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Rhythm Issue 296

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Rhythm is the globe's most respected and best-loved drum magazine. Every five weeks (10 issues a year) we bring you the latest news and interviews with the drum world's biggest players, review the hottest new gear and present first-class drum tuition with the best teachers.... No wonder we've been at the forefront of the global drumming community for more than a quarter of a century. Subscribe today to receive in-depth interviews & kit tours with famous players, basic and advanced lessons, rated gear reviews and lots of percussive brilliance!

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United Kingdom
Lifestyle Media House Ltd
10 Issues

in this issue

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hello and welcome back to rhythm…

In this issue, Adam Bushell – a long-time contributor to these pages, and co-founder of the WaterBear music college in Brighton – is here to help you improve your playing, with an in-depth look at five top ways to make you a better drummer. Adam had this message for our readers: “I really hope these ideas will help you progress and get closer to your goals. I’ve learned the importance of these five things through many years of playing music, and sharing them means you don’t have to wait that long! All the best for the journey.” Also in this issue, we remember the one and only Art Blakey. With memories, tributes and personal stories from three musicians that the legendary bandleader took under his wing – Cindy Blackman Santana, Jean…

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contributing to this issue...

David West “I still remember my first assignment for Rhythm some 16 years ago, heading out to interview Andy Strachan from The Living End armed with a handheld tape recorder and a notepad. Too many interviews to count later, I’ve met my heroes, like Steve Gadd and Zigaboo Modeliste, and even faced the withering gaze of Ginger Baker and lived to tell the tale. I’m thrilled that Rhythm is now back in action!” What was your first gig? “My first gig was in school assembly. I dropped a stick and didn’t have a spare, so had to scramble around in the middle of a song. Lesson learned.” Andy Hughes Andy Hughes has been a professional freelance music writer for more than 35 years. He has contributed to over 100 international titles, and currently writes for…

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the new breed

It’s the event that has given a leg-up to some of the drum world’s brightest talents and early in 2020 the Young Drummer of the Year crowned a new winner thanks to the blistering skills of Ebenezer Sendey. Ebenezer triumphed in a ridiculously-talented field of 10 top drummers aged 16 and under at Bromsgrove’s Artrix Theatre. Discussing the winner, show founder Mike Dolbear said: “I think the overall standard of the entries is getting higher but the top 10 has always been a very high standard. Ebenezer has been in the final before. He comes from a church background and he’s used to playing in front of people and playing music he’s not familiar with.” But, while Ebenezer was crowned as a worthy winner, X Factor on Drums this very much is not.…

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NEIL’S NIGHT Legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart’s life will be honoured with a special concert in his hometown later this year. A Night For Neil will take place at the Meridian Centre in St Catharines, Ontario on 16th May. The show, which promises to bring with it an array of world-class musicians, will raise money for charities, including the Royal Victoria Hospital. Peart passed away in January after a battle with brain cancer. ANIKA IN THE UK Anika Nilles is heading back to the UK for a set of clinic dates. The online sensation will play four Meinl-backed dates, kicking off at Rattle and Drum in Derby on 31st March. Nilles will then stop off at Birmingham’s PMT on 1st April, Drum Depot in Cardiff the following night and Wembley Music Centre on…

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kai hahto nightwish

“…THEY REALLY KNEW HOW TO HIT THE DRUM SO YOU GET A GOOD SOUND.” Human. :||: Nature marks Kai Hahto’s first album as a fully-fledged member of Nightwish, the reigning champions of symphonic metal. When not touring or recording, Hahto is a busy drum teacher, passing on the skills he learned after spending a summer in New York studying with Freddie Gruber and Joe Morello. “They didn’t understand about metal music,” he says, “but they really knew how to hit the drum so you get a good sound.” Nightwish has such a diverse style from folk instruments to symphonic metal. How do you achieve a drum sound that covers it all? “It’s like intuition. I really want the toms to resonate. I like Simon Phillips’ drum sound, even though he plays with single-ply…

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welcome back gene hoglan

Meat and Potatoes From the Atomic Clock? Where did Testament record Titans Of Creation? “We recorded the drums at the same place we did the last album, Juan Urteaga’s Trident Studios. Juan is great. He’s worked with Machine Head and Night Ranger, a whole bunch of Bay Area bands. On this record, I just cleared my schedule for the writing, so Eric [Peterson, guitarist] and I got together a bunch of times over about a six-month period, I’d fly up to Sacramento from San Diego and we’d start working on songs, so I was part of the sessions from the get-go. That made my recording performance feel natural. Eric always has a very definite vision for what he wants the drums to sound like, that’s why my drums for Testament never sound…