It’s probably true that Gregg Bisonette could play just about any drums he wants on the planet, but Dixon Drums has just announced that he’s joined their artist roster and left Mapex. I’d say it’s quite the coup for Dixon who still has a pretty shallow artist pool.
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.
I gotta say, I love me some Green Day. Whatever you want to say about their success and relationship to the punk scene, you can’t deny that they can write same really catchy tunes!
Electronic Musician recently caught up with the team who put together their album, 21st Century Breakdown.
“For the kick drum, I placed a Shure Beta 52 inside the shell—there was no front head—and routed the signal to a Chandler Limited TG Channel MKII preamp… If you have the two mics in the same spot, and you don’t reverse the phase, you get a really nice sound with a lot of attack.”
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.
‘Tis the season for taxes, and we discuss ways you can help your music income work for you and your tax liability! In news, Zildjian wants to know how you practice, we talk about Soundgarden’s Summer drummer, we take a “name that fill” quiz, we learn how NOT to let someone know they’re not getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and we discuss the greatest British drummers.
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?