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October 2021:
Remembering Charlie Watts

Ringo Starr Excerpted from his Change the World Press Conference Charlie Watts was a beautiful human being—a great guy and a lot of fun. He had a harder band than I did to keep together. He was like the quiet man. In the ’70s, I had parties, and you’ll never …



Posted: September 10, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
Drumerica Announces 2014 Contest Winners!

The winners were selected by judging panels made up of world-famous drummers and drum educators, including Gorden Campbell, Tommy Igoe, Arin Ilejay, Cobus Potgieter, Johnny Rabb, Steve Smith, Bryan Hitt, Hannah Ford Welton, Jake Garland, John DeChristopher, Demian Arriaga, Dylan Taylor, Nia Lovelis, and Antoine Fadavi, plus the editors of …


Posted: August 27, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
Drumerica Announces 2014 Contest Finalists

Drumerica, the National Contest For Young Drummers, has announced the names of the 18 finalists in this year’s competition. They are:


Posted: July 31, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
Drumerica Entry Deadline Extended To 12:01 AM, Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Due to the high number of late submissions, the deadline to enter the Drumerica National Contest For Young Drummers has been extended to 12:01 AM, Wednesday, August 6, 2014.


Posted: July 7, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
Drumerica Is Open to All Young Jazz, Rock, Latin, Metal And R&B Drummers

No matter what style of music they play, aspiring drummers can show their talent, skill and personality by participating in the 2014 Drumerica drumming contest.


Posted: June 1, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
Drumerica Contest Adds Additional Sponsors And Celebrity Judges

Drumerica is proud to announce that leading online music retailer Musician’s Friend, the world-renowned music education program School Of Rock and the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), the world’s largest organization of drummers and percussionists, have joined with twenty other top drum, accessory and media companies to sponsor the online video …


Posted: June 14, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
John DeChristopher, former Vice President of Zildjian

Everyone’s always asking me what I’m doing with all my spare time these days. Well as it turns out, I don’t have as much spare time as I thought I would….


Posted: May 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Chad Cromwell: Web Exclusive Interview

We first featured Chad Cromwell in the March ’04 issue. There wasn’t quite enough room for all the great stuff Chad had to say, though, so we decided to share the rest of it with you here.



Posted: December 1, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Dave Weckl

Dave Weckl returns to “Live From My Drum Room” for an entire episode dedicated to questions and answers from his many fans. Dave answered questions for over an hour, on a variety of subjects, from listeners and fans around the world. This is a masterclass and a must watch episode! …


Posted: November 24, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Doug “Cosmo” Clifford

John’s guest is legendary drummer and founding member of “Creedence Clearwater Revival,” Doug “Cosmo” Clifford. John and Doug do a deep dive into CCR’s incredible catalog, with Doug sharing his insights into CCR’s history, song development, and his approach to creating his iconic drum parts. Doug talks about his association …


Posted: November 17, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Jim Keltner

John’s guest is the legendary and incomparable, Jim Keltner! John and Jim discuss Jim’s incredible and prolific career starting with his first recording, Gary Lewis and the Playboys’ “Just My Style.” Continuing with his work with Bob Dylan, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Gary Wright, …


Posted: November 10, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With JR Robinson

John’s guest this week is legendary studio drummer John JR Robinson. In this episode, JR talks about attending Berklee College in Boston in the early/mid 1970s where his classmates included Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Smith, Casey Scheuerell and Kenwood Dennard, and studying with Alan Dawson and Gary Chaffee. Going on the …


Posted: November 3, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Luis Conte

John’s guest is legendary master percussionist, Luis Conte. Luis discusses moving from his native Santiago, Cuba to Los Angeles at age 15, and his first big break touring with “The Hues Corporation.” John and Luis do a deep dive into Luis’ incredible and prolific career as a first call studio …


Posted: October 27, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Joshua Simonds, Executive Director at PAS

John’s guest this week is Joshua Simonds, Executive Director of PAS (Percussive Arts Society). In this episode, Joshua discusses his musical and business background, his role at PAS, the upcoming Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), November 9-12, in Indianapolis, IN and some of the artists appearing this year. Other …


Posted: October 20, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Dave Weckl

For the 100th episode of Live From My Drum Room, John’s guest is the legendary Dave Weckl! In this episode, Dave talks about touring and his latest projects, his early drumming influences with great insights into Buddy Rich, his online drum school, his philosophy for achieving his live drum sound, …


Posted: October 13, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 92: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Pat Petrillo

In this week’s episode, John talks with drummer, educator and product designer, Pat Petrillo. John and Pat do a deep dive into Pat’s latest and critically acclaimed record, “The Power Station Sessions” which features Nile Rodgers, John Popper, Oz Noy, Lenny Pickett, Felecia Collins and Glen Burtnik. Pat takes us …


Posted: October 6, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 91: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Steve Gadd & Rick Marotta

This week’s episode is a rebroadcast of a show that originally aired live on October 17, 2020 with two of the greatest, most prolific drummers on the planet and two of John’s best friends, legendary drummers Steve Gadd and Rick Marotta! Steve and Rick shared stories of their days coming …


Posted: September 29, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 90: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Marco Minnemann

John’s guest this week is the incredible Marco Minnemann! In this episode Marco talks about his recent tour with his band “The Aristocrats” and their process for writing and recording music. Marco also discusses his concept for independence and how he applies it to music, recording in his home studio …


Posted: September 22, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 89: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Clem Burke

In this episode, John’s guest is the great Clem Burke. Clem talks about his formative years playing snare drum and later bass drum in The Bridgemen Drum & Bugle Corps, playing in rock bands as a teenager, the New York club scene in the 70s and joining Blondie in 1975. …


Posted: September 15, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 88: Live From My Drum Room Remembering Charlie Watts – Part 4

Part 4 of John DeChristopher’s series Remembering Charlie Watts. John’s guests were Jim Keltner, Vinnie Colaiuta, Charley Drayton, Pete Thomas, Anton Fig and Aaron Comess. They shared some beautiful stories about Charlie and even turned to Ringo, as drummers often do. Hold on to your hats because this is one …


Posted: September 8, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 87: Live From My Drum Room Remembering Charlie Watts – Part 3

Part 3 of John DeChristopher’s series Remembering Charlie Watts. A fabulous discussion with drumming legends, Simon Kirke (Bad Company/Free) Steve Gorman (Black Crowes/Trigger Hippy), Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr All Star Band) and Don McAulay (Charlie’s drum tech and currently Steve Jordan’s drum tech). Check out John’s other episodes of “Live …


Posted: September 1, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 86: Live From My Drum Room Remembering Charlie Watts – Part 2

Part 2 of John DeChristopher’s series Remembering Charlie Watts. A fabulous and often hilarious discussion with Steve Smith, Kenny Aronoff, Dave Mattacks, Chad Smith, Mickey Curry, Shawn Pelton, Clem Burke and Don McAulay. Please check out “Part 1” if you haven’t already and stay tuned for “Part 3”!  Check out …


Posted: August 25, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 85: Live From My Drum Room Remembering Charlie Watts – Part 1

Recorded October 7, 2021. The first of a series of episodes devoted to Remembering Charlie Watts. A huge thanks to my friends Steve Gadd, Kenney Jones, Rick Marotta, Stan Lynch, Michael Shrieve, Andy Newmark, Steve Maxwell, John Ferraro and Yard Gavrilovic. The laughs and stories were non-stop! Check out Part …


Posted: August 18, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 84: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Joe Vitale

Originally aired live on August 18, 2021. A very special and enjoyable chat with one of my drumming heroes, the legendary Joe Vitale! Joe and I discussed his incredible 50+ year career as the groove behind rock icons, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, CSNY and The Eagles, including stories behind making …


Posted: August 4, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 82: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Myron Grombacher and Gregg Bissonette

Originally aired live on March 16, 2021. John chats with two of his best pals and incredible drummers, Myron Grombacher and Gregg Bissonette! Myron talks about playing with Rick Derringer before joining the Pat Benatar Band, his iconic drum sets and the early days of MTV. Gregg and Myron shared some …


Posted: July 28, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 81: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Stan Lynch

John’s guest is drummer, producer, songwriter, and original drummer for “Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers,” Stan Lynch. Stan discussed reuniting with his longtime friend and Heartbreakers bandmate, guitarist extraordinaire Mike Campbell, and his recent tour with Mike’s band, “The Dirty Knobs.” Stan shared some stories from the tour, and how …


Posted: July 21, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 80: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Jeff Hamilton

John’s guest is the legendary Jeff Hamilton! In this episode Jeff talks about his early drumming influences, attending Indiana University and studying with the great John Von Ohlen, joining Woody Herman’s band in 1977 at age 23, and being invited by Ray Brown to join The L.A. Four in 1978 …


Posted: July 14, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 79: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Ed Toth & Marc Quinones

John’s guests are drummer Ed Toth, and percussionist Marc Quinones, of The Doobie Brothers. Ed recalled being invited to audition for the Doobie Brothers in 2005 after his band “Vertical Horizon” disbanded, to replace the late-great Keith Knudsen and be second drummer alongside Micheal Hossack. Marc recalled joining the Allman …


Posted: July 7, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 78: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Peter Erskine

John’s guest is the legendary Peter Erskine! Peter and John discussed Peter’s MD Legends Series Book (available now!), and numerous other topics including vintage drums, selecting ride cymbals, home recording and much more. They also talked about Peter’s upcoming induction into the PAS (Percussive Arts Society) Hall Of Fame in …


Posted: June 30, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 77: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Chris Hart

John’s guest is Chris Hart, Director of Artist Relations at Remo Inc. Chris has built relationships with the world’s top drummers and percussionists and in this show, you’ll see why he is one of the most loved and respected figures in the Drum Industry. John and Chris discussed their history …


Posted: June 23, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 76: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Lorne Wheaton

John’s guest is Lorne Wheaton. Lorne is one of the most respected and sought after drum techs and stage managers in the business, and has worked for a who’s who of drummers and bands, including Steve Smith/Journey & Vital Information, Alex Van Halen/Van Halen, Mickey Curry/Bryan Adams, Keith Carlock/Steely Dan, …


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: June 9, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 74: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Mike Dolbear

John’s guest was Mike Dolbear, well known drummer, teacher and Drum Industry figure. Mike talks about writing his book, “Rhythm and Fills,” launching www.mikedolbear.com, his love of teaching and some of his students who have gone on to being successful, as well as him studying with the great Kenny Clare. …


Posted: June 2, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 73: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Donn Bennett

John’s guest was Donn Bennett, drummer, educator and founder of Donn Bennett’s Drum Studio in Seattle, WA. Donn talks about how he went from a teaching studio to opening his retail store, how he got into collecting vintage drums, creating “Donn’s Drum Vault” – his incredible collection of rare and …


Posted: May 26, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 72: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Matt Sorum

John’s guest this week is Matt Sorum, drummer for Guns N’ Roses, The Cult, Velvet Revolver, Kings Of Chaos, as well as numerous side projects. Matt and John discussed Matt’s long and successful career, with lots of great stories including his audition for David Lee Roth in 1985, and Matt’s …


Posted: May 19, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 71: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Aaron Comess

John’s guest is Aaron Comess, drummer and founding member of the “Spin Doctors.” In this episode Aaron talks about growing up in Dallas, his early influences, his teachers, attending North Texas State, then Berklee College in Boston for a year, and eventually moving to New York and forming the Spin …


Posted: May 12, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 70: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With David Garibaldi

John’s guest is the legendary David Garibaldi! David and John discussed his incredible career with Tower of Power, and his concept for creating some of the most iconic and timeless drum beats in history, including his signature groove for TOP’s timeless classic, “What Is Hip.” David talks about his influences …


Posted: May 5, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 69: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Steve Smith

In this episode, Steve Smith and John DeChristopher do a deep dive into Steve’s Modern Drummer Legend Series Book available now as a digital download and as a print book on May 20, 2022. All of Steve’s Modern Drummer Cover/Feature interviews are included in his Legend Series Book, starting in …


Posted: April 28, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 68: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Keith Carlock

John’s guest this week is the one and only Keith Carlock! In this episode, Keith and John recall their first meeting in 1997 at the beginning of Keith’s career. Keith talks about playing the 55 Bar in New York with guitarist Wayne Krantz, where he caught the attention of Donald …


Posted: April 21, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 67: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Chris Layton

In this episode, John caught up with his old friend Chris Layton and talked about his early drumming influences, moving from his home town of Corpus Christi to Austin, TX at age 20. Becoming entrenched in Austin’s music scene, which led to meeting legendary guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and forming, “Double Trouble.” Chris talked about developing his …


Posted: April 14, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 66: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Chad Smith

In this episode, Chad talks about moving to Los Angeles in 1988 to attend music school and joining the “Red Hot Chili Peppers”, the new RHCP record and upcoming tour, the supergroup “Chickenfoot” and other projects, and his MD Legends Book which is now available. Chad and John shared some …


Posted: April 7, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 65: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Tommy Igoe

In this episode, John caught up with his longtime friend Tommy Igoe, where they discussed Tommy’s incredible career, including writing the drum set book for the Lion King, residencies with his bands “The Birdland Big Band” and “The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy,” Endorsements, Education and his hugely successful Groove Essentials …


Posted: March 31, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 64: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Russ Miller

John DeChristopher has had a fun and informative discussion with his old friend Russ Miller. They talked about how Russ got his start in Miami, how they met in 1990, and his move to Los Angeles, where after paying his dues, he established himself as a top session musician. They …


Posted: March 24, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 63: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With David Frangioni

In this episode John DeChristopher and David Frangioni, CEO & Publisher of Modern Drummer discussed their recent collaboration of “Live From My Drum Room” becoming the Modern Drummer Podcast, their 40 year history, what inspires them as drummers, their experiences working in the Drum Industry and much more!  Audio Video


Posted: March 17, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 62: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Joe Franco

John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Joe Franco! talked about Joe’s long and successful career including The Good Rats, Chilliwack, Twisted Sister, Widowmaker, Jack Bruce and creating his home studio, “Beat Street.” they also discussed his legendary book, “Double Bass Drumming,” the definitive book for double bass drum playing. Audio Video