the meinl radio podcast
Instead of the old and tired "I started out on pots and pans" formula, Chris takes Meinl Radio into uncharted territory with his guests, asking many questions that no other interviewer would think to ask.
From this approach, the guests on Meinl Radio always end up sharing their experiences, insights, and wisdom with our listeners. Offering a look inside a world that not too many of us are privy to.
Gabe is best known as the owner and operator of Drum Beats Online - an internet drum education platform, as well as being the drummer for Grammy nominated band I Prevail. We chat with Gabe about how he juggles both of these jobs, regaining an interest in skateboarding, a story about his first experience talking to Meinl, and much more.
Our guest for the 50th episode of Meinl Radio is TJ Hartmann. TJ is well-known for his high quality, self-produced online drum content. We talk about topics like his process for creating, writing music for Meinl Cymbals demo videos, his early years of involvement with WGI and DCI groups, and much more.
Nathan is best known for his work with Canadian prog-rock outfits Intervals, as well as Auras. We chat with Nathan on a number of topics like his earliest influences, and starting his career as a working drummer—to how he’s built up a process for recording at home. Stay tuned for a new series of videos on the Meinl Cymbals and Meinl Stick and Brush YouTube channels very soon.
John has built a long and successful career on both road and studio work, estimating that he’s played on somewhere between 40-50,000 songs. His credits include names like Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Jewell, Barry Manilow, and many, many more. We sat down with John for a lengthy conversation about his career, a little bit of gear talk, and more.
Greyson is known for his high octane jazz drumming and pinpoint accuracy for replicating performances by numerous jazz legends. We sit down with Greyson to talk about practice, his unique photographic memory, what it's like to be a rising young talent in an established scene, and much more.
Forrest is well-known for his work in the California math rock group Covet. Hear him chat about everything from early to current influences, the approach to writing music for his project WØLFY, rediscovering his love for skateboarding, and much more.
Meinl Cymbals artist Jordan Perlson joins Meinl Radio to chat about studying with drumming legend Joe Morello at a young age, getting to play with artists like Adrian Belew, Becca Stevens, and Jeff Coffin, his work with "distance drum coaching," and much more.
Meinl Cymbals artist JP Bouvet sits down to chat life and drums. We discuss the redevelopment of his drum education website, returning to school for new studies, touring with Generation Axe, and much more.
Kerim Lechner (Krimh) is best known as the drummer for Polish death metal heavyweights Decapitated. Kerim recently traveled to Meinl HQ in Germany to film video content, and sat down to chat about his work with Greek metal band Septicflesh, recording with two kick drums, how he’s stayed productive without shows, tour stories, and much more.
Juan "Carlito" Mendoza
Juan is well-known for winning the 2012 Guitar Center Drum Off. We discuss topics like his career as a music teacher, early influences, the importance of reading, content production, and more.
We sit down with Eman to discuss his gig touring with Andy Grammer, growing up playing drums in church, picking the right gear for the studio, and much more.
Rudi discusses how he’s spent his time in a world without shows and tours, the physical need to practice, drumming for Whitechapel, and more.
Aaron has made a name for himself in the metal scene playing and touring with bands like The Faceless, Rings of Saturn, and his most current project Interloper. We talk with Aaron about touring and teaching, the concept of “heaviness” in music, his approach to the technical side of his playing, and more.
Richard joins the conversation from London to talk about his jazz and electronic background, learning by doing and being immersed in different world styles, entering “the zone,” and much more.
Meinl Cymbals artist Arthur Hnatek joins us from Zürich, Switzerland to talk about his experience drumming for jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan, the creation of his electronic project SWIMS, how he’s dealt with the current worldwide situation, and more.
Meinl Cymbals artist and drummer of Origin - John Longstreth joins us on the Meinl Radio Podcast. Hear John talk about his contributions to the world of metal drumming, mastering the use of drum triggers, his experience with Jiu Jitsu, and more.
Longtime Meinl Cymbals artist and drummer of the band Entheos - Navene Koperweis joins us to share current news about projects, thoughts on touring as a solo act, fusing metal drumming with electronic drumming, and more.
Lil' John Roberts
In this episode of Meinl Radio, Meinl Cymbals artist Lil' John Roberts talks about his experiences recording and touring for acts like Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson, The Fresh Prince, and countless others. Lil’ John also shares thoughts on growing up in the Philadelphia music scene, attending Berklee, and more interesting stories.
Meinl Cymbals artist Luke Holland sits down with us on the Meinl Radio Podcast. Luke talks about his newest solo project and EP, moving to Los Angeles to pursue a full-time career in drumming, fusing his metal roots with new endeavors in electronic music, and much more.
Art recently stepped into a new roll as drummer for the iconic metal band Lamb of God, but is also known for his work with groups like Winds of Plague and Prong. Art talks about what he brings to the table with his new full-time gig, what kind of personality you need to be a successful musician on the road, his love of magic, and more.
Aric is known for his high-velocity and energetic style of drumming across a multitude of different projects such as The Fever 333 and his band Night Verses. Chris and Aric sit down during the 2020 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA for a conversation about his past experience with the Guitar Center Drum-Off contest, making unique drum-related content for his social media channels, combining his love of gymnastics with music, and much more.
Miles has played with world famous acts such as Kelly Clarkson and Paramore, but now makes his living primarily as a Nashville session player. Chris sits down with Miles for a lengthy and candid conversation about everything from the inner workings of a Nashville session to their mutual love of Queensryche, and much more.
Siros is an accomplished drummer and online educator from Mariestad, Sweden. Chris and Siros chat about finding his passion in social media, creating a model for his daily lesson subscription service, and more.
We talk with Anika about her flourishing career as a solo musician, a few of her non-drumming influences, life outside of music, and her current and future endeavors.
Mark is well known for his work with Chimaira, Trivium, Devil Driver, and The Black Dahlia Murder - just to name a few. We talk about his career so far, recording and shaping the sounds a band wants to hear, differences in metal today versus ten or fifteen years ago, and much more.
Chris sits down with Meinl Cymbals artist Richie Martinez in Nashville, TN for a candid conversation about Richie’s band Arch Echo, playing and touring with guitarist Tony MacAlpine, knowing and presenting your brand as an artist, and much more.
We sit down with Meinl Cymbals artist and Megadeth drummer Dirk Verbeuren for a chat about his career as a leading figure in the world of metal drumming, his work with projects such as Soilwork, Scarve, and Bent Sea, touring and writing with Megadeth, and much more.
Jost is most famously the drummer for German supergroup Jan Delay & Disko No. 1, but is also a well-established session musician and clinician. In this interview, we talk with Jost about studying in the US early on in his career, contributions to the world of drumming, recording, and finding the most comfortable gig.
In this episode of the Meinl Radio Podcast, hear Ralph Peterson talk about his relationship with jazz legends Art Blakey and Elvin Jones among many other ground-breaking names, the true meaning of "smooth jazz", parallels between drumming and Taekwondo, and much more.
In this episode of Meinl Radio, Chris Brewer sits down with Meinl Cymbals artist and Nashville session drummer Jerry Roe for an inside look at Jerry's life of a working musician, playing in a band with his wife called Friendship Commanders, finding a balance between those activities, and much more.
We sit down with Clutch drummer and Meinl Cymbals artist JP Gaster for a talk about the band’s own record label Weathermaker Music, how the industry is changing for young bands, influences like Bad Brains and Chuck Brown, and more fun stories.
We sat down with Meinl Cymbals artist Thomas Lang at his Los Angeles home studio for a lengthy conversation about a number of topics like his classical training as a music student, being thrust into a top-tier performance environment very early on, technique versus “musicality,” and even a unique story about Charlie Watts.
Harry is best known for his eclectic personality, impassioned drumming faces, and YouTube channel which showcases performance, educational, and various other content. Harry talks about his humble beginnings as a working musician, moving to Nashville to sustain a career, and much more.
When Calvin Rodgers came to Nashville to film some video content, we had him in for a podcast too. Chris Brewer sits down with Calvin for a lengthy discussion about his accomplished career so far, the roots of Gospel drumming, playing music in the secular world versus sacred, and plenty more.
Known also as the Orlando Drummer, Adam runs a popular drum education website called OrlandoDrummer.com. Hear Adam and Chris talk about what it takes to innovate in a competitive online market such as music education, personal practice techniques and concepts, online educator endorsements, and more.
In this episode of the Meinl Radio Podcast, Meinl USA artist relations manager Chris Brewer sits down with Matt Garstka for a lengthy discussion about Matt’s newest project called GEM, his biggest drumming influences, mental and physical approaches to music, and much more.
Fresh off of the stage from a show with Grammy-winning artist Beck, Meinl Cymbals artist Chris Coleman sits down with Chris Brewer for a talk about his newest gig, broadening career horizons, endorsements, and much more.
Jimmy Kadesch is a long-time Meinl Cymbals artist and the drummer for rapper/songwriter Hoodie Allen. In this episode, Jimmy sits down with Chris Brewer for a lengthy discussion about the beginnings of original drumming content on YouTube, getting the gig with Hoodie, how endorsements affect an artist’s presence, and much more.
Chris Brewer sits down for an in-depth interview with Grammy-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Alice in Chains, Rush, Foo Fighters) about recording drums at the legendary studio Sound City, coming up in the Los Angeles music scene, and much more.