From small jazz gigs to drum com­pany co-owner…

Rhythm - - WELCOME! - Stu­art Wil­liams, Edi­tor stu­art.wil­liams@fu­turenet.com Twit­ter @Rhyth­mMagazine Face­book /Rhyth­mMagazine

Hello! When I first started play­ing the drums as a teenager in the mid-90s, I was in­structed by my first teacher to do two things: buy a copy of the Guild­hall Grades 1-4 book, and pick up a copy of Rhythm. I did both, and I’ve been a reader of the mag ever since. Back then, it gave me my first win­dow into a world that’s ob­sessed me ever since. So, af­ter read­ing the magazine for well over two decades, and contributing to it for the last 10 years, I couldn’t be more ex­cited to pull up a throne for my first is­sue as Edi­tor.

This month we have the won­der­ful Ian Matthews on the cover. He’s best known as the drum­mer of Kasabian and he’s also a key in­gre­di­ent in the Bri­tish Drum Com­pany’s con­tin­ued suc­cess and in­no­va­tion. Read all about Ian’s ap­proach to play­ing, and what he’s been up to with BDC from page 32! Else­where we have in­ter­views with drum­ming/singing/key­board sen­sa­tion Josh Dion, Parkway Drive’s Ben Gor­don, Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler and groove master Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave. As al­ways there are ex­pert gear re­views – this month fea­tur­ing new stuff from Ale­sis, Roland, Paiste, Sabian and more – and a packed tu­ition sec­tion, in­clud­ing play­a­longs for Don Broco and The Win­stons. En­joy!

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