I'm now endorsing Vater Drumsticks! After being with
another major company for over a decade, I found myself
somewhat fighting my sticks. I tried several different
models, but nothing seemed to help. On a whim, I jumped
online and purchased a pair of Vater Drumsticks. The
minute I played them, I knew I wanted to make the
recently did an interview with SoulSteer. They generally
focus on cars, however they contacted me and asked for
an interview. It was a nice change, because they asked
some "new" questions. Hope you enjoy!
happy to be the newest member of the JH Audio Family.
I'm endorsing their JH16's and can't say enough good
things about them. JH Audio's client list reads like a
"who's who," and for obvious reasons...
I began my quest for the best IE's available, I turned
to the people that were already using them. Ray Luzier
of Korn, first told me about them, then Roy Mayorga of
Stone Sour, and Shannon Larkin of Godsmack (to name just
a few). Each of them saying the JH16's were the best
IE's on earth. These guys have no reason to use anything
other than the best! The JH16's have 8 drivers in each
ear, and it SOUNDS like 8 drivers.
and Corbyn (Owner and Artist Rep) offered to provide me
with any artwork I wanted. However, I decided on the
Solid Black. To me, the black on black had a very
polished, finished look. So that's what we went with.
a reason the best performers in the industry use JH
Audio. If you're considering getting custom molds, just
go ahead and get the best. You haven't experienced
music...until you've heard it with 16 drivers!
Moore is undeniably famous. With nearly 24 million
YouTube views for This drummer is at the wrong gig, a
hilarious guest spot on NBC's The Office, and numerous
appearances at drumming events around the US, Europe,
and Russia, everyone has heard of this guy. When asked
why this happened, Steve replied honestly, "I don't
know. This viral video was simply a gift given to
grew up playing in heavy progressive bands. "My
roots were Pantera, Judas Priest, Dream Theater, Slayer,
and Anthrax so it really wasn't that unusual to go nuts.
I know the stuff I do looks pretty funny, and it's
intended to look that way. The challenge is to be able
to look like a train wreck without sounding like one.
It's not as easy as it looks!"
honestly feel Gator makes the best cases on earth, so I
couldn't be happier to be onboard. I can still
remember saving all my money for a MONTH to buy these
cases at my local music store. I didn't have much money
in those days, but I knew I needed "these"
cases. That was over 15 years ago, and they are actually
making them better than before.
in mind, Gator doesn't just make "drum" cases.
They make instrument (guitar, keyboard, band and
orchestra) cases as well as audio/video cases as well.
So please take a moment and check them out.
Drummer Signs With Extreme Isolation Headphones
happy to announce, I am the newest Extreme Isolation
Headphones artist. John Gresko was kind enough to send
me a pair of EX-25's (which I keep in a road case at the
show) and a pair of EX-29's (which I keep at home for
the studio). I absolutely love these headphones.
did a great deal of research before going with Extreme
Isolation Headphones. I find these headphones to be
"dynamically consistent" from drum to drum
(cymbal to cymbal). In other words, it's a TRUE MIX to
my ears. Other headphones block out certain frequencies,
while allowing others to bleed in. The result is an
uneven mix!!! Therefor I have a tendency to hit certain
drums harder or softer, in an effort to blend my sound.
This doesn't happen with Extreme Isolation Headphones.
drum mix is consistent and true...just at a lower level.
these phones will stay on my head, they will stay on
first thing I do every morning is visit www.drummerworld.com.
As with many drummers, this has been my morning ritual
for the last 10 years. I would read about the latest
news about all of my hero's, watch their videos, and
memorize every detail of their photos. I found myself
frequently looking at the list of names of these
drumming legends, and would imagine my name being
there with them. I would often scroll down to Stanton
Moore, to see if my name had mysteriously been added
after his the night before...although I obviously knew
it would not be there. I did this everyday for 10 years!
night, I received an email from Bernhard
Castiglioni, informing me that he had added my name to
his list. I went straight to the website and there it
was, right beneath Stanton Moore, just as I had seen it
in my mind a thousand times!
recently had the privilege of appearing on Germany's #1
late night talk show "TV Total," along with
Rick K. The host of the show (Stefan Raab) also plays
drums, so he asked me to show him a few moves on the
He was a great sport and a lot of fun.
was also a real honor to sit in with their house band "The
Heavytones." They're the German equivalent of Paul
Shaffer and The CBS Orchestra.
So I had to stay on my toes! They really went out
of their way to make us feel comfortable, and I can't
thank them enough!!!
Mad Drummer performed at The Philharmonic in Kursk City,
Russia, with Rick K. & The Allnighters on Monday 14,
2012. Portions of the show were televised by TV 46 http://www.46tv.ru/new/culture/000473/
to more than 500,000 residents in Kursk Oblast.
Interviews were broadcast on radio station Petpo FM
105.4 with Evgeniya Kalinin http://www.facebook.com/evgeniya.kalinina.9
Based on their outstanding Kursk performance the
promoter has submitted the band for consideration to
perform at the 2014 Winter Olympics to be held in
Russia. Additional international dates are currently
under consideration and will be announced in the near
At The Wrong Gig" In Swedish Commercial
Swedish company called "Com Hem" did a remake
of "Drummer at the Wrong Gig" in one of their
was blown away when I saw this commercial. Keep
in mind, they REMADE the video! This is not a "photoshop"
or a "computer generated" video. They shot it
from the ground up! I can't imagine the time they must
have invested in this. The flame drums, sparkle jackets,
background, yellow fan... it's all in there. They even
got the "cymbal stacks" on my right hand side
Mad Drummer Talks With MusicRadar
time two years ago, most people hadn't heard of Rick K
And The Allnighters ('America's most exciting show
band'), much less their flamboyant drummer, Steve Moore.
But in the late spring of 2010, a YouTube clip of the
group performing a cover of ZZ Top's Sharp Dressed Man
became a viral sensation - all because of Moore's
dazzling showmanship behind the kit.
video, dubbed This Drummer Is At The Wrong Gig, has now
racked up close to 16 million YouTube views, ensuring
that the world - the drumming world, at least - will
never be the same. Things have changed radically for
Moore, too: He's been championed by superstar players
like Mike Portnoy, he's endorsing companies and products
galore, his handle 'The Mad Drummer' is trademarked, and
he's even heeded the call of Hollywood, appearing on an
episode of the US version of The Office.
fame is still a relatively new phenomenon, however, so
we decided to check in with Moore to discuss how he's
handling the various ins, outs and what-have-yous of
viral celebritydom. As it turns out, quite well, indeed.
friend Billy Amendola was kind enough to mention me in
the NEWS section of the March 2012 edition of Modern
Drummer Magazine. It was a real thrill getting props
from such a prominent magazine.
Mad Drummer Signs With Audix Microphones
am very pleased to announce: I am now officially
endorsing Audix Microphones.
many of you know, I’ve used Audix Microphones (along
w/ the MAY Internal Mounting System) for years. In my
humble opinion, it’s the best combination available!!!
The quality of your microphone is just as important as
the quality of your drums or cymbals...
Drum + Bad Microphone = Moderate Sound!
do I choose Audix? Because they reproduce MY sound the
way I want my sound REPRODUCED. It really is that
thrilled to be onboard with Audix! To
check out my current set up:
again, MD readers. My name is Steve Moore, aka
the Mad Drummer. Some of you might remember me as “the
Drummer at the Wrong Gig” on YouTube. To say I’ve
had the best year of my life would be an understatement!
When I wrote my last MD blog, I shared the
terror of performing my first drum festival at Woodstick.
However, as you may remember, it turned out to be one of
the happiest days of my life.
those that have been following along, you probably
remember me mentioning the name "Shannon
Larkin" in several of my interviews. The reason for
this is simple: Shannon is the godfather of EVERYTHING I
I was around 17 or 18 years old, my old band opened for
a band called Wrathchild in a small club. The club
dropped the ball, and didn't advertise. Therefore, the
club was nearly empty. I also remember there being an
issue with my drums, so the drummer (Shannon) let me use
his gear, along with his cymbals. He was extremely kind
to me, but rather soft spoken, so I was completely
unprepared for what was about to happen. When Shannon
took the stage, he EXPLODED! I had never seen anything
like that in my life. Not only was this guy throwing his
arms out of their sockets, but he was doing it for a
half-empty room. Bottom Line: I had a new hero!
that day forward, I worshiped Shannon and tried my best
to emulate him. I followed everything he did, as he
ultimately became the drummer for Godsmack,
the "Drummer at the Wrong Gig" video went
viral, everyone wanted to know how I invented my style.
I always tried my best to set the record straight, by
telling people I was simply trying to emulate one of my
hero's. Then I would tell them the story...
few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see Godsmack
live, and hang out with Shannon backstage. It was
obviously a very special moment for me, because the
"Drummer at the Wrong Gig" video would not
exist...if it wasn't for Shannon Larkin!
Drummer Featured In Batterie Magazine
Questions with Steve Moore - The Mad Drummer"
month, I was featured in Batterie Magazine. It's a great
drum magazine in France. You can find out more about
them at www.batteriemagazine.com.
Mad Drummer: Adams Drummers Festival In Belgium
April 10, I had the time of my life flying to Belgium to
perform at the "Adams Drummers Festival." I
wanted to do something a little different, so I put
together a trio including myself, Freddie Nelson (Paul
Gilbert), and Scott Bender (Baton Rouge). We had a blast
performers on the bill included, Benny Greb, Mark
Schulman, Keith Carlock, and Thomas Lang. Mike Portnoy
and JoJo Mayer were also there, for a signing session.
my name on a brochure, along with the biggest drummers
in the world, was a bit intimidating to say the least.
Luckily, they were very warm to me, and did their best
to make me feel at home.
watched videos of other drummers playing the Adams
Drummers Festival for years. To be involved with that
kind of history was a huge honor.
top it off, Mike Portnoy jumped onstage with me during
Wipeout! Imagine trying to tell me a year ago, that I
would be performing one of the largest drum festivals in
the world with Mike Portnoy!
With Random Chatter Music
an interview I “had to have” once I found out who
was headlining in Belgium! :) It’s the “drummer at
the wrong gig”, The Mad Drummer, Steve Moore! – Jenn
is a bit unusual because first, you’re not primarily a
guitar player, and second, you don’t have a new album
to promote. You’re too outstanding to allow to slip
through the cracks… I’m honored to be able to
‘interrogate’ you, however briefly. To begin –
what’s happened in the past few months? Please bring
us up to speed. How have the shows with Rick been?"
right, I’m not a guitar player, however I’m actually
very familiar with your work, through Freddie Nelson.
With that said, I’m very grateful you would take the
time to interview me! It’s funny, because I’m a fan
of just about every person on your blog. I’m a huge
Racer X fan from way back. Like many other drummers, I
cut me teeth learning..."
year I had a video on YouTube titled “This Drummer Is
At The Wrong Gig.” I had struggled my entire life,
when out of nowhere the video went viral. Within weeks
my life had completely changed, and I was suddenly
getting showered with the gifts I had worked so hard to
earn. One of these was the opportunity to perform at a
famous drum festival. I often wondered what it would be
like to perform onstage with my favorite drummers.
However, I never really contemplated how terrifying it
might be—because I never really thought it would
I had gotten a call from Ludwig, telling me Donn Bennett
wanted me to fly to Seattle to perform at the 2010
Woodstick Drum Festival. The celebrity drummers at the
event included Kenny Aronoff, Thomas Pridgen, Bryan Hitt,
Alan White, Frankie Banali, Tony Coleman, and Jeff
Kathan. Here’s the catch: They wanted me to play a
solo! “Are you kidding? You want me
to play a solo in front of Kenny Aronoff and
Thomas Pridgen? Have you lost your mind?”
With no sleep, I step off the plane, and a driver is
there to take me to the show. I know I’m in over my
head, but I have no idea what to do about it. I just
keep thinking, “These guys are going to tear me to
shreds.” As soon as I walk into the venue...
video may have been called "this drummer is at the
wrong gig," but Moore is still playing 200 shows a
year with the All-Nighters. His sudden fame has opened
doors to the highest echelons of the drumming world -
he's played the Woodstick Festival, and will fly to
Belgium in April to play the Adams Drummer Festival, and
is currently in talks with legendary drummer Carmine
Appice to collaborate on a DVD project.
met Matt Sorum of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver a
few weeks ago at NAMM," says Moore. "He
freaked when he met me and said Tommy Lee had sent him
the video. HELLO! Tommy Lee? So I tried to be as cool as
possible and said, 'Ahhh, that's really nice man,' then
I walked around the corner where no one could see me and
started jumping up and down!
meeting Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater has been the
highlight for me," Moore continues. "I idolize
Mike Portnoy. For him to reach out and show me such
respect is the greatest gift I could ask for."
had a blast last week at the NAMM Convention in Anaheim,
CA. I signed autographs at the Ludwig Booth from 1:00 -
2:00 on Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately, I completely
lost my voice by Friday Afternoon. What a terrible time
to lose your voice...LOL Nonetheless, I had a great
time, and the turn out was more than I could have ever
spent the rest of the time running around like a little
kid. I was able to hang with Thomas Lang, Johnny Rabb,
Marco Minnemann, Carmine Appice, Matt Sorum, and on and
on... It was fantastic. I was blown away at how nice
everyone was to me. That is by far, the best feeling in
also need to thank Kevin Packard, from Ludwig Drums.
Kevin gave me the same respect as he gave Bun E Carlos
(Cheap Trick) or Joey Kramer (Aerosmith). There were
dozens of LEGENDS at the Ludwig Booth, and I'm sure he
was overwhelmed, but kept checking in with me to make sure I was OK. I'm
still a little wet behind the ears compared to the other
guys. LOL So it really helped.