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Questlove on growing up, becoming a late night bandleader, and the roots of his success

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Questlove on growing up, becoming a late night bandleader, and the roots of his success

Check out this great interview from CBS on Questlove, and the roots of his success.

Fallon recalled, “I said, ‘Look, here’s the deal. You’ll be the best band ever in the history of late night, ever. Because you can play with Tony Bennett, AND you can play with Jay -Z. No one does that.'”

After years of touring, The Roots just wanted a steady gig.

Via CBS News.

Phil Selway Says Radiohead’s Best Album Is ‘Yet To Come”

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Phil Selway Says Radiohead’s Best Album Is ‘Yet To Come”

Phill Selway recently sat down with Mary Anne Hobbs of BBC 6 and discussed Radiohead’s future and discussed how the nearly 2 year break has impacted the band.

“There is always that sense that actually we’ve got our best record in us yet to come,” Selway told host Mary Anne Hobbs. “There’s still a lot, creatively, we can do together.”

Here’s the full BBC interview:

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Bernard Purdie on recording with James Brown and others during his 50-year career.

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Bernard Purdie on recording with James Brown and others during his 50-year career.

In a recent interview with delawareonline.com, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, the world’s most recorded drummer, opened up about recording with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.

He was a pain. P-a-i-n. But he knew what he wanted. He was very, very demanding. Basically, you take orders. Take them well. Shut up. And then leave

That’s some strong language coming from one of the nicest drummers on the planet!

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On the road with Terry Bozzio and the world’s largest tuned drum kit

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On the road with Terry Bozzio and the world’s largest tuned drum kit

What is is like to travel the globe with the world’s largest tuned drum kit? Terry Bozzio sat down with Rolling Stone Magazine and dished on the ups and downs of working with his massive creation.

For example, did you know he has multiple kits on multiple continents? Did you know he sets up up himself with only the help of his one drum tech? Did you know that he pulls his kit around on a trailer behind an SUV?

Read the Rolling Stone interview here.

Pete Best, the original Beatles drummer has “no complaints.”

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Pete Best, the original Beatles drummer has “no complaints.”

You’d expect someone who missed out on becoming a part of one of music’s greatest bands would have a few axes to grind. However, Pete Best, the drummer for the Beatles up until 1962, finds himself at peace with his near-miss on immortality. In a recent interview with Pop Matters, Pete opens up about the life post-Beatles.

My life since then had ups and downs; it hasn’t been a perfect life. But when I look back on it now, I wouldn’t change it. I’m happy, I’m healthy, I have a great band which tours the world. I’m a great family man, I love meeting people, I love laughing and joking with them. I’m still in show business, which I didn’t expect to be.

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Beanie on the challenge of electronics (Drum Expo 2014)

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Beanie on the challenge of electronics (Drum Expo 2014)

Our curation of Music Radar’s Drum Expo 2014 continues with an interesting interview with Rudimental’s drummer, Beanie, on the challenge of incorporating electronics into a an acoustic rig.

Was it tricky at first switching between acoustic and electronic kick pads with your feet?

“Yes at first, just because of the tension of the trigger and the skin on the acoustic bass drum. I was practising once and it really did my head in because it was literally just a quarter-note thing and I wound myself up so much because I couldn’t do it on the electronic one.

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Morgan Rose discusses tour, Call Me No One, and the future of Sevendust!

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Morgan Rose discusses tour, Call Me No One, and the future of Sevendust!

In a recent interview with KNAC of LA, Morgan Rose discusses life on the road, the acoustic shows, what else is on his plate, and what’s in store for Sevendust once this tour winds down.

We talked about maybe getting together and doing a record in the first quarter of the year and just shelving it. We’re kinda in a mode right now so the writing process is usually pretty quick for us. I think that we will be out next year.

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Drummer Talk 221 – Spotlight on Gary Husband

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Drummer Talk 221 – Spotlight on Gary Husband

The amazingly talented, Gary Husband, joins us on today’s episode to Drummer Talk.

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Drummer Talk 217 – Spotlight on Daniel Glass

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Drummer Talk 217 – Spotlight on Daniel Glass

Dave and Troy chat it up with the historically amazing, Daniel Glass, on today’s show!

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10 Questions for Billy Cobham (theartsdesk)

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10 Questions for Billy Cobham (theartsdesk)

The legendary Billy Cobham recently spoke with the folks at theartsdesk.com and answered questions about the 1973 album, Spectrum, coming up with his sound, and the next frontiers of jazz and fusion.

MATTHEW WRIGHT: When Spectrum was released in 1973, did you think you were doing something ground-breaking? How do you look back on that moment now?

BILLY COBHAM: It was a mistake. I didn’t know I was doing anything. I was making a record based on my experiences, based on who I’d worked with: I wasn’t going out of my way to break new ground, it was just who I was, that’s all the reputation means.

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Drummer Talk 212 – Industry Gigs for the Non-Gigging Musician

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Drummer Talk 212 – Industry Gigs for the Non-Gigging Musician

What happens if you’re a musician, but you’re not really looking for a career in the performance, composing, or teaching side of the music industry? I sat down with Travis Goodwin from Yamaha and we discussed the options out there for non-gigging musicians.

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Vinnie Paul reflects on Pantera’s top album two decades later

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Vinnie Paul reflects on Pantera’s top album two decades later

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since Pantera’s , Far Beyond Driven, was released. Feel old yet?

In a recent interview with the Delaware County Daily Times, Vinnie Paul recounts what it was like to hear that the album had hit Number 1.

We were holding our breath, kind of figuring that we’d be in the Top 10 – maybe the Top 5 if we were lucky – and there was an outside shot we’d hit No. 1, who knows?

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ARTIST Direct Interview with Matt Sorum

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ARTIST Direct Interview with Matt Sorum

Matt Sorum (of Guns N Roses and Velvet Revolver fame) recently sat down with ARTIST Direct to talk about his latest album, Stratosphere.

Something happened to me in the last couple of years where I fell into a place where I felt like I could actually write lyrics and I could be very profound with what I’m saying. It just takes believing in yourself to be able to write something you could actually be proud of.

Read the interview here…

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