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Rhythm Issue 297

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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

2 min.
hello and welcome back to rhythm…

Firstly, I hope that this issue finds you and yours all keeping safe and well during these crazy times… Who could possibly have imagined what 2020 had in store for us when we were last all together in March? But I’m thrilled that Rhythm is back up and running and that we are finally able to pay our long-overdue tribute to the mighty Neil Peart. Neil once told Rhythm that, “respect is something that needs to be earned continually”. It’s a quote of his that always makes me smile because, throughout his incredible career, he was always challenging himself, always moving forward – inspiring a generation of drummers in the process. As a journalist, I can’t tell you the number of times I have sat and watched a drummer’s face light…

2 min.
contributing to this issue...

David West “I still remember my first job 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!” Best Thing Done During Lockdown? “I bought a set of congas just before lockdown, so I’ve filledmy time working on my Afro-Cuban vocabulary, getting to grips wth the Tumbao, Guaguanco, Mozambique and Songo.” Chuck Parker Chuck is a freelance drummer and writer who has written several features for Rhythmover the last decade and who has performed and recorded with a variety of…

3 min.
drum heroes help us through lockdown!

It would be ever-so-depressingly easy for us to list all of the shows, events and sessions that have been canned due to the ongoing pandemic. However, not only are a slew of awesome events starting to come thick and fast, but there are also plenty of players who have been doing sterling work during lockdown, allowing fans a more-intimate-than-ever-insight into the world of the drum megastar. One of the finest examples of this has been the treasure trove of online projects, which have seen cosy at-home interviews and conversations, live streaming, in-depth masterclasses and the opportunity of one-to-one lessons with a plethora of big names. Drum companies in their droves have stepped up and provided access to top endorsees – with players sharing everything from top tips and techniques, favourite gear, tales…

1 min.
marching back to rhythm

We are delighted to announce that Stu Warmington’s marching column will be returning to Rhythm in Issue 298. After 22 years’ service in the Corps of Drums of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Stu recently joined forces with the British Drum Company, as co-owner and manager of the Marching Division. In his new column, Stu will be exploring the crossover between drum set and marching, giving readers an insight into the world of drumlines around the world. Also back by popular demand is his ‘coffee break challenge’ – so be prepared! Stu had this to say about the launch of his new series: “Due to COVID-19, I’m fully aware that many of our readers won’t have had the chance to tour and travel this year, so I’d like to take you on a…

2 min.
yuya maeta

As a child, Yuya Maeta wanted to be a singer, but in the small town where he grew up, the only band with an opening needed a drummer. “So why did I first pick up drumsticks? Because I wanted to sing,” he says. Since making the switch, he’s drummed for Blue Man Group and BABYMETAL, and his fusion group, KARI BAND, has recently released their second record, Nimaime, packed with dazzling musicianship. How did you learn to play? “I’m completely self-taught. I guess I was a narrow-minded kid, as there were no drummers that I respected in Japan at that time. The first person I looked up to when I started playing drums at 13 was David Silveria of Korn – he was my first drum hero. I started to read a…

2 min.
sarah jones

‘So Lonely’ The Police – Outlandos d’Amour (1978) Drummer: Stewart Copeland “I first heard ‘So Lonely’ when I was about 14 years old, watching a Police tribute band with my dad at a local pub in my hometown of Hereford, deep in the English countryside. The drummer was doing all sorts of exciting stuff, and I wanted to play like that! “When I later heard Stewart Copeland on the track, it was all about the hi-hats… I loved how much detail I could hear in them alone – the rush and persistence in the choruses and how much bounce they added. The whole song sounded so live, with everyone pushing forward in places and playing off each other perfectly. The track also sounded so dry – especially the drums – and, because The…