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Gojira’s Mario Duplantier talks about his amazing technique

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Overnight success is increasingly becoming the only route to making an impact in the music business – write a hit, make a splash and ride the wave. But the heavy metal world is a different beast and headline bands like Mastodon, Slipknot and Lamb Of God have worked hard for years to become...

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Music Education Awards 2017

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

All music education hubs in England and music services in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are now being invited to submit an application for this year’s Music Education Awards. Formerly the National Music Council Music Education Awards, and now run by the Music Education Council (MEC), the...

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Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper announced five new festival dates

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Steve Grimmett’s GRIM REAPER have announced five new festival dates starting at Bang Your Head in Germany on July 14, 2017. Normally that wouldn’t be much to write home about but after the past six months Steve Grimmett has had it’s a minor miracle. As widely reported Steve had to have part...

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Dream Cymbals and J.Leiva showcase at Johnny Roadhouse

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Manchester drum store Johnny Roadhouse is hosting a taster evening to showcase new products from Canada’s Dream Cymbals and Spain’s J.Leiva Percussion. The authorised Dream and J.Leiva dealer is keeping its doors open beyond closing time on Wednesday 5th July in conjunction with wholesaler SVM...

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Mike Clark will perform at the London Drum Show

Monday, June 26th, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that the ‘Tony Williams of funk’ Mike Clark will perform at the show in November. Mike gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock in the early seventies. His incisive playing on Hancock’s...

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Charlie Benante Relaunches Benante’s Blend Coffee Line

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Anyone who knows Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante knows his deep and passionate love for the taste of coffee.  So much so that two years ago, he launched his own line, “Benante’s Blend.” Today, having forged a collaboration with Chicago’s Dark Matter Coffee Co., “Benante’s Blend” has...

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Lenny Castro Joins Innovative Percussion

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

For the past 40 years, Castro has remained a first-call session and touring percussionist who works with the world’s top musical artists. Castro’s long list of credits includes The Rolling Stones, Elton John, U2, Toto, Rickie Lee Jones, The Eagles, Wayne Shorter, Adele, Fleetwood Mac, Kid Rock,...

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Setting up drum triggers

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Combining electronics with acoustic drums has become increasingly more common in recent years and is now easier to do than ever. Here’s how you can go hybrid in just five easy steps… The first step is to select suitable trigger types for your chosen application. Be aware that bass drums...

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Make Music That Matters

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Legendary Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor is well aware of the power of music. Along with bassist John Taylor, keyboardist Nick Rhodes and singer Simon Le Bon, Taylor has been a force behind a band that has rocked the music industry for over three decades. So when the band’s manager asked if he...

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Yamaha launches drum competition

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Yamaha Drums is now inviting entries for #FUTUREBEAT ’17, its latest drumming competition, which will offer a vast array of prizes and maximum exposure for drummers aged 18 years and under. The national drumming competition launched last year attracted over 200 entries, showcasing 50 of the UK’s...

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Ray Bauduc Had His Own Style

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Strongly influenced by both Baby Dodds and Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc was Singleton’s counterpart in the white Dixieland revival. His style was an intriguing combination of vaudeville, ragtime, and the basic New Orleans rhythms he’d grown up absorbing.

Bauduc was born in New Orleans in...

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Mickey Roker dies at 84

Monday, June 19th, 2017

The drummer Mickey Roker, whose distinctive groove placed him on the first-call list for such musicians as Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Tommy Flanagan, Herbie Hancock and Ella Fitzgerald, died May 22 in Philadelphia, where he had resided for many years. He was 84.

For the last few decades...

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The First True Drumming Idol

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Chick was born in Baltimore, Maryland on February 10, 1907. He suffered from tuberculosis of the spine, which left him badly crippled. It wasn’t until he underwent a painful operation as a child that he was able to use his feet. Ironically, it was this childhood trauma that inevitably led Webb towards...

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Joey Kramer on five decades of hard rocking

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Clocking up almost 50 years with the same band is no mean feat. When said band is one as turbulent as Aerosmith, the achievement becomes all the more incredible. But, that is the milestone that is coming into view for Joey Kramer. As the band limbers up for the first dates of their Aero-Vederci Baby...

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Grace communicates through drums

Friday, June 16th, 2017

When she was six, Grace Tedeschi stopped talking to her parents for a year. The only person she would speak to – in a whisper – was her younger sister. Now aged 11 and diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, she still only talks to a few adults – but she has a talent that allows her to...

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