From self-taught to star­dom…

Rhythm - - CONTENTS - Stu­art Wil­liams, Edi­tor stu­art.wil­[email protected]­turenet.com

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!

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