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Marco Minnemann: A Composer First

Seamus Evely  /  UPDATED Aug 19, 2022


Marco Minnemann. Where do I start? He’s an UNBELIEVABLE technician, groove maestro, and total balls out player. But that only tells part of the story. He has also created 25 albums as a solo artist where he composed music, played the instruments, recorded everything, produced everything…ya picking up what I’m putting down? So yes, Marco is an incredible drummer. But for him, it is all for the love of music.

Beyond his solo work, Marco is also the drummer for the virtuosic trio, The Aristocrats. He has also performed with numerous artists such as Joe Satriani, Alex Lifeson, Paul Gilbert, Eddie Jobson, Steven Wilson, Necrophagist, and Adrian Belew. Marco has also been a massive force in educational content. With his book Extreme Interdependence and DVD Extreme Drumming, Marco has taken independence to another level with the concept of interdependence earning him a reputation as one of the most advanced drummers in the world today. Marco also has courses on Drumeo.

In this episode we talk about the Aristocrats, what Marco’s practice routine looked like when he was developing early on, his creative process with composing music, his thoughts on hand/foot speed (this is something everyone needs to hear), Joe Satriani, and my musical banana shirt. There is other stuff in there too. Enjoy.

Music featured in this episode:

Marco Minnemann – “Are You Having A Good Time?”

Marco Minnemann – “Butterflies”

The Aristocrats – “Sweaty Knockers”

The Aristocrats – “Blues Fuckers”


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