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On the Beat With Christopher Guanlao of Silversun Pickups: Recording Better Nature

Hi MD. Being a self taught drummer who relies strongly on instinct and muscle memory more so than technical aspects, Better Nature was an album with many struggles and soul searching. In this day and age I find that human…

Modern Drummer
Oct 16, 2015

Web Exclusive: Producer David Frangioni on the Brian Frasier-Moore “Grooves For Life??? Loop Library

In 2009, Audio One’s sound-specialist and producer David Frangioni spoke to Madonna’s musical director Kevin Antunes about Brian Frasier-Moore contributing to Frangioni’s series of drum sample libraries. Antunes thought it was a wonderful idea and three years later, in 2012,…

Modern Drummer
Oct 14, 2015

On the Beat With Chris Reeve of Filter: Connecting and Creating Relationships

Chris Reeve (photo by Anna Sklavos) What’s up, Modern Drummer readers? I’m Chris Reeve, drummer for the band Filter. It’s an honor to be featured on here. This has been the most intense year of my life—getting the call to…

Modern Drummer
Oct 2, 2015

Exclusive! Mike Portnoy Drum Cam Video for New Winery Dogs Track

The Winery Dogs, featuring drummer Mike Portnoy, bassist Billy Sheehan, and guitarist Richie Kotzen, will be releasing their new album, Hot Streak, this coming October 2. Check out this drum cam video of Portnoy recording the album’s title track from…

Modern Drummer
Oct 1, 2015

On the Beat With Thaddeus Dixon of Meghan Trainor: Drummer Versus Producer

Hi, my name is Thaddeus Dixon and I’m the drummer for (“All About That Bass”) Meghan Trainor. I’ve been playing drums for Meghan since January 2015 and it has been an absolute pleasure and an amazing year. Not only have…

Modern Drummer
Sep 17, 2015

Web Exclusive! Joe Walsh’s Joe Vitale: Practice Tips and Influences

More With Joe Vitale From His October 2015 MD Feature   by Billy Amendola   Joe Vitale is currently touring with Joe Walsh as well as starring in the movie Ricki and the Flash, featuring Meryl Streep. Here, Joe shares…

Modern Drummer
Sep 15, 2015

Exclusive Video Premiere of Big Talk’s “The Void???

Check out this exclusive clip of Big Talk performing “The Void” for their At: Guitar Center webseries performance. Big Talk is a band fronted by the Killers’ drummer, Ronnie Vannucci Jr. This performance features the group’s current drummer, August 2011 Modern Drummer cover artist…

Modern Drummer
Sep 8, 2015

On the Beat With Van Romaine of Enrique Iglesias

Hey, MD! Here’s a video of my touring kit on the Enrique Iglesias Sex and Love tour which is on it’s third year and features my Gretsch Brooklyn curved bar hybrid acoustic/electronic setup with Sabian cymbals, Evans heads, Roland electronics,…

Modern Drummer
Sep 1, 2015

Daru Jones Mini-Doc and GC Signing

Check out this mini-documentary on July 2015 Modern Drummer cover artist Daru Jones. And New York–area fans, mark your calendars; on August 20 the Jack White/Ruff Pack drummer will be doing a performance/signing at Guitar Center’s Union Square location. To…

Modern Drummer
Jul 9, 2015

On the Beat With Matt Greiner of August Burns Red: “Majoring In The Minors???

I chose to do a play through of “Majoring In The Minors” because of its dynamics as a metal song. It starts off with a basic driving drum pattern and transitions into a fast, blast beat pattern with a few…

Modern Drummer
Jun 30, 2015

On The Beat With Tom Hunting of Exodus

Hi, this is Tom from Exodus. It is an honor and pleasure doing this video for Modern Drummer. I have been a longtime fan of the magazine. I am not one to usually talk about myself, but this video was…

Modern Drummer
Jun 19, 2015

Saturday Night Live’s Shawn Pelton Plays “Step Out" from the Walter Mitty Soundtrack

  In this clip, filmed in November 2014 at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Saturday Night Live’s Shawn Pelton plays “Step Out” from the Walter Mitty soundtrack. The Percussive Arts Society (PAS) is a music service organization promoting…

Modern Drummer
Jun 1, 2015

News: Mini-Documentary Follows Questlove as He Brings the Funk to Havana, Cuba

Okayplayer Films followed Roots/Tonight Show drummer and Okayplayer founder, Questlove, as he journeyed to Havana, Cuba, where he engaged in extensive cultural research by digging up some classic Cuban-made vinyl and by visiting the legendary EGREM studios, where most of…

Modern Drummer
May 13, 2015

Ilan Rubin Performs and Discusses “Smokescreen,??? from the New Regime’s Exhibit B

Nine Inch Nails/Angels and Airwaves drummer Ilan Rubin has been creating music under the New Regime banner for nearly a decade. The multi-instrumentalist recently dropped by the Guitar Center Hollywood Vintage room to play and talk about the musical process…

Modern Drummer
May 11, 2015