5 Moments Billy Cobham Was The BEST Drummer!

Happy Birthday, Billy Cobham!

Sighted as an influence for many drummers across so many genres, from the likes of Kenny Aronoff, Daney Carey, Jimmy Chamberlin, Dennis Chambers, Thomas Pridgen, Matt Garstka and many, MANY more, Billy could be considered the godfather of drums, so here’s 5 times where he was just the best drummer in the world…

Billy Cobham: Tenth Pinn – 1974

Brace yourself for 13 minutes of just AWESOMENESS. That’s all…

Billy Cobham – Drum Solo – France 1972 (Mahavishnu)

Another drum solo from Billy, this one taken in 1972. France didn’t quite know, or perhaps appreciate the spectical they were about to endure.

Billy Cobham: Drum Solo: EYE OF THE HURRICAINE (1983)

Billy was tearing shreds out of the drums 10 years prior to me being born, and this solo from 1983 with Herbie Hancock simply blew my mind!

Billy Cobham Drum Solo in the Evans Studio

…because sometimes, FOUR sticks are better than two!

Billy Cobham: STRATUS – 2016

“Stratus” is often the first word that comes to mind when drummers talk of Billy Cobham, so to round out our picks, here’s a performance from 2016 of the man himself playing that very piece. Enjoy!

Of course, there are many, MANY great performances from Billy across truly sensational and lengthy career. It was really difficult to narrow down just five moments. What a player, and influential to drummers both new and old.

Which performance from Billy is your favourite? Let us know down below!

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Drummers Only Radio Ep #44 – What It’s Like Working In The Drum Industry!

We’re joined by our Leeds store manager, Jake Brooksbank, to discuss our experiences working in Drummers Only and the drum industry as a whole. We talk about our perspective of factory visits, the evolution of drum retail and a quick story of selling a cowbell over the phone!

You can find Jake at Drummers Only Leeds

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WIN A Tama Dyna Sync Single Pedal!

Tama UK are offering you the chance to WIN this incredible Dyna Sync Single Pedal with their Instagram competition!

All you have to do is:

  1. Visit Our Stores
  2. Take a selfie while trying out some Tama Gear & Accessories
  3. Post it on your Instagram and tag @TamaUK with the hashtag #GetBackInStore

Tama UK will announce the winner on May 28th, so good luck!

*UK & Ireland ONLY*

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Top 5 Dennis Chambers Performances!

Happy Birthday Dennis Chambers!

We take a look back into drumming history and put together 5 of our FAVOURITE Dennis Chamber performances. Let’s go!!

“Legendary” Drum Solo – 1998

We’re kicking this off with a flavour of what Dennis is capable of. This drum solo from 1998 is nothing short of SENSENATIONAL.

“Liz & Opie” (PASIC 2018)

This features Dennis performing with Victor Wooten and Bob Franceschini, playing Liz & Opie from the Trypnotyx album. The synergy between the three is astounding, and the playing from Dennis is phenomenal!

“Cissy Strut” Drum Solo (David Letterman, 2011)

What we love about David Letterman is that he always gave the drummer a chance to shine, and Dennis was no different! Just wait til the solo kicks in. Those Paradiddles are INSANE!

1989 Buddy Rich Memorial Concert

A much younger man in 1989, Dennis plays exceptional tribute to the late, great Buddy Rich, all while demonstrating his incredible technique and flare Dennis became famous for. You should watch this, for his hairstyle alone!

“Loose Screws” By Dennis Chamers & Ghost-Note (Zildjian Live 2020)

2020 was a mixed bag, but it gave us this simply jaw-dropping performance from Dennis. We felt it appropriate to round out our picks with a recent performance, to show that even after a long career…Dennis still GOT IT!

Of course, there are many, MANY great performances from Dennis across his lustrious career. From his many clinics and unforgettable live performances, he’s inspired thousands of drummers to pick up sticks. A true inspiration and innovater.

Which performance from Dennis is your favourite? Let us know down below!

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Celebrating 15 Years!

THANK YOU for all the support over the last 15 years!

On this day in 2006 we opened the doors in Commerce Street, Glasgow under the name Rhythm Base. On reflection choosing a name few could spell right wasn’t the best idea so we swapped it out for Drummers Only, opened a second store in Leeds and moved the Glasgow store to our new location in Queenslie

We’ve seen lots of drums and drummers come through the doors in that time, and we look forward to welcoming more for years to come!

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Tama S.L.P Fat Spruce 20in Shell Pack in Turquoise Review!

The new SLP drum kits are based on the concept Tama’s SLP snare drum series, which have become very popular worldwide for their wide range of features and sound characteristics. Like the snares, each kit model has its own original sound and distinct features such as hoops, lugs and tom brackets, that were carefully selected to achieve the full potential of its shell material.

We put this 20in Shell Pack through it’s paces! The sizes on this particular kit were 12x8in, 14x14in & 20x16in. This kit also as a 22in shell pack configuration, too!

Please enjoy!

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WIN A Zildjian A 21in Sweet Ride!

Zildjian GBI are offering you the chance to WIN this Avedis 21in Sweet Ride with their Instagram competition!

All you have to do is:

  1. Visit Our Store
  2. Take a selfie while trying out some Zildjian cymbals & accessories
  3. Post it on your Instagram and tag @ZildjianGBI with the hashtag #GetBackInStore

Zildjian GBI will announce the winner on May 28th, so good luck!

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Drummers Only Radio #43 w/Jared Falk (Founder & CEO of Drumeo)

Starting an “online” instructional course was crazy talk back in 2007. This whole “internet fad” wasn’t going to dictate or influence our lives on any grand scale, they said. How things have changed…

I’m quite certain most drummers will know about, or have heard of Drumeo but in case you haven’t, Drumeo is the largest and most recognisable drumming and instrument-based online education platform, started by Jared Falk, the founder and CEO of the company. Becoming the most recognisable drumming online educational platform has not happened overnight, infact it’s taken Jared and Drumeo team almost 15 years to reach this remarkable benchmark that’s seen Drumeo achieve a YouTube following of over 1.89 MILLION, and gain millions of students worldwide part of the Drumeo Edge program.

We had to know more, so we sat down to talk with Jared on our podcast. We talked about the humble beginnings of Drumeo, the importance of online education, the future of instruments and what that means for a business like Drumeo & much more!

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Drummers Only Radio #42 – Simon Edgoose – Get The BEST From Your Electronic Drums!

The humble electronic drum kit. It’s a controversial topic for drummers, some see it as a luxury, others as the anti-christ. Regardless of where you sit on the fence, we can all agree that electronic drums nowadays are FAR superior to those from the days of Yorr. The advancement in e-drum technology move so quickly that it’s near impossible to keep up if you don’t love it. Fortunately, Simon Edgoose does!

Simon is a bit of a wizard when it comes to e-drum technology, having spent the last 15+ years being a consultant and demonstrator for some of the biggest brands in the drumming industry. This knowledge has lead Simon to get the call from the likes of Yamaha, U2, Kylie Minogue, Take That and of course, Drummers Only to solve any technical issues. 

We had to know more, so we sat down to talk with Simon on our podcast. We talked about how to get the absolute BEST from your electronic drum kit, his experience from a research and development perspective, and where he sees the future of electronic instruments

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Drummers Only Radio #41 – Kaz Rodriguez – Finding Your Voice

How do you quantify progression as a drummer?

Is it the countless hours of practice? Learning all the artist material? Staying humble and welcoming to any new experiences and people you encounter? Well, Kaz Rodriguez would say it’s all of the above.

Kaz Rodriguez is a drummer, producer, composer and educator. He could be defined as the “drummer for the stars”, with gigs such as Josh Groban, Chakka Khan, Jessie Ware & Disciples under his belt. Throughout his career so far, Kaz has successfully let his voice be heard through performances, a trait he has since passed to his Drumeo & private students. He believes finding your own voice on the drums is key to unlocking your full potential as a musician. Kaz has also been involved in sound design for them TM-6 Pro from Roland as well as composing 5 of his own studio albums, with tracks used by the likes of Anika Niles, Chris Coleman, Arron Spears & others.

We had to know more, so we sat down to talk with Kaz on our podcast. We talked about his progresson as a drummer, working with bigger artists, and the importance of finding your voice behind the drums.

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Three Brass Snare Drums PERFECT For Rock Music!

We’ve picked out three awesome brass snare drums that are sure to get you ROCKIN’!

Brand new for 2020 – Mapex have released a whole new range of their best selling Black Panther Snare Drums.  There are 14 new drums and every one of them has been reconceived and redesigned from the ground up, with careful attention paid to retaining the character of this much loved series, whilst at the same time introducing new shell features, sizes and materials that deliver an irresistible blend of tone, power and control.

The Metallion sets a new standard for brass snares. The warm and centered characteristics of the seamed brass shell focus the sound with just the right amount of sensitive bite.

Yamaha Recording Custom 13×6.5in Brass Snare

The Yamaha 13×6.5in in Recording Custom Brass Snare Drum includes a handful of special features that set it apart from just another steel drum. The center bead along the equator of the shell is fixed on the outside to give the drum more openness and fullness. A heavy-duty Q-type strainer gives you smooth, stable snare action and it just feels solid.

There’s also a 14×5.5in AND 14×6.5in versions of this snare drum!

Sonor Benny Greb 13×5.75in Brass Signature Snare Drum – BG SDB 2.0

10 years after the extremely successful collaboration with Benny Greb on his Signature Snare, the Benny Snare has not just been updated, but skillfully updated by the man himself. This all new snare has a 1.2mm 13”x 5.75” Brass shell finished with a vintage patina, Vintage Series teardrop lugs, and the super smooth Dual Glide snare strainer. This new drum also features a pair of the new “Monorail” internal dampening systems.

Out of the box, one of the systems comes outfitted with a felt dampener and the other a soft sheepskin dampener. The sound possibilities with this innovative muffling system make this snare the most versatile instrument on the market. The Monorail system also allows the dampeners to be interchanged-opening endless possibilities to customize the drums sonic characteristics.

We put together a video featuring all three of these snare drums. We’re struggling to choose our favourite, they all sound INCREDIBLE!

Which snare drum is your favourite? Let us know down below!

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#InternationalWomen’sDay – The Ladies Of Drumming!

In celebration of #InternationalWomensDay, we round up five of the most empowering and inspiring ladies of drumming!

Anika Nilles

Anika built a name for herself during the YouTube boom of 2013. Her concepts for grooves and interesting compositional ideas brought her to the forefront of many drummers! Anika performed as part of our “Drummers Only Day Out” event in 2018, a performance that many of our customers regard as their favourite performance from a drummer of all time!

Sarah Thawer

If you frequent around any drumming social media, chances are you’ve seen a video or two of Sarah Thawer. Her enthusiastic energy and incredible rhythmic flow grabbed the attention of many brands and industry pros alike. From picking up the sticks at aged 2 to suddenly finding herself surrounded by Sheila.E, Ghostnote and many others, Sarah is certainly a drummer to watch!

Nikki Glaspie

Perhaps one of the most entertaining and talented drummers we’ve ever seen, Nikki ticks all the boxes in terms of style and groove. With Nikki’s unique vibe and tremendous energy, it’s no surprise that she found herself in the chair for artists such as Beyonće. Best grab your most outrageous stank-face, because Nikki is guaranteed to fire you up!

Taylor Gordon (The Pocket Queen)

If you’re looking for a drummer that embodies “Pocket”, meet Taylor Gordon. The Instagram sensation and Berklee graduate Taylor has gone from playing the drums on her fathers “Fischer Price” drum kit, to playing for multiple major artists such as Fifth Harmony, Beyonće, Michelle Williams and found herself in the seat for the 8G Band on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Phenomenal player, with phenomenal “Pocket”

Cindy Blackman

Empowering, ambitious, innovator, many words that describe Cindy Blackman. Perhaps the best way to sum up Cindy Blackman is to just watch…

The drumming industry has no shortage of empowering, talented, and innovative ladies who constantly push the boundaries of what’s possible and continue to inspire.

Which drummer empowers you the most? Let us know down below!

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