On the beat

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On The Beat with Dave Weckl: Talks Making the Singer Happy

Hey all! I wanted to share a project that is a little different than my usual jazz/fusion content. Although I don’t get the opportunity too much these days, I’ve always loved playing with, for, and behind great vocalists. I really…

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Aug 6, 2020

Shad Teems of Framing Hanley

Hello MD! Shad here and I have been fascinated with drums as far back as I can remember. When I was two years old, my parents got tired of continually picking up pots and pans and wooden spoons off the…

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Mar 17, 2020

Veronica Bellino of Life of Agony

Talking About Getting the Gig, New Album, and Tour Hello MD readers! Veronica Bellino here and I am the drummer with Life of Agony. A brief background on how I “got the gig.” I was introduced to LOA’s guitar player,…

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Mar 12, 2020

Jake Sommers of Luke Combs

Talking About SNL Appearance and Upcoming Tour and Festivals Hi Modern Drummer, it’s been two years since you last heard from me here “On The Beat.” A lot has happened in that time and I’m excited to get you caught…

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Feb 11, 2020

Joey Dandeneau of Theory of a Deadman

Talking About Studio Work and Gear Hello MD readers, Joey here checking in! Drumming has been a passion for me since I started at age three. I got my first kit at five years old and never looked back. Playing…

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Jan 30, 2020

Coady Willis of Big Business

Photo by Rose Ann Belluso Talking About Recording Latest Album and Gear Hello, MD! I recently performed as a guest drummer for a week with the 8G band on Late Night with Seth Meyers and it was a blast! Thank…

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Dec 17, 2019

Chris Guglielmo of Bayside

Photo by Megan Thompson Talking Smoothness, Timing, and Recording What’s up Modern Drummer! My name is Chris Guglielmo and I play drums in a band called Bayside. From the beginning my approach was always more methodical than structured. My preferred…

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Dec 10, 2019

Morgan Bauer of A Killer’s Confession

Hey Modern Drummer readers! My name is Morgan Bauer and I’m the drummer in A Killer’s Confession (AKC). We released our single “Numb” on September 20, 2019 and our second album, The Indifference of Good Men, on October 18. We…

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Dec 3, 2019

Frederik De Wilde of Fragmentum

Talking About Influences, Tours, and Gear Hi there, MD fans and fellow drum enthusiasts! My name is Frederik De Wilde and I’m currently living in Ghent, Belgium. Drumming has been the biggest passion in my life since I was nine…

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Nov 26, 2019

Vocal Percussionist Adam Rupp of Home Free

Talking About Beatboxing, Persistence, and Latest Album Hey Modern Drummer readers! My name is Adam Rupp and I’m really pumped to be here. My story may be a bit different from others you read here “On The Beat,” since I…

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Nov 7, 2019

Rufus Taylor of the Darkness

Photo by Gareth Parker Talking About Gear and Recording Easter Is Cancelled Hello again MD! For the new Darkness album Easter Is Cancelled, I used my old faithful DW Collector’s series maple lacquer specialty pearlescent black with black chrome hardware—22×24…

Modern Drummer
Oct 31, 2019

Carl Canedy of The Rods

Hi MD Readers! I’ve never been much of a self-promoter, as it’s always felt a bit self-serving. Having said that, I’m so thrilled to be doing this for MD (my favorite magazine for decades), so I’m going to make the…

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Jul 30, 2019

Josh Roossin of the Jacks

Photo by Charlie Meister On His Mental Approach, Process, and Gear Hello MD! Josh Roossin here and I play drums in the LA-based rock n’ roll band the Jacks. I’m writing this “OTB” in Columbus, Ohio after playing the DWP…

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Jun 4, 2019

Isaac Flynn and Austin Ward of Hembree

Isaac Flynn had always loved being a musician, having played in bands for most of his life while growing up in Kansas. But it wasn’t until he started penning his own songs a few years ago after a previous project…

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May 28, 2019