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Drummer Blog: Subversion’s Ben Atkinson Talks Style and Technique on New Album, Animi

Hello all! Ben Atkinson of Subversion here. The band has been active for a while, and I was aware of their music before joining them. It’s great because we push each other out of our comfort zones and develop more…

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May 4, 2015

Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp Wants to Reunite Your Former Band for TV

Were you part of a high school or college band in the ’80s or ’90s? Have you ever dreamed of getting the group back together? Bunim-Murray Productions, producers of Project Runway and The Real World, in association with Rock ’n’…

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Mar 12, 2014

Rob Mitzner of I’m in You

Hello, Modern Drummer readers! It’s my pleasure to be back with you on this blog. Since I wrote you three years ago, I’ve had some incredible musical experiences, including a performance for President Obama in my hometown of Washington, DC,…

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Dec 4, 2013

Melanie Krahmer of Sirsy

Hi MD! My name is Melanie Krahmer, and I love drumming! Unlike many other artists, I picked up my first pair of drumsticks out of necessity for the band. Sirsy started as a simple, acoustic duo with my co-writer, band…

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Aug 19, 2013

Linear Fills, Part 1 (UPDATED)

September 2010 Rock ’n’ Jazz Clinic Linear Fills, Part 1 by Mike Johnston In this video, MD columnist Mike Johnston demonstrates some of the linear patterns based on 16th-notes that are included in his article from the September 2010 issue of…

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Jul 25, 2013

Andrew Cook of A Rocket to the Moon

Hello friends! I feel honored to have been given the chance to write my second blog for Modern Drummer. To catch you up a bit on what’s been going on in the world of A Rocket to the Moon, in…

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Mar 15, 2013

Brian St. Clair of Local H

Hello, Modern Drummer readers! I am really excited to be writing my third blog for MD! A lot has happened with my band and myself since my last one in 2010. In January 2012, I made a huge gear change…

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Feb 13, 2013

Ernie Durawa of Texas Tornados

Well, it’s 2013. I will say that 2012 was a good year full of music for me. I spent most of the year touring with the Texas Tornados. We went from Texas to San Francisco to Switzerland and just about…

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Jan 18, 2013

Doug Jones of Taddy Porter

Hi! I’m Doug Jones from the Oklahoma rock band Taddy Porter, and I’m ecstatic to blog a second time for Modern Drummer. Our first self-titled album gave me the opportunity to travel across the country and begin to get my…

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Jan 2, 2013

Playing With a Band, Part 1: Communication and Form (w/ VIDEO)

Modern Drummer Web Exclusive! Playing With a Band Part 1: Communication and Form by Paul Hose It’s important to make regular eye contact with the other musicians when playing in an ensemble. In particular, focus on the bass player and…

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Aug 17, 2012

Phil Chamberlain of To Speak of Wolves

First off, I’d like to thank Modern Drummer for asking me to blog. I’ve been a huge fan of the magazine since I was a kid and couldn’t be more stoked to be a part of this great drum site.…

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May 29, 2012

Kurt Reil of the Grip Weeds

Greetings from New Jersey! I sing and play drums for the Grip Weeds, and last year we released the double CD Strange Change Machine. We’ve received many great reviews and notices for it, along with lots of back-slapping from our fans,…

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Oct 20, 2011

Listen to a Sound File of Mapex’s Black Panther Velvetone Drumset

  The complete review of the Mapex Black Panther vintage-style Velvetone drumset is on page 22 of the December 2011 issue of Modern Drummer magazine. Click below to listen to Mapex artist Gregg Bissonette play some classic grooves on the…

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Oct 18, 2011

Listen to Sound Files of New Meinl Byzance Cymbals

A complete review of various new Meinl Byzance cymbals can be found on page 24 of the November issue of Modern Drummer magazine. Traditional-Extra-Thin-Hammered-crash             Sand-Hats           Trash-Crash      

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Sep 20, 2011