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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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Performing With Truth | Gerry Morgan, Drummer for James Bay

Gerry Morgan Theme Of This Episode Aside from being an accomplished tin whistler, he plays drums in his spare time with artists like James Bay, and Niall Horan. He shares his thoughts on properly composing drums for a song, and why it’s important to really get to know the artist well. What You’ll Learn From

26 Sep
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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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Nikki Glaspie Beyonce The Nth Power Drummer

How Touring Can Make You a Better Person | Nikki Glaspie

Nikki Glaspie Theme Of This Episode Since being a member of Beyonce’s all female touring band, Nikki started her own band called the Nth Power. if she’s not out playing with them, she’s with Dumpstaphunk or Maceo Parker. She talks about how touring has changed her, and what motivates her to continue making music. What You’ll Learn

15 Aug
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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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Getting a Second Shot at Drums | Hubert Payne, Drummer for Little Big Town

Hubert Payne Theme Of This Episode Between a knife fight and a basketball injury, Hubert’s lucky to be alive, let alone play drums. He is no stranger to adversity and talks about taking action, creating forward momentum, ensuring you’re always better than you were yesterday. Bio When he is not on tour with LBT, Hubert

13 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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Podcast Mini Series with Steven Wolf – Part 4 | Ensuring Proper Album Credits

Ensuring Proper Album Credits Not receiving credit for a song/album you’ve recorded on sucks. Wolf’s been improperly credited (or not-credited) for Grammy-winning albums. He covers all of the details on how he makes sure he receives proper credit now. Steven Wolf Instagram: @wolf_drums Website: www.wolfedelic.com  

31 May
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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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Podcast Mini Series with Steven Wolf – Part 3 | When NOT To Take A Gig

When NOT To Take A Gig We always hear the advice telling us to take every gig we get offered. At some point in our career, it becomes really important to know when not to take a gig. Wolf gives us his criteria for taking or not taking gigs. Steven Wolf Instagram: @wolf_drums Website: www.wolfedelic.com

25 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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Podcast Mini Series with Steven Wolf – Part 2 | Reinventing Yourself In A Changing Industry

Reinventing Yourself In A Changing Industry The industry is changing faster than it ever has in the past. To thrive and succeed, it’s become imperative to adapt and reinvent how you play, how you work, and how you run your business. Wolf’s been kicking ass as a drummer, producer, and drum programmer for decades, and shares

18 May
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