Drum! magazine
1991
United States
Magazine
Enter Music Publishing, Inc. publishes drummagazine.com, Drum! magazine, How To Play Drums, and formerly Traps magazine.

Enter Music was formed by Andy Doerschuk, Connie Hood and Phil Hood in 1991 with a simple idea in mind: Reach as many young drummers as possible and help them achieve their musical goals. The first issue of Drum!, an oversized tabloid featuring studio legend Joe Franco and Anthrax’s Charlie Benante on the cover, came out in September of that year. It was a free magazine, given away in West Coast music and record shops.

Though a free drumming mag was a first, it wasn’t profitable when we tried to expand it beyond California. Eventually, Drum! became a glossy and shrunk to today’s svelte 8 1/8” x 10 3/4” size.

Prior to starting Drum! Andy had played with the Naughty Sweeties, Billy Vera and other bands in Los Angeles. In the ‘80s and ‘90s he performed or recorded with a who’s who of music royalty from Chet Atkins to Leslie West to blues stars like Debbie Davies and Tommy Castro. He continues to perform occasionally with blues artists in northern California. He'll be touring European Festivals in 2010 with guitarist Ron Hacker.

While working at Guitar Player Publications (now New Bay Media) Andy and Phil first teamed to produce Drums & Drumming, a magazine that Andy started. In its too-brief existence, Drums & Drumming won kudos for its design and approach to stories. But it went down in flames in 1991, when the company’s new owners, closed it in a round of cost cutting. But the experience there was invaluable. Andy was the editor of dozens of books and also the launch editor of Bass Player magazine. Phil formerly was the editor of Frets and also the original publisher of EQ magazine.

After the bloody demise of Drums & Drumming, Drum! was born less than a year later...
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