“Four on the floor. This is the most important groove in the history of drumming.”

Yoni Madar is an Israeli multi-instrumentalist. He is known well by the drumming community online as “not human”, “alien” and many other other-worldly descriptions. Truth is, Yoni has been practicing a lot over the last thirty years or so. He has mastered four instruments (guitar, bass, keys, and drums).

As a side note: if keys could be played both on the left and right side, he would have mastered that too because he can do that with the other three instruments.

Yoni has chosen a path that does not involve himself with celebrities. Instead, he writes, performs and records his own music, performs locally, and teaches his methods to students. He recently released his video course and book where he presents his methods of teaching that he claims are unique.

Yoni has taken the art of drumming to an incredibly high level. If drumming was as an Olympic sport, I would imagine that Yoni would be Israel’s shining star to win the gold medal. There are very few drummers that I have witnessed who possess his level of independence and technical facility. Go look him up – and have your mind blown – if you don’t know Yoni Madar yet.

In this episode:

You will hear about…

  • Yoni’s take on people’s common reaction to his abilities
  • Why technique is so important
  • His thoughts on practice
  • Yoni’s new record and how it was recorded in one take
  • Approaching a drum solo with complete improvisation
  • Why every drummer needs to be able to play Pink Floyd well
  • Yoni’s video on the open/close technique and his new book
  • Phil Collins and Genesis

Why you should listen:

This is essential listening for drummers. It is basically an hour and a half long masterclass on why we need to practice our technique, play simple parts well, and why we shouldn’t overthink our playing. Yoni has so much ability and the proof is everywhere online. It is staggering to say the least. To hear him speak about why ‘simple’ playing is not simple is a game changing message for drummers. I don’t say this much, but this should not be passed over. You must listen to this.

(Music in this podcast comes from Yoni Madar’s new album Consultation)

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