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On the Beat With Steve Grantley of Stiff Little Fingers and RT-Zed: Touring and Raising Profiles

Hi, I’m Steve Grantley, drummer for the legendary UK punk band Stiff Little Fingers (SLF) and I’m thrilled to once again be featured on the Modern Drummer website. 2016 looks to be a busy year for me. I set off…

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Feb 4, 2016

On the Beat With Nick Cesarz of Vinyl Theatre: Talks Tour Challenges and Debut Album

Hey, MD readers! My name is Nick Cesarz and I play drums in Vinyl Theatre. We’re an alternative rock group based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I started playing drums when I was nine years old, taking lessons through high school…

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Jan 29, 2016

On the Beat With Josean Orta of Fit For an Autopsy: Motivated to Innovate

Hello, music and drums have been crawling through my veins since I was five years old. I remember scavenging my house to find anything that would resonate when struck and use it to create music while driving my parents insane…

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Jan 18, 2016

On the Beat With Paul Wandtke of Trivium: Working on the Same Wavelength

Hello Modern Drummer readers! I’m Paul Wandtke and I just landed a new “drumming home” with the Orlando based heavy metal titans Trivium. I just made my live debut at Knotfest in Mexico by performing in front of over 40,000…

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Jan 11, 2016

On the Beat With Chris Reeve of Filter

Hi Modern Drummer readers! 2015 has been a huge year full of opportunity and struggle—but you think we musicians have it tough? Let me tell you about a group of kids I was honored to meet this year when I…

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Dec 30, 2015

On the Beat With Ed Francis of Rhythm Workshops: A Magical Music Mission

Happy drumming everyone! My name is Ed Francis (Mr. Ed) and I’m the cofounder and executive director at Rhythm Workshops as well as a drum coach at Round Rock Drums—I have the best job(s) in the world. Rhythm Workshops (a…

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Dec 28, 2015

On the Beat With Tazz Washington: Conversational Drumming

Hello MD, Tazz Washington here. I am originally from South America. I am the baby of thirteen children and my mom was an African ceremonial dancer when I was a child. Watching her and playing drums with the elders heavily…

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Dec 14, 2015

On the Beat With Drummer/Educator Bruce Aitken: Takin’ It to the Streets

Hello, everyone! I’d like to first say a huge thanks to Modern Drummer for this opportunity to share what’s happening in my life these days. Some of you may know me from creating the Cape Breton Drum Festival for many…

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Dec 4, 2015

On the Beat With Shane Wise of Five Knives: Electronic Energy

Hi MD, this is a bit different! My first love is metal music, but electronic dance music, whether it's trap, house, or techno, has always wooed me with its unique way of bringing so much energy with little to no…

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Dec 2, 2015

On the Beat With Katie Herron of StarBenders: Reckless Punk and Classic Rock ’n’ Roll

Hi! My name is Katie Herron and I am the drummer in the glam punk ’n’ roll band, StarBenders. I was born and raised in Decatur, Alabama, affectionately known as the River City. The conservative nature of the South birthed…

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Nov 13, 2015

On the Beat With Damon Wilson of the Temperance Movement: Opening For the Rolling Stones

Hi MD! For the past months we’ve played shows in all sorts of places across America. Large theatres. Small clubs. Sports bars. Board rooms. Radio stations. You name it, we’ve played it. But nothing beats Friday June 12, 2015 in…

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Nov 9, 2015

On the Beat With Kurt Wubbenhorst of One Hundred Thousand: Breaking Through With Cohesiveness

Hi MD, I was fourteen when I sat behind a drumkit for the first time, and I had a mission. It wasn’t to play like my drum heroes—frankly, I didn’t have any yet. But I had songs, and I was…

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Nov 6, 2015

On the Beat With Damon Grant: Fifteen Tips I Learned After Music School

This list is in no particular order, and they all should be number one because they are all important. Have fun and smile! People will hire you more if they like to be around you. Remember people’s names, because everyone…

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Nov 4, 2015

On the Beat With Sean Heenan of Attila: Crazy Hot Days on the Warped Tour

What’s up, Modern Drummer readers? My name is Sean Heenan and I play drums for the band Attila. I’m super stoked to be given the chance to write this “On the Beat” for Modern Drummer, so I’d like to start…

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Nov 2, 2015