On the beat

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 Matt Thompson of King Diamond: Mayhem Festival Dates

Hi! Matt Thompson from King Diamond here, and I’m very happy to be part of MD online! I’m happy to say that we are part of Mayhem this year, along with Slayer, Hellyeah, Whitechapel, and a bunch more, whom I’m…

Modern Drummer
Jun 22, 2015

On the Beat With Five Knives’ Shane Wise: Practicing to Videogame Soundtracks

Hello, Modern Drummer readers. My name is Shane Wise, and I am the drummer for the alt-electro-pop group Five Knives. Our debut album, Savages, came out on June 2, and you can check it out via iTunes or Spotify. The…

Modern Drummer
Jun 17, 2015

On The Beat With 180 Drums Co-Founder Jake Nicolle: The Evolution of Online Video Drum Lessons

Hi, MD readers! My name is Jake Nicolle, and my founding partner is Steve Augustine. We’ve created 180 Drums, and this is why you should care. It all started with video. The first time we were able to watch our…

Modern Drummer
Jun 15, 2015

On the Beat With Travis Orbin of Darkest Hour

Hello MD! Back in November 2011, my producer/engineer friend Taylor Larson informed me that Darkest Hour was renting a space at his studio for some upcoming tours. (This was shortly after they parted ways with their longtime drummer.) Taylor recommended…

Modern Drummer
Jun 9, 2015

On the Beat With Nelson’s Gunnar Nelson: A Drummer Who Happens to Sing and Play Guitar

Hello, Modern Drummers! I’m a drummer who happens to play guitar and sing. It has been said that drumming may be the first music man ever made. In my case it has been a source of who I am. I…

Modern Drummer
Jun 8, 2015

On the Beat With Nate Arling of the Last Vegas and Urge Overkill: Top Ten Touring and Gigging Tips

Hi MD readers! My name is Nate Arling, and I live in Chicago, Illinois. I play drums in the Last Vegas and Urge Overkill. I also do studio work and have played 1,000-plus shows in fifteen-plus countries at clubs, garages,…

Modern Drummer
Jun 3, 2015

On the Beat With Muncie’s Anna Cucciardo: The Challenges of Touring With a Baby

My previous Modern Drummer blog told the tale of a pregnant drummer—eighty-three gigs across the country during the nine months that I had a tiny human developing inside of me. (You can check out that story here) Although it was…

Modern Drummer
May 27, 2015

On The Beat With Joe English of Secrets: Self-Taught Versus Taking Lessons

Joe English of Secrets; photo by Jeremy Silveira Hey, Modern Drummer readers! I’m Joe, the guy behind the kit for Secrets. With Secrets, I’ve been lucky enough to tour the world and record two albums I’m proud of (we just…

Modern Drummer
May 26, 2015

On the Beat With Peter Ulrich of the Peter Ulrich Collaboration

Hi MD readers. This is Peter Ulrich, former drums/percussion for Dead Can Dance, and currently with the Peter Ulrich Collaboration. Our latest album, Tempus Fugitives, was released on April 21, 2015, and it picks up where our debut album, The…

Modern Drummer
May 22, 2015

Liberty DeVitto Checking In

Life is different when you're playing with a famous act: You're sheltered from the fans. One of my favorite things about doing drum clinics is that I get to meet, talk, and share time with some of the people who…

Modern Drummer
Dec 11, 2007