George Kollias /
It’s Not A Competition
George Kollias may be one of metal's fastest drummers, but he didn't do it to compete. Growing up, it's all he knew.
Gregg Bissonette /
Take Their Advice
If Gregg Bissonette hadn't acted on advice from his father and Alex Acuña, he wouldn't be where he is today.
Mario Duplantier /
Riding The Lightning
What happens when your favorite band becomes fans of your band? Mario Duplantier of Gojira talks about how it happened with Metallica.
Gene Hoglan /
Think For Yourself
Gene Hoglan blazed a trail for metal drummers, but he wasn't always praised for his unique approach.
Glen Sobel /
Always Read Into It
For some drummers, reading music isn't important. But for Glen Sobel, it's what set him apart and got him some of the biggest gigs in the biz.
Rich Redmond /
Tell Everyone You Know
"Someone's going to get the job. Why not you?" Jason Aldean's drummer talks about why you need to put yourself out there.
Brian Tichy /
On The Professor’s Throne
Brian Tichy never expected his hero to let him play his legendary kit. Read this story about Neil Peart.
Mike Mangini /
Slicing Up Time
Time moves slower for Mike Mangini, whose adrenaline problem led him to master subdivision and become the virtuoso he is today.
Sarah Thawer /
Color Outside The Lines
By becoming her own cheerleader and carving out her own niche, Sarah Thawer has become one of today's most versatile drummers.
Dom Famularo /
The Grass Is Greenest Under Your Feet
Dom Famularo, drumming's global ambassador, used to have a stammer and low self-esteem. He explains why you should live in the now.
Dorothea Taylor /
The Drum Set Can Wait
Dorothea cut her teeth in an award-winning Michigan drum corps in the '60s. Here's why she's glad she didn't start on the drum set.
Anika Nilles /
It’s Never Too Late
Anika Nilles dealt with confidence issues and multiple failures on her way to becoming a pro drummer. It's never too late.
Aric Improta /
It Wasn’t The Right Time
Five 'lost' drum-offs. Sketchy sleeping quarters. Three canceled tours. Aric Improta had to be patient before he finally struck gold.
Chris Coleman /
Use Your Pain As Fuel
Chris Coleman tried to kill his passion for drums. Winning the Guitar Center Drum-Off helped him see the light in the darkness.
Aquiles Priester /
It’s Not The Gear’s Fault
Aquiles Priester couldn't afford a drum kit, so he built one out of cans and gas gallons. It taught him to become a gear chameleon.
Trey Gray /
The Disease Doesn’t Define Me
When he was diagnosed with Huntington's Disease and given 10-15 years to live, Trey Gray's life plunged into a downwards spiral.
Jason Sutter /
When his career was just getting started, Jason Sutter learned a huge lesson. He now pays it forward as much as he can.
Gil Sharone /
Getting The Call
One call in particular set off a chain of events that took Gil Sharone's career to the next level.
Jared Falk /
Play Like It’s Your Last Time
Jared Falk almost died in a lumber mill accident. The experience taught him to never take anything for granted.