Brendan Buckley

181 – Brendan Buckley: From Jersey to Juggernaut

In this podcast I chat with Brendan Buckley, who is best known for holding down the throne for mega-star Shakira for the past 18 years. While not touring with Shakira, Buckley works in Los Angeles as an in-demand touring and studio drummer which is an equally impressive resume, including: Damien Rice, Melissa Ethridge, Miley Cyrus, Wyclef Jean and a seemingly endless list of others. Brendan can also be seen teaching private lessons or masterclasses and clinics around the world.

“Just play. Have fun and enjoy the game.” – Michael Jordan (Tweet this)

Brendan Buckley talks about:

  • How he got started playing
  • Studying with Tommy Igoe
  • His move to Miami and why he chose UofM
  • Getting the Shakira gig
  • The natural progression of his career
  • Daily habits
  • The parallels of sports and music
  • His love for espresso

Resources, links and people mentioned:

Brendan Buckely Plays:

  • DW Drums
  • Sabian Cymbals
  • Vic Firth Drumsticks
  • Remo Drumheads
  • LP Percussion
  • Roland Electronics

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

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 grip 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 Audible is one of my favorite companies in the world! They make audio book so you can listen to your favorite books on the go. You know, but I listen more. I use audible every single day and can’t recommend them enough! The best part, you can download a FREE audio book by going to