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June 2022 – Volume 46 • Number 6

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Articles in June 2022

New and Notable

The Alex González Signature Cowbell

Latin Percussion is delighted to partner with Maná drummer Alex Gonzalez to introduce our newest cowbell to its range of world class percussion instruments. Made in the USA, the Alex González Signature Cowbell is an 8” mountable cowbell with a…

Modern Drummer
May 31, 2022
Features

Alejandro Sanz’s HELEN DE LA ROSA

Playing with legends, virtuosos, and top touring musicians is unattainable for many, but for Helen De La Rosa, it is as natural as day and night. Helen has gone beyond playing it safe, her career is anchored in perseverance and…

By Daniel “Ziggy” Laverde
May 31, 2022
New and Notable

Latin Percussion Expands Carlos Santana Signature Series, The Alex González Signature Cowbell

Latin Percussion (LP) is proud to announce another milestone collaboration with multi Grammy Award winner and philanthropist, Carlos Santana. The existing line-up of Santana branded drums and collectables now features Africa Speaks and Black Magic instruments to further complement the…

Modern Drummer
May 31, 2022
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Luna Percussion Vista Series Peruvian Style Cajon and Gig Bag

Blending the World of Fine Art with the Art of Advanced Instrument Building. Luna Percussion, a division of Luna Guitars, sent over their newest Peruvian Style Cajons, the Vista series Wolf and Deer models. These drums feature an incredible wood…

By Brian Hill
May 31, 2022
New and Notable

Tracktion Presents Chop Suey A New Kick Drum Plugin

Tracktion Corporation is proud to present Chop Suey, the new kick drum plugin from Dawesome and the renowned techno producer Björn Torwellen. Watch the launch video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-SfZsc4fCY Sinee and Dawesome is a collaboration between mathematician and AI veteran Peter…

Modern Drummer
May 31, 2022
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Features

Karen Carpenter: Close To Her Drums

Karen Carpenter’s intuitive choice of instruments was drums, but she had to break down a few invisible walls, crack a few glass ceilings, and crash a few cymbals along the way. However, by the height of her career with her…

By Scott Gudell
May 31, 2022
New and Notable

ProMark Drumsticks Partners with Anika Nilles to Launch Signature Stick

ProMark Drumsticks is thrilled to announce the launch of the Anika Nilles Signature Stick, available now. The Anika Nilles Signature Stick is made from hickory with an acorn wood tip. It measures .545”/ 13.8mm in diameter and 16” / 406.4mm…

Modern Drummer
May 31, 2022
NEXT GEN

Wiktoria Bialic: Taking Over the Scene from Every Angle

Wiktoria Bialic fell in love with music at a young age - the key word being music! She played violin until she discovered her connection to rhythm, after which she gravitated towards percussion. After 12 years of education in classical…

By Raghav Mehrotra
May 31, 2022
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Zildjian Reflexx Pad

Since its initial release, the Reflexx practice pad has made waves in the drumming community. It is helping more drummers integrate conditioning into daily practice than ever before. With such high demand, a relationship with Zildjian seems like a natural…

By Nic Kubes
May 31, 2022
On the Cover

Karol G’s Giulliana Merello

When I met Giulliana Merello I didn’t know what to expect. In front of me sat a brilliant young woman who had one of the biggest drumming gigs in the world playing with superstar Karol G. I didn’t know what…

Story By: Daniel “Ziggy” Laverde
May 31, 2022
Features

Behind the Legends

The Modern Drummer LEGENDS books are a rare opportunity for a drummer to talk about and examine his entire drumming career. Kenny Aronoff has been covered quite thoroughly in his many past Modern Drummer feature interviews. In those interviews he…

Modern Drummer
May 31, 2022
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Sabian Anthology Cymbals

The new Sabian HHX Anthology series was designed to deliver the full spectrum of both ride and crash in each cymbal, without compromising sound or feel. Sabian and Jojo Mayer’s goal behind Anthology was to allow the individual to designate…

By Nic Kubes
May 31, 2022
Collector's Corner

Donn Bennett’s Drum Vault: Bun E. Carlos’ Cheap Trick-Sgt. Peppers Ludwig Drum Set (and more…)

I first met Cheap Trick drummer, Bun E. Carlos in the early 1990s. We’ve been buying, selling, and trading each other drums for decades. When he taught a drum clinic at my shop in the late 1990s, he surprised everyone…

By Donn Bennett
May 31, 2022
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Vic Firth Introduces new stick and Rute Models

Nate Smith Signature Stick Nate Smith is renowned globally by drummers for his unique pocket, versatility, musicality, and infectious energy he brings to the drum set wherever he goes. His new signature series drumstick from Vic Firth feels like an…

By Nic Kubes
May 31, 2022
Lessons

“How To Get What You Want” Breakdown

We were in the studio one day trying to get different drum sounds and I was playing this minimalistic beat to hear what was going on in the recording. When we were listening back to it, I said, ‘We should…

By Elise Trouw
May 31, 2022
JAZZ INSIGHTS

Peter Erskine-Lauren Ellis: Women in Drumming, Mentorship

This month’s Jazz Insights column focuses on my former USC student and teaching assistant Lauren Ellis. Her bio informs us that, “Lauren is a drummer, composer, and educator from Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand. There, she studied at the Te Kōki…

By Peter Erskine
May 31, 2022
CREATIVE PERCUSSION CONTROLERS

Jordan West

Jordan West is a talented musician who is harnessing the power of creative midi controllers and electronic drums to help elevate and support the artists she tours and records with. Her videos that showcase live looping and hybrid drumming are…

By Tony Verderosa
May 31, 2022
EYE CANDY

Todd Sucherman’s Pearl Masterworks series Styx touring kit

The kit shown here is a Pearl Masterworks series outfit that Todd Sucherman used with Styx over 10 years of touring. It features a stunning Bubinga wood finish- with bass drum heads to match. The bass drum heads that match…

Modern Drummer
May 31, 2022
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