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On the Beat With Davide Compagnoni: Project KHOMPA

Hello, MD readers! I am Davide Compagnoni from Torino, Italy and I’m here to present my new adventurous drum-triggering project KHOMPA, which was launched on the Ableton Live website a few weeks ago! Thank you Modern Drummer for this great…

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Aug 24, 2016

On the Beat With Ralph Alexander of The Dose: The One Man Rhythm Section Experiment

Ralph Alexander, on left, with Indio. Hello MD and greetings to all my fellow drummers! My name is Ralph Alexander and I play drums and bass in a rock duo called The Dose. My buddy Indio (guitar/vocals) and I wanted…

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Aug 18, 2016

On the Beat With Stevie Fury of Jeremy and the Harlequins: Less is More

Hello, all. This is Stevie “the Boy” Fury, drummer of the rock ’n roll group Jeremy and the Harlequins. I’m here today to talk to you a little about my band’s recording process and my drum setup. For both our…

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Aug 15, 2016

On the Beat With Ty Del Rose of Romantic Rebel: Making Dreams Come True

Hey there, fellow Modern Drummer readers! I’m Ty Del Rose and am currently playing drums in Romantic Rebel. I’ve been very fortunate to have the opportunity to make dreams become realities as a member of this band, and I can’t…

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Aug 12, 2016

On the Beat With Mickael Walle Wahlgren of Cam: Putting In the Time

Hi MD readers! It is such a privilege to be writing for On the Beat. My name is Mickael Walle Wahlgren and I’m a drummer from Sweden. I moved to Los Angeles from Stockholm a year ago. In that time…

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Jul 15, 2016

On the Beat With Artist and Drummer Gilson Lavis of Squeeze/Jools Holland: Talks Challenges and Rewards

  “We are what we think.”—Lord Buddha   Cheers from the UK, Gilson here. I’m the original drummer for the Squeeze hits you know and love. Currently, I play with ex-Squeeze bandmate Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.…

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May 9, 2016

On the Beat With Educator Bruce Becker: Covering Odd Times in New Book

Greetings fellow drummers, it’s been a few years since my first MD blog and the release of my DVD Concept and Philosophies. My educational passions still continue to forge ahead. A reminder of my background, I was a long time…

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Apr 15, 2016

On the Beat With Jon Rotman of Eliot Lewis: Enjoying the Ride

Hey folks! My name is Jon Rotman and I have been a reader of Modern Drummer since 1977, when at age ten, my mom bought me my first copy with Chicago’s Danny Seraphine on the cover. That issue marked the…

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Mar 23, 2016

On The Beat with Justin Nace of PVRIS: Practice and Play With Passion

Hi MD! When I was eight years old and dreaming of being a drummer, a local teacher told me that he wouldn’t work with me unless I switched from being a lefty to a righty, which was pretty disheartening. But…

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Mar 21, 2016

On the Beat With Frank Zummo of Sum 41: Tours and New Projects

Hello Modern Drummer family! As I write this, I’m in Stuggart, Germany with Sum 41. We’re at the end of our three-and-a-half week European tour. The first leg of this run was the Kerrang! tour that took us all over…

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Mar 7, 2016

On the Beat With Ed Francis of Rhythm Workshops: A Magical Music Mission

Happy drumming everyone! My name is Ed Francis (Mr. Ed) and I’m the cofounder and executive director at Rhythm Workshops as well as a drum coach at Round Rock Drums—I have the best job(s) in the world. Rhythm Workshops (a…

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Dec 28, 2015

On the Beat With Ryan Scott Long of Booker Long Duo: Interaction and Explorative Improvisation

Booker/Long Duo 2014 Hi, my name is Ryan Scott Long and I’m a touring drummer and composer. Just recently my project Booker Long Duo released our self tilted EP. The duo is comprised of Michael James Booker on tenor sax/effects…

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Dec 18, 2015

On the Beat With Peter Landi of Marco With Love: Keeping it Simple and Sounding Great

Hello MD readers! My name is Peter Landi and I’m the drummer for Marco With Love. This is my second guest appearance for the Modern Drummer website and I am excited to tell you about my setup. My setup is…

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Nov 23, 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