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February 2021:
February 2021 cover
Jojo Mayer
Jojo and Nerve By Ina Palkina

Style and Analysis, Part 2 We took a look at some of the incredible work of forward-thinking master drummer Jojo Mayer and his band Nerve back in the September 2020 issue. Jojo’s playing is so innovative and virtuosic that we couldn’t cover everything in one article. Here’s another ten transcriptions …


September 2020:
MODERN DRUMMER SEPTEMBER 2020 COVER
Jojo Mayer
Jojo

Part 1 The iconic drummer Jojo Mayer and his band Nerve are an anomaly within a sea of artists in the electronic dance music scene. However, their collective influences run much deeper than the genre might suggest. With a pedigree in jazz and funk, Mayer and his band are capable …


May 2017:
The 2017 Modern Drummer Readers Poll Winners

The universally lauded multi-genre legend joins Hall of Fame, another contemporary giant sweeps three categories, and Neil Peart returns.


February 2017:
And Editor's Overview – Signal to Noise

When I first started playing drums, the challenge was finding enough credible content, whether in the form of method books, magazine articles, or instructional videos, to help me understand exactly what skills and tools I would need in order to become a professional musician. I bought whatever VHS tapes and …


January 2016:
The Future State of the Art
Jojo Mayer

So what of drumming’s future? What will happen when computers become even further integrated into our daily lives and playing routines? How will such buzz phrases as “the Internet of Things??? and “Industry 4.0??? change the way drummers interact with their environment? A basic understanding of electronic instruments, which is …


August 2009:
August 2009 – Volume 33 • Number 8

Tré Cool, Aaron Harris, Uriel Jones, Benjamin Corbett, Butch Trucks, Stephen Perkins, Jojo Mayer, Trivett Wingo, Jerry Shirley, Scott Johnson, Larry Herweg, John Moen, Chris Vatalaro, Jeff Friedl, Roy Hanes, Bernard Purdie


November 2008:
November 2008 – Volume 32 • Number 11

Xavier Muriel, Jack DeJohnette, David Garibaldi, Brian Frasier-Moore, Martin Valihora, Sean Paddock, Frank Briggs, Greg Upchurch, Matt Barrick, Bryan Keeling, Mitch Mitchell, Matt Cameron, Derek Bloom, Jojo Mayer, Brian Chase, Bryan Hitt


May 2008:
May 2008 – Volume 32 • Number 5

Tomas Haake, Stan Lynch, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, Jeff Sipe, The Blue Man Group, Han Bennick, Homer Steinweiss, Jimmy Carl Black, Ben Gillies, Sean O’Shea, Jens Hannemann, Kenny Aronoff, Jojo Mayer, Johnny Rabb



Posted: March 7, 2021

Category: News
The Repercussions of Percussion – Don Mathew, MD FAAPMR – 3/7/21

  To my fellow drummers, I feel your pain…literally. I am a practicing physician that completed medical school about ten years ago and subsequently trained at Northwestern Medicine into a specialty called physical medicine and rehabilitation, also known as physiatry, with a background in kinesiology and sports medicine. That’s right! …


Posted: September 1, 2020

Category: News
Modern Drummer Festival 2020

Modern Drummer is rebooting its world-famous Drum Festival on September 12 at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time with a live-streaming event honoring the late, great Rush drummer Neil Peart. Proceeds of ticket sales will benefit brain tumor research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The event, which will be produced and distributed …


Posted: January 11, 2020

Category: News
Hit Like A Girl Announces 2020 Contest

Organizers of the ninth annual Hit Like A Girl contest for female drummers, percussionists, and beat makers have announced details and changes for this year’s edition of the international celebration of drumming.


Posted: July 9, 2019

Category: On the Beat
Mike Greenfield of Lotus

Hello drumming family! I grew up reading Modern Drummer magazine so it’s an honor to contribute to the publication. While growing up, I remember poring through the pages of the latest edition so adding to the conversation means so much.


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: December 20, 2018

Dan Flint
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Dan Flint of You Me At Six in On The Beat

Hi MD readers, I’m Dan Flint. I play drums in the rock band You Me At Six. We released our new album VI in October 2018, and will be touring the US in early 2019.


Posted: October 24, 2017

Category: News, News and Events
Sabian Appoints Mark Love to Director of R&D

Mark Love has been promoted to the position of Director of Research and Product Development at Sabian.


Posted: December 16, 2015

Category: Feature Stories, Lists
Fifteen DVDs Every Drummer Should Own

In this installment of our 2015 holiday gift guide, we’re taking a look at fifteen DVDs that every drummer should own. These are the videos that drummers are going back to time and time again for inspiration and edification. Whether you’re looking for new creative ideas behind the kit, technical …


Posted: November 25, 2015

January 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring NEIL PEART
Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
January 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Neil Peart

See what’s in this special 40th anniversary edition of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Neil Peart…


Posted: November 25, 2015

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
January 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Neil Peart

See what’s in this special 40th anniversary edition of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Neil Peart…


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: News, News and Events
News: Jojo Mayer’s Nerve Seeks Remixes from Blend Community

Nerve has now published the stems to “Triptych??? taken from their upcoming third full-length album Ghosts of Tomorrow, out November 6, and are seeking remixes for a follow up remix release, which will feature their favorite two remakes….


Posted: August 1, 2015

Category: News, News and Events, Past Contests
Be a Winner in the Premier Drums and Sabian Cymbals Contest

Win this grand prize: Premier 4-piece Modern Classic Club kit (14×20 bass drum, 14×14 floor tom, and 8×12 rack tom with mahogany shells, and 5.5×14 birch-shell snare*) and a Sabian cymbal package that includes an 18″ AAX Omni, a 22″ AAX Omni, and 14″ AAX Freq Hats.


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: April 17, 2015

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
News: Vic’s Drum Shop to Host Drum Fantasy Camp at Music Garage, Chicago

Vic’s Drum Shop will host the Drum Fantasy Camp at its North Loomis Street location in the Music Garage, Chicago this August 7 through Tuesday, August 11.


Posted: March 31, 2015

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Issues, News, News and Events
May 2015 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Jojo Mayer

See what’s in the May 2015 issue of Modern Drummer magazine, available now…


Posted: March 31, 2015

Category: Drummers, Lessons, Multimedia, Strictly Technique, Videos
VIDEO LESSON! Strictly Technique: Pataflafla Builder

In the the pataflafla, the leading hand uses the Moeller whip-and-stop technique, and the secondary hand uses the no-chop flop-and-drop technique. Click here to find out more!


Posted: March 3, 2015

Category: Album/Song Reviews, Drummers, News, News and Events, Reviews
Album Review: Nerve Live in Europe

Following a series of studio EPs that continued to expand and refine an electronic style executed by humans, Jojo Mayer and Nerve return with a much-anticipated album of performances captured during a 2014 European tour….


Posted: December 3, 2014

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News, News and Events
Jojo Mayer DVD Release Party Live Stream!

On December 3, 2014, drumming great Jojo Mayer will present a clinic and performance to celebrate the release of his new DVD set, Secret Techniques for the Modern Drummer, Part 2: Foot Techniques, at the Cutting Room in New York City. A free live stream of the event, starting at …


Posted: November 19, 2014

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News, News and Events
Event: Jojo Mayer DVD Release Party!

On December 3, 2014, drumming great Jojo Mayer will present a clinic and performance to celebrate the release of his new DVD set, Secret Techniques for the Modern Drummer, Part 2: Foot Techniques, at the Cutting Room in New York City….


Posted: October 16, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer Blog: Cirque Du Soleil’s Amaluna’s Didi Negron on Living Your Dream

As a traveling musician in the traditional big top, I am able to implement my strong music theory background and improvisational skills while providing accompaniment and action on stage as my role of the “Goddess of Rhythm.???


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
19th Annual KoSA Camp Delivers Clear and Straightforward Sentiment: “I Just Wanna Drum!???

The 19th KoSA International Percussion Workshop, Drum Camp, and Festival celebrated its annual week of intensive learning, living, and playing with internationally celebrated drum and percussion masters this past July in the serene mountains of Vermont. KoSA co-founders and directors Aldo Mazza and Dr. Jolán Kovács relayed a simple message …


Posted: June 18, 2014

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Jojo Mayer Confirmed for KoSA 19 This July

Jojo Mayer has been confirmed for the 19th Annual KoSA International Percussion Workshop, Drum Camp, and Festival…


Posted: June 2, 2014

Category: News, News and Events, The Showroom
Sabian Releases 13-Inch Jojo Mayer Hoop Crasher

Originally introduced in 2012 as a 14″ model, Sabian is now offering a 13″ Hoop Crasher. Designed by Jojo Mayer, the Hoop Crasher dual-ring effects device is manufactured from a set of premium B20 bronze hi-hats….


Posted: May 29, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
2014 Croatia International Drum Camp

Since its inception by camp director Petar Curic in 2007, this one-of-a-kind drum camp has featured such world-class instructors as Bill Bruford, Horacio “El Negro??? Hernandez, JoJo Mayer, John Riley, Gary Chaffee, Mike Mangini, Marco Minnemann, Benny Greb, Pete Riley, Pete Lockett, Gabor Dornyei, and Kim Plainfield. The weeklong camp …


Posted: May 28, 2014

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
VIDEO – “Between Zero & One” with Jojo Mayer

Filmmaker/drummer Travis Satten recently released this video expounding on Jojo Mayer and his drumming philosophy. Modern Drummer caught up with Satten to ask a few questions about the film….


Posted: April 16, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
KoSA Cuba’s 2014 Percussion Workshop & Havana’s Drum Festival ‘Fiesta del Tambor’

KoSA Cuba held the 12th edition of its annual Cuban workshop and festival this past March 9-16….


Posted: March 7, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Beau Kuther of Smallpools

Good day, fellow Modern Drummer fanatics. Most of you don’t know who I am, but if you skim your way through this brief and painless memoir of my drumming existence, you’ll probably end up knowing more about me than you bargained for….


Posted: December 6, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, In Memoriam, Multimedia, Videos
VIDEO: A Tribute to Tonight Show Drummer Ed Shaughnessy

In this video drummers Joe Vitale (The Eagles), Peter Criss (KISS), Danny Carey (TOOL), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Jojo Mayer (Nerve), and Bobby Rondinelli (Blue Öyster Cult) remember Tonight Show drummer and legend Ed Shaughnessy who passed away May 24, 2013….


Posted: September 4, 2013

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events
Midas Fate’s Drummer to Perform on London Drum Show

Aquiles Priester, who recently was announced as Midas Fate’s drummer, will be performing at London Drum Show on October 13….


Posted: August 1, 2013

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Guitar Center Launches Its 25th Annual Drum-Off Competition

Guitar Center’s Drum-Off launches its 25th annual search for the next great undiscovered drummer.


Posted: June 28, 2013

Category: Feature Stories, News, News and Events
Modern Drummer’s 2013 Readers Poll Winners

The results are in for the longest-running, most prestigious drummer poll in the world. Without further ado, here are your winners for 2013….


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: May 16, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Web Exclusive!
Mark Guiliana’s Beat Music

Mark Guiliana may be best known for his work as a sideman with jazz musicians such as Avishai Cohen and Brad Mehldau, but the drummer has been increasingly involved with his own solo project, Beat Music….


Posted: May 4, 2013

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Bonzo Birthday Bash
NY/NJ East Coast Invasion

Brian Thomas Tichy and his partner Joe Sutton have decided to bring the Bonzo Bash/John Bonham celebration to New York and New Jersey for three shows. The shows, co-sponsored by Modern Drummer, have been booked for May 30, May 31, and June 1 to pay tribute to John Henry Bonham …


Posted: January 28, 2013

Category: Feature Stories, News, News and Events, The Showroom
NAMM 2013 in Photos

It’s that time of year again, when the makers of dreams—or at least the equipment that helps them come true—show off the latest and greatest gear that will be available in the upcoming months. What’s the catch? Not everyone is invited! Never fear, the Modern Drummer editors have it covered. …


Posted: December 19, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Keith Harrison of the Pineapple Thief

Question: What do you call a guy who hangs out with musicians? Answer: A drummer! With the prospect of being the butt of such drummer jokes, I have to ask myself the question, “Why did I choose to play drums????


Posted: November 7, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Robi Gonzalez of A Place To Bury Strangers

Growing up in Alaska, winter sports were huge, and my early years and teens were spent on the professional circuit (skiing, then snowboarding).


Posted: October 8, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Logan Baldwin of the Stationary Set

This has proved to be an exciting year for the Stationary Set and for me as a drummer. We just released our third studio album, Haunt On, and have a busy fall/spring schedule lined up in support of the new record.


Posted: September 21, 2012

Category: Drummers, Lessons, MD Education Team
MD Education Team Weighs In On: Traditional Grip

Is traditional grip a useful technique that drum students should learn? We asked the members of the MD Education Team if they think traditional grip is relevant in today’s teachings. Here’s what they had to say.


Posted: June 15, 2012

Category: Feature Stories
2012 Croatia International Drum Camp

The sixth annual Croatia Drum Camp will be held this August 5-12 at the Jeunesses Musicales International World Meeting Centre in Groznjan, Croatia. The picturesque backdrop of this 14th-century Mediterranean hilltop village overlooks sprawling vineyards surrounding the Adriatic Sea, making the camp one of the most unusual and geographically attractive …


Posted: November 14, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Scott Underwood of Train

SELF-STYLED TRAIN DRUMMER SCOTT UNDERWOOD: AT HOME ON THE ROAD


Posted: August 3, 2011

Category: News, News and Events
SABIAN has just announced the launch of a Band & Orchestral curriculum on SABIAN U!

As a result of the tremendous success of SABIAN U, SABIAN has just announced the launch of a Band & Orchestral curriculum. Comprised of 4 brand new courses, the new curriculum is specifically designed for retailers who sell Band & Orchestral instruments…


Posted: August 1, 2011

Category: News, News and Events
Guitar Center’s Drum-Off, World’s Largest Drumming Competition, Kicks-Off

Guitar Center has announced the launch of the 23rd annual Guitar Center’s Drum-Off the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered drummer.


Posted: May 27, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Remembering “The Chapin Magic”

Modern Drummer’s 2011 Readers Poll Hall of Fame inductee is the late drummer/educator Jim Chapin, who passed away in 2009.


Posted: July 22, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Giuseppe “Gypsy??? Capolupo of Haste The Day

My name is Giuseppe “Gypsy??? Capolupo, and I play for Indianapolis, Indiana–based metal-core band Haste The Day. What an honor it is to be featured on such a well-known website!


Posted: July 8, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Andrea Vadrucci: Super Mario Bros. YouTube Video

Hey, what’s up, MD world! What a great honor to be here today! My name is Andrea Vadrucci (aka Vadrum), from Italy. Some of you might know me for my drumming videos on YouTube—the Super Mario Bros. theme, and classical-music drum arrangements. I would like to take this opportunity to …


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: January 12, 2010

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Jojo Mayer: Electro Shaman With Masterful Technique

For years, Jojo Mayer has been regarded as a drumming shaman, a man of mystery, a technical guru existing on the outer reaches of traditional drumming logic. Perhaps best known for his work with Screaming Headless Torsos and as a member of the Prohibited Beatz clique, which existed in New …


Posted: August 20, 2009

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Remembering Jim Chapin

The venerable drum teacher passed away this July 4, leaving behind thousands of acolytes–and a million great stories. In this companion to the In Memoriam in the October issue of MD, we hear from some of Chapin’s many friends and drumming disciples.


Posted: May 15, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Rick Long

After ten-plus years in the drum industry as a freelance writer for Modern Drummer, I decided, “It’s time to play.???


Posted: August 20, 2008

Adam Barker of War Stories
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
War Stories' Adam Barker

My name is Adam Barker (no relation to Travis), and I've been drumming for about thirteen years now.


Posted: August 20, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
War Stories’ Adam Barker

My name is Adam Barker (no relation to Travis), and I've been drumming for about thirteen years now.


Posted: April 10, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Tony Nesbitt-Larking with The Most Serene Republic

With our new CD, Population, hot off the press, and with the backing of Yaris and Arts & Crafts, we hit the road last October for a two-month mega-tour across Canada and the US.


Posted: February 27, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Dan Lamagna of Suicide City

First off, thank you for reading this! I’d like to share with you some of what has been going on in my life the last few months. It’s been studios, stages, and teaching for me….


Posted: January 16, 2008

Category: Feature Stories
Best Of ’07

I’m convinced that, ten years from now, we’re going to look back at 2007 as an unusually fertile time in music and in drumming.


Posted: November 15, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Jojo Mayer: Revealing the Secret

For years, Jojo Mayer has been regarded as a drumming shaman, a man of mystery, a technical guru existing on the outer reaches of traditional drumming logic….



Posted: April 21, 2017

Category: Mike and Mike Podcast, Multimedia, Podcasts
Episode 89: Brann Dailor, Developing Finger Control, Gibraltar Stealth G-Drive pedals, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss powerhouse drummer Brann Dailor of modern metal band Mastodon.


Posted: August 17, 2015

Category: Mike and Mike Podcast, Multimedia, Podcasts
Episode 6: Industry News, Videotaping Yourself, Jojo Mayer, GMS’s SE Series Drumset, and More

This episode includes discussions on recent industry news, techniques and methods for videotaping yourself for online publishing, and May 2015 Modern Drummer cover artist, fusion great Jojo Mayer. In the gear review section, Dawson recalls his experience with GMS’s new Taiwan-made SE series drumset.