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40 Years Ago: U2 Begins, Calls Itself Feedback

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Larry Mullen Jr. just wanted to have a reason to play his new drum kit. That’s why the 14-year-old put up a flyer on the notice board of the Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin, seeking like-minded students who might want to play rock ’n’ roll with him. Six people responded to Mullen’s...

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How to Pitch Your Band When You Can’t Afford PR

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Having a publicist is an essential tool for your band’s growth and success. But not every band can afford the spend, depending on where they are in their development. So if you’re not signed to a label with in-house PR, relax. You are not S.O.L. There are ways to do your own PR and...

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Job: Sales Support Administrator

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Description: As a result of moving to new office and warehouse facilities in Edgware, North London an opportunity has arisen to join The British Band Instrument Company (BBICO). BBICO is a leading exporter of musical instruments and accessories primarily to military bands but also...

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How Dave Grohl Became a Member of Nirvana

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

By the fall of 1990, Nirvana were one of the fastest-rising young rock bands in the Northwest  but they were still waiting for the drummer that would transform them into the group that bassist Krist Novoselic would later describe as “a beast that walked the earth.”

That drummer was Dave...

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Good Charlotte drummer Dean Butterworth talks pop punk sessions, having a hit TV show and GC’s return

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Since his start in LA’s session scene aged 18, British-born drummer Dean Butterworth has been consistently busy, starting with his first major label session with MCA Records, to touring with acts including Ben Harper and Morrissey, and now including a full-time gig with pop-punk Godfathers Good...

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The hardest lesson I ever had to learn

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

I was 16 years old, still at school, and I had a phone call from a producer (friend of a friend) whose regular drummer had broken his wrist with a recording booked up for the following week. I was asked if I could do it, I gladly, and enthusiastically accepted! In my head, that was it! I’d...

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Robby Cosenza of Vandaveer Talks Influences and Studio Sessions

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

I started playing drums at age eight. It began with private theory lessons, followed by jazz/concert/marching bands. I began touring professionally when I was eighteen. Twenty-four years later, I’ve logged thousands of shows across this big, weird planet, half of them with These United States, Tarbox...

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Vinny Appice: Talks Bands, Tours, Projects, and More

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

For years I have been in a couple of very successful, famous bands and it has kept me busy with full schedules of endless touring and recordings. The music industry was in good shape back then, but times and the industry have changed and now many musicians are in different projects, bands, and offering...

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In Flames Introduce New Drummer

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

As you know  our longtime drummer, friend, and brother that is the almighty Daniel Svensson has left In Flames to pursue other dreams. He is still with us in spirit when we write our music, in our lives, and someone whom we will cherish forever. We are truly grateful for the nearly 20 years that...

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From The Riser celebrates today’s greatest drummers

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

From The Riser: A Drummer’s Perspective II is a follow up to the critically acclaimed A Drummer’s Perspective. The photographic collection captures the energy, emotion and elegance of some of the world’s best, playing with some of the world’s greatest bands.

The book features two hundred...

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Keith McMillen looking for funding for BopPad MIDI drum controller

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Keith McMillen Instruments has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to help scale up its drum pad production. KMI claims its BopPad is the most advanced electronic drum pad controller ever conceived. As the first product to come out of KMI Labs, the R&D division of Keith McMillen Instruments,...

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keeping the beat on the road and in the studio

Monday, September 19th, 2016

To say that Chris Dimas has packed a lot into his 19 years would be a major understatement. A drum prodigy who began taking lessons at the age of four, Dimas has followed a frantic pace through his teens. From winning the Roland Canada V-Drums junior competition at 13, to competing on Canada’s...

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Healthy mind, healthy body

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Clem Burke may be approaching 60, but he’s not showing it. As he kicks back in his London hotel, the morning after Blondie’s triumphant performance at the Radio 2 Hyde Park concert, he has plenty to say about fitness for drummers, his new band project Empty Hearts, and Blondie’s ongoing healthy...

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Journey’s Steve Smith on his amazing journey from jazz to rock

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Steve Smith  played New York’s Madison Square Garden during his first return dates with his old partners in the classic 1980s rock band Journey.  Revisiting his rock star role after half a lifetime. Steve explains, “They’ve been asking me to do it for a long time and at this point I am 61...

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London Drum Show 2016

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Rudimental’s charismatic drummer Beanie Bhebhe will perform on the main stage at LDS 2016 in association with Zildjian. Beanie mainly enjoyed experimental rock drummers when he started out. Zach Hill of Hella was a big influence early on for him, being impressed by his unorthodox approach to...

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