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As news breaks that the Justice Department’s long-expected antitrust lawsuit against Google has been filed, Damian Collins MP talks to Congressman and Chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee David Cicilline about how this case could transform tech regulation. They are joined by Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Susan Berfield, author of The Hour…
 
Donn Bennett is one of the worlds foremost dealers in celebrity drums that were owned by the top drummers in the world such as Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Hal Blaine, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones and MANY more... Donn shares how he got into this unique profession and some stories of acquiring some ultra rare drums. He also tells us how he authenticates thes…
 
Dan Bailey shares his tips and tricks for recording with vintage drums in his studio including favorite drum brands, head choices, mics and recording gear. Dan and I go off the deep end in this episode and completely nerd out about recording and engineering..and it's great! Learn his entire mic and pre-amp choices he uses in his studio. Dan is the …
 
In an extraordinary internal memo given to Buzzfeed, a Facebook employee reveals her shock at the lack of action to tackle fake accounts designed to disrupt elections around the world. Ryan Mac, Buzzfeed's Senior Tech reporter, unpacks the significance of the memo with Damian Collins MP. Emily Taylor, CEO of Oxford Information Labs and associate fe…
 
Norbert takes us through every decade in the history of Meinl and gives a detailed look at the 70 year history of this iconic company. We begin in 1951 when Roland Meinl started out making wind instruments and creating his own cymbals by hand in his home with his wife. He then went head first into distributing Hoshino (Tama) drums in Germany and ca…
 
Our resident fake news expert, Dr Charles Kriel, turns guest this week as he discusses his new documentary People You May Know, a joint project with his partner, Director Kat Gellein Viken. The film follows Kat and Charles on a journey of discovery from Westminster to America’s Deep South. They discover Cambridge Analytica collaborating with US chu…
 
We discuss how percussion is used in Ireland, Turkey, Iran, Africa, and other various countries in comparison to the downbeat focused western music that dominates pop culture. It is a big eye opener to learn that drummers are often used to support the melody of the music more commonly than providing a head-bobbing back beat that we are used to in A…
 
Vic Firth was a prolific timpanist, drum set performer, and educator all before he started his iconic drum stick company that we all know today. This episode starts as a biography of Vic, but then goes through the origins and rise of his company with great stories like how Vic used to have his employees matching sticks by tapping them on a tombston…
 
Nick takes us through an in-depth look at the full history of cymbals, bronze, the iconic brands such as UFIP and Paiste, and all of the processes that are used around the world to create cymbals through time. The episode starts 7000 years ago and works up to the modern revolution of independent cymbal makers like NickyMoon. Nick is a master cymbal…
 
How do Facebook Ad Tools actually work? Can online political ads truly change our minds about how to vote? Damian Collins MP asks one of Facebook’s first Ad Tool's executives, Antonio García Martínez, the author of Chaos Monkeys: Mayhem and Mania Inside the Silicon Valley Money Machine. Dr Charles Kriel discusses the new academic study proving that…
 
Learn the history of broadway drummers dating back to the days of Vaudeville, up to the modern times where shows are technical marvels that run Ableton, have screens on all the music stands, and the drummer is often playing remotely in a complete different part of the building! Warren Odze is a broadway veteran and has been performing on the stage …
 
How can we curtail hate speech and disinformation while protecting freedom of expression online? Damian Collins MP is joined by former Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission Susan Ness and journalism professor at CUNY, Jeff Jarvis. Both are senior members of the Transatlantic High-Level Working Group on Content Moderation Online and …
 
What is the potential impact of deepfake technology on politics? How can people identify real films from ones which have been manipulated? Damian Collins MP is joined by Nina Schick, author of Deep Fakes and the Infocalypse: what you urgently need to know.Giorgio Patrini, CEO of Deeptrace, discusses how his start-up works to defend people from the …
 
Renée DiResta from the Stanford Internet Observatory was part of the investigative team for the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report into election interference. This week, she tells Damian Collins MP what they found when digging into the data. Tom Firth, Managing Director of M&C Saatchi discusses the revolution in advertising in a digital era.…
 
We go back to post World War 2 Japan and learn about the origins of Pearl as a music stand manufacturer in 1946. They then entered the world of drums in the 50's and began to rise to the drum company that we know today by creating "stencil drums" for over 30 other brand names, including CB-700 and Apollo, before creating the iconic Pearl "President…
 
Claus teaches us all about the Moeller Technique and its origins with Sanford Moeller, and how he passed the technique along to the legendary Jim Chapin who taught Claus and many famous drummers. This episode is full of great history and stories about how this method of playing was passed down through the generations, and also hear all about Claus'…
 
The Stop Hate for Profit campaign has been successful in persuading major brands like Adidas, Coca Cola and Unilever to pause their advertising on Facebook and demand the company does more to stop the spreading of harmful content. Jim Steyer, the founder and CEO of Commons Sense media, and one of the driving forces behind this campaign joins Damian…
 
In 1995 Craig Newmark launched Craigslist, which has since become one of the biggest and most successful online communities ever. Today his philanthropic foundation supports projects that promote quality journalism and investigative reporting. This week he joins Damian Collins to discuss the role of tech giants in society and his thoughts on how a …
 
Jim was the director of marketing at Ludwig for 36 years and was the right hand man to Bill Ludwig II, aka "The Chief". He shares amazing stories about his time he had with the chief, and his four decade career in the drum industry with Ludwig, and also Premier and Slingerland. Jim brought The Chief out of retirement and back into the company after…
 
North drums are some of the most unique looking drums ever made. They are horn shaped fiberglass drums that were made between the late 60's through the early 90's and were created by my guest, Roger North. Early on, Roger played the first North Drums tom on stage at Woodstock 1969 with his band Quill before he ever actually went into production and…
 
In his first ever on-the-record broadcast interview, Trump-Russia dossier author and ex-MI6 officer Chris Steele joins Damian Collins MP for a special extended edition of the podcast. They discuss the extent of Russian interference in public and political life in the West, and why governments are behind the curve tackling the threat. Joining them i…
 
Joe Morello was one of the most innovative and masterful drummers of the last century, but did you know he was playing Violin with the Boston Symphony at age 9? Learn about how the iconic "Take 5" Drummer made the switch to drums and became the legend we know today. Steve Fidyk is a legendary drummer and educator in his own right, and he was lucky …
 
Learn the origins of this iconic book that is the most thorough and extensive resource for all things cymbals! Hugo tells us how he gathered all the information for the book and we learn tons of valuable tips and tricks along the way. While writing the book, Hugo was taken all over the world by the major drum companies who wanted to teach him the o…
 
John Sparrow is the drummer for the Violent Femmes and a die hard Slingerland enthusiast! This is a fun episode where we talk about Slingerland high points in the history of this great American brand, and also some low points through the decades as the company evolved and tried to keep up with the constantly changing world of music. John is an endo…
 
How does the newly elected Fianna Fáil government in Ireland plan to tackle misinformation and tech regulation? James Lawless, the party’s science and technology spokesperson, discusses with Damian Collins MP. They are joined by BBC’s disinformation reporter, Marianna Spring who reveals what it’s like engaging with the social media companies when i…
 
Rob and Tony are the founders of the iconic American drum brand, GMS Drum Co. They were one of four custom-shop companies that started in the 1980's, well before the boom of boutique brands in the mid 2000's. It is a great story of an underdog brand exploding in popularity and how they kept up with demand! They are USA made drums that are known as …
 
The NHSX COVID-19 tracker app in the UK still isn’t fully operational. Did the UK Government choose the wrong tech, or do the tech companies have too much control over the data that’s gathered by their systems? Matt Burgess, Deputy Digital Editor at Wired UK and Michael Veale, Lecturer in Digital Rights and regulation at UCL, join Damian to discuss…
 
When Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the web, it was intended for everyone. Now it is dominated by a few tech companies who have accumulated huge amounts of data on its users. So Tim decided to make a change. He launched Solid, an open source platform, built to decentralise the web and give citizens more power over their data. Alongside this, a new bu…
 
Following the terrorist attacks in Christchurch in March 2019 which were live-streamed to Facebook, Australia passed world-leading legislation that imposed tougher financial and criminal consequences for social media companies if they failed to expedite the removal of violent or extreme content. Damian Collins discusses with Dave Sharma, former dip…
 
Oscar winning film producer David Puttnam joins Damian Collins MP this week. Lord Puttnam Chairs the House of Lords Select Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies. Their most recent report pointed to an ‘unacceptable’ delay to the UK Government’s Online Harms Bill. Dr Charles Kriel investigates whether Cambridge Analytica has returned.…
 
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