Coming In The April 2018 Issue Of Drum

**Special Rhythm Sections Issue**

On the Cover: Jojo Mayer & John Davis

Drumming virtuoso Mayer and bassist extraordinaire Davis are the driving forces behind Nerve, the shape-shifting improvisational band that incorporates rock, jazz, funk, house, and dubstep. Drum Magazine sat down with Nerve’s roguish rhythm section to discuss what makes them click, and how ideas and a point of view can be more important than technical proficiency.


  • The 10 Greatest Rhythm Sections: Drum profiles ten rhythm sections from ten historically important bands to recognize the creative contributions they made to today’s musical vocabulary.
  • Fifteen Ways To Groove With Your Bass Player: This lesson feature explores and analyzes the musical interplay between drummers and bass players as heard on more than 30 classic recordings spanning genres and decades.
  • Bass Drum Beater Roundup: The beater that you choose for your bass drum pedal is vitally important to your drum set’s overall sound, and they come in a variety of shapes, materials, and sizes. We help you make selections with the results of our beater tests.


  • Pan Rocks: Matt Starr and Tracy Thornton co-lead a 30-piece pan steel project that covers rock and roll hits with a full band and the songs’ original artists.


  • Electronic Versus Acoustic Drums: We examine the strengths and weaknesses of both types of instruments in four main categories: sound, touch, live and studio, and portability.


  • Jazz Chops For Rock DrummersWe present essential playing techniques and describe gear considerations that rock drummers will need to know to play a jazz gig with confidence.


  • Barrett Martin of Walking Papers
  • Tool’s Danny Carey brings his Fibonacci-fueled drumming to a new side project, Legend Of The Seagullmen, with Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Pete Griffin (Dethklok) and other rock luminaries.


  • Doc Sweeney Steam-Bent Rosewood Drums
  • Zildjian K Sweet Series Cymbals


  • Alternate Mode JamKAT and DITI

Key Dates

  • Advertising reservations due by January 19, 2018
  • Advertising materials due by January 26, 2018
  • Issue on sale March 13, 2018

*subject to change