Q&A Archives - Modern Drummer Magazine


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.

Video! Drumming Great Jim Keltner Q&A Session at the Modern Drummer/Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp

Modern Drummer's Billy Amendola sat down with legendary drummer Jim Keltner at the Modern Drummer/Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp, which took place in November of 2013, to have a conversation about Ringo Starr, the Traveling Wiiburys, recording with George Harrison,…

Modern Drummer
Jul 22, 2014

Multi-Platinum Producer Amadeus Jam Session, Q&A, and Modern Drummer Magazine Signing

Join multi-platinum producer Antwan Amadeus Thompson and his Platinum Boy Music imprint as they celebrate his recent feature in Modern Drummer with a live jam session, media Q&A, and magazine signing. The event will take place at the Gibson Brand…

Modern Drummer
Jun 2, 2014

Nate Morton Web Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Diary

Due to deadlines, Nate Morton wasn’t able to complete his behind-the-scenes journal about his unique job drumming on the hit television talent show The Voice before his cover story was published in the June 2014 issue of Modern Drummer. Here’s…

Modern Drummer
Apr 29, 2014

John Bonham Celebration and Tribute Video

  In remembrance of the passing of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, Modern Drummer and a few friends pay special tribute to one of the greatest drummers of our time. In this clip, which was filmed backstage at the…

Modern Drummer
Sep 25, 2013

Steve Hackett Re-Revisits Genesis

The bandleader and longtime guitarist with the legendary British band discusses the great drummers he’s played with, as well as his latest release, Genesis Revisited II.   MD: It’s amazing how Phil Collins was able to make all of the…

Modern Drummer
Sep 3, 2013

Flecktones Drummer Roy “Futureman??? Wooten Chats With Fiddle/Sticks Creator Casey Driessen

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones drummer Roy Wooten, aka Futureman, recently got together with fiddler and occasional Flecktones collaborator Casey Driessen for a two-day jam session and conversation for the project Fiddle/Sticks, in which Driessen has been exploring the fiddle…

Modern Drummer
Jun 24, 2013

Billy Martin: What’s New Is “Old???

by Jeff Potter   Last year Medeski Martin & Wood released Free Magic, a live document of the band’s 2007 acoustic tour. Here drummer Billy Martin discusses his unique equipment choices, which add color the funk/jazz trio’s ever-fascinating sonic palette.…

Modern Drummer
May 30, 2013

The Smashing Pumpkins’ Mike Byrne

photo by Alex Soca   by David Ciauro   In this exclusive MD Online interview, the drummer discusses his double life as arena rock god and basement-dwelling indie plebian.   MD: You had already started the band Bearcubbin’ before landing…

Modern Drummer
May 21, 2013

Matchbox Twenty’s Paul Doucette Discusses North Track by Track

by Billy Amendola   The May 2013 issue of Modern Drummer magazine features an Update with Matchbox’s Twenty’s Paul Doucette. Here, we continue the conversation about the band’s latest album, North, and Doucette gives his impressions of each track from…

Modern Drummer
Apr 2, 2013

Dave King of the Bad Plus: Web-Exclusive Interview

by Michael Parillo   To read the Dave King cover story from the October 2012 issue of Modern Drummer, pick up a back issue or order a copy from the App Store.   “I’ve always been attracted to the mystery…

Modern Drummer
Dec 4, 2012

Randy Ciarlante Levon Helm’s Latter-Day Right-Hand Man

by Bob Girouard   Randy Ciarlante occupied the second drum chair throughout the Band’s decade-long resurgence in the 1990s, touring with the group and playing on the critically acclaimed albums Jericho, High on the Hog, and Jubilation. Ciarlante was an…

Modern Drummer
Oct 22, 2012

CCR’s Doug Clifford

Discipline and Feel by Jeff Potter Doug “Cosmo” Clifford stamped his signature groove on the roots-rock/country/R&B mix of Creedence Clearwater Revival, one of the biggest hit makers of the late ’60s and early ’70s. Along with original bassist Stu Cook…

Modern Drummer
Oct 2, 2012

Steve Jordan Live Webcast and Q&A

On Thursday, September 6, 2012, Memphis Drum Shop will present multi-instrumentalist, composer, musical director and Grammy Award-winning artist/drummer Steve Jordan in a free live webcast from its myCymbal.com studios in Memphis, TN. For further details, visit memphisdrumshop.com/events and/or review the flyer below. For more about…

Modern Drummer
Sep 4, 2012

New Chad Smith App and Twitter Q&A

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith has released a new app for Apple devices and Android, and he’ll be conducting a live Twitter Q&A session before the Chili Peppers’ show at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, this…

Modern Drummer
May 3, 2012