Not one but two amazingly talented cover stars this month…
As I’m sure you all know, Beanie is the extrovert behind the kit for one of the world’s biggest dance music acts, Rudimental. He’s a master of laying down solid EDM and d’n’b grooves behind the producer-led outfit, keeping the beats tight but the party moving. His beautiful and unique tie-dyed Tama Starclassic maple kit contrasts with the magnificent beast of aTama Superstar Hyperdrive kit that belongs to our other cover star… Oli Wiseman’s been out touring with former Rudimental singer and now pop sensation in her own right, Anne-Marie – with Beanie swapping kit for bass duties in rhythmic partnership with Oli on a gig supporting Ed Sheeran around the world. In our whopping cover feature from page 30, we find out how the pair get along as musicians, what such huge gigs call for from the drummer and how they’ve integrated electronics into their set-ups to create a big, big sound.And if this whets your appetite for dipping your own toes into the world of hybrid electronic and acoustic drumming, we bring you a big feature on all things hybrid – from where to start to more advance set-ups and applications. From page 44!
We also have interviews with Dream Theater’s Mike Mangini, Jose Pasillas of Incubus and Brit drum star NealWilkinson, who tells us about his gig on theCarole King musical Beautiful. Being a drummer on aWest End musical requires a certain skillset, and in our new column in association with ACM , Pro Corner, Toby Drummond shares the benefits of his experience depping on some major shows, Need more? OK, how about the chance to win anAT V aFrame electronic percussion, um, thingy (they really are fantastically unique instruments) worth £1,499! Turn to page 26 now for the chance to win! Good luck!