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June 1987:
John Robinson
John Robinson

It is November 1985. Steve Winwood’s new album, Back In The High Life, is almost finished. Inside Unique recording studios in Manhattan, producer Russ Titelman is sitting behind the board, and John “J.R.” Robinson is behind his drumset in the middle of the studio.


June 1998:
June 1998 – Volume 22 • Number 6

Jack Irons, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Ricky Lawson, Adrian Young, Steve Smith, Mike Palmer, Danny Gottlieb, Mario Calire, Ken Tondre, Marcus Miller, Brad Hargreaves, J.D. Blair, Steve Smith, Scott Amendola, Carl Allen , Jerry Marotta, Dennis Chambers, John ” JR” Robinson


April 1997:
April 1997 – Volume 21 • Number 4

Steve Smith, Gary Novak, Neil Peart, David Silveria, Joe Zawinul, Barrett Martin, Todd Sucherman, Frank Beard, Russel Simins, Terance Higgins, Kenny Aronoff, John Robinson


November 1994:
November 1994 – Volume 18 • Number 11

In this Issue: John Robinson, Charlie Adams, Joe Porcaro


October 1994:
October 1994 – Volume 18 • Number 10

In this Issue: Aaron Comess. Bob Moses, Simon Phillips, John “J.R.” Robinson, Rod Morgenstein, Marvin ” Smitty” Smith, David Garibaldi, Chad Smith, Clayton Cameron, Matt Sorum


August September 1981:
August September 1981 – Volume 5 • Number 6

Mickey Hart, Billy Kreutzmann, Barry Keane, James Bradley Jr., Casey Scheuerell, Colin Bailey, John Robinson, Buddy Rich, Hal Blaine, Alan Schwartzberg, Paul Humphrey, Steve Jordan, Ed Shaughnessy


June 1981:
June 1981 – Volume 5 • Number 4

Simon Phillips, Steve Smith, Collin Walcott, Carmine Appice, Roberto Petaccia, Charli Persip, David Samuels, John Robinson, Liberty DeVitto, Mel Brown



Posted: October 10, 2017

Clif Magness
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Grammy Winning Producer-Drummer-Guitarist-Songwriter Clif Magness

Hi MD. My love affair with drums began in my mother’s car. When I was around six years old, I was pounding away “Wipe Out” on the headrest when she decided then and there to rush me into drum lessons. A few years later, my parents bought me the Yamaha …


Posted: April 26, 2017

Category: A Different View, Drummers, Feature Stories, Web Exclusive
Web Exclusive: Producer Russ Titelman on 10 of His Favorite Drummers

The June issue of Modern Drummer magazine features an interview with three-time Grammy Award–winning producer Russ Titelman who in his long career has worked with musical giants including Little Feat, Randy Newman, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Cyndi Lauper, Graham Central Station, Rickie Lee Jones, George Harrison, Chaka Khan, the Bee …


Posted: March 6, 2017

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Featured
Nick Zamora On Tour With the Suffers

Drummer Nick Zamora’s driving feel, blazing yet apt chops, and Motown-inspired grooves are supporting the Houston, Texas, soul collective the Suffers on their current March tour. Since forming in 2011, the ten-member group has enjoyed a steady rise in popularity, thanks in part to television appearances on such shows as …


Posted: February 8, 2017

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Web Exclusive
Legendary Bassist Nathan East on His New Album Reverence

On Nathan East’s second solo album, Reverence, he once again steps into the spotlight as bandleader. Produced by East and Yamaha Entertainment Group of America founder Chris Gero, it’s no surprise that shortly after its debut (less than one month ago), the album hit the number-one spot on both the …


Posted: November 30, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Featured
John Sherman on Tour With Red Fang

Red Fang, the hard-rock/metal powerhouse from Portland, Oregon, released their fourth studio album, Only Ghosts, this past October. Drummer John Sherman is currently throwing down his blazing fills and powerful, no-frills grooves with the group as they tear across the country on tour through mid-December.


Posted: November 1, 2016

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Nineteenth Annual Carlos Vega Memorial Birthday Concert

A special all-star concert dedicated to Carlos Vega will take place on Sunday, December 11 at 4 pm at the Alvas Showroom, 1415 W Eighth Street, San Pedro, CA 90732.


Posted: September 29, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, On the Beat
On Tour: Tony Leone With the Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Longtime New York City drummer Tony Leone is currently on the road with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.


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: March 31, 2016

May 2016 Issue of Modern Drummerfeaturing Andrés Forero of Hamilton
Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
May 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Andrés Forero of Hamilton

(Available digitally March 31, 2016; in print April 1, 2016) Print Copy ○ iTunes ○ Amazon ○ GooglePlay ○ Subscribe On the Cover Andrés Forero “Andrés Forero is one of the most creative and versatile players of our time, and his participation in Hamilton solidifies his stature as one of …


Posted: March 31, 2016

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
May 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Andrés Forero of Hamilton

(Available digitally March 31, 2016; in print April 1, 2016) Print Copy ○ iTunes ○ Amazon ○ GooglePlay ○ Subscribe On the Cover Andrés Forero “Andrés Forero is one of the most creative and versatile players of our time, and his participation in Hamilton solidifies his stature as one of …


Posted: August 4, 2015

Category: News, News and Events
News: Church’s Chicken and World’s Fastest Drummer Name Joshua Robinson and Braxton Burke World Champions

More than 300 drummers from across the world faced off in Nashville, TN this past July to compete in the 2015 World’s Fastest Drummer (WFD) World Finals….


Posted: April 16, 2015

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events
News: Legendary Drummer Harvey Mason to Receive Honorary Degree at Berklee Commencement

Berklee College of Music president will present drum legend Harvey Mason with an honorary doctorate at Berklee’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9, at Boston University.


Posted: March 24, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer Blog: the Blues Magoos’ Geoff Daking Talks Greenwich Village, Engineering, and Session Work

Hey drummers! I’m Geoff Daking of the Blues Magoos. I started playing in the early ’60s in Delaware. When I was in high school I came to New York City on weekends to see Monk, Cannonball, and Coltrane with those great drummers like Elvin Jones. I moved to Greenwich Village …


Posted: November 18, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Gregg Bissonette “Mars??? Lyric Video

Drummer Tam Johnstone, son of longtime Elton John guitarist Davey Johnstone, recently created this video to accompany the song “Mars??? from December Modern Drummer cover artist Gregg Bissonette’s recent solo album, Warning Will Robinson!


Posted: November 5, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Gregg Bissonette “After All??? Chart and Drum Groove Video

Earlier this year Gregg invited MD to film him during rehearsals with Ringo, and here we share a clip of him playing a favorite groove, which he elaborates on below. But first let’s hear what he has to say about creating drum charts such as the one below, for the …


Posted: June 23, 2014

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
Omar Hakim Video:
Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky???

Omar Hakim and John “JR??? Robinson were the two drummers who played on Grammy-winning EDM duo Daft Punk’s album Random Access Memories. Here Omar gives us the inside scoop and a rare up-close demonstration of the groove to the album’s big hit song “Get Lucky.??? Note how Omar approaches the …


Posted: September 9, 2013

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Modern Drummer and Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp to Host “Rock’s Rhythm Masters??? Camp November 8–10 in Las Vegas

In an effort to add camps that are shorter in duration and more affordably priced for every musician to experience, Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp is proud to announce Rock’s Rhythm Masters, powered by Modern Drummer magazine. This session will take place November 8 through 10 at the camp’s facility …


Posted: July 18, 2013

Category: Feature Stories, Lessons, MD Education Team
MD Education Team Weighs In On: Tuning (UPDATED)

We asked the members of the MD Education Team to share their thoughts on how they prefer to tune their drums. Here’s what they had to say….


Posted: January 10, 2013

Category: Feature Stories, Lessons, MD Education Team
MD Education Team Weighs In On: Learning Jazz

We asked the members of the MD Education Team if they think it’s important for their students to study jazz. Here’s what they had to say….


Posted: December 3, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drum Doctors’ Ross Garfield

Hi MD readers! This is my first ever blog, and I wanted to tell you how I got to work on the upcoming Superman soundtrack.


Posted: November 19, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Brit Turner of Blackberry Smoke

My name is Brit Turner, and I live in Atlanta, Georgia, with my wife, daughter, dog, two cats, one fish, and a snail. Great things have been happening for me lately.


Posted: May 31, 2012

Category: Drummers, Lessons, MD Education Team
MD Education Team Weighs In On: Teaching Feel

We asked the MD Education Team if feel could be taught. See what they had to say….


Posted: May 9, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Boxwave’s Brad Ellsworth

“On a recent episode of The Late Show, host David Letterman jokingly tells his musical guest at the conclusion of his performance, “You’re doing pretty well now, buy [your drummer] an actual drum!??? Dave was referring to the talented percussionist Mona Tavakoli, who was backing Mechanicsville, Virginia native Jason Mraz.” …


Posted: March 19, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Tim Walsh of the Stepkids

I’m Tim Walsh of the Stepkids, and I’m excited to be on here and hope to add to the wealth of knowledge that is MD’s awesome thirty-five-year history…


Posted: January 23, 2012

Category: News, News and Events
Jan Web Update News

Ringo Starr’s seventeenth solo studio record, Ringo 2012, will be released on January 31 in the United States and January 30 internationally. The album, which was produced by Starr, was recorded in L.A. and mixed in England by Ringo and Bruce Sugar. For more, visit www.ringostarr.com. Kenny Aronoff is still …


Posted: December 19, 2011

Category: News, News and Events
Dec Web Update News

Drumming news from around the web for December 2011.


Posted: October 20, 2011

Category: DVD/Video Reviews, Drummers, Reviews
John Robinson
The Time Machine

In this long awaited new video, “the world’s most recorded drummer” shows us why he holds that title—and how we can get some of what he’s got.


Posted: September 1, 2011

Category: News, News and Events
Web Update News

The latest and greatest news from the drumming industry. This edition features updates on Chad Sexton, John Tempesta, Jon Wysocki, Will Hunt, Brian Young and more.


Posted: July 1, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
MD Readers Poll 2011 Results

Welcome once again to the MD Readers Poll, where the greatest drummers on the planet are honored by the most educated drum fans around. Let’s get right to it: the envelope, please….


Posted: February 16, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
John “JR” Robinson: Web Exclusive

Story by Billy AmendolaBetween his appearance on this year’s Grammys and his upcoming performance at the Oscars, JR continues his conversation with MD about what a typical day in the studio is like, his early influences, his upcoming DVD, drum solos, reading charts, and taking a break from the studio …


Posted: January 18, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Brandon Mullen of The New Stylistics

Hi, everyone! My name is Brandon “D’Erick Anthony??? Mullen, and I was born in Trenton, New Jersey, in May of 1985. God has blessed me with this gift of music since the age of four….


Posted: December 17, 2010

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Jimmy Bralower: Web Exclusive

Jimmy Bralower was born to make records. The drummer started playing at a very young age, and by the time he was in his early teens, his first band, the Young Ones, had signed a deal with a major label. In the ensuing years Bralower worked his way from clubs …


Posted: October 14, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Rich Mangicaro

Hey, Modern Drummer fans! I hope you’re all busy playing your butts off out there! As some of you may know, four years ago I made the big decision to retire my position as artist relations director at Paiste, after having the pleasure of that great gig for nineteen years. …


Posted: September 25, 2010

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Richie Hayward: Little Feat’s Timeless Drum Hero

Richie Hayward, the drummer in the band Little Feat since their inception in 1969, was born in Clear Lake, Iowa, and was influenced by rock ’n’ roll pioneer Earl Palmer and big-band jazz drummer Sonny Payne. In 1966 he moved to Los Angeles and joined the Fraternity Of Man, whose …


Posted: April 12, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Esthema’s Bruno Esrubilsky

My name is Bruno Esrubilsky, and I am a Brazilian drummer/percussionist living in the Boston area. I graduated in 2005 from the Los Angeles Music Academy and then in 2010 from Berklee College of Music with a professional music degree. I also received the 2010 Armand Zildjian Percussion Award….


Posted: April 1, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer/Author Chris Peacock

Hey, Modern Drummer heads! My name is Chris Peacock and I’m addicted to drums. I’ve been playing for twenty-years and I started at the age of twelve. I’ve studied with Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro, and Mike Shapiro and have worked in all sorts of musical situations including rock, pop, jazz, …


Posted: March 16, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Chris Johnson — Touring With Rihanna

Yo, what up, MD? This is ya boy Chris Johnson from Los Angeles, California. Like many others in this field, I started playing in church—my dad’s church, to be exact. So I was always there to play, practice, and everything. Needless to say, I was born in the church. Due …


Posted: December 7, 2009

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Influencer: Alan Dawson

Alan Dawson was an outstanding jazz drummer and a legendary teacher. Alan was known for his ingenious use of rudiments, his melodic approach to drumming, and an extremely advanced level of hand and foot coordination.


Posted: May 18, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Ira Elliot: Nada Surf’s Vinyl Obsessive Gets Personal With MD

My own little record store, containing only albums I still like after twenty-five years–that’s suddenly what all my records look like splayed out across my room.


Posted: November 1, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Robert Wyatt: 2007 Web Exclusive Interview

Since leaving the groundbreaking British psychedelic band Soft Machine in 1971, Robert Wyatt has released a succession of remarkable solo albums filled with artfulness and surprise….


Posted: June 1, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
An Interview with Lisa Loeb

The very beautiful and talented singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb talks drums on MD Online….


Posted: May 1, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Prairie Prince: An Interview

Prairie Prince was born on May 7, 1950 in Charlotte, North Carolina and has been a founding member of art-rock band The Tubes since 1969. He was also a major player in getting the band Journey off the ground, and over the years he’s worked with Brian Eno, Jefferson Airplane, …


Posted: July 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
An Interview with Hal Blaine

Paving the way for some of the great studio musicians of our time, like Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, Jeff Porcaro, and John JR Robinson, were Earl Palmer and Hal Blaine. MD recently sat down with the jovial drummer to walk a bit down memory lane.


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Feature Stories, Lessons
In The Loop With The Pros

With all of the samplers, prerecorded loops, and programmers in the studio, how much of what we hear today from a drummer is actual acoustic drums or electronics? MD asked some of the best “hired guns” in the business to comment on their current role and gear requirements in the …


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Shannon Larkin of Godsmack

Growing up, Shannon Larkin worshipped at the twin altars of Neil Peart and John Bonham. To say that he was into classic rock would be an understatement. So getting a call to play a one-off show with Black Sabbath in 1997 was the thrill of a lifetime….


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Lil’ John Roberts

Lil’ John Roberts’s name has been popping up more and more here at MD – in interviews with other artists, in conversations with people in the drum industry – and, most importantly, in mail from fans. It seems everyone is talking about Lil’ John. And after seeing him play, you’d …



Posted: August 11, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 83: Remembering Jeff Porcaro

In this episode, John remembers the great Jeff Porcaro whom we lost August 5, 1992. Joining John is a legendary group of Jeff’s friends and contemporaries and a literal “who’s who” of the drumming community, including Jim Keltner, Vinnie Colaiuta, John Robinson, Rick Marotta, Stan Lynch, Gregg Bissonette, Gary Mallaber, …


Posted: April 26, 2019

Modern Drummer Podcast
Category: Mike and Mike Podcast, Multimedia, Podcasts
MD Podcast Episode 189: Brian Chase, Ludwig Snare Drum History, IP Drumsticks, and More

Brian Chase of indie-rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The education segment digs into the history of Ludwig snare drums, in particular the legendary Black Beauty.