Reader Rick N. sent a question to Nickelback's Daniel Adair via Drumhead's Ask A Pro. His question: "How would I get a kick-drum sound similar to yours on 'Animal?' What heads, triggers, mics and side of kick pedal ball do you recommend?"

Adair, taking some well-deserved time off at home, sent Rick this answer:

"Hi Rick, Glad you like the sound! I used a Pearl Masters 4-ply maple 22X16 kick with Remo Powerstroke 3 front and back heads tuned very loose. Felt beater. The mics were an AKG D112 internally and a homemade Yamaha NS10 speaker reversed to act as a mic. (Basically a Yamaha Subwoofer but, to me, this sounds better than the factory made ones.) And, of course, you have to remember that the mixer, Randy Staub, put his own samples on there. Your guessalt is as good as mine when it comes to those!"

Watch Daniel performing the song with Nickelback here.

Nickelback released The Best Of Nickelback Volume 1 on November 19, 2013 through Roadrunner Records, and followed that up with shows across Europe as well as South Africa. To purchase Drumhead's 19-page feature article on Daniel, click here.

Read Steve Smith's answer to a Drumhead reader about getting out of a drumming rut, here.

If you have a question for a drummer send it to Drumhead here.


Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York & Undead Music Present


Allen Toussaint, Marc Ribot, Nels Cline, Terri Lyne Carrington, David Murray, James Carter, Daedelus, Karsh Kale, Petra Haden, Shigeto & More, Confirmed For May 14 Event at The Town Hall
Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York and Undead Music has announced the initial line-up for ‘A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets,’ set for May 14 at the majestic Manhattan venue The Town Hall. The event premiered in 2013 as part of the Red Bull Music Academy in New York and, this year, the event will return with all new artists including: legendary New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint, global fusion pioneer Karsh Kale, Los Angeles-based producer Daedelus, Nels Cline—a guitarist with a history in punk, alternative rock and jazz who currently performs with Wilco—The Haden Triplets’ violinist and vocalist Petra Haden, and more. See initial line-up below.
The evening will give music fans a chance to hear artists from the music realms of jazz, electronic, experimental, rock and everything in between as they’ve never heard them before. The format will see one musician starting things off with a solo improvisation lasting five minutes. Another musician then will join for five minutes of duo improvisation. After those five minutes, musician #1 will leave the stage and musician #3 will join musician #2 for another five minutes, and so on. Noted the New York Times in a review of the 2013 show, “the line-up, mixing generations and genres, was cleverly curated to push each musician in different directions as partners changed.”
The event is part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York. The month-long series of live performances, club nights, lectures, art installations and more, is set to kick off May 1 with a lineup of innovative artists, unique venues and signature show concepts that explore today’s musical landscape while paying homage to its history. The diverse musical showcase, which will become an annual New York City festival, is a legacy to the critically acclaimed Red Bull Music Academy that took place in New York in 2013. For additional information on the festival, and to purchase tickets, visit:
The Undead Music Series was launched in June of 2010 with the aim to attract new audiences to serious music while challenging expectations. Now in its fifth year, it celebrates the explosively creative, adventurous, instrumental music being made in New York City and beyond, with improvisational contributions of musicians from the realms of jazz, electronic, rock and experimental. For more details on the Undead Music Series, visit
The initial line-up for ‘A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets’ includes:
Allen Toussaint: Legendary New Orleans jazz pianist, inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Blues Hall of Fame
Terri Lyne Carrington: Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer, composer and record producer
Amp Fiddler: Detroit-based soul/funk musician and former member of George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic
Daedelus: Dublab-affiliated producer whose most recent projects were released on Ninja Tune and Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder Records
David Murray: Prolific jazz saxophonist who has released over 150 albums under his own name and is a co-founder of the World Saxophone Quartet
James Carter: Celebrated jazz saxophonist, and the recipient of multiple Downbeat Critics and Readers Choice Awards
Jherek Bischoff: Former sideman and accompanist in several bands who went on to release a pair of orchestral albums in 2012, one featuring the likes of David Byrne, Caetano Veloso, Craig Wedren, more
Karsh Kale: “Visionary composer and producer” (Billboard), a member of Bill Laswell’s Tabla Beat Science and a musical pioneer fusing Indian classical and folk with electronic, rock and pop.
Marc Ribot: New York City-based experimental guitarist who has collaborated with Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and composer John Zorn among many others
Nels Cline: Punk & alternative rock guitarist with a history in jazz who has played with Mike Watt and Thurston Moore, among others, and currently performs with Wilco
Petra Haden: Former violinist and singer in That Dog, who released an album earlier this year with her sisters in The Haden Triplets, a band made up of the daughters of legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden
Shigeto: Producer on Ghostly International with a diverse sound that’s a unique blend of instrumental hip hop and electronic music, influenced by jazz
Event Details
Wednesday, March 14 at 8pm
@ The Town Hall - 123 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036
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Following up on the highly successful Drum Bash V. 4.0, held in October of 2013, local music educator and owner of Jim Chamber’s Music Box, Jim Chambers, will once again team with Sam Ash Music to present Drum Bash V.5.0 on Saturday, April 26th from 5:00-8:00 P.M. at the Sam Ash Music Store located at 1333 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618. The event is free and open to the public. Over $2,500.00 in prizes awarded to the drum students that participate in the event. Sponsors of the event include: Pearl Drums, Vic Firth, Zildjian Cymbals and Sam Ash Music

For this 5th installment of Drum Bash, there will be three celebrity judges to select the best and brightest young stars. The judges include: Popular TV traffic/entertainment and news anchor Jennifer Epstein; she joined the FOX 13 team and the “Good Day Tampa Bay” staff in March of 2006. Jennifer is passionate about music and also involved with the Make a Wish Foundation. Casey Grillo is an admired, respected and versatile drummer. He is most often associated with Kamelot, an original and prestigious acts within the genre of Metal. Now based in Tampa, Grillo is also a highly respected producer and music teacher. Drummer Nate Young is a Tampa native and an original member of rock band Anberlin, who have had several singles on the Billboard 200 chart, including 2008's "New Surrender," which peaked at #13 and led to a performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Anberlin will be appearing all Summer on the Van's Warped tour 2014. Young is endorsed by Ludwig, Vic Firth and Meinl Cymblas. 

Jim Chambers has been involved in all facets of the music business for over 20 years. His career started in 1991 in Atlanta at the indie label Sky Records, where he worked with Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls (co-owner of Sky/Daemon) and a roster of bands  that included Flat Duo Jets, and Swans. In 1992 Sony/BMG recruited Chambers as a product development executive for its alternative roster (Tool, Dave Mathews,TLC, Usher). In 1996, Chambers relocated to New York City where he was National Director of Sales for Hybrid Records (Guster, Mike Errico, Art Garfunkel). After a seven year stint at Hybrid/Sire, Chambers was appointed V.P of Sales for Octone Records, where he was a key player in the development of Maroon 5 garnering him two Grammy® Awards. Leaving Octone, Chambers briefly consulted for VH1 working within the consumer marketing department before being hired as General Manager of Warcon Records. During this time Chambers discovered the band Care Bears on Fire, which he co-managed for two years. In 2009 Chambers was appointed Global director A&R Department for Redeye distribution, where he signed Loudon Wainwright III leading to Chambers' third Grammy® win.

Chambers re-located to Tampa in 2009 and began teaching drums. In 2010, Jim Chambers’ Percussion Party held its first Drum Bash as a recital to showcase 20 of Chambers’ most talented students. The event offers the students an opportunity to perform in front of a live audience as well as to record their performances for YouTube® and other outlets. Attendance at the event continues to grow exponentially as word spreads about this fun, family-friendly event. This year’s Drum Bash will present 20 students.

In September of 2013, Chambers opened Jim Chambers’ Music Box. In addition to drums/percussion, Music Box now offers instruction in guitar, bass guitar, piano, voice and band formation. All the instructors are certified and focus on learning, practice and fun! The teaching facility is in a bright, art deco-decorated home located near the Northdale Neighborhood near Carrollwood, Lutz and Gaither High Schools.

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Two-day workshop begins April 9, Enroll now!
CreativeLive, the world's leading online classroom, has announced its first 'Music & Audio' class for the month of April, "The Working Musician Playbook," with special guest instructor, Periphery drummer and founder, Matt Halpern. In this online course, Matt will show viewers how to break out of the garage and build a lasting career in the music industry - from finding the right management, agent and label, to building relationships with sponsors and key industry players and more. The free, two-day class will broadcast live from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM PDT, starting April 9. For more information, and to enroll today, head over to:
Since its inception in 2010, CreativeLive has broadcast more than 250 courses to more than 1 million students worldwide. Now streaming live from studios in Seattle and San Francisco, CreativeLive hosts workshops in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, and software training, unlocking previously closed doors by making dynamic education accessible to everyone.
The site's upcoming "The Working Musician Playbook" instructor, Matt Halpern, plays drums in Periphery and is the founder of He's a fixture on the clinic scene and one of the most respected names in rock drumming. Besides loving dogs, Matt had this to say about his favorite new piece of gear, his MIENL 21" Byzance Transition Ride. "What's my new favorite piece of gear, it's definitley my MIENL 21" Byzance Transition Ride. It was designed by Mike Johnston of, who will actually be a guest in the creativelive class! The ride has the perfect balance of response between sensitivity and power. I can use it for my gigs with Periphery, or in more stripped down studio settings. It's great."
Check out the cymbal here.

Stay tuned to and for more information on "The Working Musician Playbook" and other upcoming 'Music & Audio' classes.
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altWhitechapel Drummer Ben Harclerode Talks Drumming

New Album Info, Contest and Tour details

Whitechapel, one of the US’s premier deathcore acts, is known for their blistering riffs and brutal blast beats. But what is it that keeps drummer Ben Harclerode interested in his instrument? “Lately I've been trying to get away from playing only ‘metal drums,’” he tells Drumhead. “It's been an ongoing process for the last couple years. Playing blast beats and fast double bass for years will really burn you out and make you lose interest in playing. Death metal style playing is also very monotonous, dynamically bland and pretty unmusical.

“There are a couple metal drummers out there that still get me stoked when I hear them, but that's because you can tell that they are drummers who also play metal. Not just ‘metal drummers.’ So that's really been my focus lately. Getting back to actually playing drums and not being a one-trick-blast-beat pony. Honestly, most real musicians could care less how fast or how long you can blast or move your feet. 

“So it's really been a matter of learning new patterns and styles of playing. Really, that's the only thing that even keeps my interest with drums. Continuing to learn new things and never plateauing or becoming stagnant. Wide knowledge and proficiency of different styles of playing is what a makes a good drummer good.”

Whitechapel release their fifth full-length albhum Our Endless War via Metal Blade Records on April 29th. Listen to the first two singles "Mono" and "The Saw is the Law" and pre-order Our Endless War in exclusive bundle packages at

altIn conjunction with the release of Our Endless War, Whitechapel has created an online contest with their new single "Mono." Vocalist Phil Bozeman has a video message for fans that are interested and would like to enter the contest, which can be viewed HERE. The object of the contest is that fans will film themselves doing a vocal cover of the new song "Mono" and then upload their videos to YouTube. The contest ends April 21st and the winner will be announced on April 22nd. The winner will receive a grand prize package that consists of: One Deluxe CD Bundle of Our Endless War, a 30 minute vocal coaching lesson with Phil Bozeman via Skype and their video will be featured on Phil's YouTube Channel.

The band has confirmed dates leading up to the release of the new album. More dates including a North American co-headlining North American tour are in the works and will be announced soon.


w/ Carnifex, Within the Ruins, Cruel Hand

04/16 Columbus, OH The Basement

04/17 Buffalo, NY Waiting Room

04/18 Worcester, MA The Palladium New England Metal and Hardcore Festival

04/19 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club

04/20 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance Theater Eat Your Heart Out Festival

04/22 Greensboro, NC Greene Street Club

04/23 Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern

04/24 Jacksonville, FL Roc Bar

04/25 Tampa, FL The Orpheum

04/27 Birmingham, AL Zydeco

End Tour

05/03 Zapopan, MX Calle 2 Pabellon B

05/04 Monterey, MX Cafe Iguana

05/05 Mexico City, MX El Plaza Condesa w/ Behemoth

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