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Monday, February 09, 2009

Send interview questions to Neil Peart by 3/15

Update - 3/6/09

I received a press release from Enter Music Publishing, who publish DRUM!, about the results of this contest so far:

DRUM! Magazine's "Email Neil Peart Editorial Campaign" A Hit: 1000 Emails Received


SAN JOSE, Calif., -- Enter Music Publishing, publishers of hip, drum magazines worldwide, is experiencing a tremendous response rate to its "Email Neil Editorial Campaign." Officially launched on February 11, the Neil Peart population has sent questions via neilpeart@drumlink. Additionally, questions have been sent online at; or by accessing the Questions Page on DRUM!'s Youtube site,

The result: 1,000 emails from across the globe.

The emailed questions have varied from the most basic to the highly complex in regard to Peart's drumming approach. During an initial audit, many questions posed to Peart focused on how his influences have been as well as more technical, such as how he developed such a diverse left hand approach.

"We were very intrigued by the initial results," said Phil Hood, publisher and one of the founders of DRUM! Magazine. "Neil is just one of those drummers appreciated by drummers of all ages and walks of life so we anticipate a really diverse and cool story. As previously announced, Andy Doerschuk, editor and another founder of DRUM!, will take the questions and create and integrated editorial cover story.

He's already beginning to get nervous regarding deadline. And, on that note, all emails have to be received by DRUM! Magazine by March 15th. Stay tuned, we'll keep you informed on the "Email Neil Editorial Campaign" as it rolls out.


DRUM! magazine is inviting fans of Neil Peart to help interview him for the June 2009 issue. If you've ever wanted to ask Neil a question, this is your chance. The deadline is March 15, 2009.

Press Release

For Immediate, Rhythmic Release
DRUM! Magazine Invites Neil Peart Fans To Sit In For June Issue
Neil Peart Issue Based On Fan Interviews Emailed To

February 9, 2009, San Jose, Calif., -- Enter Music Publishing, publishers of  hip percussion mags worldwide, will feature Neil Peart on the cover of DRUM! Magazine in June. However, instead of having one of its staff writers interview Neil, the company is inviting Neil Peart fans to conduct the interviews via email. In fact, the company has set up a special email address, so the Neil Peart population can have their say. (The readers can also go online at or access a question page on DRUM!'s Youtube site,

Those fans who want to participate simply email their questions and, if chosen by editor, Andy Doerschuk, will have their names and pictures included in the story. "We've done this once before and it was a great success," said Phil Hood, publisher of Enter Music Publishing. "With Neil's fans it will be even better. We're very curious to see what the results will be of our email story campaign."

After receiving all of the interview questions, which are due by March 15, Doerschuk will then weave them into an integrated interview. "Neil Peart seemed like a great pick for this kind of story," Doerschuk said. "After all, he has won DRUM! Magazine's "drummie" of the year for two straight years. Our fan base, regardless of age, obviously respects him and that did play into our decision to try this with him.

DRUM! Magazine expects a great response from Peart fans to this opportunity. The company just hopes that its server will not explode due to the amount of incoming email.


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