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 82: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Myron Grombacher and Gregg Bissonette
Originally aired live on March 16, 2021. John chats with two of his best pals and incredible drummers, Myron Grombacher and Gregg Bissonette! Myron talks about playing with Rick Derringer before joining the Pat Benatar Band, his iconic drum sets and the early days of MTV. Gregg and Myron shared some funny stories about their long friendship and the great Mark Craney. This one was extra special for me because I love these two guys so much!
Episode 81: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Stan Lynch
John’s guest is drummer, producer, songwriter, and original drummer for "Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers," Stan Lynch. Stan discussed reuniting with his longtime friend and Heartbreakers bandmate, guitarist extraordinaire Mike Campbell, and his recent tour with Mike’s band, "The Dirty Knobs.” Stan shared some stories from the tour, and how it felt to be touring and playing with Mike again after 30 years. John and Stan did a deep dive into tempos, playing comfortably and the importance of songs having a natural pulse. Stan talked about joining Dixon Drums and using them on tour, about his other projects, “The Speaker Wars” and “The Chefs” and much more!
Episode 80: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Jeff Hamilton
John’s guest is the legendary Jeff Hamilton! In this episode Jeff talks about his early drumming influences, attending Indiana University and studying with the great John Von Ohlen, joining Woody Herman’s band in 1977 at age 23, and being invited by Ray Brown to join The L.A. Four in 1978 and relocating to Los Angeles, where Jeff established himself as one of the most versatile and sought after drummers. Jeff shared insights on his ride cymbal beat, brush playing, his approach to achieving his organic drum sound, his equipment and developing the products he uses and endorses. John and Jeff also talked about their history going back over 30 years, with lots of great and funny stories.
Episode 79: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Ed Toth & Marc Quinones
John’s guests are drummer Ed Toth, and percussionist Marc Quinones, of The Doobie Brothers. Ed recalled being invited to audition for the Doobie Brothers in 2005 after his band "Vertical Horizon" disbanded, to replace the late-great Keith Knudsen and be second drummer alongside Micheal Hossack. Marc recalled joining the Allman Brothers Band in 1991 at the invitation of the late-great Butch Trucks, where he was percussionist for 23 years alongside Butch and Jaimoe, until the band stopped in 2014. He then joined Greg Allman’s band until Greg’s passing, and joined the Doobie Brothers in 2018. Throughout the show, John, Ed and Marc talked about their long history together, with lots of great Doobie Brothers and Allman Brothers stories.
Episode 78: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Peter Erskine
John’s guest is the legendary Peter Erskine! Peter and John discussed Peter’s MD Legends Series Book (available now!), and numerous other topics including vintage drums, selecting ride cymbals, home recording and much more. They also talked about Peter’s upcoming induction into the PAS (Percussive Arts Society) Hall Of Fame in November of 2022. Both Peter and John shared some funny stories, and Peter offered some invaluable drumming insights as only a true Legend like he can.
Episode 77: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Chris Hart
John’s guest is Chris Hart, Director of Artist Relations at Remo Inc. Chris has built relationships with the world’s top drummers and percussionists and in this show, you’ll see why he is one of the most loved and respected figures in the Drum Industry.
John and Chris discussed their history going back to when they met in 1985 working for Simmons Electronic Drums in Los Angeles. Chris shared stories and insights from his 30 years working at Remo, including Remo Belli himself promoting him to Marketing Manager of Remo’s World Percussion program, meeting the legendary Louie Bellson for the first time and his relationship with him, a great Paul McCartney story, and much more.
Love the podcast. Focus on the art, the artists, and the tools. Try to stay away from the Covid talk.
“Cool Covid story!” - No one ever
If I may offer a few constructive critiques…
Good guests, questions, topics and conversation.
Bad audio quality. Hard to listen while commuting, exercising or any other activities.
Also, please name each episode with the guest’s name first. It’s easier to determine which episodes I’ve already heard. I already know Billy is the host.
Good luck and keep improving!
New format needs refinement, but not lost cause
I will continue to check in, but so far the new format is tough to get through. They have good ideas and I like the interviews, and round table discussions, but it’s not focused enough and more importantly they need better sounding audio. Besides normalizing and compressing, please use the original audio recorded from the guests or hosts microphone and edit it together, not the squashed zoom or phone call audio.