News Archive

One of the great studio drummers

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Roger Hawkins stands as one of the great studio drummers of all time. As a member of the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Hawkins was the driving engine behind scores of soul/R&B classics. His unshakable time, southern-infused deep pocket, and commanding, song-serving drum parts placed him...

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Steve Smith had to relearn his own hits

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Steve Smith tops magazine polls, conducts drum clinics and, three weeks ago, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But he’s just like you, Mr. Aspiring Drummer, in one sense: He’s been playing along to Journey albums.  That as well as careful chart transcriptions is how Smith caught...

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Josh Eppard of Coheed and Cambria

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Seasoned drummer Josh Eppard is currently on the road backing the progressive-alternative rock band Coheed and Cambria on a nearly thirty-date national trek that lasts through May. The group is exclusively playing its third album, Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the...

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Eric Slick branches out on solo debut

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

This past April 21, Eric Slick, the drummer for the ’60s-influenced indie-rock band Dr. Dog, released his debut solo album, Palisades. Although he also recruited drummer Ricardo Lagomasino to contribute, Slick plays the majority of the huge, fluid drum grooves that brew beneath the record’s distorted,...

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Playing for the Overall Sound

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

I’m Mince of the Fratellis. Our band met in Glasgow in 2004 after I stuck an advert in a window and we’ve now celebrated the tenth anniversary of our debut album, Costello Music. We are excited to be making our fifth album in LA next month with mega-producer Tony Hoffer.

I received an early...

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Gregg Potter Talks About Buddy Rich

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Buddy Rich would have been one hundred years old this September. Unfortunately, his body left us thirty years ago this month, but his soul remains. I know the drumming community can all agree on the fact that Buddy Rich is one of the most influential humans to ever play a set of drums.

I know...

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Night Ranger’s Kelly Keagy Takes Leave Of Absence Following Successful Heart Procedure

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Kelly Keagy, the founding drummer of Night Ranger, is taking a leave of absence from the band to recover from a heart procedure. According to a statement, Keagy has had an heart “abnormality” all of his life and finally had a procedure to correct it. The procedure has already been done...

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Elise Trouw Talks Influences

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

I am a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter from San Diego, but you can just call me Elise. I was born in Southern California to a South African father and a mother from New York in the very last year of the millennium. Raised on the Carpenters, Green Day, and ’80s new wave, I always looked...

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Different Approaches to Recording

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

I’m Pat Kirch, drummer for the Maine and we’re based out of Phoenix, Arizona. We recently started our world tour in support of our new record Lovely Little Lonely. We have been a band for ten years now and this is our sixth record. For this album we rented a house in Gualala, California and built...

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Session superstar drummer discusses brand new book

Friday, April 21st, 2017

We’ve all heard the stories of American drummers being inspired by seeing and hearing Ringo Starr with The Beatles on television as guests on The Ed Sullivan Show. For star session drummer Kenny Aronoff, that moment in 1964 was life changing. Aronoff grew up in the small town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts...

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Mastodon’s Brann Dailor

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Mastodon’s discography follows a linear pattern, where each release moves into new sonic territory, making it a time capsule of sorts. Although this approach has earned the group a loyal and diverse following, it’s a challenge to accurately explain a record before fans get a dose of it, even for...

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Peter Criss Explains Decision To Stop Performing Live

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Original KISS drummer Peter Criss recently announced a couple of convention appearances this spring that are being being on his web site as his final live performances. On May 12-14, Criss is scheduled to appear at the KISS Konvention Australia in Victoria, with his May 12 set said to be Peter’s...

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kicking off the 2017 line-up

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

We are pleased to reveal that drumming superstars Jimmy Chamberlin and Kaz Rodriguez will perform at the London Drum Show 2017. Jimmy will rock out on the Main Stage on Sunday and hold an Education Zone session on Saturday, and Kaz will show off his incredible chops on the Main Stage on Saturday...

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The irreplaceable Alan “Reni” Wray turned 53 this week

Monday, April 17th, 2017

The man once dubbed “the most naturally talented drummer since Keith Moon” by The Who’s Pete Townshend, Reni is the magic element binding The Stone Roses together, past and present. The bucket hat-donning prodigy has serious skill  a mad octopus when he picks up the sticks – and nowhere...

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Job General Manager

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

The Music Publishers Association is seeking a General Manager to be a tenacious voice for its members on music publishing within the UK, engaging members, industry stakeholders and the general public in the MPA’s work on policy, professional development, education and outreach and membership activities. The...

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