Hey there. I’m Nick, and I’ve been obsessed with playing the drums for twenty years.

I founded this website in November of 2016 with a simple vision:

  • To become a trusted resource where people can come to learn about new drum products and information about being a drummer.
  • To provide the best, most reliable, understandable drumming advice.
  • To create and nurture a community of drummers willing to help each other be better players and feel more confident in any drumming situation (you’re more than welcome to join our Drum Junkies Facebook Group with over 1,500 members).

When I was nine years old I was lucky enough to win a drawing out of a hat to become one of two percussionists in the fifth grade.

Thus began my trek carrying a snare drum on my back on the school bus each day.

I was fortunate that my parents supported my ambition for music, allowing me to begin private lessons after school.

Since day one of percussion and drums, I’ve been obsessed. I took music and continued private lessons all through-out high school and studied at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater for four years, learning drums and percussion.

During my time at university, I acquired an incredible excess of knowledge studying orchestral excerpts, playing techniques, varieties of percussion, playing in many different ensembles, and discovering a real love for the many instruments known as percussion.

Drum set, being my biggest passion, was my primary focus. I played in many jazz groups, big and small.

My kit.

Pearl Export Select Shells • DW Collector’s Series 5.5×14″ Snare • 14″ Zildjian MasterSound Hats • 19″ Meinl Byzance Thin Crash • 22″ Dream Energy Ride

My Electronics.

Alesis Strike Kit • Various Roland Pads • Roland SPD-SX

I learned how to play four-mallet marimba, performing pieces from Nebojsa Zivkovic, Nigel Westlake, Stephen Whibley, and Michael J. Burritt (possibly others I cannot remember).

Percussion ensemble was a primary focus for our curriculum which introduced me to some of my favorite composers, including Steve Reich and Phillip Glass.

Touring

After leaving school, I’ve been touring and making music with my band.

In 2012, we began playing local clubs and recorded many albums under many different names for two years.

In 2014, we signed to Atlantic Records and have toured with plenty of well-known acts such as twenty one pilots, smallpools, Misterwives, Grizfolk, The Mowgli’s, Dashboard Confessional, and countless others.

It’s been a journey and one hell of a learning experience.

Shows Played

250+

More than 250 shows over the last five years touring

Largest Audience

18,000

Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre; 2016 (pictured above)

Miles Traveled

160,000+

Over the past five years touring, we’ve traveled over 160,000 miles

I have written for Modern Drummer, Music Think Tank, Indie On The Move, and our band has been featured in Billboard, altpress, QRO Magazine, and others.

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I may have founded Drumming Review, but I can’t solely be the only contributor.

We welcome drummers of all ages and perspectives to give insight, reviews, self-promotion (with humility) to help further the website.

Some of the opinion pieces may be speculative, as we can’t always get our hands on all the products we talk about. Despite this, we still do our best to provide an objective view of each product we mention.

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