On the beat

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On the Beat With Richard Lee Jackson of Jonathan Jackson and Enation: Capturing the Energy of Live Shows

Hey guys and girls, it’s Richard Lee Jackson from Jonathan Jackson and Enation. A lot has been going on since my last On the Beat. We recorded and released our new EP called Blame-shifter with producer Greg Archilla (Matchbox 20,…

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Jun 10, 2016

On the Beat With Michael Bettine of Gongtopia: Relax and Bang a Gong

On the Beat With Michael Bettine of Gongtopia: Relax and Bang a Gong Greetings, Modern Drummers! Michael Bettine here and it’s been a very busy 2016 so far. In January, I was in Australia as the artist in residence at…

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Jun 1, 2016

On the Beat With Daniel Glass: New York Jazz Intensive

Hey everyone, Daniel Glass here. I am thrilled to announce the inaugural Daniel Glass New York Jazz Intensive, which will be happening at the Drummers Collective in NYC, June 3-6, 2016. Right now we’re offering Modern Drummer readers a $100…

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May 16, 2016

On the Beat With Carmine Appice: Stick It!

Hi MD drummer dudes and girls! This is a fun time in my career. After forty-nine years in the music business and touring the world many times playing arenas, stadiums, theaters, etc., I’ve reached a point where I can sit…

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Apr 27, 2016

On the Beat With Jessica Forsythe of Sick of Sarah: Always Learning

Hey everyone! I’m Jessica Forsythe and I drum in a band out of Minneapolis called Sick of Sarah. I moved to Minneapolis to audition for the band back in 2009 and have been a professional touring drummer ever since. I…

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Apr 22, 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 Matthew Parkitny of Hands Like Houses: Talks Touring and Recording

Hey guys and girls! My name is Matthew Parkitny and I play drums in the band Hands Like Houses. I’m super stoked to be writing a little number here on the Modern Drummer “On the Beat” feature, so here we…

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Apr 8, 2016

On the Beat With Aaron Hamel of Stone Cold Fox: Talks Listening and Understanding the Music

Hi! There are limited choices growing up in a small town, especially in music. I had the choice of the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, or the one radio station, which was country music. I chose the Beatles, and have tried…

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Apr 1, 2016

On The Beat with Anup Sastry of Monuments

Hi MD, my name is Anup Sastry and I play drums in a band called Monuments. Below is a video of me recording my band’s song “Quasimodo” for the Creative Live Boot Camp with engineer/producer Eyal Levi. We spent a…

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Mar 28, 2016

On the Beat With Daniel de los Reyes of Zac Brown Band: Talks New Percussion Line, Camps, and Tours

Hello MD! I am excited to tour again throughout the USA, Canada, and England in 2016. I’m also looking forward to performing at iconic stadiums like Citi Field (New York) and Fenway Park (Boston). This year has gotten off to…

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Mar 16, 2016

On the Beat With Anna Mylee: Crossing the World With Drumming Passion

Hi! My name is Anna Mylee and I was born in Belgium in 1991. I have been playing drums most of my life thanks to my musician father and have been exposed to great rock music since I was little.…

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Mar 9, 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 Joey Sulkowski of Mainland: Getting Educated On and Off the Road

Hey-o, Modern Drummers! My name is Joey Sulkowski and I play drums for Mainland, a Brooklyn based rock band that just finished a tour with Canadian superheroes Marianas Trench. A large part of my life has been spent with various…

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Mar 2, 2016

On the Beat With Ray Marte of Moon Tooth: Talks Influences, Improving, and Learning New Styles

Hello! There is not much that makes me happier than playing the drums. I started playing and taking lessons from Mark Edwards at South Shore Music in Massapequa, NY before I even knew how to write in cursive, or even…

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Feb 26, 2016