The Downbeat

By Craig Reynolds

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The Downbeat with Craig Reynolds. I'm basically gonna talk to a bunch of my interesting mates, usually musicians.

Episode Date
Daniel P Carter

My guest this week is Daniel P Carter.We had a proper laugh on this pod. Dan is probably most well known for being the presenter of the BBC Radio One Rock Show, and his podcast Someone Who Isn't Me (SWIM) but he's also been a guitarist in bands like A, Krokodil, The Bloodhound Gang and loads of others. We had a proper laugh on this pod. Dan's a very interesting guy, he's a mystical, magickal entity filled to the brim of ideas and esoteric ramblings....which I like. He's done it all. He's a top lad. See ya!

May 08, 2019
Josean Orta - Fit For An Autopsy

My guest this week is Josean Orta, drummer of Fit For An Autopsy. Josean came to Brooklyn from Puerto Rico 8 years ago to find himself a band and it worked. He is an incredibly hard working drummer and a great dude who LOVES drums. We talk about DRUMS obviously but also about jazz, injuries, recording, microdoseing and much more. Bartender Drew from Stray pops in for a minute also.

Apr 22, 2019
Tom Williams - Stray From The Path

My guest this week is Tom Williams, guitarist of my own band Stray From The Path. We talk about his crippling addiction to gambling and who is bigger out of Rammstein and Tool. We also talk about music a tiny amount and of course the PissGhost haunting Will Putney's studio. Will actually drops in to disrupt the podcast with Pat from Fit For An Autopsy and Steve Seid stars as guest 'Jamie from the Joe Rogan Podcast.' This paragraph makes no sense but who even reads this BYE.

Apr 08, 2019
Connor Denis - Beartooth

My guest this week is Connor Denis, drummer for Beartooth and Connor is probably one of the only other dudes I'm friends with who is an absolute gear head, so we talk about drums A LOT. He's also some sort of child prodigy at 22 years old so I low key hate him. Not really. A bit. Nah. Maybe. 

Mar 12, 2019
Justin Nace - PVRIS

My guest this week is Justin Nace from PVRIS. Justin is an accomplished session drummer and a great guy. Can't remember what we talked about cus I'm literally about to go on tour and recorded this two weeks ago! 

Feb 06, 2019
Brendan Murphy - Counterparts

My guest this week is Brendan Murphy, singer of Counterparts. He's the funniest person I know. 

Jan 29, 2019
Sam Carter - Architects

My guest this week is Sam Carter. Sam is the singer in Architects and a bloody legend. I caught up with him on their bus after their sold out show in Manchester. We talk about their new album Holy Hell, school, football, becoming a touring musician, how Sam is still good at drums after all these years of being a frontman - and how for some mental reason I have been ghosting Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech in my twitter DMs.

Jan 17, 2019
Anup Sastry

My guest this week is Anup Sastry. Anup is one of metal's most in demand session drummers. He has played for artists like Marty Friedman (Megadeth), Jeff Loomis (Nevermore) and Devin Townsend as well as being either a touring or recording member of bands like Intervals and Monuments. We talk about how someone gets in his position, his studio, his upcoming sample pack and of course we talk a bunch about drums. It was nice. Enjoy!

Jan 06, 2019
Me #01

No guest! I am the guest! I did a Q&A on social media and so I've answered the best and funniest questions here as well as tell a few stories. Amongst other things I talk about how my life in music got started, my own personal top 5 bands, and of course the question on everyone's lips - whether or not I would sleep with a mermaid.

Dec 18, 2018
Kerim "Krimh" Lechner - Septic Flesh / Decapitated / Behemoth (session)

My guest this week is Kerim "Krimh" Lechner. Krimh is a fantastic Austrian drummer currently playing with Greek death metal band Septic Flesh. Prior to this he played with Decapitated, and has also sessioned for Behemoth which as we all know is probably the hardest death metal gig you could ever get. 

We talk about his time in all of these bands as well as foot technique, tattoos, health/fitness and how it relates to drumming, food, blah blah all the normal stuff. I also tell the story of how I nearly got killed by actual hippos. Enjoy!

Dec 10, 2018
Kyle Brownlee - Counterparts

I'M BACK FROM TOUR. My guest this week is Kyle Brownlee from Counterparts. Kyle is an incredible, VERY precise drummer, and also obviously a great guy. We talk SO much about drums and touring (for once), including the insane story of how he got so good at drums. Our top 5 starts off as bands but then ends up Top 5 songs by The Black Dahlia Murder. Peace!

Nov 30, 2018
Will Putney

My guest this week is Will Putney. Will is a three-time grammy nominated producer working out of probably my favourite studio in the world, Graphic Nature. He is also the guitarist and main songwriter of Fit For An Autopsy. We talk about what drummers can do to make the studio a better experience for themselves and everyone around them. We also talk about gear a fair bit and near the end we discuss the famous Gralter Challenge, which is absolutely insane.

Nov 04, 2018
Dan Searle - Architects

My guest this week is one of my most beloved friends AND the most requested drummer so far: Dan Searle of Architects. We try and talk about drums but mostly we talk about the good old days when I was his drum tech, borrowing snare drums from Napalm Death, and I guess we talk a bit about their upcoming album Holy Hell. I also hypothesise what Dave Grohl could do to get his edge back.

Oct 22, 2018
Dan Wilding - Carcass

My guest this week is Dan Wilding, drummer of legendary metal band Carcass. Before Carcass Dan was also a member of Aborted, Heaven Shall Burn, Trigger The Bloodshed, and many more. He's very, very good at metal. Amongst other things we talk about how he joined Carcass (a story involving a very stoned teenager and The Black Dahlia Murder), and I tell a tour story involving hypothermia and dog menstruation. Enjoy.

Oct 05, 2018
George Schmitz - Stick To Your Guns

My guest this week is George Schmitz, drummer for Stick To Your Guns. George is a great drummer and friend and one of the first drumming friends I made when I joined Stray From The Path. He's also a very politically active guy so we talk about that a fair bit. We also talk about the difficulties of upping your stage production in a hardcore band without 'selling out', how George joined STYG, playing to a click track live and obviously we talk about TAMA DRUMS BEING SICK. Our top 5 songs are from The Dillinger Escape plan. 

Sep 19, 2018
Alex Rüdinger

My guest this week is Alex Rüdinger, possibly one of the best metal drummers in the world right now. He's played for bands like Good Tiger, The Faceless, Threat Signal and a bunch more. We get pretty deep talking about mental health and the anxieties that come with being a musician, as well as talking about how he got so bloody good at the drums and a lengthy conversation about Meshuggah.

Sep 03, 2018
Jay Postones - Tesseract

My guest for this week is Jay Postones, drummer for Tesseract.

Amongst other things we talk about touring America as Brits, Tesseract’s early days, the interesting way in which Jay writes and learns his parts, picking/getting endorsements, and drinking beer made from a fan’s sweat.

We also (eventually) discuss teaching techniques and Jay’s drum company Planet Earth Drums

Aug 20, 2018