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October 2015 Issue of Modern Drummer featuring Ilan Rubin

(Available in print August 30, 2015; digitally August 27, 2015) On the Cover Ilan Rubin “From a young age I was taught to treat being a musician as a real skill. At twenty, when I joined Nine Inch Nails, I…

Modern Drummer
Aug 27, 2015

Popular Play-Alongs, Part 3: Synth Metal

January 2013 Jobbing Drummer Popular Play-Alongs Part 3: Synth Metal by Donny Gruendler In the last two play-along articles, we worked on the proper performance technique, groove vocabulary, and sounds of contemporary pop/R&B and punk-pop—two styles of music that you’ll…

Modern Drummer
Nov 27, 2012

Back Through The Stack: Bill Rieflin

by Jon Wurster “Honestly, I don’t remember, sorry to say,” replies R.E.M. drummer Bill Rieflin when asked what it felt like the first time he counted off the band’s smash hit “Losing My Religion” before a paying audience. “On those…

Modern Drummer
Oct 13, 2011

Martin Atkins — Tour:Smart

Hello, this is my first blog for Modern Drummer. Before I start with the “bloggage,” one of the things I always tell everyone is to consider the source of any information given to you. So maybe I should tell you…

Modern Drummer
Jun 26, 2010

The Greats: Josh Freese

If the old saying “He’s been around the block a few times” applies to anyone, it most certainly applies to Josh Freese. Given his rep as a studio ace, he’s been referred to in MD as “Mr. First Call,” a…

Modern Drummer
Feb 1, 2010

Josh Freese: Time Bandit

By Ken Micallef Time. Feel. Groove. Pulse. For many, these are illusive concepts with multiple meanings. Does a heavy metal drummer “feel” the pulse in the same way as a pop drummer? Does a punk drummer approach groove the same…

Modern Drummer
Jul 16, 2007

Stephen Perkins: A Drummer's Life Less Ordinary

by Ken Micallef With several projects going at the moment–including two bands, a performance DVD, and several clinic appearances–it’s clear that no one is more committed to drumming than Stephen Perkins. An enchanted sprite flailing the drums like a demented…

Modern Drummer
Oct 15, 2006

Jerome Dillon

For a solo album produced and composed by a drummer, one would anticipate involved drumming on each track, or at the very least, drums on every song. But in former Nine Inch Nails drummer Jerome Dillon’s case, his nearLY project…

Modern Drummer
Aug 5, 2006

Tony Thompson

Original interview from 2002. Not many drummers dictated the sound of the 80's like Tony Thompson. That big, huge drum sound was everywhere: on classic recordings like Power Station's "Some Like It Hot," David Bowie's "Let's Dance," Madonna's "Like A…

Modern Drummer
Jul 20, 2005

Martin Atkins

"I have an ability to bring people together, and that gives me the opportunity to do something very dangerous." So says drummer Martin Atkins about Pigface, a rotating consortium of musicians conceived of thirteen years ago during a tour with…

Modern Drummer
May 12, 2004