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Canada's number one drumstick maker

You might have seen a new brand of drumsticks at your music store. A brand you didn’t grow up with, Los Cabos.Most music gear companies are started by musicians, but when Larry Guay started Los Cabos Drumsticks, he wasn’t a drummer – he still isn't – he was a wood turner, looking for a new industry. And he found one!You can learn more at loscabosdrumsticks.com, and facebook.com/loscabossticks.Drum Showroom is a production of Podcraft. Create a great podcast, faster and easier, at podcraft.us.

From analog to digital Bob, is inventing the future for drummers.

Digital technology presented an electronic drumming future made more convenient, lighter weight, and cheaper; and that’s where the market went. But for a smaller group of e-drummers, analog was still what they wanted. The industry moved on, and it created opportunities for people like Bob Shepard, an electrical and radio frequency tech in the telecomm industry by day, and reverse engineering Synare circuitry in his free time. And he kept building them until retirement, when he started his compan ...

Nate calls in from the back of the bus on his first tour!

This week we're thrilled to turn the spotlight on one of our own, Nate Testa. An aspiring drum nerd from Kissimmee, FL, Nate runs social media for Drum Showroom and has built his new brand, Snare Geek to share his passion. Recently, Nate got the call he’d been praying for: the opportunity to participate on a national tour as a professional drum tech!Nate is on tour with Blake Whiteley, teching for drummer Austin Ware and also running sound at Front of House. We talk foundations, lessons learned, ...

Josh Allen left his stable post at Ludwig to start INDe Drum Lab

In Season One, one of your favorite episodes was the one with Josh Allen, founder of INDe Drum Lab. So we’ve decided to remix it and make it more digestible. Let us know what you think at drumshowroom.com. Josh decided that staying at Ludwig was holding him back from creating something that was truly his due to the brand’s amazing history and lineage. He wanted more of a clean slate from which to create.Despite his corporate management and design expertise, at his core, Josh is a builder. He thi ...

Behind Tackle is a professional touring drummer, Scott McPherson

Chances are, you’ve seen a recent influx of classic-looking waxed canvas and leather-trimmed stick bags, cymbal bags, and other thoughtful accessories in your drum shop or Instagram feed. Maybe you first noticed Carter MacLean or Mike Johnston using them. Or maybe you saw them in Steve Maxwell’s fine shops in New York and Chicago. In any case, it feels like everywhere you go, you see Tackle Instrument Supply Company’s wares.You probably know the name, but you might not know that behind Tackle is ...

Bonus: Podcast Awards 2018

Tue Jul 03 2018 (01:11)

Drum Showroom has been nominated for a Podcast Award

Hey everybody, Dan here with a quick message from family vacation in Connecticut.On behalf of the entire team, we're excited to share that Drum Showroom has been nominated for a 2018 Podcast Award! Please vote for Drum Showroom in the Music category at podcastawards.com. Voting closes July 31.Thank you so much for making Drum Showroom so much fun for us.#PCA18P.S. And don't forget to go listen to the first two episodes of the new Season! We kicked things off with Jared Falk of Drumeo, and follow ...

Drum Showroom Nashville Correspondent Garrett Hawkins hits the NAMM Show

Welcome to the special Summer NAMM 2018 edition of Drum Showroom. Twice a year, NAMM, the musical instrument industry trade organization, holds trade shows at which manufacturers display their latest instruments.And as the only drum gear-specific podcast among the more-than half-a-million shows, we HAD to be there! So we sent Drum Showroom reporter, Garrett Hawkins, to get the scoop.In this episode: new gear from Alesis, Yamaha, Ergosonic, Fat Hoops,Cooper Grooves, Pearl, Sonor, British Drum Co. ...

Jared Falk is founder of the Drumeo digital drum education platform

You might not have heard his company, Musora, but it’s pretty likely you have heard of Drumeo, the education platform he runs, along with its sister sites Guitareo, Recordeo, and Pianote. That’s right, we’re kicking off Season Three with Drumeo founder, Jared Falk.As you’ve hopefully seen in your social media and blog feeds, Jared and team Drumeo have partnered with us in the Drum Showroom Season Three Launch Giveaway. All you need to do to enter for a chance to win a Drumeo and Drum Showroom sw ...

Season 3 Trailer

Wed Jun 20 2018 (01:14)

New season starts this Sunday, June 24

Welcome to Drum Showroom. I’m Dan Radin, checking in from our summer break. Well, technically summer starts tomorrow, but you get the idea. Drum Showroom season three is just around the corner, and we’re opening up with three big episodes: Jared Falk of Drumeo, reporting from the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, and Scott McPherson of Tackle Instrument Supply Company.And with the new season comes new technology. If you’re listening on an Android device, go get the brand-new Google Podcasts app so ...

Ben O’Brien Smith started his career working at D…

Ben O’Brien Smith started his career working at D’Addario, working on Evans drumhead projects like Black Chrome and Level 360, as well as the company’s integration and modernization of its Pro Mark drumstick acquisition. 13 months ago, Ben departed his post to focus full time on building his social media creative firm, Cadence Independent Media. He already has an impressive stable of music clients. And his latest project, Sounds Like a Drum, is THE YouTube channel Drum Showroom listeners have b ...

This week’s show focuses on somebody I think of a…

This week’s show focuses on somebody I think of as a member of the Drum Podcasting Mount Rushmore. Someone who’s been speaking to the drumming community since all the way back in 2014, and has amassed an audience of more than 67,400 on Instagram. That’s a lot of drummers! Daniel Stevens started The Drum Heads Podcast after a back injury kept him from being able to play the drums, resulting in Daniel finding himself depressed. He used podcasting as a way to connect to people. And for four years, ...

Toby Goodman, pro drummer, percussionist, and bus…

Toby Goodman, pro drummer, percussionist, and business owner at The Business of Music, is a great example of how drummers can curate their lifestyle to include, but not solely dedicate all of their professional activity to playing the drums. I think Toby’s approach to balancing the load is a very smart one. And that’s not only good for his career longevity and creative spirit, but also for his ability to be a good dad and husband. More at drumshowroom.com

Talking to Mike Martin of Predator Percussion bri…

Talking to Mike Martin of Predator Percussion brings to mind a single word: humility. This is a guy who doesn’t spend a lot of time bemoaning a workplace injury that snatched away his ability to play the drums for extended periods of time. It’s not a guy who sounds like he requires a lot of external validation. Mike is a guy who’s just working away in his spare time in his New Whiteland, Indiana shop making beautiful drums at fair prices using an unusual approach to produce uncommon results. Eve ...

This week’s #drumtrepreneur, Ramy Antoun, who fou…

This week’s #drumtrepreneur, Ramy Antoun, who founded A&F Drum Co., has a growing team of nine. A&F hand makes nearly every element of its luxury snare drums and drum sets in Austin, Texas. Inspired by the drums from a hundred years ago, and built on old-fashioned values that extend from manufacturing methods to the way the company is financed, Ramy and his team are nearing the finish line of year two, of their hundred-year business plan. More at drumshowroom.com

Ryan Gruss is one of today’s most successful #dru…

Ryan Gruss is one of today’s most successful #drumtrepreneurs. Dissatisfied with the quality of stock GarageBand loops, he made his own. Ryan built, and recently sold his company, The Loop Loft, to Native Instruments in under a decade. The Loop Loft creates loops by working with name brand musicians such as Omar Hakim, Simon Phillips, Matt Chamberlain, and many other drummers and other instrumentalists so that music makers can create songs, loops, and practice tracks that have human spirit. Wou ...

John Haddad of Cherry Hill Custom Drums is perhap…

John Haddad of Cherry Hill Custom Drums is perhaps the most famous machinist in drums today. He creates some of the most beautiful drum hardware you will ever see. While John and Cherry Hill are best known for luxury brass drum keys and hi-hat clutches, he’s also a master woodworker, hand making stave and segment exotic wood, and cast metal snare drums that bear the made-one-at-a-time parts for which he’s best known.  More at drumshowroom.com

Joe Wong is the host of the outstanding podcast, …

Joe Wong is the host of the outstanding podcast, The Trap Set, about the lives of drummers. And he was recently in the spotlight for his production credit on the Fred Armisen Netflix special, Standup for Drummers. We talk drums, podcasts, drummers, interviews, working with Fred, drum gear, and more! Are you an audio-production genius? Drum Showroom is looking for a rockstar audio producer to help push our production level higher. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact us at dr ...

Have you ever played a totally custom, hand-hamme…

Have you ever played a totally custom, hand-hammered, handmade cymbal? Maybe you’ve experienced one of those holy grail old Ks made in Turkey. Or perhaps you’ve played a Spizzichino, a Bettis, or a Lauritzen. If these names aren’t familiar to you – and there’s a good chance they’re not – stay tuned because everything you think you know about what cymbals can be, is about to change. Ray Byrne is a different type of personality than I’ve ever had on Drum Showroom. He speaks with the language of a ...

In this episode we’re talking with the founders o…

In this episode we’re talking with the founders of one of the hottest new drum accessories on the market: Sterling and Braden from Drumkubes, the most fun way to optimize your bass drum. Our guests conceived of, prototyped, filed patent for, produced, began sale of, and built a community of followers for their product within about six months. And it made in the US. Impressive. More at drumshowroom.com

Steven Wolf is one of the world’s most in-demand …

Steven Wolf is one of the world’s most in-demand studio musicians. He came up as a drummer, and is very much the modern definition of what a studio drummer is today: a player, a programmer, a beat maker, a producer, a songwriter, and a remixer. Wolf splits time between the drum throne and Pro Tools rig, where he does most of his work composing and producing beats for the likes of Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé, Pink, Aretha Franklin, Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, and literally hu ...

Welcome to Season Two of Drum Showroom! We're kic…

Welcome to Season Two of Drum Showroom! We're kicking off the new season with a bang (dad-pun fully intended). Ronn Dunnett is founder of Dunnett Classic Drums, under which—in addition to snare drums in metal and wood—he also offers a number of thoughtful hardware innovations and the exuberantly acclaimed Res-O-Tone drumheads; he is president and caretaker of the George Way Drum Company, he's the inventor of the Remo Felt Tone drum head, and he has collaborated on drums bearing the Ludwig and D ...

Looking back on our first season, Drum Showroom b…

Looking back on our first season, Drum Showroom by the numbers, and looking ahead to next season. We're taking a break for a couple of weeks to rest and begin production of Season Two. If you haven't yet, please take three minutes to share your thoughts on the Listener Survey! We'll be back the last week of January. And as always, thank you for your support, thank you for listening, and have a happy new year!

This episode I talk with Jim Garrett, fellow drum…

This episode I talk with Jim Garrett, fellow drum nerd and a first-rate car nerd, about cars for drummers. We discuss different considerations for drummers selecting a great car including car types, special needs for where you live, and the type of gear and people you’re moving. We then run through each category of cars and discuss our recommendations for cars to check out. Jim and I worked together at Harman, parent company of JBL, Harman Kardon, AKG, and many other pro and consumer audio bran ...

Nick Jones is the seventh generation of the famil…

Nick Jones is the seventh generation of the family and one of just three people who build Noble & Cooley drums. If you haven’t heard Part 1 yet, it’s easy to find: it’s Episode 15, and I definitely recommend you listen to it first. This second episode covers Nick’s favorite kit he’s built and the resulting CoolMount he developed; reintroduction and evolution of the Horizon and Solid Shell series kits, acquisition of Witt Percussion and the resulting Walnut snares, the N&C Alloy snare drum, thei ...

Before I start the show, I want to talk about a r…

Before I start the show, I want to talk about a really important topic. It’s the holiday season. And that means it’s also depression and suicide season. According to a study of more than 2,000 musicians, 71% had experienced panic attacks and/or high levels of anxiety, 68% had experienced depression, and of those, just 30% claimed they would be very likely to, or had already sought help. You can get some helpful ideas and ways to keep your head up at optionb.org If you’re in crisis, if you’re th ...

Carter McLean has been playing drums full-time at…

Carter McLean has been playing drums full-time at the Lion King on Broadway since 2011. He’s an in-demand session and live player currently on tour with guitar wizard Charlie Hunter. And on that tour, Carter is debuting his one-of-a-kind George Way kit he designed with master craftsman Ronn Dunnett. Carter is well known on these here internets for his high production-quality YouTube drum video channel and Instagram account, through which he showcases lustworthy Dunnett Classic and George Way dr ...

Kenny Sharretts is the guy who makes your favorit…

Kenny Sharretts is the guy who makes your favorite drummers look and sound their best. In this second part of our conversation, we get way into tuning methods, tips, and tricks. We talk a lot about tuning approaches for different types of music and playing well with microphones for live applications. . . . Kenny shares some of the things he taught Train drummer Drew Shoals about head and stick selection to make his job easier. This is part of a bigger topic in being open to learning from everyo ...

Kenny Sharretts is the guy who makes your favorit…

Kenny Sharretts is the guy who makes your favorite drummers look and sound their best. As an in-demand touring drum and keyboard technician, stage manager, and pro drummer, Kenny’s knowledge and experience goes well beyond setting up, polishing, and tuning. Kenny is a superstar programmer and trainer of electronic music systems from drum triggers to samplers to some of the most complex keyboard rigs you’ll find on stages worldwide. Equal parts caddy, coach, therapist, and educator, Kenny bring ...

John DeChristopher helped build early-stage Simmo…

John DeChristopher helped build early-stage Simmons electronic, and Drum Workshop acoustic drum companies before landing at Zildjian cymbals, where he spent 24 years leading Artist Relations. John semi-retired in 2013 and has returned to his roots as a player, as well as creating a limited stable of representation for some of the world’s top drummers. Get more information and backstory on John DeChristopher and our conversation at drumshowroom.com.

25 years ago, a young Dan Radin heard the opening…

25 years ago, a young Dan Radin heard the opening fill and drum groove on a song called Two Princes by the Spin Doctors and immediately said, “I need to do that myself.” The drummer on that track, and one of the driving forces in that band was Aaron Comess. The Spin Doctors went on to sell more than 10 million records. Aaron’s sound was one of my defining drum sounds of the 90s, with his cranked-up Brady snare cracking backbeats, ghost notes chattering away; Zildjian A Custom cymbals contributi ...

Drummer’s Weekly Groovecast is a podcast featurin…

Drummer’s Weekly Groovecast is a podcast featuring two Atlanta-based working professional drummers, Phil Smith and Jon Chalden. DWG was hugely influential on me in starting Drum Showroom and I was thrilled they said yes to appearing on the show so I could say thanks… and geek out with them about gear! Show notes: •Jon Chalden and Phil Smith backgrounds •What I think makes DWG great •Being authentic •Jon’s top drummer influences: Jeff Porcaro, Al Jackson, Jr., and Steve •Gadd •Phil’s top drummer ...

Here's a special bonus episode. I was asked my li…

Here's a special bonus episode. I was asked my lifelong friend, Brady Sadler, to appear on his new podcast called Curse of the Marketer. We talked aboutDrum Showroom, both the podcast and the business, and I share more about the journey that lead me to starting this work. I also share an incredibly powerful exercise that has been life-altering for me, and wanted to share it with his and our listeners on the chance that it inspires anyone else toward action in service of their best life. It's c ...

S1 E7: Josh Allen, INDe Drum Lab

Wed Nov 01 2017 (52:36)

Josh Allen learned to play drums from his dad, wh…

Josh Allen learned to play drums from his dad, who was also a drummer. Josh earned a degree in Industrial Design and started his career with mainstream consumer companies like Kellogg’s and Fujifilm before joining Ludwig in 2010. At Ludwig, Josh designed the Atlas Pro, Classic and Standard hardware, the unique Atlas suspension bracket and line of mounting accessories; and he made updates to the Classic Maple, Keystone and import drum lines, and designed the progressive Signet line. Josh spent fi ...

Update to Episode 5 with Fred Beato of Beato Bags…

Update to Episode 5 with Fred Beato of Beato Bags. Fred and I have collaborated to offer a special price for listeners on his new double snare and snare/tom combo bags. You can get the Beato double snare bag custom made to fit any sizes, in either Pro I or Cordura, for $125 including shipping within the continental US. Or get a combo snare/tom bag for $140 including shipping. Details inside. --- Fred Beato is the founder, president, and personality behind Beato bags. Proudly handcrafted in Hunt ...

Rich Redmond’s drumming is the heartbeat of more …

Rich Redmond’s drumming is the heartbeat of more than 20 #1 singles, and live performances in front of more than two million people each year. He's recorded and toured for 18 years with the 2016 Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year, Jason Aldean, and was the same year voted Modern Drummer Country Drummer of the Year. As a producer, Rich leads New Voice Entertainment, developing talent including Thompson Square and Parmalee, resulting in three #1 hits to date. Rich works as a speaker an ...

This week's guest is player, performer, programme…

This week's guest is player, performer, programmer, writer, and educator Donny Gruendler. Donny has made music with Kenny Burrell, John Medeski, DJ Logic, and the Funk Brothers; composed and played on jingles, feature films, and TV; he produces under the pseudonym, Inc, and performs as half of the funky-jazz-soul-electro duo Rhett Frazier Inc. Donny is President of Musicians Institute in Hollywood, a member of the Modern Drummer education team and columnist for the magazine; and has released ma ...

S1 E3: Brandon Paluzzi, DW Thin Aluminum

Thu Oct 12 2017 (01:07:16)

I have known today’s guest for 20 years. Our path…

I have known today’s guest for 20 years. Our paths first crossed in 1997 in the early days of the internet, before discussion forums, on an archaic discussion medium called Usenet newsgroups. Brandon Paluzzi has done almost everything you can do on the drums – I think of him as something of a drumming polymath. After studying Jazz Performance at Carnegie Mellon University, he spent 4 years on football fields with WGI indoor marching drumlines. He then moved to London, England for 9 years to pla ...

S1 E2: Emily Colt Radin, Preproduction

Mon Oct 02 2017 (50:32)

This is Drum Showroom with Dan Radin, the drum ge…

This is Drum Showroom with Dan Radin, the drum gear podcast. We're talking drums with the people, personalities, and stories behind each instrument. Episode 2: Preproduction, covers the following topics: Updates on Drum Showroom Thanks to Gary Vee and James Altucher #garyveeandjamesistarted Shoutouts to advisory panel -Tim Shahady paiste.com -Ryan Gruss thelooploft.com -Richard Ash samashmusic.com Lessons from the first week of starting a company Our first guest: singer/songwriter Emily Colt Rad ...

S1 E1: about Dan Radin, Prologue

Mon Sep 25 2017 (09:39)

This is Drum Showroom with Dan Radin, the drum ge…

This is Drum Showroom with Dan Radin, the drum gear podcast. We're talking drums with the people, personalities, and stories behind each instrument. Each episode focuses on one piece of gear, and the discussion brings in a company personality from the manufacturer, a drummer, a producer, or somebody else involved with the making of, or music making with that instrument. What you’re listening to here is a prologue to explain what the podcast is going to be about, why I’m doing it, and why I hope ...