Renown Series Drumsets, Sugar Percussion Snares, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike talk about July 2015 Modern Drummer cover artist, Daru Jones, and dig into some of their favorite drum books. Then they talk a bit out the differences between Gretsch’s Renown series drumset with birch…

Modern Drummer
Sep 18, 2015