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January 2020 Issue – Volume 44 • Number 1

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Articles in January 2020

New Gear From DW, Physiostorm, AKG, Ear-Q, Pearl, Tama, TRX, and Sakae

New drum gear from the industry's leading manufacturers.

Modern Drummer
Nov 25, 2019

Rhythmic Problem Solving

We can use a similar approach to isolate any type of rhythm or concept by creating our own systems specific to whatever we’re working on.

by Aaron Edgar
Nov 25, 2019

The 2020 Modern Drummer Readers Poll: Something New

This year we’ve made some adjustments to our annual Readers Poll, which goes live here at moderndrummer.com on December 1. So if you’ve voted in the past, you’ll notice that things look a little different. First off , whereas for…

Modern Drummer
Nov 25, 2019

REMO External Sub Muff'l Bass Drum Systems.

An adjustable dampening product that can retrofit onto any drumhead. When it comes to bass drum muffling, every drummer has his or her preference. For some, a basic bedroom pillow placed inside the shell is perfect. For others, a more…

by Michael Dawson
Nov 25, 2019

The Aristocrats’ Marco Minnemann

Like a drumming magician, he’s made the impossible seem effortless. But increasingly he also enchants with songcraft and the alchemy of instrumental interaction. A carefree smile has always been the hallmark of Marco Minnemann’s demeanor at the kit. With a…

By Mike Haid
Nov 25, 2019
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Skillet's Jen Ledger

Her drumming journey has taken her from Coventry, England, to Kenosha, Wisconsin, to touring the world with Christian-rock group Skillet. That wasn’t exactly her life plan, though. Jen Ledger’s original plan was to be a hairdresser, and today she admits…

Story by Ilya Stemkovsky photos by Paul La Raia
Nov 25, 2019

Galactic’s Stanton Moore

It seemed fitting to meet up with Galactic’s Stanton Moore in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the home of the original Gretsch factory, so we could talk about his Brooklyn series drumkit. Stanton uses this set when the band tours North America via…

Interview by Dave Previ | Photos by Heather Courtney
Nov 25, 2019

Tower of Power's David Garibaldi: The Beat Builder

Building upon the James Brown legacy, he expanded the vocabulary of beat-displacement groove patterns and applied them in a “linear” concept.

by Jeff Potter
Nov 25, 2019

Eric Singer of Kiss

It’s the end of an era, as the world’s most notorious rock act takes its final bow. We look back, and forward, with their long-serving timekeeper. Eric Singer knows this: serve the artist. With Kiss, his primary function is, and…

Story by Ilya Stemkovsky | Photos by Nicola Ciccarone
Nov 25, 2019

Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science's Waiting Game

  Photo by Jacobs Carrington Credited to Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, Waiting Game is a broad palette marked by the drummer/leader’s always remarkable, graceful, and dancing deep-pocket grooves over which are layered the talents of pianist/keyboardist Aaron Parks,…

by Ken Micallef
Nov 25, 2019

British Drum Company Snare Drums

Merlin and Big Softy Snares Distinctive yet versatile offerings from the UK’s strongest newcomer. British Drum Company has been a quick-moving newcomer since establishing itself in 2015. With unique cold-pressed shells and classic hardware styling, the entire line is worth…

By Stephen Bidwell
Nov 25, 2019

Tower of Power’s David Garibaldi

Fifty years in, the legendary drummer is still at it for the same reason: the simple joy of groove-making with his closest friends. MD’s January 2020 issue “Influences” column honors David Garibaldi, whose funk innovations showed us “What Is Hip”…

by Jeff Potter
Dec 18, 2019
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Zildjian FX Stacks

Compact, specially crafted pairings for bright and cutting textures. Many modern drummers still favor trashy-sounding cymbals and stacks in their setups. Zildjian initially fulfilled that need a few years ago by revamping and reintroducing its legendary K Special Dry series.…

by Michael Dawson
Nov 25, 2019

The 2019 Chicago Drum Show

The Show, now in its twenty-ninth year, is one of the largest and longest-running drum exhibitions in the world.

Story and photos by Bob Campbell
Nov 25, 2019

February 1986: Roy Haynes Joins Louis Armstrong’s Big Band

The bus is waiting. Louis Armstrong’s big band is ready to depart. The drummer has become ill, and a last-minute substitute is needed for one week. Just out of his teens, Roy Haynes already has a strong word-of-mouth reputation among…

Modern Drummer
Nov 25, 2019

Bobby Morris’s My Las Vegas—With Elvis, Sinatra, Streisand, Darin, Prima & More

The next time you look back on a gig in anguish because the monitors weren’t great, or your kick drum was creeping, just remember, it could’ve been worse.

by Patrick Berkery
Nov 25, 2019

Gunnar Olsen

If you’ve watched funny animal videos on YouTube, been notified of a “friendaversary” by Facebook, or heard something from Bruce Springsteen’s latest album, Western Stars, there’s a good chance you’ve heard Gunnar Olsen. Those are three completely random places to…

Story by Patrick Berkery | Photos by Savannah Lauren
Nov 25, 2019

In the Studio with Gunnar Olsen

Gunnar does a lot of work in both the industrial and indie-music scenes employing both programming and live playing.

Modern Drummer
Nov 25, 2019

New Albums by Pattern-Seeking Animals and District 97, Aquiles Priester All Access DVD

Recordings Pattern-Seeking Animals Pattern-Seeking Animals An unpredictable Spock’s Beard spinoff featuring drummer JIMMY KEEGAN. Those hoping for lots of dense muso-centric epics from this Spock’s Beard side project will likely be disappointed. The band’s self-titled debut, largely written and cowritten…

Modern Drummer
Nov 25, 2019
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