When someone says they play drums, the first thing that comes to mind for most of us is the modern drum kit. As a major driving force behind contemporary music, the drum kit is something of an icon, and the backbone of many of our favorite pop, rock, and jazz songs.
From heavy-metal bangers to country twangers to EDM mix wizards, The Hub gets up close and personal with musicians from every significant genre. We ask probing questions about their gear, their inspiration, their strategies in carving out a distinctive sound and style. We skip the fluff in seeking their perspectives about what it takes to launch and sustain a life in music. You’ll find interviews with major recording and performing artists and bands as well as profiles of new, emerging acts. Count on The Hub’s exclusive Artist Interviews for the inspiration and gear intelligence you need to make your own musical aspirations a reality.
We lefties, as a people, have suffered perilously under the yoke of the right-handed scissor, the can opener, and of course the dreaded spiral notebook. It's too often that we find the odds stacked against us. Luckily, we can take a little solace in the knowledge that we are in good company. Lefties are to be found among notable scientists, world leaders and other luminaries, but especially in terms of left-handed guitarists. Some big names that are famous for shredding licks southpaw style are Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Kurt Cobain, Billy Elliot Easton, and Tony Iommi. Heck even Justin Bieber plays guitar lefty—oh wait, I said "good company."
By Marty Paule
The first thing you notice about musician and motivational speaker George Dennehy is that he has no arms. Spend a few minutes listening to him play his music or speak about his life, and that fact becomes both more and less significant. The astonishing journey that has taken him from an impoverished home in Romania to a musical and speaking career and made him a YouTube sensation is deeply inspirational.
It’s a rock and roll stereotype that the guitar player (and lead singer) get all of the love from fans. Does that love occasionally get strange? We got the scoop on wild fan encounters from those guitar players, along with their personal instrument picks and advice for those beginning to play the electric guitar.
Touring is part of life for many musicians. Love it or hate it, if you plan to “make it” in this business, you’ll probably do a lot of it. Once the novelty wears off, it can get challenging - from strange smells in the van to crazy people in the crowds to very questionable motel rooms - so how do you deal?
A diverse collection of musicians reflect on how they’ve been shaped by the USA
The unique musical innovations born in the United States range from the internationally acclaimed pop and R&B of Detroit’s Motown, to the rock and roll of New Jersey’s Bruce Springsteen. Regional delicacies like Louisiana cajun and Tennessee bluegrass keep the world hungry for more American music. The basic ingredients of all of these sounds are the homegrown musical genres of blues, jazz, gospel, and country western, and each is as American as apple pie or hot dogs.
On the eve of Independence Day, we asked a wide range of amazing American musicians how the culture, geography, and history of the United States has influenced them, both personally and musically.
An exclusive interview in which Robinson talks about his new solo LP and reveals how the destruction of his prized guitar collection proved to be a turning point.
Check out four amazing musical prodigies in performance, and learn from educators what you can do to help your future musicians grow their skills.
An intimate conversation with drummer Mark Schulman about clarity, capability, and confidence.
Most serious guitar players can precisely describe their first guitar. They can tell you what it felt like as they ran their hands down the smooth wood and how it sounded when they first started strumming those beginner's chords. The musician feels an intimate connection, and many guitarists speak of "that one special guitar" like it was their first love.