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Jamie Douglass of Andy Clockwise

I want to talk today about single-kick technique. I hope that my ideas are helpful for drummers in developing a fast and powerful bass drum foot. I play heel-up most of the time, but the term “heel-up” is misleading. In…

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Jul 22, 2013

Kevan Roy of Red Lamb

Hello, MD readers! My name is Kevan Roy, and I am currently the drummer for Red Lamb with legendary Anthrax guitar player Dan Spitz. We recently did the “Anarchy for Autism” tour. Dan and his wife, Candi, have twin boys…

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Jul 17, 2013

Donagh O’Brien of Sweet Jane

Hi! My name is Donagh O’Brien, and I play drums in Sweet Jane from Dublin, Ireland. This is a very exciting time for our band as we are gearing up to release our second album in September. Pat McCarthy, who’s…

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Jul 15, 2013

Piers Hewitt of the Boxer Rebellion

Hello, Modern Drummer people. I am Piers Hewitt, and I play in a London-based band called the Boxer Rebellion. Whilst we are used to interviews, this is a nice little privilege to have some space to myself. We have been…

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Jul 10, 2013

Rick Van Horn of Jay and the Americans

It seems incredible to me, but as May 2013 closes I’m celebrating five years in the drum chair for Jay and the Americans. And let me tell you, it’s been a wild five years. For those of you wondering, “Why…

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Jun 7, 2013

Andrew Tkaczyk of the Ghost Inside

Hey, everyone! Andrew Tkaczyk (Tuh-Kah-Chick) from the Ghost Inside here. Just checking in after a long three-month tour through Europe and the U.S. Feels good to be home and relax for a while! Went to some insane places overseas including…

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Apr 29, 2013

Ross Garfield of Drum Doctors

Hi everyone! With all the attention that Sound City Studios is getting these days, I was reminded of all the good times and long nights I spent there. Sound City was nestled in a little corner of the San Fernando…

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Apr 22, 2013

Chris Prescott of Pinback

Pinback has been traveling constantly this past year in support of the new album, Information Retrieved. We were planning the final leg of our US tour when the opportunity came up to play on Jimmy Fallon’s show in New York.…

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Apr 15, 2013

Joe Vitale

Hello, drum world! Joe Vitale here, and so proud to be a fellow drummer and fan of Modern Drummer. I just returned from an amazing week in Las Vegas, where I was a counselor at Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp.…

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Apr 10, 2013

Mike McKee of Delta Rae

Greetings, fellow MD readers! My name is Mike McKee, and I’m from Raleigh, North Carolina. This is my first blog entry for Modern Drummer, and I appreciate you reading it. It’s such an honor to be a part of a…

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Mar 8, 2013

Jonathan Joseph of Jeff Beck Band

Hello, fellow drummers! It’s been quite some time since I posted anything here at MD, but I am very pleased to report on my new gig with guitar guru Jeff Beck. Jeff’s music has had a profound effect on my…

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Mar 6, 2013

Sunny Jain of Red Baraat

Hey, MD readers! I’m Sunny Jain, founder and dhol drummer for Red Baraat, an eight-piece Brooklyn-based Bhangra party band with five horn players and three drummers—drumset, percussion, and myself. For those not familiar, the dhol is a barrel-shaped drum carved…

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Feb 27, 2013

Paul Wandtke of Dead Original

Hey, MD world! The last time I wrote a blog here was in September of 2010, when I drummed for Kill Hannah during an intimate main support run with the Smashing Pumpkins. Before I begin, I’d like to say that…

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Feb 25, 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