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Drum History

A podcast all about the rich history of the drums - and how they became what they are today! Join Bart van der Zee as he speaks with experts about the curious journey of the ever-evolving drum set.

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Recent Episodes of Drum History


The HUGE Alex Van Halen Auction with Kurt Ekstrom

The HUGE Alex Van Halen Auction with Kurt Ekstrom

Alex Van Halen is auctioning off hundreds of unbelievable items that have never been seen by public eyes, plus some of his most iconic drum sets that he played with Van Halen! Kurt Ekstrom joins me back on the podcast to look through this incredible auction and dissect tons of these rare items. Kurt covered all of AVH's career on the podcast last year and this dovetails perfectly with that episode and answers many questions that Kurt and I had with that original series!

Here is a link to the auction: https://www.backstageauctions.com/catalog/alex-van-halen-highlights...

Episode 28 May 2024 1h, 13m and 31s


A Look at the Gear of Danny Seraphine with Tate Berkey

A Look at the Gear of Danny Seraphine with Tate Berkey

Danny Seraphine is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted, world-famous original drummer of Chicago. Tate Berkey has been researching Danny's gear for the last year and has compiled an exhaustive look at all things Danny Seraphine. We cover his earliest drum kits, his time with Slingerland drums, his Zildjian endorsements, and then his switch to Yamaha and DW. Danny is a consummate gearhead and loved to experiment with different sizes, configurations, especially the use of concert toms.


We cover Danny Seraphine's entire career in this episode, and Tate doesn't leave any stone...

Episode 14 May 2024 2h, 32m and 58s


The Lessons of Robbie Gonzalez with Rob Hart

The Lessons of Robbie Gonzalez with Rob Hart

Rob Hart takes us through audio clips of his former mentor and teacher Robbie Gonzalez which gives us first hand knowledge and ideas of this great mind of drumming. Robbie Gonzalez was a Berklee professor, prolific recording artist, and performed with greats like Al Di Meola. This episode features many great recordings of Robbie performing live and also working in the lesson room with Rob Hart. This is a continuation of the "mentors series" that Rob has been doing here on Drum History Podcast. The other episodes include clips with Mike Clark, Steve Smith, Tony Williams and more to...

Episode 23 April 2024 1h, 6m and 59s


The History of Recording Drums with Jay Petach

The History of Recording Drums with Jay Petach

Unravel the captivating journey of recording technology with Jay Petach as your guide, spanning back to the 1800s when pioneers like Thomas Edison introduced groundbreaking inventions like the Phonograph and Edison's Cylinders. Delve into the evolution leading to the revolutionary use of magnetic tape and the advent of computers, propelling us into the era of multi-track recording as we recognize it today.

In this enlightening episode, Jay Petach, a distinguished professor and seasoned audio engineer, offers invaluable insights drawn from his extensive experience. He regales us with anecdotes of the bygone era when drummers were strategically placed...

Episode 9 April 2024 56m and 24s


New Temporary Schedule and New Studio!

New Temporary Schedule and New Studio!

Hey everyone! I am launching a temporary bi-weekly show schedule with two new episodes per month. We are currently in the midst of an attic renovation which has bumped me out of my normal Drum History Studio for the next month or two. It has been chaos recently with having a newborn and i've got some new stuff going on with traveling to California for work but this has pushed things a bit over the edge where scheduling has been very tricky.

I think what I am going to do is revert back to my original format f...

Episode 26 March 2024 6m and 1s


Ellis Tollin: Drummings Unsung Legend with Anthony Amodeo

Ellis Tollin: Drummings Unsung Legend with Anthony Amodeo

Ellis Tollin is a world-class performer who played on hit records, started a very successful music store in Philadelphia called Music City, which hosted countless performances by greats such as Louie Bellson, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and many more. Ellis is known as the father of the Drum Clinic, and he was also a close personal friend of Buddy Rich. This episode shines a light on his rise as a performer at the peak of the Jazz explosion, his need to pivot after arthritis made his drumming career come to an end, his involvement with the Rogers Drum Company...

Episode 19 March 2024 1h, 5m and 43s


The Budget Guide to "Sleeper" Drum Gear with Gerry Porter

The Budget Guide to "Sleeper" Drum Gear with Gerry Porter

Gerry shares with us a list of drums and cymbals that are often overlooked and under-marketed but sound just as good as the equipment that is 10x the price. "Sleeper Gear," by definition, is drum gear that you might not notice at a music store or never even consider trying when, in reality, it sounds great and can be found at a bargain price.

Gerry Porter runs Hazelshould.com and has had thousands of drums and cymbals pass through his hands. He has put together a list of cymbals, snares, and drum sets that he thinks are...

Episode 12 March 2024 1h, 4m and 43s


(The Vault) The History of Gretsch Drums with John Sheridan

(The Vault) The History of Gretsch Drums with John Sheridan

(First Aired Feb 2019) "That Great Gretsch Sound" has been around since 1883, join me as I talk with John Sheridan about the full history of this iconic company! John is an expert on Gretsch and co-wrote "The Gretsch Book" with Rob Cook.

John takes us through the 136 year history with amazing facts and stories and also some information that you won't hear anywhere else!

Here is the timeline on the Gretsch websites I used to follow along with John:

http://www.gretschdrums.com/history

The Gretsch Book is available for purchase at...

Episode 5 March 2024 53m and 55s


Drums & Demons:  The Tragic Journey of Jim Gordon with Joel Selvin

Drums & Demons: The Tragic Journey of Jim Gordon with Joel Selvin

Jim Gordon went from being the first call drummer of his generation who played on hundreds of hit records, to becoming a victim of the chemicals in his brain that caused him to murder his mother in a schizophrenic episode. Joel Selvin describes his Jim Gordon's life and his book perfectly with this description: "The blazing rock opera of the greatest drummer of all-time, Jim Gordon, from the legendary Wrecking Crew to redefining rock on the Seventies’ biggest hits and outrageous tours, and ultimately to the most shocking crime in rock history—a story of musical genius, uncontrollable madness, and...

Episode 27 February 2024 55m and 13s


Who is Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Drummer?

Who is Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Drummer?

Did you know that Alfred Hitchcock used a drummer on the set of the 1963 classic thriller, 'The Birds'? The real question is: who is this mystery drummer, and how/why did Hitchcock employ a percussionist to perform during the filming of the movie? I have been researching this topic for the last few weeks and have made some amazing discoveries about the on-set drummer, and great information that goes beyond just this topic. Alfred Hitchcock is one of the best filmmakers of all time, and he knew the power that drums can have on people. Find out everything I...

Episode 20 February 2024 16m and 31s

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