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On the Beat With Richard Lee Jackson of Jonathan Jackson and Enation: Passion, Practice, and Playing

Hi, guys and girls! Richard Lee Jackson from Jonathan Jackson and Enation here. I started drum lessons as a kid after hearing the band Chicago, with Danny Seraphine, on the radio, and I’ve been in love with drums ever since!…

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Jul 20, 2015

On the Beat With Joey Muha of Jungle Rot: Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival

Hello, MD! Wow! I can’t believe I’m typing this right now. I spent many of my early drumming days reading and watching Modern Drummer, one of my favorites being the 2005 Modern Drummer Festival DVD. After saving up money from…

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Jul 17, 2015

On the Beat With Nick Baverman of Brent James and the Vintage Youth: New Record and Summer Touring

What’s up, Modern Drummer readers! My name is Nick Baverman. I play drums for Brent James and the Vintage Youth out of Cincinnati, Ohio. We’ve got kind of a southern, country-ish hard rock thing goin’ on. I love playing in…

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Jul 15, 2015

On the Beat With Alan Balamut of Rivers of Nihil

Hello, everyone! My name is Alan Balamut, and I am the drummer for Rivers of Nihil. I joined the band early of 2014, and we have been doing a lot of touring with bands such as Whitechapel, Carnifex, Death, Obituary,…

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Jul 13, 2015

On the Beat With Educator Dave Black: You Gotta Know When to Hold ’Em, Know When to…Roll ’Em

Hi everyone! I’m Dave Black, vice president and editor-in-chief with Alfred Music. I’d like to share a fun way of learning with you. While not quite an accurate telling of the famed Kenny Rogers lyric, the sentiment is correct—as a…

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Jul 8, 2015

On the Beat With Aiden Marceron of Bad Seed Rising

Hey MD readers. My name is Aiden Marceron, and I play drums in Bad Seed Rising. I’m thirteen years old, and I’m the youngest in the band. That being said, this makes us the youngest band signed to Roadrunner Records.…

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Jul 6, 2015

On the Beat With Abe Fogle of Rob Thomas: Checking in From the Road, Part 2: Hail the Drum Tech!

Hi, MD readers! Here we are keeping it moving along, at week number three of nine. There are certain factors that can grow on you on the right tour as it progresses. You get to feel out situations, people, the…

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Jun 26, 2015

On the Beat With Billy Idol’s Erik Eldenius: Checking in From the Road

Hello, Modern Drummer readers. Erik here, and I’m writing to you from my hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland. We are about four weeks into the Billy Idol summer tour. What’s particularly exciting about touring Europe in the summer is that…

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Jun 24, 2015

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…

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Jun 22, 2015

On The Beat With Tom Hunting of Exodus

Hi, this is Tom from Exodus. It is an honor and pleasure doing this video for Modern Drummer. I have been a longtime fan of the magazine. I am not one to usually talk about myself, but this video was…

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Jun 19, 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…

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Jun 17, 2015

On the Beat With Rob Thomas’ Abe Fogle: Checking In From Tour Rehearsals

Hi, MD readers! Well, it looks like things are coming together, and I am getting ready to go on tour again with Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas. I am extremely excited about the tour, the gear that I have, the people…

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Jun 10, 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…

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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…

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Jun 8, 2015