Billy Martin

174 – Billy Martin (MMW): Combusting with Riddim

In this podcast I chat with Billy Martin, best known for his work with the avant- jazz funk band Medeski, Martin and Wood. Billy has collaborated and worked with a list of great artists, including: John Scofield, Iggy Pop, DJ Logic, Wil Blades, G. Calvin Weston and others. Billy’s unique style and relentless pursuit of artistic expression has driven a career spanning 30 years that includes drums, a record label, films and instruction books. Listen in as Billy and I discuss his lengthy career and a whole lot more.

“You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.” Lionel Messi (Tweet this)

Billy Martin Talks About:

    • How he got started playing drums
    • His early influences
    • Who Billy listenend to
    • His love for Brazilian music
    • Incorporating different styles into your playing
    • Thoughts on rhythm, practice and creativity
    • Much more

Resources / Links / People Mentioned

Billy Martin Plays:

      • Regal Tip Drumsticks
      • Craviotto Drums
      • Zildjian Cymbals
      • Attack Percussion

Podcast Sponsors:

DW Drums: I’ve been playing DW for years…not only because they make high-quality, handcrafted drums but because they support and foster drumming initiatives all over the wold, much like this podcast. I’m thrilled to announce that DW has signed on to support Drummer’s Reosource for 2016! Be sure to check them out today and

Sabian Cymbals: 

Like all HH cymbals, Vanguard models are fully hand hammered. But there are key differences. Vanguard cymbals employ pinpoint lathing, rather than traditional lathing. Also, Vanguard cymbals are thinner and lighter, with smaller bells and extended profiles overall. The result is clean, woody stick definition, providing exceptional articulation for such light cymbals. For more info, visit


Sabian Vanguard Cymbals


Promark Drumsticks: Promark is Is now a sponsor of the podcast once again they were last year and now they are again. they just released the Mike Portnoy signature model that has the active group 420X at it’s designed to add more power to your arsenal and features the heat activated technology. It’s s an awesome technology that actually adjusts to your body temperature and give you control you need so no matter how hard you play the active grip is going to help you handle it by getting tackier as it warms up. You can learn more about this great technology and the Mike Portnoy stick at

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