Drummers Only Radio #50 – Jost Nickel

Jost Nickel is a German drummer, composer and educator. His style is credited to be part of the “golden age” of drummers from Germany, with friends like Benny Greb, Anika Niles (a former student of his), and Marco Minnemann to name a few. His name appears within the credits on many hit records, but it’s not just being a top-class session drummer that fills all his time. Jost is also a fantastic drum educator, having released three educational books to critical acclaim! He is a Meinl & Sonor artist, with his signature Jost Nickel snare released in 2019.

We had to know more, so we invited Jost to be a guest on our podcast! We talk about education, his various industry experiences and talk about his new album release, “The Check In”.

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5 Times Roger Taylor Was The KING Of Queen!

Happy Birthday, Roger Taylor!

If you’ve lived under a rock for the last FOREVER, Roger is one quarter of British band Queen. Perhaps one of the greatest bands of all time known for such MASSIVE songs like Don’t Stop Me Now, We Are The Champions & Bohemian Rhapsody. Iconic songs from an iconic band, and Rogers drum parts are the key foundation to what makes those songs exciting to listen to, and exciting to play as a drummer.

So, we’ve gathered together five of Rogers finest drumming moments!

Brian May/Roger Taylor Guitar and Drum Jam – We Are The Champions [2020]

One of the best things to come out of 2020 was this light-hearted jam between two life long friends, playing one of the greatest songs of all time! Roger proves that with age comes wisdom and doesn’t miss a beat…and he’s doing his best Kenny Aronoff impression with those shades!

Bohemian Rhapsody (Live) (HD) – Axl Rose / Elton John / Queen

The ICONIC Bohemian Rhapsody performed by an all-star cast of Elton John, Axl Rose, Brian May, Roger Taylor and others from 1992. This one is actually worth watching twice, once for the legendary cameos and twice for the drum part. Roger is absolutely SOLID here!

Fun fact: This is video evidence of Axl Rose actually being ON TIME for a performance!

Foo Fighters + Roger Taylor – Under Pressure (Super Saturday Night 2019)

It’s one thing to meet your heroes, it’s a whole different thing to perform WITH them. That’s what Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters gets the honour of doing here. Excuse the multiple F-Bombs, but if you were getting the chance to perform with your idol… you’d probably be the same!

Roger Taylor – Live at Wembley 1986

Fancy watching 19 minutes and 34 seconds of Roger in his prime performing four of the most legendary Queen songs of all time? We thought you might. Enjoy!

Queen – Rodger Taylor Drum Solo [Rock Montreal 1981]

When push comes to shove, Roger Taylor can absolutely RIP on stage! Here’s his drum solo from 1981. Absolutely SENSATIONAL!

For many of us, Roger is the reason we picked up the sticks in the first place. He’s a true drumming icon forever etched in rock drumming history!

What is your favourite Roger Taylor performance? Let us know down below!

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Our FIVE Favourite Stewart Copeland Moments!

Happy Birthday, Stewart Copeland!

The Klark Kent of the drumming world is another year older. We wonder if he got his birthday Message in a Bottle…get it? Stewart Copeland isn’t just known for making drum gloves cool, he was also one third of english rock band, The Police. Like Travis Barker, Questlove, and Will Ferrell…I mean, Chad Smith, Stewart Copeland belongs to the minority of drummers recognised by even non-drummers. He’s THAT famous. Not only is he a phenomenal drummer, but he’s also an exceptionally gifted composer with noteable composition work for TV Shows, Movies and Video Games. So, we picked out 5 favourite Stewart Copeland moments!

The Police ~ Message in a Bottle ~ Synchronicity Concert [1983]

Perhaps the greatest recording of Message In A Bottle ever? Drumming wise, at least. Stewart is just on another LEVEL in this clip!

Side note; Is Sting dressed like The Ultimate Warrior on purpose, or was it just the fashion in the 80’s?

Stewart Copelands Approach To Backbeats

His fantastic, but also unconvetional in his approach to the drums. This video perhaps sums up perfectly the importance of playing the right rhythms for the SONG – not just a cool drum part.

The Police – So Lonely 2008 Live

Back to The Police now, and thankfully Sting has ditched his glad-rags while Stewart dons the headband of triumph! You can really see how much Stewarts playing has matured since the 80’s here – SUPER tight!

Stewart Copeland – Drum Solo – David Letterman 2011

Nothing of note to mention here. Just 3 and a half minutes of Stewart Copeland RIPPING!

Primus & Stewart Copeland at the Sacred Grove

When I think of the band Primus, I don’t instinctively think of Stewart Copeland. However, those are two worlds that collide in this video. Stewart isn’t behind kit in this video, but manning the percussion station! This song won’t be to everyones taste. At least it’s Gluten-Free…

Stewart will be forever etched into drumming royality, with his influnce on the drumming world shining through various young and up and coming drummers alike. Just don’t play the Roxanne drinking game with him…

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

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Drummers Only Radio Ep #49 – Abe Cunningham (Deftones)

Abe Cunningham is the drummer for Deftones. Need we really say more than that?! A phenomenal, diverse drummer and life-long Tama & Zildjian artist, Abe joins us to talk all things Deftones, Gear and much more. This is a MUST LISTEN for fans of Deftones and Abe alike!

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Drummers Only Radio Ep #48 – Richard Spaven

Richard Spaven is one of the most exciting drummers in the scene today, with a very distinct and signature sound that’s landed him gigs across the jazz, soul and other genres with big artists. He’s a Yamaha & Meinl Artist, both companies allow for Spaven’s unique sound to shine through no matter who he plays with. He is incredibly down to earth and humble, this is a must-listen for all fans of him.

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5 Times Josh Dun Was Just Awesome!

Happy Birthday, John Dun!

It might be fair to say that most drummers over a certain age may not know who Josh Dun is. To others, Josh Dun is the sole reason younger players got into playing the instrument in the first place! Josh is best known for being half of American Pop/Rock/Rap/Alternative/Whatever they decide to write that day band, Twenty-One Pilots. He comes from an environment of selling drums, having worked in Guitar Centre which ultimately led him to meet his fellow bandmate, Tyler and the rest is, well…history.

In his early days, Josh was influenced by many Pop/Punk bands of the day, specifically Green Day. This no-nonsense high-energy attitude explodes from Josh when playing live shows. We’ve compiled together 5 times where Josh was an inspiration to the younger drummers

twenty one pilots – Heavydirtysoul (Live at Fox Theater)

This song should give you an idea of how diverse Twenty-One Pilots are as a band, which makes it very difficult to put them under a genre umbrella. This means the drum parts have to be ready to change at a moments notice, something Josh does exceptionally well.

Twenty One Pilots – Guns For Hands EBS w/Dual Drumming

Guns For Hands was the first song I ever heard from Twenty-One Pilots. That song spiraled an obsession with the music for me. This live performance features some really solid drumming from Josh, that escalates into a dual drumming segment. RAD!

JOSH DUN LIVE DRUM BATTLE (2017)

It’s one thing to have a drum battle against a talented drummer, it’s another thing entirely to have a drum battle against YOURSELF!

S Family – Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots

Here’s Josh doing his thing as part of a promo for the Zildjian S series Cymbals. Both Josh, and the cymbals sound great!

Josh Dun surprises young drummer, Jaxon Smith

Okay, so this one isn’t strickly Josh PLAYING drums, but it’s a moment of total class from him! Here, Josh invites a young fan behind the scenes and onto the stage to play his favourite Twenty-One Pilots song on Joshs kit. Not only that, but they made him a whole video to go with it! It’s all our secret fantasy to be invited onto stage by our favourite drummer, and to Josh to be the enabler is just so cool!

Okay, so the music might not be to everyones taste, but it’s hard to deny that Joshs ability to let his whole personality to shine through his performance!

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

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Drummers Only Radio Ep #47 – Mike Johnston

Mike Johnston is a drummer, content creator and educator. He runs his own education site, Mikeslessons.com and has grown an extensive following on his social media channels. Mike is the real deal, the complete definition of a true professional, please enjoy our chat!

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Drummers Only Radio Ep #46 – John Tempesta (The Cult)

John Tempesta is a hard-hitting, heavy metal/hard rock drummer. Growing up in The Bronx influenced his no-nonsense playing style which has landed him gigs with metal juggernauts Exodus, White Zombie and, The Cult. We talk about Johns career as a drummer, what it takes to perform at such a high level, being a drum tech, joining an established band and more

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Drummers Only Radio Ep #45 – How To Run A Drum Show w/Neil Golding (The UK Drum Show)

Neil Golding is the director of Gold Media & Events, and chief organiser for events like The UK Drum Show, The UK Bass Guitar Show, The London Drum Show and more! We talk to Neil about moving and expanding The UK Drum Show to Liverpool, the logistics and struggles of running a large scale drumming event, the future of drum shows and much more!

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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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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!

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