Interview with Tom Hoare of The Drummer’s Journal [podcast]

You’ve heard of boutique drum builders and cymbalsmiths, but what about a boutique drum magazine?

Tom Hoare, editor of The Drummer’s Journal — a free, online drum magazine based out of the UK — grew up reading the major drum mags, but now thinks it’s time to shake things up.

“I grew up reading these magazines like Rhythm and Drummer, and I felt they were really, really good. But as I got older, I started to feel like they just weren’t really giving me what I wanted to read anymore, and I felt that they were featuring the same people and the same interviews. And what they do, they do it absolutely really, really well, but I thought there was something different I could offer.”

What Does it Take at Juilliard? Some Kind of Spark

Regular readers know that music education is an important issue to me. In fact, it reminds me of that old Barack Obama quote, “You didn’t build that” (tongue firmly in cheek). If you’ve been successful in music (or just gotten pretty good at an instrument), chances are someone along the way helped you. It might have been a parent, older sibling, music store employee, or teacher. Whomever it was, you know that reaching your goals is easier with support.

I’m asking you to support an independent filmmaker, Ben Niles, get more exposure for his new film Some Kind of Spark, which follows kids in Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program. It’s up for Indiewire’s Film of the Month against three other films. If Some Kind of Spark wins this competition, Ben will receive a consultation from the Tribeca Film Institute!