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


Episode 35: Andrés Forero, Listener Questions, “Sticking??? vs “Orchestration,??? DW’s Collector’s Series Pure Oak Drumset, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss the cover artist of the May 2016 issue of Modern Drummer, Andrés Forero, who holds the drum seat in the award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton. Then the hosts field a few listener questions before…

Modern Drummer
Apr 1, 2016

Episode 34: Listener Questions, Living Colour's Will Calhoun, Chicago Drum 6.5x14 Maple/poplar Snare, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike field several listener questions before discussing their experience with metric modulation. The featured artist this week is Living Colour's Will Calhoun, and in the gear review section the hosts discuss and demo the Slingerland-style…

Modern Drummer
Mar 25, 2016

Episode 33: Listener Questions, Narada Michael Walden, Ahead Switch Kick Quick-Release Bass Drum Beater System, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss fusion/pop/session great Narada Michael Walden and give their choices for which crash cymbal they would take to a gig if they could only take one. The hosts also answer several listener questions, and…

Modern Drummer
Mar 18, 2016

Episode 32: Listener Questions, Common Drum Terminology, Josh Dion, Ultimate Ears In-Ear Monitors, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike field listener questions, discuss some common drum terminology, and share their thoughts on relatively unknown drummer/singer Josh Dion. Johnston then gives a detailed review of the Ultimate Ears UE-4 and UE-11 custom-mold in-ear monitors.…

Modern Drummer
Mar 11, 2016

Episode 31: Favorite Drum Albums, Cliff Almond, the Zildjian Low Volume LV380 Cymbal Pack, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike field listener questions before geeking out on their favorite drum albums. The featured artist up for discussion is NYC-based drummer Cliff Almond, who’s featured in the April 2016 issue of Modern Drummer. In the…

Modern Drummer
Mar 4, 2016

Episode 30: Recording Technology Drum Workshop, Joe Saylor, Dedicated Drumming Footwear, Bucks County Semi-Solid Bebop Kit, and More

This week Dawson shares some info on his recent drum workshop for recording technology students at the Peabody Institute, and the hosts field several listener questions. They talk a bit about the April 2016 cover artist, Joe Saylor of Late…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2016

Episode 29: Bass Drum Beaters, Listener Questions, Systematic Practice, Gretsch USA Custom Maple Snare, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike field several listener questions before digging into their thoughts on the various types of bass drum beaters out there. Then Johnston goes into detail on his systematic and highly productive approach to practicing. In…

Modern Drummer
Feb 19, 2016

Episode 28: Joe Hibbs, Listener Questions, Modern Drummer 40th-Anniversary Custom Snare Drums, Rashid Williams, and more

In this episode, Mike and Mike briefly pay tribute to the late Joe Hibbs, who was an icon in artist relations in the drum industry and played a big role in elevating the profile of Mapex Drums. The hosts also…

Modern Drummer
Feb 12, 2016

Episode 27: Barry Kerch, Sabian HH Remastered Series Cymbals, Hidden Rhythms Part 2, Listener Questions, and more

In this episode, Mike and Mike crack open the March 2016 issue of Modern Drummer and discuss cover artist Barry Kerch of the popular hard rock band Shinedown. Dawson shares some of his experience reviewing the new Sabian HH Remastered…

Modern Drummer
Feb 5, 2016

Episode 26: NAMM Recap, Listener Questions, Favorite Syncopation Applications, Mike Bordin, and more

Fresh home for the Winter NAMM Show, Mike and Mike begin this episode by recapping more of their favorite new products from the show. Then they answer two listener questions: one regarding how to get gigs and one regarding their…

Modern Drummer
Jan 29, 2016

Episode 25: Live From the 2016 Winter NAMM Show

In this special episode, recorded live from the 2016 Winter NAMM Show, Mike and Mike share some of the standout products they spotted during the first day of the convention. (The NAMM Show is the world’s largest trade-only event for…

Modern Drummer
Jan 22, 2016

Episode 24: Vintage Ludwig Snares, Refused Drummer David Sandström, Beier 15" Steel Snares, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike share some info on vintage Ludwig snares, and they discuss the hugely influential hardcore rock band Refused and its drummer David Sandström, who’s featured in the February 2016 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine. In…

Modern Drummer
Jan 15, 2016

Episode 23: Bass Drum Miking Options, Favorite Wood and Metal Snares, Adam Deitch, the Liberty Jazz Series Bebop Kit, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss internal-miking options for the bass drum, and then Dawson gives his choice for favorite wood and metal snare. The featured artist is contemporary funk/jazz/fusion great Adam Deitch, who’s on the cover of the…

Modern Drummer
Jan 8, 2016

Episode 22: Year in Review, Favorite Cymbal Cases and Bags, World Groove Independence, Brendan Buckley, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike recap 2015 by going over some of their personal achievements, both on and off the drums, and they offer their thoughts on where they think the drum industry may be heading in 2016. Then…

Modern Drummer
Jan 1, 2016