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May 2022 – Volume 46 • Number 5

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Articles in May 2022

Julien Barbagallo: Touring drummer for Tame Impala

Making a living performing and creating music is one of the most challenging undertakings a drummer faces, all drummers aim to play at the peak of their craft. Julien Barbagallo exemplifies what determination and a positive attitude can accomplish. Barbagallo…

Story by Daniel “Ziggy” Laverde • Photos by Felipe Laverde
Apr 30, 2022

Steve Lyman, From Drums to Meditation, Thinking Beyond the Surface

Steve Lyman is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Initially he was surrounded by classical guitar and flute played by his parents. Steve has always had a knack for composition and has applied it to his drumming. He has…

By Raghav Mehrotra
Apr 30, 2022

TnR TrueVibes

TrueVibe isolation mounts provide a cushioning that allows your drums to get off the ground. Not losing vibration to the floor and hardware makes a bigger difference than one may realize. This includes improved resonance, organized overtones, and less muffling…

By Nic Kubes
Apr 30, 2022

Ghost Rack

This month’s Modern Drummer Kit of the Month comes from Steve Barone of Erie, PA. I’ve always liked using a drum rack, but over the years I’ve tried to find ways to reduce mass and shave weight from my hardware…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2022

Mapex takes the Saturn Series to a New Level with New Finishes

The Saturn Series has become synonymous with the Mapex brand, serving as a cornerstone of the lineup for decades. Known for producing rich, warm and punchy drum tones that are now woven through multiple genres of modern music from live…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2022
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DW & LP Named New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Official Drums

Drum Workshop, Inc. (DW) in conjunction with Latin Percussion (LP) are delighted to be gear support sponsors for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest) 2022. Jazz Fest takes place over two weekends, 29th April to 1st May…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2022

Tommy Clufetos’ Black Sabbath Tour Kit

Black Sabbath’s tours always combined the heaviest of heavy metal sounds with the most outrageous spectacle possible. The kits created for Tommy Clufetos by Drum Workshop for those stores reflect that spectacular approach Although the finish of Tommy kits changed…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2022

Taylor Hawkins Remembered

As we at Modern Drummer and the entire drum and musical community continue to reel from the untimely and devastating passing of Taylor Hawkins, we wanted to create a tribute to this inspiring and energetic drummer who left us far…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2022

Taylor Hawkins In His Own Words…

I wasn’t good at sports and I was having a hard time finding girlfriends. It was 1982. I was ten years old, and just getting into the music of the day, new wave, the Police, and stuff. My older brother…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2022

Tribute To Taylor

Although much of what I’ll share here in this month’s overview is echoed over and over throughout this issue, I’ll speak on behalf of my team and me, the inside Modern Drummer family, many of whom were close to Taylor.…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2022

My Manne, Shelly

Shelly Manne was one of my first drum heroes, and he remains a hero to this day. A swinging drummer in any context, he personified eclecticism while remaining a singularly unique musician. Shelly could do it all. Since the term…

By Peter Erskine
Apr 30, 2022

Taylor Hawkins

On March 25, 2022 musicians, drummers, and music fans around the world were devastated to learn that drummer Taylor Hawkins had died. Hawkins was a good friend of Modern Drummer, and we join in the deep sorrow of losing such…

By Mark Griffith
Apr 30, 2022
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Zildjian FX Raw Crashes

Being the most undefinable cymbals Zildjian has ever produced, the new FX Raw Crashes certainly stand out. Even compared to the many effect cymbals Zildjian has in their product roster, these offer a unique voice that inspired me to play…

By Nic Kubes
Apr 30, 2022

Zoom Introduces the H4n Pro, Offering Superior Performance and Upgraded Features

Zoom North America has unveiled the new H4n Pro Handy Recorder. With the H4n Pro, Zoom has taken everything creators love about the original H4n and brought it to the next level. Featuring advanced microphones, high performance mic preamps, and…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2022

Alexander Sowinski of BADBADNOTGOOD

Making a name for oneself as a modern jazz drummer can be quite tough. With such a long and illustrious history, sounding fresh and innovative in jazz can almost seem impossible. BADBADNOTGOOD, based out of Toronto, Ontario, has reinvented current…

By Daniel “Ziggy” Laverde
Apr 30, 2022

Donn Bennett’s Drum Vault

Ringo Starr Ludwig “Pizza” Drum Set The impact that Ringo Starr has made on the drum world cannot be overstated. He inspired generations of drummers to pick up the sticks. His drums and drumming have inspired endless research into the…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2022

Behind the Legends

There have been a few new LEGENDS books in the last year: Danny Seraphine, Kenny Aronoff, Peter Erskine, and now Steve Smith. In an article called Behind the Legends in last month’s Modern Drummer, we introduced what makes the LEGENDS…

By Mark Griffith
Apr 30, 2022

Vic Firth Bluetooth Isolation Headphones

Like many of you reading this, I have been using the Vic Firth Stereo Isolation Headphones for years now, and my ears have been thanking me. With the success of the original design, it was a logical next step for…

By Nic Kubes
Apr 30, 2022

Radical Hybrid Drumming “Behind the Scenes” with the Essential Rudiments

There is a range of percussion midi functionality essential to all electronic percussion controllers. In this month’s column, I am going to use several of my custom hybrid drum kits (and a new song) to demonstrate the key features that…

By Tony Verderosa
Apr 30, 2022
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Carmine and Taylor

Taylor Hawkins has mentioned in several interviews, that along with playing along to songs off of the radio, some of the first beats that he learned, came from his next-door neighbor showing him the first page of the Carmine Appice…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2022

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