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Modern Drummer is the world’s most widely read drum magazine, is dedicated entirely to the art of drumming and caters to the needs of amateur, semi-pro, and professional drummers.

On The Beat with Mike Avenaim: Shares Studio Tips

Hey everyone in Modern Drummer land, I’m Mike Avenaim. I spend most of my time as a session drummer and music director here in Los Angeles, but I also work in studio engineering, producing, programming, and composition for TV and…

Modern Drummer
Dec 29, 2017

News: World’s Fastest Drummer Contest Returns to NAMM

NAMM International announces the return of the World’s Fastest Drummer Contest. This event will be sponsored by Church’s Chicken and will take place during Summer NAMM at Music City Center in Nashville, TN, July 9–12. The contest, which consists of…

Modern Drummer
Jun 11, 2015

J.P. "Thunderbolt" Patterson: Punk Rock Renaissance Man

From copping Cozy Powell’s licks as a youngster in Afghanistan—where his father worked for the U.S. embassy—to carving out a dual career for himself in New York as both a drummer and an actor, it’s been a colorful life for…

Modern Drummer
Oct 18, 2011

Original Scorpions Drummer Herman Rarebell

I thought for a long time about what an old fart like me can tell all you young drummers out there. Here is one thing I know for sure: Practice makes the master! Or as we say in Germany, “Uebung…

Modern Drummer
Sep 21, 2010

Just Kait — Multi-instrumentalist/songwriter

Multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Just Kait was discovered by MTV after winning a contest for creating a new theme song for the hit reality show Parental Control. Though Kait performs out front with her band, which is currently on tour, the eighteen-year-old Kait…

Modern Drummer
Aug 16, 2010