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From fluke band jam, to official drummer of The White Stripes and international fame, Meg White took her minimalist and untrained drumming style into mainstream success. The deceptively simple backbeat helped define the Stripes’ stomp and style.
“She was the antithesis of a modern drummer. So childlike and incredible and inspiring. I don’t think she understood how important she was to the band.” - Jack White, Lead Singer & Guitarist of The White Stripes
Thunderously successful and loud, Dave’s drumming style is known for his heavy hitting on huge, yet minimal drum kits. (I guess that’s what happens when you learn to play on pillows with thick marching band sticks.) An instant success in the 1990 audition for Nirvana’s new drummer, Dave was eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame.
“He was a hard hitter… so bright, so hot, so vital.” - Krist Novoselic, Bassist for Nirvana
Ever wonder where breakout bands like Green Day, Blink-182, Fall Out Boy and Weezer got their inspiration for machine-gun snare rolls and heartbreaking emo anthems? Bill Stevenson is the man behind the blueprint for drummers across the pop-punk genre, well-known for his creative work in co-founded band, the Descendents.
And if you think his fast-paced drumming style sounds like high energy, you’re not wrong. It might be why Bill would eat 50 Snickers bars before a show.
He may have started as a drummer for an Iron Maiden cover band, but his bludgeoning technique for the Melvins, Altamont, and even a brief stint at Nirvana was well earned. His unique combination of exploding tom-toms, sizzling metal slats and a double kick for some sweaty drummer riffs helped carve out his unique sound.
“You can tell when Dale is playing in Nirvana because he’s the best drummer in the world.” - Dave Grohl, Previous Drummer for Nirvana
From drums to pranks, Keith rocked a flair and intensity without concern for collateral damage. His reputation for smashing his drum kit on stage or blowing up toilets with cherry bombs earned him the name, “Moon the Loon”, but his influential style helped lead The Who on their road to stardom.
“He didn’t play from left to right or right to left, he’d play forwards. I’ve never seen anyone play like that before or since.” - John Entwistle, Occasional Lead Vocalist for The Who
Alex Van Halen
Drummers in the eighties drove themselves crazy trying to replicate Alex’s distinctive skip-tone and tom-tom grooves. His vibrant style and determination kept him going through anything—even with a broken hand in four places at a show in 1982.
“He couldn’t even hold a drumstick so he tied the stick to his wrist with a shoelace and went on with the show.” - Debby Miller, Journalist
Cindy Blackman Santana
A virtuoso drummer who spans the realms of jazz and rock. Blackman was initially influenced by jazz drummer Tony Williams for the impact of his drum beats whenever he played. From 1992 to 2007, she served as Lenny Kravitz’s drummer. Currently she’s the mainstay for the band Santana.
“Some drummers act, some react. Some keep time, others create it. Cindy Blackman Santana is among the few who can.” - Mike Zwerin, International Herald Tribune
As one of the most versatile drummers, Travis has been played across many genres including hip hop, alternative rock, pop and country. It started with hands on drumsticks at four years old. Now, with his skater aesthetic, hip-hop energy, and pop appeal, Travis is one of the most influential drummers of this millennium.
“We were concerned with having good songs, not just songs that go two hundred miles per hour.” - Travis Barker
One of rocks’ greatest drummers, Neil Peart was known for tapping on anything within reach from a young age. One detention, his teacher mistakenly made him bang on his desk nonstop for one hour where he happily recreated Keith Moon’s riffs. Later in his career, he developed his own flamboyant style with lengthy drum solos as the highlight of every Rush concert.
“I set out to never betray the values that 16-year-old had, to never sell out, to never bow to the man.” - Neil Peart, Rush Drummer
A drum-kit prodigy from a young age, Sheila's crisp, polyrhythmic style helped Prince shape rock, pop and R&B in the 80s. Her creative approach to fusing various styles together is summed up perfectly in her response to what instrument she would take to a desert island—she’d take none, everything on the island could be an instrument.
“It's pretty interesting everyone says how [Prince] influenced me, but actually I influenced him first.” - Sheila E, Drummer for Prince
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