Clem Burke

Another interview from my time as a journalist for Rhythm the world’s greatest magazine with drums in it. Back in 1998 Blondie had been off the scene for a while and then come back with a Number 1 record, Maria, when I interviewed the drum 


Another of the highlights of my Rhythm career, I’d been a Yes fan since seeing them in 1977 (when everyone else was getting into punk), and Alan White was definitely a personal drum hero. You know you’re meeting someone special when he’s flown in to 

Airto Moreira

I met Airto at Ronnie Scott’s after sound check, and stayed to see the gig, which was, needless to say, an extraordinary event. Airto himself was fantastic, very open, unlike the guarded, grumpy interviewee I had been lead to expect. I felt comfortable enough at 

The Japanese Kodo Drummers

As a huge fan of the Kodo drum group, one of whose signature rhythms, Heartbeat, is used as a basis for one of the Talking Drums energisers, it was a real privilege to have a chance to interview their artistic director, Jim Akimoto, on one 

Simon Phillips

This interview was conducted at the NEC, Birmingham, where Simon was playing for Toto. Simon was one of my absolute favourite drummers whose work I’d been a fan of since the 1970s, and my only disappointment was that as he’s done so many amazing sessions 

Steve Gadd

This month we’re going to revisit the cover interview I did of the legendary Steve Gadd in my days as a journalist for Rhythm Magazine, way back in 2002… For this interview I had lunch with Steve Gadd at his hotel in Manchester. He was