DRUM with Mike & Eddy

Mike Johnston & Eddy Thrower

DRUM with Mike & Eddy aims to bring drummers together and give them weekly updates and banter about the wonderful world of drumming. Each week professional drummers Mike Johnston and Eddy Thrower will discus how topics such as motivation, practice habits, routine, health & fitness, and many more have an effect on your drumming. Obviously this podcast is for drummers, but in all honesty it's for anyone that wants to improve at their craft!

All Episodes

Support this show on Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddy   This was the most fun Eddy and I have had creating an episode in as long as we can remember, and that's saying something! We hope you find a ton of value in this episode and maybe a few "left blinker" laughs along the way, lol. 

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Dec 6

59 min 28 sec

Support this show on Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddy   A clinic, a camp, In-N -Out, a long walk, a new kit, double bass jams, and so much more. We hope you enjoy the recap of this insane week!- Mike & Eddy

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Nov 29

50 min 31 sec

Support this show on Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyI think the title says it all, LOL! - Mike & Eddy

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Nov 25

57 min 12 sec

Support this show on Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyThis was supposed to be a short, funny episode about Eddy being stuck in the middle seat for his journey to America but instead it turned into a fairly serious discussion about whether or not drummers should be paid by their endorsements for their social media posts that relate directly to specific products. We would LOVE to hear your thoughts on the Patreon page! Enjoy - Mike J

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Nov 15

50 min 49 sec

Support this show on Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyThis episode is all about mine and Eddy's hack to hardcore practice. I'll leave it at that and we hope you get inspired to "Schedule Something" after listening to this :)- Mike J

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Nov 9

54 min 56 sec

Support this show on Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyFirst off, THANK YOU all for supporting this podcast by listening and being a part of what we  are trying to build. If you will do us the favor of listening to the first 10 minutes I promise you shall then be rewarded with 20 min. of two seriously cool practice pad exercises. The notation for both exercises is waiting for you inside the Patreon page :) Thanks again! - Mike  & Eddy

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Nov 3

29 min 34 sec

Support this show on Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyAs musicians we are now expected to wear more hats than just that of "proficient drummer". We are expected to be cinematographers, lighting directors, audio engineers, marketing agents, photographers, etc. In this episode Eddy and I sit down with someone that made his name without wearing those hats, and then chose to remake his name/brand while acquiring and using all of those skills. We hope you enjoy our chat with Mr. Stan BicknellStan on the Gram: @stanbicknell

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Nov 1

1 hr 17 min

Support this show on Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddySince announcing that I was moving on from Gretschen, my 1965 Round Badge in blue sparkle, I have received tons of emails and DM's asking "why?". In this episode I break down the differences between a vintage round badge kit and a modern Broadkaster, and explain why my new kit will be the best of both worlds. Equal time will be given Tama in an upcoming episode, lol. Thanks for listening and supporting!Mike & Eddy

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Oct 25

1 hr 3 min

Support this show on Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyAs Eddy and I turn our focus to the next phase of our individual journeys of developing our own unique voices on the kit we thought it would be a perfect time to revisit this topic with you all. We hope this episode is just what you need to get on the kit and start developing YOUR VOICE! Enjoy - Mike & Eddy 

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Oct 18

59 min 12 sec

Support this show on Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyWhat was the level of your obsession with the drums when you first started vs. now? Eddy and I discuss how our "why" has changed and in some ways evolved over the past few decades. As always we hope you enjoy this episode!

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Oct 11

54 min 25 sec

Support this show on Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyI think we all deal with the feeling when it comes to drums that we have to be great at everything or else we simply aren't great. That couldn't be further from the truth. Sometimes you just need to know when to walk away from a challenge in order to focus your energy on the challenges that are stopping you from achieving YOUR dreams. In episode 56 Eddy and I explore this topic and a few dozen others, lol. Enjoy!

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Oct 4

57 min 47 sec

Support this show on Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyEddy and I had an ABSOLUTE BLAST revisiting some of our all-time favorite grooves. We truly hope you enjoy hearing us geek out over grooves that make us jump on the kit. - Mike J

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Sep 27

48 min 2 sec

Support this show on Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyAre you a beginner? Intermediate? Advanced? Pro? Are you an advanced drummer that feels like a beginner with certain genres? Well, you can relax knowing that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Eddy and I spend the better part of an hour talking about how silly, yet necessary these categories are. - Mike J

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Sep 20

54 min 43 sec

Support us on Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyIf ya want to join us this Sunday for a LIVE practice pad workout please consider supporting this podcast through our Patreon page. The ZOOM link will be posted on our Patreon (seen only by our patrons) this Saturday. Until then, enjoy a little catch-up of mine and Eddy's most stressful week of 2021. Stressful but FUN AS HELL! lol. - Mike J

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Sep 10

1 hr 2 min

Support us on Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyIn Episode 52 Eddy and I chat about time and what it means to have good time. We also try to answer the questions, how do you improve your time, who's responsible for the time in a band, and why Eddy doesn't ever need to practice time, LOL (you'll get it once you listen to the episode). We hope you enjoy the heck out of episode 52 - TIMEMike & Eddy

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Sep 4

1 hr 4 min

Support us on Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddy  This was a TOUGH episode for us to do for many reasons. 1, we don't want it to become negative where we spend an hour bitching and moaning about people that we feel steal ideas, or dodge the hard work of creating their own ideas. 2, there isn't a SINGLE THING that Eddy or I have ever created on our own without outside influence.   In this episode we try to define the balance between being inspires and straight up thievery. We also really hope that you bet inspires yourself after listening to this episode to push your own limits of creativity and originality! Enjoy - Mike J

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Aug 23

1 hr 9 min

Support us on Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyWow... 50 episodes of being allowed to share our thoughts, out views, our experiences and our vulnerabilities with you all! All that needs to be said is THANK YOU and here's to another 50!

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Aug 13

1 hr 9 min

Support us on Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyAre you a hunter or a farmer? There isn't a right answer here but the mindsets for each are VERY different. In this episode Eddy and I discuss what it means to be a hustling farmer, lol. Enjoy!

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Aug 2

1 hr 7 min

Support us on Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddy After spending 10 hours a day with the attendees of my recent drum camp for a full week mine and Eddy's voice notes were at an all-time low. So, we hope you don't mind that we used episode 48 to get all caught up, and to answer a bunch of your questions of course :)Enjoy!

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Jul 28

1 hr 12 min

Support us on Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyWow... this one is literally all over the map. I hope y'all can hang in there as Eddy and I push tangents to the extreme, lol :)Enjoy - Mike & Eddy

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Jul 19

59 min 55 sec

Support us on Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyGet ready for an all new round of "Would You Rather - Live Gig Addition" lol. After that Eddy and I dive deep into the world of TUNING. Top head vs. bottom head, tuning for your ear vs. microphones, tuning for the band, and much more. We hope you enjoy the heck out of this episode, as well as the first ever double cuss bomb from a listener question! 😂Enjoy - Mike & Eddy

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Jul 13

1 hr 4 min

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyWhat is a drum fill? When should you play a fill? How long should your fill be? Should your fill sync with the vocals? Eddy and I answer these and loads more questions about fills in this episode. We hop you enjoy the heck out of it!Mike & Eddy

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Jul 7

52 min 57 sec

Become a Patronhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyThis episode is jam packed with a time signature game, branding talk, and listener questions from our amazing Patrons. We both hope that this episode gives you a new way to look at the content that you are uploading, and how it might impact the brand that you are creating whether you know it or not. Enjoy - Mike & Eddy

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Jun 28

1 hr

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyBuckle up kids because we are going for a ride on the odd time roller coaster. We truly hope that the next hour helps to demystify odd time grooves and makes you excited to start experimenting with new "less familiar" time signatures. Enjoy - Mike & Eddy

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Jun 21

1 hr 3 min

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyY'all, sooooooo much fun had during the recording of this episode. We break down what chops actually are, how they can be used, who's chops influenced us the most, and much much more! Enjoy, and we hope that this episode makes you want to jump on the kit ASAP! -Mike & Eddy-

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Jun 14

55 min 20 sec

Wow... this one will take you on a journey! A few funny stories, a few deep stories, and hopefully a ton of inspiration for all of you to tackle the week with! Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddy

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Jun 9

1 hr 8 min

This episode covers A LOT OF STUFF! Value when talking about drum gear, value in education, how to value yourself as a creative. So strap in for a 60 min. chat with your drum buddies Mike & Eddy! Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddy

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Jun 1

1 hr

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyRudiments, dogs, and listener Q&A. What more do ya need? lol. We hope you enjoy the next hour of your day as you hang with us chatting about rudiments and life. Mike & Eddy

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May 24

1 hr 4 min

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyWith upcoming gigs, clinics, camps and drum festivals for both Eddy and I we thought this would be a perfect time to talk to y'all about how we plan for such events. We hope you enjoy this episode that should have been titled "Lambos & Off Whites" LOL - Mike J 

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May 17

1 hr 1 min

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyThis was such a fun episode to do! Eddy and I talk about the importance of gear, why we all obsess over it, and THEN we are joined by Mr. Mike Dawson to completely nerd out on the details and the nitty gritty. We chat hoops, bearing edges, shell material, and much more!We hope you enjoy this episode dedicated to wiping out your bank account, and ours, LOL!Mike & Eddy

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May 10

54 min 22 sec

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyEddy and I are both taking lessons at the moment so we thought this would be a perfect time to discuss why we decided to start up again, what we are studying, who we are studying with, and what we've taken away so far about being students. Oh ya, and we talk WAY too much about jazz, lol. Enjoy!

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May 3

1 hr 4 min

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyWhat is groove? What makes something groove? Are groove and pocket the same thing? These are just a few of the questions that Eddy and I will tackle in this episode as we try to answer some of the questions that all drummers have. Enjoy!

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Apr 26

50 min 44 sec

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyThat's right folks, a full episode about DRUMMING! Well, let's be honest... it's 50% drumming and 50% tangents that have absolutely nothing to do with drumming, music, or anything really, lol. We hope you enjoy!

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Apr 19

1 hr 2 min

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyOddly enough, fear is nothing to be afraid of when it comes to drumming and art. Fear is something to embrace and to leverage into motivating you into action. The best weapon against fear is preparation, and in this episode Eddy and I chat about the things that we are afraid of, and how we combat those feeling and overcome our fears. We really hope you all enjoy this episode! 

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Apr 12

57 min 58 sec

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyIn this episode Eddy and I look forward! We dive deep into the many different ways you can make a living as a drummer, we talk about what it's like to NOT want to be inspired, and we take a look at Matt Halpern's new signature snare with Pearl Drums. Let's have some fun!

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Apr 5

55 min 14 sec

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyThis week Eddy and I take a look at some of your kits, chat about the specs, and judge them based on whether or not we could turn up at your house and host a clinic on your kit without moving a ting. I'll just say this... y'all got some seriously sick kits! Well done patrons :)click here to view all the kits

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Mar 29

55 min 49 sec

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyThis time Eddy and I go through our favorite recorded drum parts by other drummers. The drum grooves and fills are special but the recap of the FLIP Camera is truly EPIC!!! LOLWe hope you all enjoy the heck out of this episode :)Mike & Eddy

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Mar 22

1 hr 6 min

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyOH MY GOODNESS Y'ALL! This is the one right here. Eddy and I have an absolute blast doing every episode but this one was something special. In Episode 29 we go through our favorite drum parts that we actually recorded. We really hope that the stories that accompany each drum track entertain you and give you a laugh. Have an EPIC day and we hope that you enjoy the heck out of this new episode!

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Mar 15

1 hr 5 min

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyThis time we go ALL IN!!! No restrictions on price, this is full on dream kit stuff. After that we answer a boatload of questions from our amazing Patrons, and then there's a little bonus herta lesson at the end, lol

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Mar 8

1 hr 17 min

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyIn this episode we take you through the process of buying a kit for under $1400.00. That's kit, hardware, cymbals, EVERYTHING! Oh, and the other caveat is that we can't choose any products from the companies that we endorse.  After that we do a quick dive into the mental health benefits of drumming, and finally we wrap things up by answering a few questions from our incredible Patreon members. Enjoy!Mike & EddyLink to the book that I mentioned: The Talent Code by Daniel Coylehttps://amzn.to/3pWRkdK

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Mar 1

1 hr 2 min

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyIf you want to work in this industry you are gonna have to network, but networking in the drum/music community is VERY different than doing it in traditional business. The number one rule in the "musician for hire" world is don't be a jerk! I'm not sure that I could say that for all other industries, lol. So sit back, enjoy a bit of "play what you feel" drumming from both eddy and I, and prepare some double L's (Laughs & Lessons).

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Feb 22

54 min 8 sec

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyWe have all faced challenges in our lives. Some were monumental challenges from our past, and others are daily challenges that we deal with day in day out. In this episode Eddy and I will talk about both, and then walk you through how we met those challenges head on, and eventually overcame them. Oh ya, and there is a SH*T ton of laughs in this one as well, lol :)

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Feb 15

1 hr 15 min

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyJust wait for it, that's all I can say, LOL. We had an absolute blast making this episode and we actually do hit on quite a few important aspects of sound :)

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Feb 8

58 min 17 sec

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyWhen should you "move on" from something that you are practicing? How do you know that you have exhausted an idea and it's time to tackle something new. These are questions that we have all had on the kit at one point or another and in episode 23 Mike & will guide you through the process of practicing, growing, and eventually moving on :)

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Feb 1

1 hr 6 min

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyOk DRUM listeners, it's story time with Mike & Eddy. Our best and worst gig moments. There's really nothing else to say other than after this episode you will understand why I constantly check my zipper, LOL. 

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Jan 25

1 hr 2 min

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyA negative ego can take you down a dark path of self loathing and depression while a healthy ego can lift you up and remind you that you deserve to be were you are. In this episode Mike & Eddy tell stories about the times that their positive egos got them through some pressure packed situations.

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Jan 18

1 hr 1 min

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyAfter Eddy and I get all caught up, and after we check out a bit more Vinnie, we dive into the topic of Temptation. No one is exempt from temptation, especially when it come to shortcuts. Borrow a few ideas from this drummer, steal a few ideas from this one, buy a few followers, purchase a few likes... what's the harm? In episode 19 we tell you what the harm is, and we talk about the things that have tempted us when it comes to making a name for yourself in the drum industry. 

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Jan 11

1 hr 10 min

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyDRUM with Mike & Eddy listeners, we hope you enjoy this gift from our Patreons. 

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Jan 7

1 hr 2 min

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyAfter receiving a ton of questions after our first episode on Endorsements we decided to bring in an actual A&R so you could gain information and perspective from the person that is actually signing drummers like you. We really hope that this conversation with Chris Brewer from Meinl Cymbals sheds light on endorsements, what they really are, and how to be become truly valuable to the companies that you work with! Enjoy! 

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Jan 4

50 min 28 sec

Become a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/drumwithmikeandeddyThis episode is a full blown roller coaster ride. From Mike Playing Metallica on the kit, to  Mike  & Eddy's  #50NOTECHALLENGE stories, to "an intro to Vinnie Colaiuta", into an EPIC interview/hang with Charlie Simpson (Busted, Fightstar), this episode is flat out bananas! We you you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it!Charlie Simpson: http://spoti.fi/37NCm3ZFightstar: http://spoti.fi/3piwcieBusted: http://spoti.fi/38GsuIo

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Dec 2020

1 hr 19 min