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December 2022:
Philo: Resolving into Comfort

The Mars Volta has been an influential band for a long time. Throughout that time, they have had quite a few influential drummers in the band. Blake Fleming, Jon Theodore, Deantoni Parks, Thomas Pridgen, Dave Elitch, Willie Rodriguez Quinones, and now introducing… Linda-Philomène Tsoungui (also known as Philo.) So who …



Posted: September 12, 2022

Category: News
DRUM WORKSHOP JOINS ROLAND CORPORATION

Combining two of the world’s best acoustic and electronic drum companies to focus on delivering new innovation for drummers; Drum Workshop will operate as a standalone unit with pioneering founders retaining leadership positions. Roland Corporation and Drum Workshop, Inc. today announced a definitive agreement for Roland to acquire all outstanding shares of Drum …


Posted: January 7, 2021

Category: News
Neil Peart – A Fan Remembers – 1/7/21

Photo by Craig M. Renwick We all have bad days. Some stick with us forever. Some bad days effect millions of people at the same time. When JFK, MLK, RFK, and John Lennon were taken, it was a series of collective bad days. People remember where they were when great people …


Posted: October 10, 2019

Category: On the Beat
Whit Sellers of Old Dominion

This drummer is confident, accurate, expressive, and most importantly, is generously making it work by playing things that fit into the musical environment and keep everything moving in the appropriate direction.


Posted: January 8, 2019

Kurt Reifler
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Kurt Reifler: Talks Comeback and Recording Double EP in On The Beat

Hello MD! I said rock and roll was a young man’s game. It is. I said I’d retire at thirty. I did.


Posted: September 6, 2018

Jake Slichter
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Jake Slichter of Semisonic: Talks Album Reissue and Gear

After years of lying low, Semisonic has been busy of late. We’ve played a series of shows in Minneapolis, our hometown, and I’m hopeful that in the next eighteen months we’ll perform in other states and time zones.


Posted: June 5, 2018

Sean Dowell
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Sean Dowell of Borealis: Shares Drumming Philosophy and Band Mentality

Hey everyone at Modern Drummer! I’m the drummer of a melodic metal band from Canada called Borealis. Our latest album The Offering was released March 2018 worldwide and we’re excited for everyone to hear it. I think it’s some of the strongest material we’ve ever written.


Posted: May 29, 2018

Joseph Arrington
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Joseph Arrington of Royal Coda: Keeping it Organic

Thank you Modern Drummer for being naive enough to trust me with my second “On The Beat.” Just kidding. I have such a profound love and appreciation for this magazine that I will most certainly rewrite this one hundred times before it is published.


Posted: February 2, 2017

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Featured
Adam Carson on AFI’s The Blood Album

This past January 20, the anthemic emo-punk band AFI released its self-titled album, aka The Blood Album, the group’s tenth record over the course of its twenty-five-year history. Along with searing hooks from vocalist Davey Havok, brilliant production and riffs from guitarist and keyboardist Jade Puget, and bassist Hunter Burgan’s …


Posted: January 25, 2017

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Butch Trucks: 1947–2017

In a week that was already rocked by the deaths of Can’s Jaki Liebezeit and Spooky Tooth’s Mike Kellie, the drum world was shaken for a third time by news this morning of the passing of founding Allman Brothers Band sticksman Butch Trucks.


Posted: January 23, 2017

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Jaki Liebezeit: Hero to a Generation of Thinking Alternative Groovers

“The first time I heard Jaki Liebezeit’s playing with Can,” says Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, “I was hooked. You can tell instantly that there was so much going on with his playing just under the surface.


Posted: November 29, 2016

Category: News, News and Events
Duran Duran’s Roger Taylor and John Taylor Collaborate with At-Risk Youth on New Track

Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Taylor collaborated with at-risk youth from the charity Road Recovery to produce, mix, and record an original dance-rock song, “No Rewind.” The song is available to purchase exclusively at CrowdRise through a download-for-donation campaign.


Posted: November 9, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat with Emily Estefan: Talks Musical Passions, New Album, and YouTube Channel

Greetings, earthlings! Emily Estefan here wanting to share a little bit about my musical journey. I grew up on the sides of stages watching some of the most incredible musicians playing their instruments for the world to hear—I was literally feeling the vibrations under my feet from a thunderous live …


Posted: October 14, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat with Corky Laing of Mountain and West, Bruce and Laing: Looking Back and Facing Forward

Hi there MD readers, Corky here. As some of you may know, I have been a professional drummer for half a century. You might remember me from such bands as Mountain and West, Bruce and Laing.


Posted: July 25, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Nate Walker of Another Lost Year: Talks Philosophy and New Album

Hello, Modern Drummerville! I’m Nate Walker, the drummer of Another Lost Year. We’re a rock band from Charlotte, NC and I’ve been in our lovely and always freshest of the fresh band van since April of 2013, originally as our FOH sound engineer/tour manager, then joining the dudes onstage in …


Posted: May 16, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Daniel Glass: New York Jazz Intensive

Hey everyone, Daniel Glass here. I am thrilled to announce the inaugural Daniel Glass New York Jazz Intensive, which will be happening at the Drummers Collective in NYC, June 3-6, 2016. Right now we’re offering Modern Drummer readers a $100 discount off the registration fee (just put in the promo …


Posted: April 15, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Educator Bruce Becker: Covering Odd Times in New Book

Greetings fellow drummers, it’s been a few years since my first MD blog and the release of my DVD Concept and Philosophies. My educational passions still continue to forge ahead….


Posted: December 30, 2015

Category: Clinics and Events, Feature Stories, Multimedia, News, News and Events, Videos
Exclusive Video Interviews from PASIC 2015

This past November 11–14, the Percussive Arts Society held its annual international convention in San Antonio, Texas. This milestone event marked the fortieth anniversary of PASIC and the first year that live-streaming passes were offered. Within the convention, attendees had access to an expo hall filled with the latest gear …


Posted: June 8, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Nelson’s Gunnar Nelson: A Drummer Who Happens to Sing and Play Guitar

Hello, Modern Drummers! I’m a drummer who happens to play guitar and sing. It has been said that drumming may be the first music man ever made. In my case it has been a source of who I am. I was born in the “summer of love” on September 20, …


Posted: May 6, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer Blog: Mercies’ Sammy Dent on Evolving and Expanding Musical Horizons

My name is Sammy Dent. I’m a Los Angeles–based composer and the drummer for the band Mercies. I grew up playing classical percussion in symphonic orchestras and percussion ensembles. So getting behind the drumkit meant that I could let loose, play fast, and hit hard.


Posted: March 11, 2015

Category: Feature Stories, Lessons, What You Need to Know About
What You Need to Know About…
Counterhoops

  This article originally ran in the July/Aug 2010 issue of Drum Business.   by Fran Azzarto   Counterhoops are among the more mysterious elements of a drumkit. Some drummers aren’t even aware that there are different types, and among those who are, there is often confusion or outright ignorance …


Posted: February 4, 2015

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Lessons, MD Education Team
Modern Drummer Education Team Weighs In On: Learning Other Styles

We asked the members of the Modern Drummer Education Team if they felt that it’s important for all drummers to study Latin music and other musical genres, even if they don’t intend to ever perform those styles. Here’s what they had to say….


Posted: August 4, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Russ Garner With Larry Mitchell and Southern Fried Funk

What I’ve learned from drumming and the music business is that hard work and practice always pay off. It is important to give back to your community and to always treat people how you would like to be treated: with kindness and respect….


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: News, News and Events, The Showroom
Check out the Loop Loft’s Matt Chamberlain Drums, a Collection of Loops, Multi-tracks, Samples, and MIDI by the famed session drummer.

As one of the most in-demand session drummers of the past twenty years, Matt Chamberlain’s extensive list of recording credits reads like a veritable who’s who of the music industry: Peter Gabriel, the Wallflowers, Fiona Apple, Kanye West, David Bowie, and Elton John, just to name a few….


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 22, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
Protection Racket Redesigns Website

Protection Racket is pleased to announce the launch of its completely redesigned website. The site is now more closely aligned to the company’s philosophies of keeping things simple, easy-to-use, and fun….


Posted: June 24, 2014

Category: Basics, Drummers, Feature Stories, Lessons, Multimedia, Videos
VIDEO! Rhythmic Displacement Essentials: Milking the Most From the Money Beats (From the August 2014 Issue)

Click here to check out Rich Redmond’s video accompaniment for his video on rhythmic displacement basics.


Posted: May 29, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
Mark Schulman, Daniel Glass, and Bruce Becker Announce “Triple Threat??? LA Drum Camp

World-renowned drummers, educators, authors, and instructional DVD creators Mark Schulman (Pink/Foreigner), Daniel Glass (Brian Setzer/Bette Midler) and Bruce Becker (Mike Stern/Ron Carter) will a drum camp this July 18–20 at the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles, located at 6360 Canoga Ave., Woodland Hills, CA….


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 29, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Nate Morton Web Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Diary

Due to deadlines, Nate Morton wasn’t able to complete his behind-the-scenes journal about his unique job drumming on the hit television talent show The Voice before his cover story was published in the June 2014 issue of Modern Drummer. Here’s his final entry….


Posted: February 14, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Ben Barter of Lorde

I’ve been playing drums for Ella (Lorde) for almost one year now. It has been the fastest and most exciting year of my life. I’ve managed to tick many of my musical aspirations off in that year and have so many more exciting shows and travel ahead….


Posted: January 8, 2014

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events, The Greats
Drum Instructor Sam Ulano Passes

Sam Ulano, a beloved yet controversial player and instructor who Modern Drummer readers will recognize from the many ads he ran in the magazine over the years, passed away last week, at the age of ninety-three. MD published an interview with Ulano in the September 2011 issue, which we’ve reprinted …


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: December 4, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
VIDEO – Part 1: Paul McCartney Drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. Interview

In part one of our web exclusive interview, MD contributor Cam Patterson speaks with Abe about life on the road and growing up with different genres of music in his household, and we have an interview with Abe’s drum tech, Paul Davies, who gives the scoop on the kit. Abe …


Posted: October 21, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Nick Ruffini

What’s up, MD readers? I’m a New York City–based drummer, instructor, and speaker as well as the artist relations manager for Boso drumsticks.


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: June 11, 2013

Category: News, News and Events
Calzone/Anvil Cases Acquires Ascot Cases

Calzone/Anvil Cases announced that it acquired the assets of Ascot Superior Flight Cases on May 31, 2013. Ascot Cases was founded by Rob Cooksey thirty-two years ago in Newbury Park, CA….


Posted: May 30, 2013

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Billy Martin: What’s New Is “Old???

Last year Medeski Martin & Wood released Free Magic, a live document of the band’s 2007 acoustic tour. Here drummer Billy Martin discusses his unique equipment choices, which add color the funk/jazz trio’s ever-fascinating sonic palette….


Posted: May 29, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Bruce Becker

Greetings, fellow drummers. Bruce Becker here. I am currently residing in Los Angeles and have been recording and gigging with my brother David for thirty years. I am very involved in teaching as well….


Posted: April 26, 2013

Category: Feature Stories, Lists
25 Timeless Drum Books

What makes a great drum book? There’s no single answer, as different books have been written to address a wide variety of styles and techniques. But judging by a recent poll in which Modern Drummer readers were asked to name their favorite volumes, a few characteristics stand out….


Posted: February 15, 2013

Category: Album/Song Reviews, Drummers, Reviews
Metal Drumming Concepts: Vital Beats, Exercises, Fills, Tips & Techniques by Andols Herrick

Ex-Chimaira drummer Andols Herrick covers the ground that drummers who play heavy music must tread.


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: October 26, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Greg Faucher of Animal Talk

I subconsciously make weird faces when I play the drums. Sometimes I stick my tongue out. Because of this, some photographers claim they’ve never gotten a good picture of me.


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: September 14, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Casey Hansen of Gaza

When the motive is to create a feeling that pans between the extremes of raw emotion, the methodology follows suit.…


Posted: August 28, 2012

Category: Album/Song Reviews, Drummers, Reviews
Roxy Music
The Complete Studio Recordings

Roxy Music covered much ground in their relatively short life span. A new box set reveals the power and the glory of the prog/glam progenitors, and of drummer Paul Thompson.


Posted: April 12, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Brad Hargreaves of Third Eye Blind

Hey there! A quick update on things in my world. I’m currently working on Third Eye Blind’s fifth record, cutting drums in London; we started on my mom’s birthday, March 11. Happy birthday, Mom!…


Posted: April 4, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Devin Gray

Hello, everybody! My name is Devin Gray. I am a drummer, composer, and improviser living in Brooklyn, New York. As a full-time musician, it’s becoming very important for me to budget and use my time productively…


Posted: March 9, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Terry Moore of Lily & the Parlour Tricks

“You didn’t play anything worth a damn.” This was my first lesson from master drummer Michael Carvin. His instructions were simple: Play a drum solo. What I played was loud, fast, and meaningless. What I did not play was the first lesson of many that Mr. Carvin taught me. He …


Posted: March 8, 2012

Drummer Terry Moore of Lily & the Parlour Tricks
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Terry Moore of Lily & the Parlour Tricks

“You didn’t play anything worth a damn.” This was my first lesson from master drummer Michael Carvin. His instructions were simple: Play a drum solo. What I played was loud, fast, and meaningless. What I did not play was the first lesson of many that Mr. Carvin taught me. He …


Posted: December 6, 2011

Category: Book Review, Drummers, Reviews
Rifftide: The Life
and Opinions of
Paoa Jo Jones

As Told To Albert Murray

The father of modern drumming kept his bag of tricks safely hidden. Thank goodness his playing spoke for itself.


Posted: August 4, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Kenny Savelson of the Droves

This is not a drum blog posting in that you’re not going to find me charting out grooves or getting heavy into sticking technique or how we got the…


Posted: July 21, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Carl Palmer – Not Slowing Down

MD recently spoke with the prog-drumming giant Carl Palmer while he was on tour with Asia. Palmer, whose career spans four decades, says he has no plans to slow down anytime soon.


Posted: June 13, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Justin Lack of Fashion Bomb

Hey, everyone. I’m Justin Lack and I’m a professional drummer and drum teacher from Chicago, Illinois. I’m the drummer for the industrial metal band Fashion Bomb. I also play with singer/songwriter Matt Ryd and a number of other groups in and around Chicago. I endorse Ahead drumsticks and Paiste cymbals. …


Posted: May 11, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Kind Beats’ Andrew McAuley

Hey, everyone, I’m back to let you all know about some big developments that have happened over the last year—and believe me, there have been quite a few! The first thing is that I have become an official endorser of Hammerax cymbals and hybrids. If you are at all familiar …


Posted: May 4, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Mike Mangini of Dream Theater

by Mike HaidThe announcement that Modern Drummer Hall of Famer Mike Portnoy had left his longstanding position as the reigning king of prog-metal drumming with Dream Theater sent shockwaves through the drumming community. Who could replace such an iconic figure in such a legendary band? Could this be the end …


Posted: May 2, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Nate Morton of The Voice

Hi, MD readers. I thought I had faced musical challenges and done difficult gigs. And I believed I knew what it was like to learn a large amount of material in a short time—recording ten songs in a day seemed like a lot, and a ten-hour day was long. But that …


Posted: April 11, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Temim Fruchter of the Shondes

Let’s get this out of the way right now: I don’t have one of those perfect love-at-first-sight drumming stories. In fact, the closest I’ve ever come to being “born to play drums??? was being gifted with a puppet version of the percussively inclined Muppet Animal when I was around two …


Posted: March 17, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Yes’s Alan White: Revisited

We revisit a 2005 interview featuring memories of George Harrison, John Lennon, and Yes. As Yes continues their world tour – featuring the return of keyboardist Rick Wakeman, signifying the reborn “classic??? lineup – the band simply gets hotter and hotter. Drummer Alan White recently sat down with Modern Drummer, …


Posted: January 24, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Chris Pennie: Get Good: Studio Sounds

The March 2011 issue’s “Get Good: Studio Sounds??? feature concerns itself with helping you get the drum sounds that you have in your head onto the final recording. Among the experts we spoke to were Steven Nistor, who’s recorded with studio heavies Danger Mouse, Steve Albini, and Daniel Lanois; T …


Posted: January 10, 2011

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Paul Wertico: Prolific And Profound With Metheny And Beyond

Paul Wertico first grabbed the world’s attention as a member of jazz guitarist Pat Metheny’s group, with whom he recorded ten CDs and won seven Grammys between 1983 and 2001. Other jazz greats Wertico has played with are Eddie Harris, Bob Mintzer, Sam Rivers, Ramsey Lewis, Larry Coryell, and Jeff …


Posted: November 23, 2010

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Jean-Paul Gaster: Web Exclusive: Plenty more with the Clutch powerhouse

by Billy Brennan In the January issue of MD, Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster reflects on the band’s reissues of its three DRT Entertainment releases—From Beale Street To Oblivion (2007), Robot Hive/Exodus (2005), and Blast Tyrant (2004)—and the foursome’s current status with its own Weathermaker label. In this exclusive online interview, …


Posted: October 8, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Nate Morton with Cher

Hey, everybody, Nate Morton here with a quick update. I’ve been performing with Cher in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace, and the performances have been amazing, truly an extravaganza! I’m often asked what it’s like working with Cher, and the best response I can think of is, she is exactly …


Posted: July 14, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Paul Manousos’ Andrew Griffin

If I have an identity as a drummer, it’s “always play for the song.??? For example, Paul Manousos’ current release, C’mon C’mon, one of the drumming projects I’ve done recently that I’m most proud of, required me to use my skills both as a drummer and an arranger. I like …


Posted: April 28, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Sammy Baker with Heavy Trash

Hi, Modern Drummer readers. My name is Sammy Baker. Thanks for reading my blog entry. I hope it gives a little insight. I have played professionally for over thirty years. Being conversant in many different styles of music has helped to keep me playing, and I’ve always had more than …


Posted: December 22, 2009

Category: Drummers, The Greats
The Greats: Art Blakey

It’s safe to say that nobody swung harder than Art Blakey. Just check out any recording with the hard-bop pioneer at the throne, and you’re bound to find the drummer’s primal groove at work…


Posted: July 24, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Ray LeVier

It’s been a busy year, creating a new living space, surgery, touring, and completing my debut CD, Ray’s Way…


Posted: October 8, 2008

Richard Hoak of Total F**king Destruction & Brutal Truth
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Richard Hoak of Total F**king Destruction & Brutal Truth

My name is Richard Hoak, and I’ve been playing drums since 1992. Currently I’m playing with Total F**king Destruction and with Brutal Truth.


Posted: October 8, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Richard Hoak of Total F**king Destruction & Brutal Truth

My name is Richard Hoak, and I’ve been playing drums since 1992. Currently I’m playing with Total F**king Destruction and with Brutal Truth.


Posted: August 20, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Billy Bob Thornton: Thinking Inside The Box

While many only know Billy Bob Thornton as an Academy Award–winning actor, he’s in fact been a musician far longer, ever since growing up in Arkansas…


Posted: August 19, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Spencer Smith of Panic At The Disco

Panic At The Disco might be “all the rage??? right now, but drummer Spencer Smith divulges that the band routinely gets inspiration from rock’s distant past….


Posted: August 6, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Bruce Burgess

I started off as a rock drummer, but over time I’ve evolved into classical, jazz, and world-music playing styles…


Posted: June 3, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
An Interview with Brian Reitzell

Though Brian Reitzell is known in some circles as a drummer first, he maintains a “second??? career as a film music producer, choosing and in many cases composing and recording soundtrack music to many of the most highly regarded films of the past several years, including Friday Night Lights, Stranger …


Posted: March 13, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Matthew Antolick of The OaKs

My first experience with drums was stealing my brother’s sticks and playing to MTV videos on a drumset I made out of pillows on my living room floor….


Posted: March 6, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Benjamin Schaefer with We The Living

My name is Benjamin Schaefer, and I drum for national touring band We The Living. I’ve set many goals in life, and each revolves around my ability to further my musical career….


Posted: September 25, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Aaron Gillespie

Aaron Gillespie had things he wanted to say. As drummer and lead vocalist for the screamo outfit Underoath, he was one sixth of the equation. With the recent release of his debut solo opus, Southern Weather, Gillespie grabs his guitar, locks a groove on drums, and shows why he had …


Posted: September 19, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Carl Allen: Embracing the Journey

Soon after moving to the New York area in the early ’80s, Carl Allen landed a dream gig with post bop trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. That gig established the then nineteen-year-old drummer as a leading light among a select group of eager young musicians who were looking to breath new life …


Posted: October 15, 2006

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Jeff Hamilton: Swinging to Success

Few jazz drummers have had careers as rewarding and successful as Jeff Hamilton’s. And with several new releases and projects in the works–and an MD Readers Poll win–2006 may be one of his finest years yet.


Posted: July 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Stan Frazier of Sugar Ray Interview

The SoCal band Sugar Ray, with poster-pinup lead singer Mark McGrath, guitarist Rodney Sheppard, bassist Murphy Karges, DJ Craig “Homicide” Bullock, and drummer Stan Frazier, have definitely proved to all the critics who once labeled them “one-hit wonders” that they are here to stay….


Posted: May 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Brad Wilk of Audioslave

Audioslave’s Brad Wilk had plenty to say for MD’s April ’03 cover story. But there’s more! Check out the hard-hitting drummer’s comments on topics ranging from Audioslave’s incredible first video to the surprising similarities between The Police and Rage Against The Machine. (continue reading)


Posted: May 18, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Alan White

As Yes continues their world tour – featuring the return of keyboardist Rick Wakeman, signifying the reborn “classic” lineup – the band simply gets hotter and hotter. Drummer Alan White recently sat down with Modern Drummer, inaugurating the magazine’s brand-new Playback column, in which the world’s greatest players reflect on …


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Thomas Lang

Thomas Lang was standing at the door of his dressing room, waiting to take his spot at the last Modern Drummer Festival Weekend. The thirty-four-year-old, Austrian-born drummer, now a resident of England, was an unknown quantity to this discriminating crowd. By rights, he ought to have been quaking in his …


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Sean “The Rick” Rickman

In viewing the Compositional Drumming DVD by Washington, DC born Sean Rickman, one is immediately taken aback by his advanced drumming skills. No question, he is in a league with fusion greats Dennis Chambers, Steve Smith, and Dave Weckl. Rickman, also a talented multi-instrumentalist, composed the complex music and played …


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Stewart Copeland: An Interview

A case can be made that Stewart Copeland is the single most influential drummer of the last twenty-plus years. A good case….


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Domingo Ortiz of Widespread Panic

With Till The Medicine Takes, Widespread Panic move way beyond their reputation as merely a jam band. Not that they’ll necessarily be jumping up the Billboard Top-40 charts any time soon….


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Todd Nance of Widespread Panic

With Till The Medicine Takes, Widespread Panic move way beyond their reputation as merely a jam band. Not that they’ll necessarily be jumping up the Billboard Top-40 charts any time soon. But the album does show a tighter grip on songwriting and a wider palette of sounds than the band …


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Mike Portnoy—No Longer The New Kid On The Prog-Rock Block

Mike Portnoy is no longer the new kid on the progressive-rock block. The once proclaimed “next Neil Peart” has proven himself many times over to be worthy of acknowledgement. This isn’t so much for the commercial success of his band Dream Theater. Rather, it’s for his consistent progression of new …


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: 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, …