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A podcast all about the rich history of the drums - and how they became what they are today! Join Bart van der Zee as he speaks with experts about the curious journey of the ever-evolving drum set.

Drum History Bart Vanderzee

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    • 4.9 • 140 Ratings

A podcast all about the rich history of the drums - and how they became what they are today! Join Bart van der Zee as he speaks with experts about the curious journey of the ever-evolving drum set.

    The History of French Drumming with Josh Harmon

    The History of French Drumming with Josh Harmon

    Josh is known on social media for his amazing videos where he creates percussive sound effects to famous movie clips and it has garnered him a following in the millions - but he joins me in this episode to talk about his passion and expertise on the history of french military drumming. He not only studied the ins-and-outs of the Napoleonic military style of drumming and all the tactical ways drums were used in the military, but he actually traveled to France to study with one of the last men who teach this elaborate type of drumming that is uniquely French. This is a great episode that is packed with interesting info with a very funny guy.
    Check out Josh's trailer for his documentary that he made about his experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIKTyT9hw14
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    A Look At Bearing Edges with Jeff Kirsch

    A Look At Bearing Edges with Jeff Kirsch

    Don't blame yourself if you have trouble tuning - It might be your edges! Jeff is a great drum builder in Portland, Oregon who has a deep understanding of bearing edges and drum building in general. He spends majority of this episode discussing everything you need to know to understand how edges work, but we also talk about vintage vs. modern shell construction and wood types!
    Get in contact with Jeff here: https://portlanddrums.com/
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Louie Bellson and Tuxedo Bags with Ron Weinstein

    Louie Bellson and Tuxedo Bags with Ron Weinstein

    Ron Weinstein was the inventor of the iconic Tuxedo Bags and had a 40 year relationship with Louie Bellson. He shares the story of how he created the bags which revolutionized drum cases in the 1980's, and how his friend Louie Bellson rocketed his brand forward by attaching Louies celebrity to the brand . The best part is that Louie didn't ask for a dime and Ron tells many great stories that paint picture of how much of a gentleman the drumming legend really was. This is great drumming history that is not widely known, enjoy!
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    • 59 min
    A Look At Animal Skin Drumheads with Jeff Stern

    A Look At Animal Skin Drumheads with Jeff Stern

    Jeff Stern owns and operates Stern Tanning Co. which acquired the United Rawhide Company of Chicago in 2001 - the former largest manufacturer or drumheads in the world before mylar became king. United Rawhide was the primary drumhead provider for Slingerland, Gretsch, Rogers, and Ludwig. Jeff teaches us the start to finish process of how a tannery works and creates high quality drumheads, plus lots of great information about how, when, and why you would want to use a calf or goat skin drumhead.
    Here is the DRUM Magazine article about how to tuck a drumhead: https://drummagazine.com/old-school-tools-how-to-tuck-calfskin-heads/
    Stern Tanning Co. website: http://www.sterntanning.com/
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    • 58 min
    Can You Copyright A Drumbeat? with Kurt Dahl

    Can You Copyright A Drumbeat? with Kurt Dahl

    Kurt is a drumming entertainment lawyer who breaks down the age old question - can you copyright a drumbeat? We discuss famous songs like "We Will Rock You", "Billy Jean", When The Levee Breaks", "Sunday Bloody Sunday", and many more. Kurt also tells us how song credits work and how we can protect ourselves and get what we deserve as drummers plus tons of other great information. Kurt is the drummer for the very successful rock group, One Bad Son, and has some serious real world experience with his own band and many of his high level clients.
    Check out Kurts article about copyrighting drum beats here: https://lawyerdrummer.com/2018/04/can-copyright-drumbeat/
    This is the documentary I was discussing about "Who Let The Dogs Out". It is streaming on Hulu. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9617782/
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    The History of Fibes Drums with Tommy Robertson

    The History of Fibes Drums with Tommy Robertson

    Tommy has been the owner of Fibes Drums since 1994, and he is the perfect person to tell us about the history of this iconic brand that dates back to 1966. They are very sought after and beloved drums that are the gem of many collections and we learn about the different eras and owners of the brand. They pushed forward both the technology of Fiberglass drums and Acrylic drums which helped shape the sound of drummers of the 60's, 70,s 80's through to today.
    Check out Tommys Drum Shop here: https://tommysdrumshop.com/

    Enjoy!
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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
140 Ratings

140 Ratings

jimmy fan ,

To love drums is to love drum history

Really enjoining this more than I expected to. The host brings knowledge, experience and humor. The topics are fascinating and brings greater pleasure to the instruments themselves.

Keep up the great work!

seanlafferty ,

Such an addictive show

I love this show and I can’t say enough about it. So much knowledge and history with an amazing host. @seanlaffertydrums

marchsong7 ,

Fascinating & educational

Bart has really developed his knack of being able to bring out the best in an interview. An interview may start a bit slower, but hang around and you’ll find it becoming interesting in ways you couldn’t have seen coming. If you get hooked like I did, don’t miss out on the older episodes-they are pure gold.

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