Episode 025 - Elevation Worship’s Luke Anderson and Vincent Baynard (WD Green Room)

February 7, 2019

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!

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

January 3, 2019

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!

Links to Things

Time Stamps

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?


Episode 023 – Rolf Wam Fjell On Exploring Prophetic Dimensions of Worship Drumming and What It Means to Be A Breakthrough Drummer

October 10, 2018

Episode 023 - Rolf Wam Fjell (Hillsong)

Every wonder what prophetic drumming actually means? Or how "following the leading of the Spirit" applies to us a drummers? this episode with Rolf Wam Fjell is like a master class on the spiritual side of what it means to be a worship drummer.

This episode is pure gold and I encourage you to actually get a notebook out as you listen - it's that good!

In this Episode

  1. Journey to Hillsong
  2. Prophetic Dimensions in Worship Drumming
  3. Scripture Verses For Worship Drummers - Psalm 34:5 // Isaiah 41:15-16 // Isaiah 30:32 MSG
  4. Daily/Game day Routine
  5. TED Talk - How To Practice Effectively (see video below)
  6. Team Night at Hillsong
  7. Receiving a Custom Snare
  8. Exploring The Yamaha EAD10
  9. Word of Wisdom for Worship Drummers

Watch more from Rolf from his WD Insta takeover on WD's  WD's IGTV

Links To Things Mentioned


I have a million reasons why I’m not qualified to do this, and one reason why I am - Jesus!

My ambition and my heart’s desire is to bring the best to the King of kings

A little practice every day is better than 10 hours on Friday

View pics and videos here

Episode 022 - Jen Ledger (Skillet) on How She Went From Playing in Front of 200 to 15,000, Advice for Young Drummers, and How it feels to Front Your Own Band.

June 19, 2018

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In 2015 I sat backstage and had my first opportunity to watch Jen Ledger (Skillet) play! She played with instensity, precision, and power and I was never the same again! In episode 022, Jen unpacks her journey to becoming Skillet's drummer at the age of 18, and this episode is full of wisdom! 

Get your note-taking device of choice ready as we get into it here!

In this Episode

  1. Playing - from 200 to 15,000
  2. Advice for young drummers 

  3. LEDGER - Jen’s Solo Project

  4. Struggling with Anxiety and Panic/Fear (Song: Not Dead Yet)

  5. Keeping your drumming from plateauing, and staying fresh?

  6. Being the Drummer vs the lead singer

  7. On keeping the heart before beat



“John Cooper really didn’t want me to try out.” 

“The one thing I was sure of is that He would not be using me and my drumming because it was the thing that I felt the weakest at.”

“Even in my work with Skillet, It’s my weakness [drumming] - the one thing I thought He couldn’t use about me, that has become the very thing that He’s displayed His glory through!”

“It felt so clear to me that this has nothing to do with me and everything to do with Him lining things up.”


"If you’re faithful with the little/mundane, God can open and trust you with a lot."

"So many place their identity in drumming, music, and songwriting. We often mix up the calling of God with our own dreams and desires. But a healthy reminder is that those who lose their lives, find their lives."

“Music can be an idol for people - it can get mixed up because you can feel like your doing it for God.”

“I’m trying to be someone that has too much faith, rather than too little.”

“How do you do two bands at once? I don’t know, but God does!”


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Episode 021 - Garrett Tyler on Stepping Out Into the Unknown, Being a “Rookie” On The Outcry Tour, and Hybrid Setups

May 29, 2018

In this episode we catch up with Garrett Tyler who is living in Nashville and pursuing his passion to play drums. 2018 started off as a wide-open blank canvas for Garrett and we get into the details of how God is working all of those things out, one by one.

Garrett was also a "rookie" on the Outcry Tour with Josh Fisher (Jesus Culture), Joe Volk (Bethel Music), and Dan McMurray (Lauren Daigle) and we talk about how that experience felt.

We also squeezed some time to chat about endorsements and hybrid setups. I know you will enjoy this episode!


  • 06:20 - Stepping out into the unknown for 2018
  • 12:55 - How Local Sound Formed
  • 21:30 - OutCry Tour with 3 other drummers
  • 27:05 - Gear run down from OutCry Tour
  • 34:40 - Thoughts on Ensdorsements // Pros and Cons
  • 43:40 - Garrett’s early beginnings as a drummer
  • 51:28 - Rudiments are your Alphabet as a drummer
  • 55:50 - Where do you learn to use tech in drumming? 
  • 01:00 - How do you keep #HeartBeforeBeat?

GEAR RUN DOWN (see video here)


  • 1958 Ludwig Trans badge
  • 12" Tom
  • 16" Tom
  • 22" kick
  • 70's Ludwig Acrolite snare
  • 14x10 Truth Custom tom-snare hybrid
  • DW Hardware







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Episode 020 - Paul Whittinghill on Storytelling and Leading from the Kit (Passion)

April 6, 2018

After having a few drummer friends insist that I connect with him, I finally did it. In episode 20 I chat with Paul Whittinghill (Passion) and we get into some topics that he is very passionate about.

There are some definite gold-nuggets for you to grab onto and I hope that you are encouraged and inspired by our conversation.

"I’m 21, I have no cred. I was like a name on a page, and they asked me to play. It’s the faithfulness of God, it cannot be denied" - Paul Whittinghill.


In this Episode

  • The early years and first drum kit

  • 6-piece suit band / Christy Nockels / Brett Younker

  • Serving on The Worship Team Passion City Church

  • New Wave of Passion Starts (2013)

  • Biggest mistake(s) you’ve ever made 

  • Innovative ideas vs setting trends

  • Passion Conference Gear Rundown (see below)

  • Preparing for Passion Conference AND live recording

  • Favourite songs from new album, Whole Heart

  • Becoming a “song” drummer

  • Storytelling from the kit and  finding your voice around the kit

  • Leading from the drum kit - having a humble confidence

  • Main drumming influences

  • how do you keep the heart before beat on the daily?


Mentioned in this Episode

  • SOAP Groups (Bible Reading Plan):


    O- observation
    A- application
    P- prayer

  • Start a text thread with 4 friends or so

  • decide on a book of the Bible to go through

  • read one chapter a day

  • find one verse that stuck out to you, write a brief observation, how does it apply to your life?, possibly a short prayer

  • weekdays only




Paul on Instagram // Twitter // Facebook


Gear Run Down (click here to see pics)


  • C&C Kit with Ebony Oyster wrap
  • 22x14 13x9 16x16
  • Snare: Black beauty 6.5x14

Heartbeat Cymbals

  • 24” Epic RIde
  • 20” Custom Crash
  • 22” custom crash
  • Hats: 17” Light crash // raw hat


  • Ableton 
  • looptimus (midi controller)


Episode 019 - Q&A With David Whitworth (Bethel Music)

February 21, 2018

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." 


In this Episode (Timestamps)

02:30 - From Texas To Kansas City
04:20 - IHOP
12:00 - The Fight Conference
16:00 - Section Leading at Bethel
19:00 - Gear Rundown
21:41 - Drum Tuning/Snare Tuning
27:30 - Sleigh bells on Hi Hat stand
28:40 - Truth Custom Drums
29:45 - #worshipdrummer Fails
32:10 - Ableton + Spontaneous Worship
34:48 - Ableton Rig Rundown
36:45 - Balancing Marriage and Ministry
38:45 - In-ear mix
40:00 - Fostering community among musicians at Bethel
41:30 - Drum Samples
43:50 - Playing Live vs Studio
45:30 - What drumming stuff are you challenged with lately?
50:15 - AUX/Double Drums
55:10 - Practical advice to prepare your heart
57:00 - Follow on social @davidwhitworth

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


TOUR KIT: Truth Custom Kit

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


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



ELECTRONICS (Tracks are through Ableton)



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

January 9, 2018

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.



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.

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Bonus Episode - Introducing our worshipdrummer.PRO Platform And Our Brand New Online Course

September 20, 2017

In this episode you will learn about the new worshipdrummer.pro platform that we are preparing to launch towards the end of October, as well as our brand new online course. 

Get ready, because we are about to equip you like never before. Listen on to find out about the 4 different ways we will equip you like never before!

Episode 017 - Jared Falk on Music Education and How Drumeo Got Its Start

September 5, 2017

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.