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On the Beat with Stephen Bidwell of Hard Proof: Talks New Album and Gear

Greetings drumming friends! I’m Stephen Bidwell, a drummer based in Austin, Texas and a sometime contributor to MD since 2008. The same year Mike Dawson first asked me to review some cymbals for MD I began assembling what started as…

Modern Drummer
Feb 7, 2017

Afrobeat Master Tony Allen on Tour in the United States

  Drummer Tony Allen, who anchored Fela Kuti’s legendary band Africa ’70 and was voted by Modern Drummer readers number forty-nine on MD’s list of the 50 Greatest Drummers of All Time, is currently in the States on a brief…

Modern Drummer
Sep 4, 2014

Tony Allen: Afrobeat Innovator

Tony Allen, who along with vocalist/activist Fela Kuti created one of groove music’s most glorious subgenres, Afrobeat, deserves a place on the list of the greatest funk drummers of all time. For more than forty years he has been honing…

Modern Drummer
Oct 18, 2011

Joao Lencastre

My name is Joao Lencastre and I was born in Lisbon, Portugal. I started to play the drums at the age of thirteen. Since I started playing I’ve been collaborating with many different groups in all styles of music, including…

Modern Drummer
Jul 5, 2011

Dave Watts of the Kyle Hollingsworth Band

Hey there, Modern Drummer readers! Thanks for taking a peek at my first <i>MD</i> blog. My name is Dave Watts and I’m writing to you from the road with my current project, the Kyle Hollingsworth Band. We are based out…

Modern Drummer
Oct 8, 2009