From self-taught to stardom…
Welcome to the latest issue! This month we’re profiling Mat Nicholls, drummer for UK rock sensations, Bring Me The Horizon. As we find out, Mat’s evolution over the years is inspiring, from almost accidental beginnings to out-and-out rockstar success while remaining grounded. He’s back with a new album, and a brand new gear company since we last spoke to him – switching from SJC to Tama. Read all about it on p28.
Sticking with British rock’s new hopes, we also sit down with Jon Beavis and Liam Kearley of IDLES and Black Peaks respectively. They say rock is dead, but the breakthrough success of both bands is proving the critics wrong.
As usual, you can find a host of expert lessons on your Rhythm ‘Play Drums’ DVD, starting with our playalongs. This issue we’re tackling Mitch Mitchell’s part on All‘ Along The Watchtower’ – complete with the often-misinterpreted intro. Sticking with conun-drums (geddit?!) we also take a look at Billy Cobham’s fusion/funk classic Red‘ Baron’, including the tricky paradiddle part.
Gear-wise, we’ve lined up the best new kits, snares and cymbals on the market, with offerings from Noble &Cooley, Zildjian, Natal and World Max’s Black Dawg Brass snare. We’ll be back next month, where we’ll be showing you how to develop your speed on the kit!