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Lessons Learned after 26+ Years of Touring | Brian Frasier-Moore, Drummer for Justin Timberlake

Brian Frasier-Moore Theme Of This Episode Some lessons are learned quickly. Others take a lifetime to learn. Brian shares some lessons that it’s taken him 26 years of professional drumming to learn. What You’ll Learn From This Episode The “Two-Bar Repeat” How to know what an MD wants from you Why people hire “Brian”, not

19 Dec
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What to Look for in a Great Mentor | Ben Bradley, Drummer for Brett Kissel

Ben Bradley Theme Of This Episode The only thing that being a three-time CCMA Drummer of the year means is that you’re willing to work hard, you’ve been blessed with great mentors, and learned some important lessons along the way. Ben just finished the most extensive tour in Canadian history with Brett Kissel, and shares

12 Dec
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Maintaining Relationships With Your Artists | Jeremy Kleynhans

Jeremy Kleynhans Theme Of This Episode Jeremy plays with many artists. He may leave for a month long tour and have to sub out on some shows, but many artists choose to put him back in once he’s back. Artist’s can’t seem to replace him, so we talk about why this might be. Bio In

21 Nov
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How To Deal With Being the New Guy | Alex Torjussen, drummer for Niall Horan

Alex Torjussen Theme Of This Episode Alex has been touring from a young age, and has been the ‘new guy” enough times to know how to react and grow quickly to fill the shoes. What You’ll Learn From This Episode What to look for in a mentor Why to take the “non-click” gigs too How

15 Nov
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Building Your Music Career Backwards Pt. 2 | G. Mawell Zemanovic, Drummer for Miranda Lambert

G. Maxwell Zemanovic Theme Of This Episode Max’s purposefully made sure that the first time he played Miranda Lambert’s songs were at his audition to play with her. Max intentionally steers clear from promoting many of his career highlights on the internet. At first glance, some of Max’s advice might seem to come out of

24 Oct
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Building Your Music Career Backwards Pt. 1 | G. Maxwell Zemanovic, Drummer for Miranda Lambert

G. Maxwell Zemanovic Theme Of This Episode Max purposefully made sure that the first time he played Miranda Lambert’s songs were at his audition to play with her. Max intentionally steers clear from promoting many of his career highlights on the internet. At first glance, some of Max’s advice might seem to come out of

17 Oct
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Cymbal Design & Innovation | Paul Francis, Director of Cymbal Innovation at Zildjian

Paul Francis Theme Of This Episode Paul spent his first day at Zildjian sweeping floors. Over 30 years later, he’s the one designing the cymbals many of us use and love. If you’ve ever wondered how they make your favourite cymbal sound dark, gritty, earthy, sandy, washy(or whatever other adjectives you use to describe your cymbals),

10 Oct
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Playing For A Rapidly Growing Artist | Rhett Noland, Drummer for NF

Rhett Noland Theme Of This Episode As NF’s drummer, Rhett’s watched their career 10X over the last couple of years. It’s the type of growth we all want to see and be a part of, but in addition to the upsides of being in that situation, it comes with some growing pains that can’t be

02 Oct
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Approaching Drums as a Multi-Instrumentalist | Robbie Crowell, Drummer for Midland

Robbie Crowell Theme Of This Episode After getting a degree in Jazz Saxophone, Robbie’s spent years hopping between drums, bass, and keys for Matt Mays, Deertick, Midland, and many more. As someone who’s spent a lot of time on stage playing along with other drummers, he has a unique perspective on how to approach the

19 Sep
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Business Insights for Touring Drummers | Sahir Hanif, Masters of Maple Drums

Sahir Hanif Theme Of This Episode Sahir owns a drum company, Masters of Maple Drums, and a touring/production company Ghost Tech Touring. If he’s not sourcing trees, or building drums, he’s drum tech-ing in studio, or staffing tours with tech personnel. He shares some of his experiences in running multiple companies in the music biz.

08 Aug
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How a Career Develops over Twenty Years with the Same Band. | Riley Breckenridge

Riley Breckenridge Bio Riley’s a founding member, drummer, and songwriter for Thrice. He also plays in a band called Less Art, loves baseball, BBQing, and dad life. Theme Of This Episode Drumming in the same band for the last twenty years is a unique situation that most of us drummers haven’t found ourselves in. Many

01 Aug
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Becoming Your Own Drum Tech | Kenny Sharretts

Kenny Sharretts Bio Kenny’s an A-level drum technician, keyboard tech, and stage manager based in Austin, TX, working alongside artists like Elvis Costello, Janet Jackson, Train, Stevie Wonder, Rihanna, teching for drummers such as Kenny Aronoff, Aaron Spears, Stanley Randolph, etc… Theme Of This Episode Kenny’s tech’d for many of the world’s top drummers, and

25 Jul
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Why Drummers Need to Know the Lyrics | Brook Alexander, drummer for Julia Michaels

Brook Alexander Theme Of This Episode Before touring with Julia Michaels, brooks spent time not he road with many other great artists like Adam Lambert, Demi Lovato, Skyler Grey, and many more. Understanding your role on each gig, and how it can change from artist to artist is extremely important. Brook tells us how he

11 Jul
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Surgical Listening VS Big Picture Listening | Dylan Wissing

Dylan Wissing Theme Of This Episode Dylan specializes in drumming in recording real drums for hip-hop, pop, and anything that needs really specific sounds. He walks us through why it took over 2 days to find the perfect sounds for a 6 note loop for Girl On Fire, by Alicia Keys. Bio Dylan Wissing exploded

05 Jul
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Being the Drummer Artists Want to Hire | Jeremy Kleynhans

Jeremy Kleynhans Theme Of This Episode In any given week, Jeremy could have shows with 5 different artists. We talk about his preparation approach, and how he manages each situation with care, and how to keep getting hired by prioritizing the artists’ needs. Bio In the past couple of years, Jeremy has been playing shows and

27 Jun
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Full-Time Touring Drummer at Age 11 | Andrew Hemmerling, Drummer for High Valley

Andrew Hemmerling Theme Of This Episode Andrew grew up on a tour bus, travelling with his family band. He started cutting his teeth at 11 when he replaced the drummer. Since, he’s moved to Nashville from northern Canada to tour full time with High Valley, and explains how to legally move to the US as

20 Jun
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From Springsteen to Tomoyasu Hotei | Zack Alford

Zack Alford Theme Of This Episode Zack’s shares some of his most memorable moments with Springsteen, Bowie, Gwen Stefani and how he’s used drumming to really explore other cultures. Bio Zack’s either out on tour with American superstars (Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, B-52’s, Gwen Stefani), or he’s overseas touring with Japanese, German, or Spanish superstars.

06 Jun
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Why it’s Okay to Opt Out of Touring | Stan Bicknell

Stan Bicknell Theme Of This Episode Stan has different goals than most drummers, he doesn’t want to tour, he doesn’t want to depend on drumming to pay his bills. He wants drumming to be his creative outlet and not a burden. He explains why he’s opted out of the touring world and uses drumming to

30 May
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Comparing Touring & TV House Band | Adam Marcello, Drummer for Katy Perry, American Idol

Adam Marcello Theme Of This Episode After spending a decade on tour with Katy Perry as music director and drummer, Adam’s joined the house band for American Idol. He gives us a closer look at how these two gigs challenge in different ways as a drummer. Bio Rhode Island native Adam Marcello is well known

23 May
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Why Drum Programming Dominates Modern Recordings | Jimmy Bralower, Platinum Drum Programmer

Jimmy Bralower Theme Of This Episode Jimmy is the OG of drum programming and had a front seat to the transition that took place as drum programming began to take over modern record productions. He shares what it was like, why it happened, and where it’s at now. Bio Jimmy’s work can be heard on

16 May
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