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Every drummer has a unique story that shapes the way they approach the instrument. Join host Ben Hilzinger as he invites the world’s best players to dissect the TOP 5 records that made them who they are today. For more info, check out www.bigfatsnaredrum.com or find us on Instagram @bigfatsnaredrum. Cheers!

Big Fat Five: A Podcast Financially Supported by Big Fat Snare Drum Ben Hilzinger

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Every drummer has a unique story that shapes the way they approach the instrument. Join host Ben Hilzinger as he invites the world’s best players to dissect the TOP 5 records that made them who they are today. For more info, check out www.bigfatsnaredrum.com or find us on Instagram @bigfatsnaredrum. Cheers!

    Rob "Beatdown" Brown's Top 5 Influential Records

    Rob "Beatdown" Brown's Top 5 Influential Records

    This week’s guest is Rob “Beatdown” Brown. If you haven’t heard of Rob, it means you’re the perfect drummer and don’t need to work on anything. You’ve won drums. But if that’s not you (also ME!), and you’ve ever searched YouTube for literally anything drum education related…you’ve seen Mr. Beatdown. He is, hands down, my favorite YouTube instructor and one of the reasons I am lucky enough to still be a full-time drummer today. Here are the 5 records that shaped him into the player he is today. 
    Cheers For more information on Big Fat Snare Drum, check out www.bigfatsnaredrum.com and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok
    Artwork by Trevin Frame

    • 48 min
    Eddie Burns' (Clairo) Top 5 Influential Records

    Eddie Burns' (Clairo) Top 5 Influential Records

    This week’s guest is Eddie Burns…a Chicago-based producer / drummer who is currently out with the artist ‘Clairo’. He’s an incredible drummer with an old soul and a VAST knowledge of the Chicago music scene. I hope you enjoy the top 5 records that shaped Eddie into the drummer he is today. 
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    For more information on Big Fat Snare Drum, check out www.bigfatsnaredrum.com and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok
    Artwork by Trevin Frame

    • 59 min
    Thom Sonny Green's (alt-J) Top 5 Influential Records

    Thom Sonny Green's (alt-J) Top 5 Influential Records

    This week’s guest is Thom from the band Alt-J. He’s one of the most creative drummers out there today and the band, as a whole, are young legends. It was truly an honor talking with him and, if you don’t know Alt-J, they’re crafted a unique blend of folk, indie, electronica, and rock; it's their own genre, really. I hope you enjoy the 5 records that helped shaped Thom into the drummer he is today. He truly is a singular player and it's conversations like this that made me want to switch to this format. Cheers!
    For more information on Big Fat Snare Drum, check out www.bigfatsnaredrum.com and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok
    Artwork by Trevin Frame

    • 57 min
    J-rod Sullivan's Top 5 Influential Records

    J-rod Sullivan's Top 5 Influential Records

    This week’s guest is Mr. Jerrod “J-rod” Sullivan…a bada$$ drummer, programmer, arranger, producer and educator. He’s incredibly clean with both his beard trimming skills and his playing, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg of the things I love about him. He’s incredibly prolific…posting all the time on his socials, which currently sit at almost 90,000 on YouTube and nearly 230,000 on Instagram. I’m sure it’s laughably beyond that if you’re listening to this a few years from now. He’s currently the drummer for Jeffrey Osborne / Avery Sunshine and The 4 Corners. Please enjoy the 5 records that shaped J-rod into the playe he is today. Cheers!

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    For more information on Big Fat Snare Drum, check out www.bigfatsnaredrum.com and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok.

    Artwork by Trevin Frame

    • 37 min
    Rajeev Maddela's (Currency Audio) Top 5 Influential Records

    Rajeev Maddela's (Currency Audio) Top 5 Influential Records

    This week’s guest is Rajeev Maddela. He’s a drum set artist, electronic music composer, DJ, computer programmer, and rudimental percussion instructor based in Brooklyn, NY.  
    Under the name Maddela, he has released a host of singles and EP’s. His production work spans the genres of experimental drum and bass, future bass, and UK garage, with a focus on live performance elements and wide sonic palettes. The project I heard from him was CURRENCY AUDIO, which is an improvisational performance project exploring jungle, IDM, UK garage, dubstep and their various offshoots.
    Rajeev holds a degree in Computer Science from New York University. His career as a software engineer spans nearly two decades. Let’s just say he is a go-getter and it was truly an honor to talk to him. Big shoutout to Ian Maciak for introducing Rajeev to me, and yeah…let’s learn about the top 5 records that shaped Raj into the musician he is today. Cheers!

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    For more information on Big Fat Snare Drum, check out www.bigfatsnaredrum.com and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok
    Artwork by Trevin Frame

    • 48 min
    Jessica Burdeaux's (@jburdsbeats) Top 5 Influential Records

    Jessica Burdeaux's (@jburdsbeats) Top 5 Influential Records

    This week’s guest is Jessica “The Hoot” Burdeaux. She’s a former guest of the show before we switched to the current format so I knew I had to get her back on. I’m confident you’ve seen her on either social media, Drumeo, YouTube or Reverb.com (for whom she’s sorta become the face of drumming). She’s extremely powerful and plays with a conviction that is undeniably fun to both watch and listen to. Her creative, syncopated rhythms have caught the attention of the entire drumming community and I’m very happy to call her a dear friend. You know her. You love her. I hope you enjoy my chat with Jessica Burdeaux on the 5 records that shaped her into the now-full-time drummer she is today. Cheers! 

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    Jessica’s (now-archived) first time on the podcast - LISTEN HERE

    For more information on Big Fat Snare Drum, check out www.bigfatsnaredrum.com and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok
    Artwork by Trevin Frame

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Ultra Jonny Rock ,

Cool talks with a really cool dude!

Ben is a great drummer and his podcast goes deep into the creative processes and influences of some of the greatest drummers in the industry today.

StefanoDrums ,

What makes us tick

It’s amazing to hear the moments that shaped the drumming of today’s drummers on the scene. I love to learn about these musical moments, and I can’t help but reflect on my own musical moments and how they have influenced my drumming.

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Ben is too cool

Seriously…. Ben is amazing and this podcast is top-notch. Only complaint is that there isn’t a new episode every single day.

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