Clement Burke is an American musician best known as the number one drummer for the band Blondie. He has been with the group since 1975, helping them to grow from strength to strength. Through his music knowledge and innovative mind, Clem Burke has brought unexpected rhythm to the raw punk and New Wave that roared through the 70s’ NY clubs. It is said that those who listened to burke drums would recognize his unique styles
Very few post-punk drummers have combined power with the invention, and Janet Weiss is one of them. She has proven beyond doubt one also needs to master a blend of solid groove with a sense of songcraft. In simple terms, she is not just a drummer, but an inventor as well. Hence, she has closed the line for one of the best female drummers to become a prime example for all. Her enthusiasm and charismatic
Kenny Aronoff was born on March 7, 1953, in Albany, NY. He is one of the most outstanding American drummers, having served as a sideman for many bands, both live and studio. His longest services were with John Mellencamp, from 1980 to 1996. The drummer’s early life in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, was filled with inspirational moments that led him into the music industry. Kenny Aronoff started studying music at a very early age and developed his
Alexander Arthur Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician born on May 8, 1953. He is best known as the drummer and co-founder of Van Halen hard-rock band. Alex Van Halen formed the band in 1974 together with his young brother Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony. In 1977, Warner Brother signed the band, and it released its debut album in 1978. Alex and Eddie have remained the only permanent member of the
It takes more than talent to become one of the best drummers, especially for women. And Sandy West is the true evidence to this truth. She grew up knowing just to drum, and that gave her the energy to continue doing what she loved doing the best. “Every time Sandy is behind the throne, you can feel all the emotion flowing through her sticks.” One of her fans was heard saying. “She does not just
Their passion and desire to grow defines the best drummers in history. And this is exactly what makes Mick Avory a great drummer. Mick Avory is a drummer who believes in focusing on one thing and striving to perfect it. The Kinks, drummer, defines himself as someone who goes beyond the hard-hitting things. At one point, he was heard talking of how he would have been very suitable for anything the never got beyond the
Playing drums takes more than just talent and hours of practice. It needs dedication and ear for new styles and the motivation to grow and improve. This is the story of Tomas Haake, whose footsteps have been followed by many drumming enthusiasts. One of Tomas Haake drumming’s major characteristics is his sophisticated foundation of the Swedish metal band Meshuggah‘s thundering. Those who understand the best drumming approaches can always tell a good band when they
No killer garage band does not have a killer drummer. They can do without any other team member, but a drummer always has to be at the center of it all. And that is how The Bangles can be described in the formative days. The bands were regular covers of The Seeds and The Yardbirds onstage. But it would not have been so was it not for the drumming of Debbi Peterson. She always seemed
Chad Smith was born on October 25, 1961. He is an American musician who has been part of the incredibly famous band Red Hot Chili Peppers since 1988. The group was included in the Rock Hall and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Chad Smith started drumming at a very early age, developing his skills at any given moment. He was also a member of hard rock supergroup Chickenfoot born in 2008. Smith is one
When Tommy Ramone passed away, The New York Times wrote in the obituary headline, “he gave punk rock its pulse”. This simple line is enough to describe who Ramone was and what he was able to accomplish throughout his life. There are many great drummers that have come up throughout history, but very few have left as big a footprint as The Ramones. His real name was Thomas Erdelyi, but he was mostly known by
Think about all the greatest drummers in the world today; they all had someone to hold their hand while beginning their careers. Meg White experience has been different from, and perhaps this is the reason why she stands out as one of the most iconic drummers of all time. The drummer has a distinctive, primal approach to drumming that brings out The White Stripes appeal. This group rode their candy-colored outfits and stripped-down blues to
There are very drummers that have received the best compliments from other legendary drummers, and Chris Dave is one of them. At one time, Questlove talked to D’Angelo’s 2012 live comeback and confessed that his worst nightmare was Chris Dave in his drummer. Questlove continued by stating that you need the most lethal drummer alive to get on that tour. Chris Dave may not be a household name, compared to many other legendary drummers, but
Conga is a drum with one head and has a narrow body. Conga players use fingers and palms of both hands in playing conga. Congas are of different sizes, with the largest being about 15 inches while the smallest is 7 inches and can be hung on the shoulder by a strap. The size of a drum affects the quality, pitch, and volume of sound produced, and thus large congas are for lower rhythmic songs.
Have you ever seen the U2 perform? Then you may have noticed it only has one member who resembles a rock star. And that is Larry Mullen. Larry Mullen is one of the oldest drummers in the industry, having gotten his bearing in the late Seventies. Larry has one of the most amazing and inspirational stories about his career because he did not start very famous, as many would think. He was only a post-punk
The “Queen of Percussion Drumming” Bobbye Hall is a successful musician in what can be termed as a man’s world. Bobbye Hall started drumming at a very tender age and soon became the youngest session drummer in Motown’s history. Her prowess can be attributed to her talent and love for hitting things. Her percussive signature features on some of the best records ever. She has played with big names like Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonders, Bill
Carter Beauford is the founding member of Dave Matthews Band. With his chops-heavy jazz drumming technique and love for Tony Williams, the drummer has been able to create the most incredible groves. Carter Beauford presents his performances with a pop sensitivity you can never hear in any other groove. He is an essential member of the band and could be one reason for their strength. He has an excellent feel for the biggest and best
“You need talent, you need an innovative mind, and above all, you need muscles, if you must play rock drums.” That is what Ramon “Tiki” Fulwood always said when he was talking to emerging drummers. And that is exactly he approached drums. Grady Thomas once recognized Ramon “Tiki” Fulwood as “the most hardest foot drummer…” he had ever heard. Thomas, from George Clinton’s doo-wop crew, the Parliaments always had something positive to say about Ramon.
One of the primary reasons I chose the PDP as a brand for my drum sets is because I researched the company. It is not one of the major brands like Pearl and Yamaha, but it has set a footprint in the market worth noting. DW (Drum Workshop) started operating in 1972 as a drum school. In 1977, the school purchased tooling from Camco Drum Co. to begin working on a 5000 drum bass pedal.
Unlike many renowned drummers, Jack DeJohnette did not take up drumming until he was 18 years only. Before then, he had been playing the piano since age four. Despite his late entry, he would not let anything hold him back from becoming the best drummer everyone would later talk about. Jack DeJohnette may have been lucky to get an early stint with Chicago avant-garde institution, the Association for Advancement of Creativity Musicians. He was able
Nikki Glaspie has been named sorceress, alchemist, beat conductor, funk philosopher, seneschal of style, purveyor of pocket, and agent of love, among other titles. They all reflect her work in the modern drumming industry. “If there is any drummer who can make a difference in the woman’s world, it is Nikki,” one of her mentees noted. “Her style is married to her personality, subtle, yet firm in every decision she makes.” And they are not
Roger Hawkins may be the greatest drummer in the world, as Jerry Wexler, the producer who came up with the term “Rhythm & Blues” claimed. He always knew how to hit his drums in the right manner. Roger Hawkins approach was different from the normal hard-hitting rock style of his age. Instead, he worked around a drum with a soft approach that always brought out the best music sounds. He was always inventing new ideas