This weekly podcast brings to life Modern Drummer, the world’s #1 drumming resource, with fresh, fun, and insightful conversations with today’s top drummers, producers, musicians, beat makers and craftsmen. A perfect companion for magazine subscribers and new listeners alike. Whether you’re a professional or hobbyist drummer, musician, programmer and/or producer, this show is for you.
Episode 53: Billy Amendola with Josh Freese.
Welcome to this week's Modern Drummer Podcast with Billy Amendola and his guest Josh Freese. If you’re not familiar with his enormous body of work, please look up his discography, and it’ll make your head spin. Since a very young age, Josh has been a touring musician, a first-call studio musician, a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, and a band member as both a leader and hired gun. He recently finished up touring and doing dates with Devo and The Offspring, in between playing on hit albums and songs, and he’s getting ready as we speak to head out back on the road with Sting. He is a member of the Vandals (since 1989) and Devo (since 1996), he played drums for Guns N' Roses from 1997 to 2000, A Perfect Circle from 1999 to 2012, Nine Inch Nails from 2005 to 2008, Weezer from 2009 to 2011, and recorded over 400 records. In December 2010, Freese toured with Paramore on their South American tour. In fall 2016, he returned to playing full-time with Sting, whom he toured and recorded within 2005. In 2021, he toured with The Offspring. It’s mind-boggling. Let’s listen in and discover or be reminded why Josh is one of the greats. Enjoy!
#TBT Andy Newmark, Jack Douglas, John Lennon's Final Album.
For today’s podcast, we are running a #TBT with Andy Newmark and producer Jack Douglas to remember John Lennon on what would have been his 81st birthday on October 9th.
Episode 52: Billy Amendola with Mike Sleath.
Welcome to this week's Modern Drummer podcast with Billy Amendola, featuring one of Canada’s most in-demand drummers Mike Sleath.
Mike’s main gig has been touring with pop-superstar Shawn Mendes for over five years on sold-out worldwide tours. Sleath fills us in on his acoustic DW setup, playing a high-profile gig with Roland electronics, incorporating triggers, clicks, and loops, and how getting turned down for music college three years in a row helped make him even more determined to become one of the best. Enjoy!
Episode 51: Ringo Starr Change The World
Beautiful Day’s Elizabeth Freund curated this week's MD Podcast with Ringo Starr on a private Zoom press conference to announce Ringo Starr Change The World, a new EP to be released on September 24, 2021.
The 4 tracks were all recorded at Starr's Roccabella West studio and features frequent and new collaborators.
Ringo comments, "I only want to release EPs at this point and here is the next one. What a blessing it's been during this past year to have a studio here at home and be able to collaborate with so many great musicians.”
The lead single "Let's Change The World" was written by Joseph Williams and Steve Lukather of Toto.
"Just That Way" was written and performed by Ringo and his longtime engineer Bruce Sugar, and it carries on the reggae vibe from his last EP, Zoom In's "Waiting for the Tides to Turn" with Tony Chen returning on guitar, joined by Fully Fullwood on Bass and Ed Roth on Hammond B3.
"Coming Undone" is Starr's first collaboration with songwriter/producer Linda Perry, who wrote and plays on the track that also featuring Trombone Shorty.
For the final number, Ringo rocks his own version of "Rock Around The Clock" revved up by the unmistakable licks of Joe Walsh on guitar. They are joined by Nathan East on Upright Bass, Bruce Sugar on Piano and Amy Keys and Windy Wagner on Backing Vocals.
Besides the EP, Ringo also talks about the upcoming much anticipated six hour “Get Back” film coming November 2021. Enjoy!
Episode 50: Billy Amendola with Randy Cooke.
Welcome to this week’s Modern Drummer Podcast with Billy Amendola and his special guest, session, and touring drummer, Randy Cooke.
Born in Canada, Randy grew up listening to Top-40 radio and folk music as well as watching his dad perform in marching band, where Randy also learned Drum Corp playing in his early years before joining his first band Phase 4 at fifteen years old.
In 2004, already having a successful studio career in Canada, Randy moved to California and became a top call session drummer and has never looked back. He’s recorded albums with Kelly Clarkson, Eurythmics Dave Stewart, as well as touring recently with Colbie Caillat, and Smash Mouth to name a few. One of the coolest groove masters on the planet. Ladies and Gentlemen, Randy Cooke.
Episode 49: Billy Amendola with Jess Bowen.
Welcome to the Modern Drummer Podcast with Billy Amendola featuring the Summer Sets’ Jess Bowen.
Jess is one of the drummers highlighted in the inspirational Netflix documentary, out now, about drums and drumming, titled “Count Me In.” We highly recommend watching it.
Jess fills us in on her early days, the documentary, her past experiences touring, and recently reuniting with the band. She refers to herself as “the newbie” about her role in the film, and despite her starting at an early young age, she’s paid her dues and continues to rise and share her inspiration to everyone.
You can catch Jess and Bowie Jane on their own podcast called “Babes Behind the Beat.” The show interview women working in the music industry both behind the scenes and on stage. The show airs live every Wednesday at 7 pm ET on Idobi Radio, and episodes are also available on all streaming platforms. You can check it out at: https://linktr.ee/Babesbehindthebeats
Enjoy the show!
Informative and fun
As a professional drummer and an educator I’m always getting great ideas from the two Mikes. Honest, well humoured and informative podcast.
Used to be such a good podcast
Such a shame that modern drummer decided to change the format of this podcast. Listen to all the mike and mike episodes and then listen to the new format! This used to be the best drumming podcast out there. Now unfortunately it is one of the worst
I started listening to the podcast as all the radio coverage of Brexit was so depressing! This podcast evokes the complete opposite emotion!
It really is fantastic and Mike and Mike’s passion for their work is incredibly infectious.