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On the Beat With Dave Krusen of Candlebox: Talks Recording and Touring

Hello, I’m Dave Krusen, drummer for Candlebox. I’m originally from the Seattle area and I’ve been playing drums for a living since the mid-eighties. I was the original Pearl Jam drummer and recorded Pearl Jam’s debut studio album Ten before…

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Feb 29, 2016

On the Beat With Ray Marte of Moon Tooth: Talks Influences, Improving, and Learning New Styles

Hello! There is not much that makes me happier than playing the drums. I started playing and taking lessons from Mark Edwards at South Shore Music in Massapequa, NY before I even knew how to write in cursive, or even…

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Feb 26, 2016

On the Beat With Jason Ganberg from Deep Dark Blue and the TV Show Undateable: Live Television and New Ventures

Hey Modern Drummer readers! My name is Jason Ganberg, I’m a British drummer and have been living and working in Los Angeles for seven years now. It’s been quite a while since my last On the Beat, so thought I’d…

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Feb 24, 2016

On the Beat With Luke Williams of Dead Letter Circus: Tips for Touring Drummers

Hi there guys, Luke Williams here from the Australian progressive rock band Dead Letter Circus. I’d like to speak with you about what sort of things I find helpful when it comes to playing drums in an internationally touring band…

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Feb 19, 2016

On the Beat With Adam Box of Brothers Osborne: Your Day Belongs to You

Hello to my fellow drummers, road dogs, garage bangers, beat makers, and the like. I am often asked for advice on staying busy or scoring a decent gig. However, as everybody knows, there are no formulas or degrees that will…

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Feb 12, 2016

On the Beat With Steve Grantley of Stiff Little Fingers and RT-Zed: Touring and Raising Profiles

Hi, I’m Steve Grantley, drummer for the legendary UK punk band Stiff Little Fingers (SLF) and I’m thrilled to once again be featured on the Modern Drummer website. 2016 looks to be a busy year for me. I set off…

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Feb 4, 2016

On the Beat With Nick Cesarz of Vinyl Theatre: Talks Tour Challenges and Debut Album

Hey, MD readers! My name is Nick Cesarz and I play drums in Vinyl Theatre. We’re an alternative rock group based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I started playing drums when I was nine years old, taking lessons through high school…

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Jan 29, 2016

On the Beat With Josean Orta of Fit For an Autopsy: Motivated to Innovate

Hello, music and drums have been crawling through my veins since I was five years old. I remember scavenging my house to find anything that would resonate when struck and use it to create music while driving my parents insane…

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Jan 18, 2016

On the Beat With Paul Wandtke of Trivium: Working on the Same Wavelength

Hello Modern Drummer readers! I’m Paul Wandtke and I just landed a new “drumming home” with the Orlando based heavy metal titans Trivium. I just made my live debut at Knotfest in Mexico by performing in front of over 40,000…

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Jan 11, 2016

On the Beat With Chris Reeve of Filter

Hi Modern Drummer readers! 2015 has been a huge year full of opportunity and struggle—but you think we musicians have it tough? Let me tell you about a group of kids I was honored to meet this year when I…

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Dec 30, 2015

On the Beat With Tazz Washington: Conversational Drumming

Hello MD, Tazz Washington here. I am originally from South America. I am the baby of thirteen children and my mom was an African ceremonial dancer when I was a child. Watching her and playing drums with the elders heavily…

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Dec 14, 2015

On the Beat With Drummer/Educator Bruce Aitken: Takin’ It to the Streets

Hello, everyone! I’d like to first say a huge thanks to Modern Drummer for this opportunity to share what’s happening in my life these days. Some of you may know me from creating the Cape Breton Drum Festival for many…

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Dec 4, 2015

On the Beat With Shane Wise of Five Knives: Electronic Energy

Hi MD, this is a bit different! My first love is metal music, but electronic dance music, whether it's trap, house, or techno, has always wooed me with its unique way of bringing so much energy with little to no…

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Dec 2, 2015

On the Beat With Drummer/Producer Mike “Metal??? Goldberg: Serve the Song

How’s it going out there all my skin beating buddies? It’s Mike Goldberg (AKA Metal) checking in from my home base at IMP Studios. Recently, I have been working with Mountain’s Leslie West on his latest solo album Soundcheck, which…

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Nov 20, 2015