On the beat

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Ed Toth of the Doobie Brothers

Photo by Dennis Hines Hello everyone! It’s Ed Toth here, from the Doobie Brothers. I’m about to start my fifteenth year with the band! Pretty crazy when you add the fact that I first saw them when I was nine…

Modern Drummer
May 16, 2019

Dee Plakas of L7

Explains L7's Latest Record and Her Gear Hello Modern Drummer peeps! My name is Dee Plakas (aka “The Goddess of Thunder”) and I have been drumming for L7 since 1988. The band gave the nickname to me! I played drums…

Modern Drummer
Apr 23, 2019

Caitlin Kalafus of Cyndi Lauper

Talking About Audition, Tours, and Gear Hey everyone! It’s Caitlin Kalafus and I’m excited to be back “On The Beat!” A lot has happened since I last checked in. Back then I was just heading out on the Vans Warped…

Modern Drummer
Apr 9, 2019

Anthony Citrinite of The Collective and MeetHook in On The Beat

Dear MD and fellow drummers! My name is Anthony Citrinite and I have been lucky enough to play drums professionally for many years with a number of great bands including Boston, Coheed & Cambria, and currently with Embers Only. Some…

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Jan 29, 2019

Dan Flint of You Me At Six in On The Beat

Talks About Recording New Album VI Hi MD readers, I’m Dan Flint. I play drums in the rock band You Me At Six. We released our new album VI in October 2018, and will be touring the US in early…

Modern Drummer
Dec 20, 2018

On The Beat with Matt Covey of Such Gold: Talks “Ceiling Stare” and Shares Play-Through Video

Hello MD! I’m back with another Such Gold drum play-through video. The band also has two brand new music videos premiering this month, and in May we’re touring out to Montreal’s Pouzza Fest and back. Can anyone hear Such Gold’s…

Modern Drummer
May 1, 2018

On The Beat with Ray LeVier: Talks Projects and New Solo Record

Hey Modern Drummer readers, what’s up? My name is Ray LeVier and I’m a touring drummer, composer, and studio owner from West Nyack, NY. I would like to start off by saying I’ve been a MD reader ever since I…

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Mar 13, 2018

On The Beat with Alex Pappas from Finch and Speak The Truth Even If Your Voice Shakes: Talks Gear and New Project

Hey Modern Drummer world! Pleased to meet you! I’m Alex Pappas from both Finch and Speak The Truth Even If Your Voice Shakes. Stoked to be writing this for “On The Beat!” I started playing drums at the age of…

Modern Drummer
Feb 13, 2018

On The Beat with Tyler Ritter of Moon Taxi: Talks New Album

What’s up everyone! Tyler Ritter here from the Nashville-based band Moon Taxi. I’m super pumped to be here discussing a few things for “On The Beat” and would like to deeply thank Modern Drummer for having me. My musical journey…

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Feb 6, 2018

On The Beat with Ben Smith of Roadcase Royale and Heart: Talks New Band and Debut CD

Hey everyone in Modern Drummer land, Ben Smith here! I’m happy and honored Billy Amendola asked me to put something together for this “On The Beat!” I’m currently on the road with Roadcase Royale, a band featuring Heart’s Nancy Wilson…

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Sep 19, 2017

On The Beat with Bryan Lee of Visitors and VadaWave: Talks “Revisionist History”

Hey, friends and fellow drummers. My name is Bryan Lee and I play drums in the bands Visitors and VadaWave—both out of Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s extremely exciting and an honor to contribute this “On The Beat” and my…

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Sep 14, 2017

On The Beat with Logan Robot Gladden: Talks Bonzo Bash and Goals

Hello MD! My name is Logan Robot Gladden and I am honored to share my story with you here “On the Beat!” I am thirteen years old and have been playing drums and singing for as long as I can…

Modern Drummer
Sep 12, 2017

On the Beat with Anthony LoGerfo of Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real: Talks Albums, Artists, and Upcoming Movie

Hi, Modern Drummer readers, Anthony LoGerfo here. I’m a Los Angeles native who’s been drumming for twenty-nine years. I cut my teeth on the Sunset Strip in LA playing in bands at the ripe old age of twelve. I’ve played…

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Aug 3, 2017

On the Beat with UK Drummer Steve “Smiley” Barnard of the Alarm and Archive: Talks Artists, Albums, and Tours

Hello, my name is Steve “Smiley” Barnard. I’m a UK-based drummer, and I am flattered to share some of my current movements and history with you lovely people at Modern Drummer. I am currently balancing touring and recording duties with…

Modern Drummer
Jun 22, 2017