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The Worship Drummer Podcast - Putting The #HeartBeforeBeat

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Hosted by Jon Manna, the Worship Drummer Podcast is dedicated to introducing you to influential Christian drummers and drum companies who are striving to perfect their craft while still putting the heart before beat!

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Hosted by Jon Manna, the Worship Drummer Podcast is dedicated to introducing you to influential Christian drummers and drum companies who are striving to perfect their craft while still putting the heart before beat!

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Absolutely love it.

By Brian Erney - Oct 05 2017
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Keep the podcasts coming! Love it.

Awesome!

By dbone1961 - Apr 12 2017
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Love the insight and inspiration! Keeping the Heart before the Beat! Thanks Jon!

iTunes Ratings

47 Ratings
Average Ratings
38
3
2
1
3

Absolutely love it.

By Brian Erney - Oct 05 2017
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Keep the podcasts coming! Love it.

Awesome!

By dbone1961 - Apr 12 2017
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Love the insight and inspiration! Keeping the Heart before the Beat! Thanks Jon!

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Rank #1: Episode 019 - Q&A With David Whitworth (Bethel Music)

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David Whitworth - Bethel Music

Hey Worship Drummer Fam! I'm so excited to share with you the conversation I had with David Whitworth (Bethel). One of the questions we get asked a lot is, "How do you get that Bethel snare sound?" Then the follow up question is usually something like, "It sounds sooo good! Is it sampled?"

Well, today I am pleased to say that we have answers to all, or at least most, of your questions. We received just about 70 questions from our insta fam and in this episode we attempt to tackle them head-on.

Grab a coffee and hang on, this is gonna be a great one!

"I love playing drums because I can encounter the Lord while doing something I love." 

SHOW NOTES

In this Episode (Timestamps)

02:30 - From Texas To Kansas City04:20 - IHOP12:00 - The Fight Conference16:00 - Section Leading at Bethel19:00 - Gear Rundown21:41 - Drum Tuning/Snare Tuning27:30 - Sleigh bells on Hi Hat stand28:40 - Truth Custom Drums29:45 - #worshipdrummer Fails32:10 - Ableton + Spontaneous Worship34:48 - Ableton Rig Rundown36:45 - Balancing Marriage and Ministry38:45 - In-ear mix40:00 - Fostering community among musicians at Bethel41:30 - Drum Samples43:50 - Playing Live vs Studio45:30 - What drumming stuff are you challenged with lately?50:15 - AUX/Double Drums55:10 - Practical advice to prepare your heart57:00 - Follow on social @davidwhitworth

"My identity is not me being a drummer, it’s me being a son."

MUSIC GEAR

TOUR KIT: Truth Custom Kit

  • Vintage Mahogany wood
  • 13x9 rack tom
  • 24x18 kick
  • 16x16 floor
  • 4x8 Brass snare (with 42 strands)

DRUMHEADS

  • Snare: remo powerstroke 4 clear dot
  • Thin Evans tone ring
  • Toms: remo vintage coated

CYMBALS

HARDWARE

ELECTRONICS (Tracks are through Ableton)

IN-EARS

DRUMSTICKS

Feb 21 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #2: Episode 018 - A Coffee With: Simon Kobler (Hillsong United)

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Have you ever wanted to sit and have coffee with one of your fav drummers? Well, we made that possible for all of you in episode 018! We sat with Simon "Kobes" Kobler armed with over 82 questions from the Worship Drummer Family as well as some of our own! We drank great coffee, had a great convo and I even got a hands-on with his impressive new line of products for drummers.

 
SHOW NOTES
In this Episode
  • Simon's Upbringing
  • Drumming Influences at Hillsong
  • Maturing as a drummer over the last 10 years with United
  • Drum sounds/Samples
  • On Married Life
  • Basal - Simon's new line of products.
  • Why he chose Heartbeat Cymbals
  • Top Three Albums of 2017
    • Lorde: Melodrama
    • LCD Sound System: American Dream
    • Lana Del Ray
  • The Process of Creating Drum Parts and Why He Tabs His parts.

Heartbeat Cymbals
  • 24" Jazz Ride
  • 17" Raw crashes as hi-hats
Evans Drumheads
  • EQ3 batter clear on Kick
  • G2 Coated on toms
Basal - The Sophisticated + Modern Answer To Product Organization

We had a hand-on experience with many of Simon's products and I was so impressed with the quality and attention to detail. The simplest way I can put it is that if you enjoy his playing, you'll love his products! They are simple and basic but meet a huge need in organizing all of your drumming accessories. Here are some pics that I took, and then some "proper" ones.

Get 10% OFF (Valid for the month of January 2018)

To get 10% off your Basal order use this promo code: WDRUMMER10OFF or simply click here to have the promo code automagically applied to your cart.

Jan 10 2018

59mins

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Rank #3: Episode 003 - [LIVE] Q&A Session With Hillsong Y&F's Brendan Tan

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Excited to release our first-ever LIVE #WDpodcast with none other than Hillsong Young & Free's drummer, Brendan Tan. We had a great hang as we touched on drums and gear, issues of the heart, the new Youth Revival album, and answer some (many) of your questions. #worshipdrummer #HeartBeforeBeat

Mar 22 2016

1hr 2mins

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Rank #4: Episode 012 - Harrison Wood on playing for Hillsong Worship, Injuries, and Cymbals.

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We caught up with Hillsong Worship's drummer, Harrison Wood, and talk about his journey at Hillsong, sustaining and dealing with injuries, and his cymbal set up.

Happiest of New Years!

Jan 01 2017

52mins

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Rank #5: Episode 007 - A Coffee With Austin Davis (Kari Jobe)

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We met up with Austin Davis at a coffee shop in downtown Toronto and got to chat about being on the Outcry Tour, releasing an EP, being a part of a growing church in Nashville (The Belonging Co.), and some practical worship drummer tips. 
In this episode we also introduce a new segment of the podcast called "What's Cooking" where we introduce you to innovative products that will enhance your drumming experience!

Jun 15 2016

47mins

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Rank #6: Episode 011 - How to get drastically better at playing drums with a click track with Daniel Hadaway (All Sons and Daughters)

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We had the pleasure of chatting with Daniel Hadaway, drummer for All Sons and Daughters. He has some exciting projects that he is working on and in this episode we jump in and explore 2 of them. One is his new online drumming course and the second is his new-ish podcast, Drummer Daily. 

We also talk about what's important to know when buying/upgrading your drum kit. 

Hope the episode is helpful!

Dec 05 2016

54mins

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Rank #7: Episode 016 - Steve Goold on Intentionality, BFSD's Steve's Donut, and the Art of Listening

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In episode 16 we bring you a fantastic conversation that we had with Steve Goold. This epsiode is packed with valuable insight from a drummer that we've admired from afar for a long time!

In this Episode:

  • Discover how Steve got his start, and climbed his way up to play for bands like Own City, Sara Bareilles, and Ben Rector, etc...
  • Find out if the BFSD's Steve's Donut is named after this Steve
  • The Drumset and the Kingdom
  • Drum Gear Run down of all three of his setups
  • New kit or new cymbals?
  • The art of listening to music
  • The Drum Library
  • Kentville Kangaroo Drum heads

Aug 09 2017

1hr 26mins

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Rank #8: Episode 025 - Elevation Worship's Luke Anderson and Vincent Baynard (WD Green Room)

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Episode 025 is a re-broadcast from our January online hangout in the Worship Drummer Green Room featuring Elevation Worship's Luke Anderson and Vincent Baynard.

Don't miss our next hangout, this coming Tuesday with Planetshakers' Andy Harrison and Josh Ham (Bass). Join the WD Green Room!

Feb 07 2019

1hr 25mins

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Rank #9: Episode 004 - Raising Up The Next Generation of Worship Drummers - with Andy Harrison (Planetshakers)

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In this episode we chat with Planetshakers drummer Andy Harrison about raising up the next generation of worship drummers and what that looks like in their ministry. As well, we ask him how he practically puts the heart before beat. Hope you enjoy it!

Apr 04 2016

23mins

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Rank #10: Episode 017 - Jared Falk on Music Education and How Drumeo Got Its Start

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Jared is no stranger to the drumming world. He has created one of the world's most influential online platforms that connects drum students with the pros with Drumeo.

In this episode we explore the topic of music education and talk about how Drumeo came to be what it is today.

In the intro, we also share about our new platform that we are excited to launch, called worshipdrummer.pro, an brand new platform that will house all of our premium content. sign up for the launch list at worshipdrummer.pro.

Sep 06 2017

50mins

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Rank #11: Episode 006 - Catching Up With Travis Nunn (Chris Tomlin)

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Hear from Travis Nunn, drummer for Chris Tomlin, as he shares about how he got the gig with Chris, his switch from Heartbeat cymbals to Paiste, preparing to be a dad, why he's not on Instagram, and some all-around great advice for worship drummers!

Jun 01 2016

44mins

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Rank #12: Episode 014 - Payden Hilliard (Leeland) on Finding and Knowing Your Identity

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Payden Hilliard - Leeland

The first time I met Payden in person was in February. We were both at the Ryman in Nashville to celebrate The Belonging & Co's third birthday. We had already previously talked about recording an episode together, but that night I asked him what he's most passionate about and without batting an eyelash he answered, "Finding and knowing your identity!" 

We tackle the topic in this episode by walking you through Payden's personal journey to Nashville, which was riddled with ups and downs. Listen to how he discovered and defines his true identity, and observe how it is not even tied to what he actually does as a drummer.

[tweet_box design="default"]Learning when to play and when not to play has been a big game-changer for me.[/tweet_box]

In this Episode
  • Nashville and its church history
  • What God is doing at The Belonging & Co.
  • Payden’s upbringing and how a mission trip changed his family
  • Journey to Mexico
  • Meeting a 16 year old worship leader
  • Journey to Nashville
  • How you separate who you are from what you do!
  • Advice for those who are frustrated with life’s current situation
  • Having a voice with something to say
  • Some practical drumming advice
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QUOTES

I’m scrubbing toilets right now, but You see me, and You love me!

“If I were here to scrub these toilets for the rest of my life, and that’s all I did, I could live in this moment and say thank You God that You love me and sent Your Son for me!”

Jesus came to die for you, and if He never did another thing for you, that is enough! Everything else is out of the goodness of His heart.

Find your peace with God and thank Him no matter what season you’re in

There are seasons in life, and it’s cool to know that it’s going to eventually change!

If you’re having alone time with God, He will download a lot of wisdom to you.

Learning when to play and when not to play has been a big game-changer for me.

Mar 10 2017

1hr 10mins

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Rank #13: Episode 009 - How To Prepare for a Live Recording with Joshua Freddy (Vertical Church Band)

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in Episode 009 we chat with Joshua Freddy, drummer for Vertical Church Band, about his process of preparing for a live recording, as he reflects on their latest album, Frontiers.

Oct 17 2016

40mins

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Rank #14: Episode 015 - Garrett Goodwin (Carrie Underwood) Rooted in Revival

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It was back in the summer of 2015 when I was sitting backstage with Jared Henderson and the rest of Kari Jobe's band when Ben Davis (bass) told me a crazy story about a guy named Garrett Goodwin and the Brownsville Revival. My ears perked up and after hearing the story, I sat in amazement at how good and faithful God is!

In this episode we attempt to capture and tell the story here on the podcast, for all of you to hear. We also talk drum gear and technology in music.

In This Episode:
  • Garrett's Upbringing
  • Growing up at Brownsville during the Revival
  • The necessity of humility
  • The Influence of Lindell Cooley
  • The phone call that changed everything.
  • Rooted in Revival
  • Touring and staying accountable
  • Advice for Worship Leaders on how they can influence young drummers
  • The what and why behind his drum setup
  • Technology in Music/Worship, Drēmtrigger
  • Nashville Sampling Co.
  • Practical drumming advice
Garrett Goodwin's Gear Rundown
  • DW Drums
    • 14 x 10 rack tom
    • 18 x 16 floor tom
    • 26 x 18 kick
    • 14 x 6.5 snare
  • Sabian Cymbals
    • 18" Hats
    • 24" Crash
    • 24" Ride
    • 22" Crash
  • Remo Drumheads: Emperor (on top)
  • Promark Drumstick: 2S + 747B
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Apr 18 2017

43mins

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Rank #15: Episode 024 - Jonathan Camey: Tragedy to Triumph and Drumming at Lakewood Church

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In Episode 024 we chat with Jonathan Camey, who currently is on staff at Lakewood Church as their main drummer. He's also got a twin brother in the band, Joel, and things get serious in this episode as we explore themes of tragedy and triumph. It's a good one, so grab a cup of coffee or put on your seatbelt (if you're commuting) and get ready for a good one!

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2:45 — Home Life and Upbringing

8:00 — A Prophetic Word

10:45 — Playing at Lakewood

12:05 — Dealing with Unexpected Tragedy

14:50 — How things work at Lakewood and the challenge of having an arena as a church venue.

18:46 — Maintaining Optimal Health

23:20 — The Pressure of playing at Lakewood

25:05 — Ableton and Editing Stems

28:06 — How To Approach Playing with a Percussionist (Jav j

30:41 — Simplest way to eliminate mic bleed around your kit and other tips for the studio

35:48 — One thing Jon is working through at the moment

40:18 — How do you stay fresh spiritually?

Jan 03 2019

47mins

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