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Billy Ward Blog Number 15

Disciplined vs. Loosey-Goosey Here’s one person.  Do you see part of yourself here? If you are the type person that keeps your nose to the grindstone and have worked on that one or two things for a week, break it up!  Make your practice session a practice in diversity.  Find something else to do.  I

By | 2017-11-09T11:57:59+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Categories: Features|0 Comments

Up Close & Personal with Stewart Copeland

Mike sits down with possibly one of the most famous ex-Policemen...ever! Recorded at Stewart's 'Home' Studio - a place that many great soundtracks have been recorded and mixed by this eclectic composer. Going back to his days before the Police and how scanning brains might unlock secrets to multi-limb coordination! Keep checking the site for

By | 2017-10-10T22:00:59+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Up Close & Personal with Stewart Copeland

Buddy Rich @ 100

We first put up this tribute at the start of 2017, but we thought it was fitting as the site went live on his birthday to revisit it, and again have a look at the life of Buddy Rich. “Bernard ‘Buddy’ Rich, was born on September 30th, 1917 so we’re just a bit early with

By | 2017-09-30T18:37:58+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Buddy Rich @ 100

Adam Betts

Adam Betts has been shaping young drummers careers as a tutor at the renowned BIMM London for years - amongst them mine - but his work outside the class room is even more impressive. With a jazz degree from the Royal College of Music and a background in rock and funk drumming, Adam found himself

By | 2017-09-15T09:01:28+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Categories: Features, Interviews|Comments Off on Adam Betts

Backstage with Steve Barney

In the next episode of the ‘Backstage with…’ series, Mike talks to Steve Barney, drummer with Anastacia (since 2009) and currently out with Mike and The Mechanics. In this episode, Mike travelled to the BIC in Bournemouth to catch up with Steve when he was recently touring with Anastacia on date 13 of the 14

By | 2017-09-14T11:07:21+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Backstage with Steve Barney

Up Close & Personal – Matt Helders

Mike sits down with Matt Helders to catch up on whats been happening since the Sheffield born drummer moved to Los Angeles. They catch up on Matt's Post Pop Depression project and of course, Arctic Monkeys. Plus Mike asks Matt for his feelings about five iconic drummers. Keep checking the site for more Up Close

By | 2017-08-27T20:35:50+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Up Close & Personal – Matt Helders

Backstage With … Karl Brazil

This is the second episode of the new ‘Backstage with…’ series where we get to see behind the scenes with some really top flight drummers, and venture into areas that the public just never, ever see.  In this episode, Mike travels to Southampton to catch up with Karl Brazil with Robbie Williams on the third date

By | 2017-08-14T22:05:07+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Backstage With … Karl Brazil

NEW SERIES – Backstage with… Eric Hernandez (Bruno Mars)

This is the first of a new 'Backstage with...' series where we get to see behind the scenes with some really top flight drummers, and venture into areas that the public just never, ever see. In this first episode Mike chatted to Eric Hernandez from Bruno Mars' Band when he was in London at the

By | 2017-08-11T18:16:53+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Categories: Features|Comments Off on NEW SERIES – Backstage with… Eric Hernandez (Bruno Mars)

And Don’t Forget To Bend At The Knees…

At the age of 16 after finishing school I took a music course at Oxford College of Further Education. Not to be confused with actual Oxford University (far from it, back then the College was a hotbed of underage pregnancy and underachievement...) the formative music education, and the chance to meet likeminded musicians, was invaluable

By | 2017-08-11T18:17:23+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Categories: Features, View From The Drum Stool|Comments Off on And Don’t Forget To Bend At The Knees…

On the road – Cherisse’s tour diary as she takes to the road with Simple Minds

In her round up of the tour, Cherisse looks at the best bits of the Acoustic Tour In Part 5, the tour comes towards its end as the band return to the UK and Ireland Here is Part 4 as the Tour edges towards the end of its Continental leg

By | 2017-08-11T18:17:48+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: , |Comments Off on On the road – Cherisse’s tour diary as she takes to the road with Simple Minds
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