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San Jose, Calif. — It’s exciting, respected, a bit controversial yet fun. That’s right, it’s Drummies time! Comprised of more than 40 categories, Enter Music Publishing’s annual awards/poll officially opens March 10 in the artist and gear categories. Drummers and drumming fans can cast their votes at

Great Expectations: Diverse Drum Categories

Like last year, Enter Music Publishing expects very strong voting returns. In 2011 approximately 7,300 drummers participated in the Drummies, which comprise 42 categories, from “Best Drummer” to “Most Popular Cymbal.” “This year’s Drummies are probably going to be the biggest yet,” noted Andy Doerschuk, editorial director and co-founder of Enter Music Publishing. “As with last year, we have such diverse drumming categories like jazz, hip-hop, blues, rock, pop, and others for drum set and hand percussion."

“The Drummies is the coolest event each year because it honors outstanding artists,” said Phil Hood, publisher and co-founder of Enter Music Publishing. “Last year’s voting was a big success and this year promises to be even bigger.”

Key Percussive Points
To clarify for Drummies newcomers, there are certain rules that relate to voting. Enter Music Publishing likes to make the voting process fun and be thorough about all issues related to the voting process such as:
1. You can only vote once.
2. Voting is open to any drummer — you don’t have to be a subscriber to the magazine or work in the industry.
3. You don’t have to vote in all categories.
4. Drummers who have won five or more times in a single category aren’t eligible to win in that category again. But they can win another category.

The drummers who have won five or more times and been inducted into the Drummies Hall Of Fame include: Travis Barker (punk), Neil Peart (drummer of the year), ?uestlove (hip-hop), Chad Smith (funk), Josh Freese (studio), Luis Conte (studio percussion), Airto (Jazz percussion), Giovanni Hidalgo (Latin percussion), Joey Jordison (metal), Dave Weckl (jazz/fusion), and Carter Beauford (jam band).

Drummer Of The Year: Mike Portnoy Pounds To Victory In 2011
Obviously, the Drummer Of The Year category is one of the most intense. However, Mike Portnoy took top drummer in a landslide victory. “Portnoy proved his significance with authority at the polls,” said Phil Hood, publisher and co-founder of Enter Music Publishing. “It will be very interesting to see what happens and if he can be a repeat winner in this prestigious category.”

Who will be “Best Drummer” in 2012? Get down with the Drummies and go vote. Of course, Enter Music Publishing appreciates your participation.

Will Stanton Moore Strut As Best Funk Drummer a Second-Line Time?
Stanton Moore has two qualities that make him successful where other New Orleans drummers may not. In addition to his music education, he also has a business degree. Let's face it: Stanton can strut with the best. He won “Best Funk Drummer” last year and is featured on the April 2012 cover of DRUM! Look for it on newsstands beginning next week.

About Enter Music Publishing

Founded in San Jose, CA in 1992, Enter Music Publishing, Inc. is a leading publisher of informative and entertaining drum and music-related media, with distribution in 40 countries. DRUM! Magazine is the company’s flagship publication and continues to set the industry standard for editorial quality and innovation. Enter Music Publishing, Inc. also publishes, a leading drum-related Web site. The company’s mission is to be the best source of drumming news and information in the world.


This post is special for the fact that it discusses the 20th Anniversary of DRUM! Magazine and an interesting deja vu....

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San Jose, Calif., -- Anniversaries can often bring reflection. And, Enter Music Publishing, publishers of hip, drum/percussion magazines, worldwide and online, is no exception as it celebrates 20 years of publishing DRUM!. Two issues ago, the magazine had Chad Smith on the cover, discussing new Peppers percussion. Indeed, appropriate since Smith has been on the cover of DRUM! more than any other drummer.

So, it’s quite apropos, that its October issue features Anthrax drummer, Charlie Benante, since it was 20 years ago last month that he appeared on the first cover of DRUM!. At that time, the magazine was a free tabloid with a circulation mainly in Northern California. Benante, on the other hand, had already made a name for himself with his eight years of blast beats that had propelled Anthrax to the forefront of the rock/metal music scene during the late eighties and early nineties.

Indeed, Benante was and remains very well respected for his drumming, guitar playing, and song-writing abilities. And, as noted in the “Epilogue” (20 Year Thrashback Charlie Benante and DRUM!) to the story on page 104 of the current issue, Benante reveals that his fame, then and now, had not made him a snobby rock star since he shared the first cover with Joe Franco. In fact, “He (Benante) seemed thrilled to be in the same room with Franco, one of his idols,” back in 1999.

DRUM! And Drummer Roll On
As further discussed in “Thrashback,” the success of DRUM! and that of Benante, have intriguing similarities. Benante continues to evolve and influence drummers all over the world with those original blast beats and double bass and DRUM! is now a color newsstand magazine with a worldwide readership. Thus, having Benante featured on the cover of DRUM! simply makes sense because Anthrax has shattered an eight-year hiatus with the release of its 10th album, Worship Music. And Benante is in rare form in term of all his artistic output and also discusses some of the challenges related to the group.

So the syncopated story goes…

Benante, during his candid interview with DRUM! assistant editor, Andrew Lentz, gives the reader a complete insight regarding what Benanate and crew had been up to since the 2004 release, We’ve Come For You All?. Over that period, the group experienced a series of ups and downs, based on each player’s interests. Benanate had let his passion for the fret board loose, which resulted in new material that he explored with guitarists Scott Ian and Rob Bello as well as bassist Frank Bello. However, after a brief, successful reunion in 2006, Joey Belladonna, vocalist and a solid drummer as well, announced that he would not take part on the album of material led by Benanate.

During this time, the vocal seat was a revolving door with vocalist John Bush coming and going twice. As Benante explains, “At first, there was a honeymoon period and then it ‘the honeymoon’ was gone.”

Benante: Breath-taking Blasts With Ease
Interestingly enough, Belladonna’s return to work with Benanate on a solo project resulted in a new, fresh perspective for Anthrax in 2010. Rather than pursue the solo project, Benante explains, the material was a better fit for Anthrax even though Belladonna had been absent from the vocal position for almost 18 years.

As Lentz explains, the material that became Worship Music really demonstrated past success with new ideas, especially in the drum parts. Benante, well known for his speed and agility, embraced more straight-ahead rock. He had learned new strategies for playing fast without knocking himself out A good example is the tune, “Judas Priest,” described as a real “ankle breaker.” Describing his approach, Benante said:

“Let’s say on some shows I don’t feel like playing it as fast as I would alternating feet so on my right kick, I’ll do two hits and then on the left kick, I’ll do one … It sounds like you’re doing singles. And then sometimes, I’ll do two on the right and two on the left.”

DRUM!, Magazine, first, cover, Charlie Benante, Anthrax

In the August issue of DRUM! Magazine, Chad Smith is the cover story and he talks about new Peppers percussion and much more. It's quite a compelling read.

Here's the deal...

San Jose, Calif., -- It’s almost too apropos as DRUM! Magazine celebrates its 20th Anniversary, that Chad Smith is featured on the August cover, speaking exclusively about the soon-to-be released Chili Pepper record and other aspects of his career. Why? Smith is the most covered drummer in the history of the magazine and even “Guest Edited” a 1997 issue of the magazine.

“Chad is a well-rounded, diverse drummer, whose career has taken many paths,” said Andy Doerschuk, DRUM!’s editorial director. “We’re doing everything we can to make this our greatest year. Chad was with us at the start and here he is again, 20 years later with a new story to tell. He is one of the most musical drummers in this industry.”

As noted in the opening of Patrick Flanary’s story, “Chad Smith’s Red Hot Return,” DRUM! gave Smith his first cover 20 years ago. So, “It would be DRUM! that would get the first listen to the first Chili Peppers album in five years,” Smith said.

And, what a story it is…Flanary is extremely successful in documenting Smith’s drumming history with the Peppers and other situations. What’s made so percussively clear in the story is that virtually everybody, from Flea to Josh Klinghoffer, the new guitarist for the Peppers, appreciates how musical Chad plays in any situation.

“Everything Chad does is in service of the music,” commented Cliff Martinez, who drummed with the Peppers from 1983 to 1986. “That’s what great drummers do.”

Well said, and Chad backs this cogent comment on the new record. Chad brings one of the new tunes, “Ethiopia,” alive with a 7/8 groove that Chad says was inspired by listening to the work of Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron and studio great Vinnie Colaiuta. This track, according to Flanary, is the proof that the Peppers, despite their challenges, “still have got something to say.”

Percussive, Musical Past
While the story goes into great detail about the new record and the Peppers new guitarist, it also reveals interesting facts about Smith. For instance, his first drum kit, acquired when he was growing up in Detroit, was made of discarded Baskin-Robbins containers, which his father had thrown away. During his early years, it can be argued, that his greatest influence was his brother, Brad, who introduced Chad to the drumming of Keith Moon, Ginger Baker and many other legends.

While playing with a number of local bands in Detroit, Chad was strongly influenced by the musicianship of percussionist, Larry Fratangelo, who had worked with Parliament Funkadelic. Chad even emphasizes the importance of this well-respected percussionist. “I think up until then, I was a drummer,” he remembered. “Once I studied with Larry, I turned into a musician.”

Musicianship Prevails
Again the point of musicianship is paramount to understanding Smith. Whether he is playing with the Peppers with a sock on his “special parts” or conducting a master clinic at The Drummers Collective, he always discusses the difference between just being a drummer and a musician, who is constantly interacting through the beautiful language that we know as music.

Chad is committed to spreading the drumming/musician message. As he approaches his 50th birthday in October, his approach remains the same as when he first joined the Peppers. Percussion, passion, playing and always learning a new way to forward the drumming arts. Whether he is playing with the Peppers or conducting a master clinic at The Drummers Collective, he always embodies the difference between being “just a drummer” and a musician, who is constantly interacting and elevating the level of those around him.

The article includes, of course, great transcriptions of the drum parts on the new Chili Peppers record, including the 7/8 groove of “Ethiopia.” Additionally, there is a comprehensive Smith Discography. This issue of DRUM! is available now.

About Enter Music Publishing

Founded in San Jose, CA in 1992, Enter Music Publishing, Inc. is a leading publisher of hip, drum/percussion magazines, with distribution in 20 countries. DRUM! is the flagship publication of Enter Music Publishing, Inc. and continues to set the industry standard for editorial quality and innovation. Enter Music Publishing, Inc. also publishes great content on its website, Over the company’s history, Enter Music Publishing has pressed other well-respected publications, such as How To Play Drums, and TRAPS magazine. The company’s mission is to be the best source of drumming news and info on this planet and others as they become populated. The company’s founders, Phil Hood and Andy Doerschuk, are well-respected drum industry veterans with more than 50 years of experience in the field.


Let's face it. Music education in our highschools has been on the demise for some time now, which to me is a tragedy. That's why this post is so cool because Enter Music Publishing has made a strong commitment to assisting San Jose highschools, like Lincoln throughn its upcoming DRUM! Night.Read on to learn more about this very cool event.

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If you're really looking for a cool instructional drumming series, Spencer Strand's Volume 10 is amazing. Read on to learn more.

Nashville, -- There’s no doubt that Spencer Strand knows the groove. A well-respected drummer, publisher of instructional materials and product specialist, Strand really has an understanding of how to teach and live deep pocket playing. So, it’s no surprise that his current release, The Test Of Time Volume 10 of Turn It Up & Lay It Down, demonstrates his further commitment to providing drummers with a great learning experience, which is fun and challenging

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If you're a fan of Travis Barker, then this post may be of interest to you.

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Well, it's that time of year that many drummers get curious about what will happen in Enter Music Publishing's Annual Drummies. The 16th Annual Drummies recently open for voting.

Here's the Deal

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William Burroughs-Influenced Artist

January 9th 2011 19:53

As you know I cover everything beat in regard to drums. I'm making a bit of an exception in regard to beat art, such as the writing and artistry of the beat generation

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Well, DRUM! Magazine's Drummies continue to make headlines. The following post discusses this year's winners and how they will be inducted into the Drummies Hall Of Fame....

The following news was culled from a release that I wrote and published by, the CNN of Hard Rock. A great site indeed

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Well, it's been a pretty rough year for magazines. However, Enter Music Publishing's DRUM! had a very good year.

To learn more, check out the following link

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