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On the Beat With Josh Eppard of Coheed and Cambria: When Did You Really Start Playing?

Hello Modern Drummer readers. Josh Eppard here. I thought I would touch upon a question we’ve all been asked a million times: “When did you start playing”? I would assume we all answer this with the age that we picked…

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Oct 19, 2015

On the Beat With Jeff Mozingo and the Awaken Project: Saving Lives

Wow, what an honor to connect with the MD family and share what playing drums is allowing us to do to save lives. I’ve lived in the St. Louis area my entire life (go Cardinals!), and I’ve played drums since…

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Oct 6, 2015

On the Beat With Frankie Valli’s Craig Pilo: Getting and Keeping the Gig

Hi, it’s been a few years since I checked in with Modern Drummer, so it’s really great to be back and punch in with fellow drummers and like-minded individuals to share a few ideas! I teach part time at the…

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Oct 5, 2015

On the Beat With Lee Allen of Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band: Living the Funk Life

Yo! What’s happening MD readers! I’ve been a Modern Drummer reader since 1995. My name is Lee Allen and I’ve been recording and touring with the funk band Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band from Asheville, NC since 2009. We…

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Sep 28, 2015

On the Beat With Jaska Raatikainen of Children of Bodom: Changes

Hello, MD readers! My name is Jaska Raatikainen and I play in a Finnish metal band called Children of Bodom. I started playing the drums when I was twelve years old. A year later I started a band with a…

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Sep 24, 2015

On the Beat With Sam Doyle of the Maccabees: Make It Your Own

Hi, Modern Drummer readers, Sam from the Maccabees here. I’m writing this from our studio as our fourth album, Marks To Prove It, is about to be released. While that brings a sense of trepidation about how it’s going to…

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Sep 21, 2015

On the Beat With Rickie Mazzotta of mewithoutYou: Wisdom and Inspiration

Photo by Carly Hoskins Peaceful greetings to Modern Drummer and its readers, my name is Rickie Mazzotta and in case you don’t know who I am, here is a little bit about myself: I am a current and founding member…

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Sep 18, 2015

On the Beat With Ryan Meyer of Highly Suspect: Keep Your Buckets Full

Hi MD! I was born and raised on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and I grew up the youngest of three boys (my twin brother Rich, who plays bass is in the band, has me by eighteen minutes). Since I can remember,…

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Sep 8, 2015

On the Beat With Les DeMerle: 2015 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

Hi, MD readers, drummer and Amelia Island Artistic Director Les DeMerle here and I’m excited to share all the information about the upcoming 2015 Amelia Island Jazz Festival (AIJF) that will be held October 4-11. Jazz guitar pioneer, Larry Coryell,…

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Sep 4, 2015

On the Beat With Burn Halo’s John “Bad Bones??? Duarte: Talking Influences and New Album

Hey Modern Drummer readers! JD “Bad Bones” here, and it’s an honor to be a part of Modern Drummer magazine. It is true what they say—hard work and determination do pay off. As a young boy, drumming just came naturally…

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Aug 28, 2015

On the Beat With Andrew “Stix??? Cotterell of Feed Her to the Sharks: Rockstar Mayhem Festival Spotlight

G’day Modern Drummer readers. My name is Andrew “Stix” Cotterell, and I play for the Australian band Feed Her to the Sharks. We are a metalcore/deathcore band that incorporates an array of shredding guitar, driving drums, and catchy melodies, and…

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Aug 3, 2015

On the Beat With Multi-Instrumentalist Max Frost: Getting Drum Sounds in the Studio

What up, MD readers! My name is Max Frost, and I’m a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer on Atlantic Records from Austin, TX. My career has had a broad focus but drums are my original, underlying obsession. I play drums on…

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Jul 31, 2015

On the Beat With Adrian Perez of Silenmara: Technicality and Aggressive Grooves

Hello, guys and gals! My name is Adrian Perez. I play in a melodic death metal band called Silenmara and have been playing drums for eighteen years. I’m currently using an Orange County Percussion drumkit, Sabian and Zildjian cymbals, Promark…

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Jul 29, 2015

On the Beat With Dave Sundberg of Sister Sin: Rockstar Mayhem Festival Spotlight

Hey, hey, cymbal breakers, beat keepers, and MD readers! My name is Dave, and I annihilate the drums for Sister Sin. This is actually the second time I have been blessed to write a little something for Modern Drummer and…

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Jul 27, 2015