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Drummer/Producer Mario J. McNulty in On The Beat

Talks David Bowie, Sterling Campbell, and Gear Hello Modern Drummer! My name is Mario J. McNulty and I am a producer/mixer based out of New York City. What an honor to be writing this “On The Beat.” I started my…

Modern Drummer
Feb 7, 2019

Web Exclusive: Producer Russ Titelman on 10 of His Favorite Drummers

By Billy Amendola   The June issue of Modern Drummer magazine features an interview with three-time Grammy Award–winning producer Russ Titelman, who in his long career has worked with musical giants including Little Feat, Randy Newman, James Taylor, Brian…

Modern Drummer
Apr 26, 2017

On the Beat With Thaddeus Dixon of Meghan Trainor: Drummer Versus Producer

Hi, my name is Thaddeus Dixon and I’m the drummer for (“All About That Bass”) Meghan Trainor. I’ve been playing drums for Meghan since January 2015 and it has been an absolute pleasure and an amazing year. Not only have…

Modern Drummer
Sep 17, 2015

Drummer Blog: Vince Wilburn Jr. Talks Heroes, Projects, and Uncle Miles

Hello, MD readers. Vince here. I consider myself eternally blessed. From an early age, I was able to experience music from the very best seat in the house—backstage. My mom took me to all the greatest gigs, giving me a…

Modern Drummer
Feb 6, 2015

Akai Professional iMPC Pro iPad App

Developed in concert with Retronyms, iMPC Pro fuses a hardware MPC (Music Production Center) with tools for composing, editing, and mixing music. Highlights include sixty-four tracks of music creation, mixing, and automation, and a multi-touch interface for the editing, slicing,…

Modern Drummer
Aug 1, 2014

Brett “the Ratt??? Romnes of I Am the Avalanche

Hi, my name is Brett “the Ratt” Romnes, and I am the drummer and producer for I Am The Avalanche. I am not sure exactly where and when my musical journey began because when I was quite young my grandmother…

Modern Drummer
Jun 4, 2014

JR Kurtz of CSS

Photo by Liz Eastman 2014 began as an amazing journey in New Zealand and Australia for the Big Day Out festival. Throughout the three weeks spent on the road there, I not only became more confident as a drummer but…

Modern Drummer
Mar 24, 2014

Jamey Tate

Hi, MD readers. My name is Jamey Tate, and I am a Los Angeles–based studio and touring drummer. Having been a Modern Drummer reader for as long as I can remember, it’s truly an honor to join in and write…

Modern Drummer
May 17, 2013

Nate Smith

As a member of Dave Holland’s big band, quintet, and octet, Nate Smith holds, well, three of the most cherished gigs in jazz. Holland, a revered bass player who started his own musical quest with Miles Davis in the ’60s,…

Modern Drummer
Aug 15, 2012

Chris Dave To Release Solo Album, Tour With D’Angelo, and More

Drummer and producer Chris Dave has an ambitious year planned for 2012. Currently Chris is preparing for the release of his debut album as a leader, due later this year. Look for the drummer to take the reins with his…

Modern Drummer
Feb 7, 2012

Kurt Reil of the Grip Weeds

Greetings from New Jersey! I sing and play drums for the Grip Weeds, and last year we released the double CD Strange Change Machine. We’ve received many great reviews and notices for it, along with lots of back-slapping from our fans,…

Modern Drummer
Oct 20, 2011

Bob Gatzen: Student, Guru

Although he’s a talented drummer who has studied with famed player/teachers Joe Porcaro, Al Lepak, and Gary Burton and whose groups Moto and Spiral have featured top New York and Boston musicians, Bob Gatzen is perhaps best known as a…

Modern Drummer
Jun 14, 2011

Darren Lyons — Evil Genius

Hi, MD readers! I’m a drummer/percussionist/composer/producer based in New York City. Recently I released the Darren Lyons Group CD Evil Genius, which was produced by David Sancious (Sting, Eric Clapton, solo artist). Manolo Badrena (Weather Report, Joni Mitchell, Ahmad Jamal)…

Modern Drummer
Dec 28, 2010

Brian Reitzell: Total Immersion In Sound

Brian Reitzell came to attention in the early ’90s as the drummer with LA pop-punk band Redd Kross, touring with them and playing on the albums Phaseshifter and Show World. As great as the music on those records is, though,…

Modern Drummer
Aug 19, 2010