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August 2022:
CHRIS LESSO Life Through Rhythm

Chris Lesso is a renaissance drummer: bandleader, sideman, clinician, teacher… His studies with the great Dom Famularo and the legendary Jim Blackley have helped him form a great foundation for his drumming and his teaching. Chris’ playing with his band Modus Factor, Cirque Du Soleil Cavalia, and his touring with …



Posted: February 4, 2020

Category: On the Beat
Adam Deitch of Lettuce

Sup everybody! Hope 2020 is looking up and up for you all. Recently, my band Lettuce was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for our album Elevate.


Posted: July 11, 2019

Category: On the Beat
Pete Biggiani of Kodiak

When I was eleven, Modern Drummer and Carmine Appice ran a contest. Carmine was searching for the next child drum prodigy to star in his upcoming Realistic Rock for Kids DVD. We submitted a video of my playing and I won!


Posted: April 16, 2019

Louis Santiago Jr
Category: On the Beat
Louis G. Santiago Jr.

Hello, MD readers! It’s been a while since I last appeared in Modern Drummer. To those who may be unfamiliar with me, my name is Lou Santiago Jr., the 2003 MD Undiscovered Drummer Contest winner in the over-eighteen age category.


Posted: March 21, 2019

Peter Szendofi
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer, Clinician, Composer Peter Szendofi in On The Beat

Talking About Tours, Clinics, And Gear Hello everyone! Peter Szendofi from Hungary here “On The Beat!” I would like to share some news from 2019. I’ve played on more than two hundred albums of all kinds of music since 1992. I’ve been so lucky and honored to have performed with …


Posted: November 29, 2018

Jay Clancy
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jay Clancy of Sloucher in On The Beat

Hello Modern Drummer readers! My name is Jay Clancy and my band Sloucher is from Seattle, Washington. Our debut LP Be True was released on November 16 on Swoon Records. In the past you could find me drumming for bands like Cayucas, Hibou, or Oberhofer.


Posted: November 13, 2018

Spider
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Spider of Wank in On The Beat

Hey guys and girls, it’s Spider from Wank. My group has been a part of the Orange County music scene for more than twenty-two years now.


Posted: June 26, 2018

Brooke Colucci
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Brooke Colucci: Talks Getting Started, Posting Covers, and Gear

Hey Modern Drummer family! I just wanted to start by saying thank you to Billy Amendola and Modern Drummer for the opportunity to introduce myself and share a little bit of my story here “On The Beat.”


Posted: February 6, 2018

Tyler Ritter
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Tyler Ritter of Moon Taxi: Talks New Album

What’s up everyone! Tyler Ritter here from the Nashville-based band Moon Taxi. I’m super pumped to be here discussing a few things for “On The Beat” and would like to deeply thank Modern Drummer for having me.


Posted: November 16, 2017

Gene Hogan
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Gene Hoglan: Talks Recording, Tracking, and Gear

Greetings everyone, it’s your buddy Gene here. The fine folks at Modern Drummer have graciously allowed me to write a few words (even though, as many of you already know, the terms “Gene” and “a few words” rarely go together) about the recording of the latest Brendon Small opus, Galaktikon …


Posted: November 14, 2017

Chris Hornbrook
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Chris Hornbrook of Dhani Harrison: Shares Background and Metalcore Experience

Hello Modern Drummer readers, Chris Hornbrook here. I’m currently writing this piece while doing a few live shows and radio performances with Dhani Harrison out on the East Coast. Dhani just released his solo debut record In///Parallel through HOT Records (BMG). We’ve been pretty busy doing lots of promo leading …


Posted: October 24, 2017

Chris Ralles
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Chris Ralles of Pat Benatar: An Invaluable Education

Greetings MD, my name is Chris Ralles and I am a drummer in the Los Angeles, CA area. Rather than bore you with a superfluous list of credentials, I thought it more pertinent to highlight the often-considered, not-so-glamorous experiences and lessons that helped make me the ever-grateful, working musician that …


Posted: September 18, 2017

Category: Feature Stories, Multimedia, News, News and Events, Videos, Web Exclusive
Video Premiere! Night Verses’ Aric Improta on “Groove,” the First Installment of His Interpretation Project

15 different drummers collaborate with Night Verses’ Aric Improta, Nick DePirro and Reilly Herrera to interpret “Groove.”


Posted: September 7, 2017

Steph Barker
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Steph Barker of Coast Modern: Pursuing the Dream

Hey MD Readers! This is Steph Barker, drummer for the Los Angeles indie pop duo Coast Modern. I have been a huge fan of Modern Drummer since I started drumming back in sixth grade, so I am over the moon and absolutely honored to contribute to “On The Beat.”


Posted: March 2, 2017

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Featured
Daniel Tracy On Tour With Deafheaven

Metal and shoegaze genre slashers Deafheaven are currently ripping across the country on a tour that lasts through late March. The band, powered by blast-beat maniac Dan Tracy, first saw breakout success with its 2013 release Sunbather before tracking the well-received 2015 follow-up, New Bermuda. Here Modern Drummer Online asks …


Posted: August 1, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Featured, Web Exclusive
On Tour With Chris Turner of Oceans Ate Alaska

Since its debut release Lost Isles landed in early 2015, British technical metalcore band Oceans Ate Alaska has enjoyed a relatively accelerated rise in popularity. The group, driven by primary composer and chop-blurring drummer Chris Turner, currently occupies a prime spot on the Van’s Warped Tour.


Posted: May 31, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Web Exclusive
Keith Carne on We Are Scientists’ Helter Seltzer

Brooklyn-based indie-rock band We Are Scientists’ fifth album, Helter Seltzer, released digitally this past April 22 and physically on June 3, is an advanced-level course in hook-ology.


Posted: May 31, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Web Exclusive
Brian Kantor of the Fruit Bats on Absolute Loser

Brian Kantor has worked with indie faves Vetiver, ex-Cardigans singer Nina Persson, and Shudder to Think guitarist Nathan Larson, has for the past five years has a member of the Fruit Bats, led by multi-instrumentalist Eric D. Johnson. In May the band released a brand-new album, Absolute Loser, which was …


Posted: April 25, 2016

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News, News and Events
Thomas Lang Presents Fifth Annual Big Drum Bonanza

Drummer/producer Thomas Lang (stOrk/Paul Gilbert) has announced that Big Drum Bonanza 2016 (BDB2016) will take place June 28 to July 2 at the Palm Garden Hotel in Thousand Oaks, California. Drummers of all ages, levels, and styles are invited to join Thomas Lang and his special guest instructors, including world-renowned …


Posted: March 27, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Web Exclusive
Drive Like Jehu’s Mark Trombino

While Mark Trombino may not be the most well-known drummer of the 1990s, you have more than likely heard his production work with bands like Jimmy Eat World and Blink-182. Since Jehu’s breakup in 1995, Mark got so busy producing that he hadn’t played the drums much in the time …


Posted: March 21, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Justin Nace of PVRIS: Practice and Play With Passion

When I was eight years old and dreaming of being a drummer, a local teacher told me that he wouldn’t work with me unless I switched from being a lefty to a righty, which was pretty disheartening. But I didn’t let it stop me. I put on headphones and played …


Posted: February 26, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Josh Eppard on Coheed and Cambria’s The Color Before the Sun

Josh Eppard By Manuel Casanova   by Stephen Bidwell   Josh Eppard has been out with Coheed and Cambria since this past autumn. The group toured Europe in January, and March will find the band headlining the U.S. with Glassjaw in support. Coheed’s latest studio album, The Color Before the …


Posted: November 2, 2015

Category: Feature Stories
Dom Famularo’s Teachers List

Over the course of his forty-year career traveling the globe to teach, perform, and conduct clinics, Dom Famularo has interacted with some of the finest drummers and drum instructors in the world. The following list contains many of those names, organized by country/continent. If you’re looking for top-notch drum instruction, …


Posted: October 2, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Chris Reeve of Filter: Connecting and Creating Relationships

What’s up, Modern Drummer readers? I’m Chris Reeve, drummer for the band Filter. It’s an honor to be featured on here. This has been the most intense year of my life—getting the call to join a multi-platinum rock band, moving internationally to Los Angeles, dealing with visa woes, and, of …


Posted: August 27, 2015

Category: News, News and Events
News: Phantogram Drummer Chris Carhart to Teach at NYC’s “Bang! The Drum School???

“Bang! The Drum School??? has announced that Chris Carhart, the drummer for Phantogram, will be teaching as part of the school’s new artists-in-residence program….


Posted: June 30, 2015

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
August 2015 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Antonio Sanchez

See what’s in the pages, and where to order, the August 2015 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Antonio Sanchez!


Posted: May 18, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer Blog: Top Canadian Drummer Jayson Brinkworth Checks In

I wanted to update you on a few things happening in my drumming world. First off let me say what an honor and pleasure it is to be part of the very prestigious Modern Drummer Education Team. It is amazing to share ideas and concepts with so many great players …


Posted: May 4, 2015

Category: News, News and Events
Thomas Lang Announces Big Drum Bonanza 2015

Drummer/producer Thomas Lang (stOrk/Paul Gilbert), has announced the Big Drum Bonanza 2015 (#BDB2015), which will take place July 1 through 5 at the Palm Garden Hotel in Thousand Oaks, California.


Posted: April 8, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat: Bayside’s Chris Guglielmo Explains the Hits Between the Hits

Hi, Modern Drummer people! My name is Chris Guglielmo, and I play drums in a band called Bayside. I remember getting my first set of drums in middle school. It was a CB-700 Percussion kit, and I used the bottom hi-hat cymbal as a ride and had to use a …


Posted: January 19, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer Blog: The Future Laureates’ Rob Durkee Talks Passion and Influences

If you were to tell me less than ten years ago that I was going to grow up and be a drummer, I likely would have thought you were insane. There was not a musical bone in my body, I had never taken lessons or even expressed interest in doing …


Posted: November 26, 2014

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News, News and Events
EVENT: Brian Frasier-Moore Homecoming Clinic

On Monday, December 15th at 7pm, Philly Drum Project will be hosting a “homecoming” drum clinic with musical director/drummer Brian Frasier Moore….


Posted: November 7, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer Blog: Fictionist’s Aaron Anderson on Being a Left-Handed Player in a Right-Handed World

All my life I’ve been told I play the drums wrong. After nearly every show, people come up to me to ask why I play the way I do. So let me take a second to describe why my setup is so intriguing to people and what makes me sound …


Posted: September 30, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer Blog: Gabor “Gabs??? Dornyei on Touring and Being True to Yourself

Hi there, Modern Drummer readers, it’s Gabor ‘Gabs’ Dornyei here from London, UK, and it’s great to be given the opportunity by MD to share some insights of my career with you….


Posted: September 9, 2014

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Little Kids Rock to Honor Joan Jett on October 23

Mark your calendars to help build a world where all kids can live rich, purposeful lives through music at Little Kids Rock’s 6th Annual Benefit in NYC on Thursday, October 23….


Posted: July 30, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
Guitar Center Celebrates New Times Square Store With The Roots Live In Concert

Guitar Center has announced the grand opening of the retailer’s brand new store location in world-renowned Times Square. The new store is located at 218 W. 44th St. and opens its doors at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, 2014.


Posted: July 28, 2014

Photo by Tim Kane World-renowned drummer and composer Stewart Copeland expresses the importance of mastering the paradiddle rudiment to his student Chris Barry at Eagle Hill School in Hardwick last Thursday.
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Tim Kane The Lesson of a Lifetime: Inside a Live Tutorial with Famed Drummer/Composer Stewart Copeland (VIDEO)

Following a two-hour private drum lesson awarded by composer and multi-instrumentalist Stewart Copeland to one very lucky local high school student, the founder of world famous rock band the Police openly wondered why his celebrity status keeps growing. The sixty-two year old Copeland, whose Facebook fan base tops 76,000, continues …


Posted: July 28, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Tim Kane
The Lesson of a Lifetime: Inside a Live Tutorial with Famed Drummer/Composer Stewart Copeland (VIDEO)

Following a two-hour private drum lesson awarded by composer and multi-instrumentalist Stewart Copeland to one very lucky local high school student, the founder of world famous rock band the Police openly wondered why his celebrity status keeps growing. The sixty-two year old Copeland, whose Facebook fan base tops 76,000, continues …


Posted: July 23, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
The Stickman Drum Experience and the Regina Drum Festival’s Jayson Brinkworth

So far, 2014 is shaping up to be an unreal year for our drum events here in Canada and for my own teaching and playing career. We recently wrapped up our third-annual Stickman Drum Experience camp, which took place July 2–6, and I thought it might be fun to step …


Posted: June 6, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
James Jennings of Lime Cordiale

I’m a twenty-four-year-old session drummer from Sydney, Australia. I’ve toured, played, and recorded for many Australian artists, such as Ngaiire, Mike Nock, James Morrison, Lancelot, Toucan, Phebe Starr, Pluto Jonze, Argentina, Tokyo Denmark Sweden, Mrs. Bishop, Tim Fitz, and Iluka….


Posted: April 25, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Chris Cushman of 3 Years Hollow

For me, drumming started when I was three years old, and I’ve never really looked back. It’s been a major piece of my life for over twenty-five years….


Posted: April 23, 2014

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News, News and Events
Thomas Lang Announces Big Drum Bonanza 2014

Drummer/producer Thomas Lang (stOrk/Paul Gilbert) has announced that the Big Drum Bonanza 2014 will take place July 2–6 at the Palm Garden Hotel in Thousand Oaks, California. Drummers of all ages, levels, and styles are invited to join Lang and other special guest instructors, including Chris Coleman (Stevie Wonder), Matt …


Posted: March 26, 2014

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
May 2014 Issue of Modern Drummer Featuring Jim Riley

See what’s in the May 2014 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine featuring drummer Jim Riley…


Posted: February 12, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
The Modern Drummer 2013 Education Collection Is Now Available

Comprising instructional articles that appeared in Modern Drummer over the past year, The 2013 MD Education Collection contains dozens of unique and inspiring lessons.


Posted: January 29, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Kevin Smart of Jake Miller

Hey, what’s up guys? I’m a seventeen-year-old drummer for Jake Miller….


Posted: December 25, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jason Aldean’s Rich Redmond

Hello MD readers! It has been some time since we last visited here. I am still enjoying life in Nashville, juggling touring, recording, producing, writing, and teaching. I love this life we live as modern drummers!


Posted: November 11, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Sam Gidley of the Lonely Biscuits

Hey! My name is Sam Gidley, and I am the drummer for the Nashville-based band the Lonely Biscuits. I am twenty-one years old, originally from Omaha, Nebraska, and am now living in Nashville….


Posted: October 25, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Blake Dahlinger of I the Mighty

I started drumming on things back when I was a little guy—like it goes for a lot of us, it started on pots and pans. But eventually, the spatulas were replaced with sticks and the pots with actual drums….


Posted: October 1, 2013

Category: Feature Stories
Hidden Gems
Great Drum Performances Uncovered

The October 2013 issue of Modern Drummer magazine features an article in which seven MD Pro Panelists share some of their favorite “hidden gems.??? Here MD’s editorial staff weighs in on their personal favorites….


Posted: August 23, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Matt Traynor of blessthefall

Hi, I’m Matt Traynor, drummer of blessthefall. I have been rocking the skins since 2000, so it’s been thirteen years….


Posted: June 24, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Flecktones Drummer Roy “Futureman??? Wooten Chats With Fiddle/Sticks Creator Casey Driessen

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones drummer Roy Wooten, aka Futureman, recently got together with fiddler and occasional Flecktones collaborator Casey Driessen for a two-day jam session and conversation for the project Fiddle/Sticks, in which Driessen has been exploring the fiddle as a rhythmic instrument. Here the two go into more …


Posted: May 24, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Mack Longpre of Chloe Charles

Greetings from Toronto! My name is Mack Longpre. I’m a twenty-four-year-old drummer and baseball enthusiast who holds Tim Horton’s coffee and baked goods close to my heart. I’d love to take this opportunity to share a bit about myself and to talk about the people who have helped, taught, and …


Posted: March 28, 2013

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Second Annual Big Drum Bonanza

Drummer/producer Thomas Lang (stOrk, Paul Gilbert, John Wetton) has announced that the Big Drum Bonanza 2013 is scheduled for July 3 through 7 at the Drum Channel studios in Oxnard, CA and at the nearby Courtyard Marriot in Camarillo, CA….


Posted: March 27, 2013

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Stickman Drum Experience Fantasy Drum Camp

The Stickman Drum Experience Fantasy Drum Camp will take place at the Cedar Lodge on Blackstrap Lake in Saskatchewan from June 27 to July 1….


Posted: March 22, 2013

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News, News and Events
Stolen Babies Drummer Gil Sharone to Host Artist Workshop at Guitar Center Musician’s Expo

Stolen Babies drummer Gil Sharone will be hosting an artist workshop at Guitar Center’s first Musician’s Expo on Saturday, April 6 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. Guitar Center’s Musician’s Expo gives the public a sneak peek at the best of next season’s music gear from …


Posted: March 18, 2013

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Philly Drum Project’s One-Year Anniversary with Ari Hoenig and Loop 2.4.3.

Last April, Philly Drum Project began hosting monthly events to help drummers in Philly share gear, lessons, beats, and gigs. The monthly series, entitled Beats, Brews, & Banter, has hosted workshops by such drummers as Eric Slick of Dr. Dog, George “Spanky??? McCurdy of Lady Gaga, and Freddy Berman of …


Posted: March 18, 2013

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Guitar Center to Launch Its First Musician’s Expo

Guitar Center to showcase the latest music products shown at the NAMM tradeshow in January, offering the public unprecedented access to preview products before they hit Guitar Center stores later this year.


Posted: January 25, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Spencer Walker of A Silent Film

Although not conventionally recognized to be the case by other musicians—especially guitarists—the drummer is the focal point and center of attention in every band.


Posted: January 18, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Ernie Durawa of Texas Tornados

Well, it’s 2013. I will say that 2012 was a good year full of music for me. I spent most of the year touring with the Texas Tornados….


Posted: December 10, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Kenneth “Big Eazy??? Walker of the Lee Boys

My beat in music consists of giving back the gift that I was given. I started in music at a very young age, learning first from family.


Posted: December 6, 2012

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events
The Donating Drummer

On his quest to find ways to use music as a vehicle for giving back to others in the world, percussionist Mark Powers became aware of a waiter in San Francisco who was funding random projects through the tips he made one day each month. Immediately inspired to repurpose and …


Posted: November 20, 2012

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Philly Drum Project presents Beats, Brews, & Banter with Chris Ward

Philly Drum Project’s monthly event, Beats, Brews, & Banter, will continue on Monday, December 3rd at Roosevelt’s Pub at the corner of 23rd and Walnut in Philadelphia….


Posted: November 9, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Adam Savage of While She Sleeps

We recently toured Europe for a month with Architects, after finishing a U.K. headline tour behind our debut full-length album, This Is the Six. The shows were so wild and the crowds were awesome.


Posted: August 30, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jayson Brinkworth

Hey there, Modern Drummer readers, Jayson Brinkworth here again from Canada. Things have been crazy busy up here with Aaron Pritchett and One More Girl gigs, as well as many sessions….


Posted: April 10, 2012

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events
ArtistWorks Drum Academy Launches Luis Conte School of Percussion on April 11

The Grammy Award-winning master percussionist debuts an interactive, bilingual online music school.


Posted: March 6, 2012

Category: Back Through the Stack, Drummers, Feature Stories
Back Through The Stack:
Simon Phillips, December 1986

This is an excerpt of an article that originally ran in the December1986 issue of Modern Drummer magazine.


Posted: February 6, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Tony Wolski of Old Gods and the Armed

Hello MD community! My name is Tony and I play drums in two bands from Detroit, Old Gods and the Armed. This is my first time contributing to the MD blog (or any blog) so, uh, here we go! As I write this, I’m waiting for my bandmates in Old …


Posted: January 18, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Doug Yowell

I studied my heart out and began lessons with Peter Erskine when I was sixteen years old. He was as much a friend as a mentor. Peter not only taught me behind the kit but also took me to countless recording sessions to watch a true master working with all …


Posted: November 22, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Grant Hart

Hüsker Dü’s drummer/singer created a template—and quickly broke it—for a generation of alternative rockers.


Posted: November 22, 2011

Category: News, News and Events
November Web Update News

Drumming news for the month of November complied in one place.


Posted: October 13, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Back Through The Stack: Bill Rieflin

After thirty years, R.E.M. has officially called it quits. In April of 2005, though, MD was grilling the most recent addition to their lineup.


Posted: September 22, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Back Through the Stack: Harvey Mason

The studio star had a decade’s worth of important work under his belt when MD spoke with him for this 1981 cover story.


Posted: July 9, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jeremy Williams

Hello, MD! It’s fair to say that some careers are more predictable than others. If you want to be a lawyer, you go to law school. If you want to be a doctor, you go to medical school. Dreams of being a policeman? Go to the Police Academy. Unfortunately, if …


Posted: March 17, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Dale Crover: The Melvins’ Thunder King

Our May 2011 cover artist on his early drumming days and his fondness for big kits. The bulk of our conversations with Crover took place shortly before the Melvins headed off on a short winter tour of New Zealand, Australia, and Japan….


Posted: February 27, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Angelo Parente of Motionless In White

Hello, MD readers! At the age of fourteen, I began playing drums. I started taking lessons at a local music shop once a week and worked with just a bass drum and snare, learning notes—and I hated it. I wanted to quit after the first few months, but my parents …


Posted: February 16, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Chris Coleman: Amazing Journey

More with the phenomenal drummer/educator, who was featured in the January 2011 issue of MD. His is one of the most closely observed careers in R&B, fusion, gospel, and pop drumming, with acts like Israel Houghton & New Breed, Chaka Khan, Christina Aguilera, Babyface, Patti LaBelle, Randy Brecker, and New …


Posted: February 16, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Chris Tsagakis: Gearing Up

by Corrado Rizzi A conversation with the RX Bandits drummer, who goes from So-Cal ska to prog and beyond. It’s safe to say that you will never see RX Bandits drummer Chris Tsagakis play a song live the same way twice. Some of his parts certainly remain constant—his integral grooves, …


Posted: July 15, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Caitlin Kalafus of Kicking Daisies

Hey, Modern Drummer friends! It’s seventeen-year-old Caitlin Kalafus here to share a little about myself, and how I got into playing the greatest instrument in the world!…


Posted: April 26, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Robb Rivera of Nonpoint

My name is Robb Rivera and I punish the drums for a South Florida band called Nonpoint. I first started playing drums at the age of nine and I was and dabbling on guitar as well….


Posted: April 7, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Bigger Lights’s Ryan Seaman

I started playing drums at the age of eight, when my father introduced me to the Beatles.


Posted: April 7, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Bigger Lights's Ryan Seaman

I started playing drums at the age of eight, when my father introduced me to the Beatles.


Posted: March 29, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Daughters’ Jonathan Syverson

Hello, humans. My name is Jonathan Syverson, and I’ve never actually written any sort of blog. But as anyone who knows me would tell you, I absolutely LOVE talking about myself, and since Modern Drummer was kind enough to come asking, it would be my pleasure to oblige. Back in …


Posted: December 1, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
James “The Rev” Sullivan

The supercharged Avenged Sevenfold timekeeper keeps old-school metal alive with brute force, machine-like precision, and a flair for the dramatic…


Posted: November 5, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Gloria Gaynor’s Swiss Chris

I am currently doing dates with Gloria Gaynor. I’m also playing drums for Bajah & the Dry Eye Crew…


Posted: October 29, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Push Play’s Derek Ries

My band, Push Play, is on our Midnight Romeo tour, supporting our single by the same name, which recently debuted on pop radio charts at number thirty-six and has steadily been moving up on Billboard.


Posted: May 18, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Fantastic Four: From The Church To The Shed

In this online exclusive, we continue our conversation with Gerald Heyward, Aaron Spears, Cora Coleman-Dunham, and Nisan Stewart.


Posted: April 23, 2009

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Mick Fleetwood

Decades after helping Fleetwood Mac become the biggest pop phenomenon of the ’70s, Mick is still keeping time like only he can.


Posted: November 13, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Spencer Peterson

My name is Spencer Peterson, and I first took an interest in the drums at an early age, though it wasn't until I was ten years old that I took them seriously.


Posted: September 8, 2008

Christopher Lautz
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Loquat's Christopher Lautz

My name is Christopher Lautz, and I play drums and sing back-up in San Francisco’s Loquat…


Posted: September 8, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Loquat’s Christopher Lautz

My name is Christopher Lautz, and I play drums and sing back-up in San Francisco’s Loquat…


Posted: August 29, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, On the Beat
Dick DiCenso

The well-known drummer/teacher Dick DiCenso reflects on his sixty-year love affair with the drums…


Posted: July 31, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Bradlee Dean of Junkyard Prophet

Besides being a drummer, I’m the founding overseer of You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International, a ministry that has reached over 1,500,000 people nationwide through high school assembly programs, detention centers, churches, radio, prisons, festivals, and outreaches. I’ve authored three publications: Grass Doesn’t Work—The Rocks Do!, Man Of …


Posted: July 15, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Adam Deitch

When MD spoke to Adam Deitch about Lettuce’s new LP, Rage!, and other aspects of his funky career, we had so much good stuff left over that we now offer this exclusive addendum to the August feature story. (continue reading)


Posted: July 7, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Sean Davidson from Blacklist Union

This coming July 22, my band, Blacklist Union, are set to release our new album, Breakin Bread With The Devil, produced by Chris Johnson (Evanescence, Josh Todd) and Anthony Valli of Crazy Town.


Posted: June 20, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Deen Castronovo: The Journey Of A Decade, The Career Of A Lifetime

During the heyday of metal music in the ’80s, an underground subgenre known as “shred metal??? emerged.


Posted: February 1, 2008

Category: Caught in the Web, Drummers, Feature Stories
Ira Elliot: Caught in the Web

Nada Surf is one of the smartest, freshest-sounding rock bands of the past ten/fifteen years. And like they say, behind every brilliant band is an equally crafty drummer. Kit man Ira Elliot is as sharp as they get.


Posted: January 5, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Chris Wilson of Ted Leo And The Pharmacists

“This is the first record where I don’t really regret anything I played,??? says Chris Wilson….


Posted: November 10, 2007

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
LA Drummer/Instructor Pamela Manganaro

In 1989 Drum Workshop vice-president John Good asked me if I could throw a curve ball. “You bet,” I said. And that was my welcome into the DW family. I was now an official Drum Workshop artist, the quintessential symbol of a professional drummer who made it…


Posted: July 5, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Christian Welter from Orange County Choppers

Christian Welter is living his dream: playing music and working on motorcycles. Welter is one of the mechanics on the popular Orange County Choppers show. He’s also their band’s drummer….


Posted: March 25, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Danny Gottlieb with The Pat Metheny Group

Averaging almost two hundred performances every year for the past thirty years, Danny Gottlieb–original drummer with The Pat Metheny Group–continues to be an in-demand jazz drummer both in the US and in Europe….


Posted: May 15, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Harold Jones

Harold Jones’ golf game is reportedly a lot better now than the last time he was in Tony Bennett’s band. But that’s just one of the changes the drummer has been through in the thirty years he’s been away from Bennett….


Posted: February 1, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Aaron Comess: On the Re-Formed Spin Doctors, His Early Influences, and His Many Outside Projects

In the early ’90s, The Spin Doctors burst onto the music scene with a fresh, funky rock sound that generated several hits and millions of record sales. The band graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and drummer Aaron Comess became one of the most talked-about drummers of the time, …


Posted: May 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Chris Cester of Jet

The band Jet has released what many consider to be one of the best rock records of the year, Get Born, which features the hit single (and Apple iPod anthem) “Are You Gonna Be My Girl.” MD Online recently had the opportunity to speak with drummer Chris Cester on one …


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Zach Lind of Jimmy Eat World

It’s ironic that Jimmy Eat World, one of indie rock’s front-runners (alongside peers like The Promise Ring and The Get Up Kids), a band that’s seen their fan base swell in exponential proportions in the past year, have never released a full-length album on an independent label. Unlike their contemporaries …


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Josh Freese

Looking at Josh Freese across a Starbucks table, it’s hard to believe I’ve known him since he was eleven years old. Suddenly it struck me that he was then the same age that my son is now, and the comparison was mind-blowing. At eleven years old, Josh was already fiercely …


Posted: December 1, 2002

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Abe Laboriel, Jr.: Riding A Wave Of Success

When you meet with Abe Laboriel Jr., you can’t help but smile the entire time. It’s not just hearing about his success stories, it’s that his presence exudes a glow and inner kindness that is both spiritual and contagious…



Posted: June 16, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 75: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Ronn Dunnett

John’s guest is Ronn Dunnett, CEO & President of Dunnett Classic Drums, The George Way Drum Company and Milestone Percussion. John and Ronn discussed Ronn’s early years as a drummer playing throughout Canada, forming Dunnett Classic Drums 30 years ago, acquiring the George Way Drum Company and most recently his …


Posted: February 24, 2020

Modern Drummer Podcast
Category: Mike and Mike Podcast, Multimedia, Podcasts
MD Podcast Episode 231: 6/8 Vs. 3/4, Chris Johnson, Gretsch Brooklyn Standard Snare, and More

Mike and Mike discuss the relationship between 6/8 and 3/4 time and how they teach them.


Posted: May 10, 2019

Modern Drummer Podcast
Category: Mike and Mike Podcast, Multimedia, Podcasts
MD Podcast Episode 191: Marcus Gilmore, Moving Around the Kit With Jost Nickel, INDe Snare, and More

In this episode Mike and Mike discuss June 2019 cover artist Marcus Gilmore, who’s worked with many top jazz artists, including Chick Corea, Chris Potter, and Steve Coleman.


Posted: December 21, 2018

Modern Drummer Podcast
Category: Mike and Mike Podcast, Multimedia, Podcasts
MD Podcast Episode 172: Death Cab For Cutie's Jason McGerr, Stretching Myths, Turkish Travel Cymbals, and More!

  In this episode Mike and Mike discuss January 2019 featured artist Jason McGerr of the alt-rock band Death Cab for Cutie. The education segment focuses on different theories behind stretching and warming up before gigs and practice sessions. Up for review is a unique set of compact cymbals by …


Posted: December 14, 2018

Modern Drummer Podcast
Category: Mike and Mike Podcast, Multimedia, Podcasts
MD Podcast Episode 171: Halestorm's Arejay Hale, Applying Flams to the Kit, Angel Snare Drums, and More

Mike and Mike discuss January 2019 cover artist Arejay Hale of the rock band Halestorm. The education segment focuses on how to apply flam rudiments to the drumset and more!


Posted: August 18, 2017

Modern Drummer Podcast with Mike and Mike
Category: Mike and Mike Podcast, Multimedia, Podcasts
Mike and Mike Podcast Episode 105: Defining Greatness, Chris Turner, Dunnett Titanium Snare, and More

What do you value in a “great” drummer?


Posted: May 26, 2017

Category: Mike and Mike Podcast, Multimedia, Podcasts
Episode 94: Chris Coleman, Snare Drum Tuning, Nord Drum 3P, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss their techniques for tuning snare drums. The featured artist is R&B/pop/fusion great Chris Coleman. Up for review is the Nord Drum 3P multipad.


Posted: December 9, 2016

Category: Mike and Mike Podcast, Multimedia, Podcasts
Episode 71: Chris Dave, Feel Vs. Analysis, Istanbul Mehmet Rides, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike crack open the January 2017 issue and discuss cover artist Chris Dave. They also talk about learning new concepts through feel versus analysis. Up for review is a pair of Istanbul Mehmet dark and dry 22″ rides. After answering a few listener questions, the …