Michael Jackson's Drummer Jonathan Moffett performs "Thriller"

  • Publicado el 30 oct 2018
  • Although it probably doesn't need any introduction, "Thriller" is the chart-topping pop tune recorded by Michael Jackson, composed by Rod Temperton, and produced by Quincy Jones. It was the seventh and final single from his album of the same name. Did you know that as of August 2018, "Thriller" has sold a total of 7.024 million copies in the United States alone?
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    Jonathan "Sugarfoot" Moffett has recorded and/or toured with some of the greatest pop artists of our time, including Elton John, Janet Jackson, The Jacksons, Cameo, Lionel Richie, George Michael, Kenny G, Doug Miller, Peter Cetera, Bill Meyers, and Cirque du Soleil, besides guest appearing at popular television shows like The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, Saturday Night Live, and The Arsenio Hall Show.
    Among his biggest musical feats, none come close to his extensive work with the all-time greatest pop artists of the last 100 years: Madonna and Michael Jackson. Jonathan toured extensively with Madonna and recorded drums for several of her albums, including “True Blue” and “Like A Prayer”. As for the king of pop himself, Jonathan was his drummer for The Destiny Tour, Triumph Tour, Victory Tour, 1988 Grammy Awards with Michael, HIStory Tour, Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, This Is It, & Cirque’s Immortal World Tour.

Comentarios • 8 903

  • Drumeo
    Drumeo  Hace 21 un día +9

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  • riffgroove
    riffgroove Hace 2 años +12136

    "Everyone makes mistakes live. I make mistakes. The bass makes mistakes. The guitar makes mistakes... Sugarfoot's always perfect."
    - Michael Jackson.

    • Ellen Vanous
      Ellen Vanous Hace 7 días

      MJ is always humble enough to compliment others he admired!❤

    • Ellen Vanous
      Ellen Vanous Hace 7 días


    • Age Oh Truth
      Age Oh Truth Hace un mes

      @Night101 lol I should've put that in quotes...I was riffing on South Park's version of Michael Jackson who always said "that's ignorant."

    • Night101
      Night101 Hace un mes +1

      @Age Oh Truth I genuinely don't know what you're talking about...?

    • devvyn
      devvyn Hace un mes

      @Eq_NightGlider_ Interesting. Things for that.

  • leokimvideo
    leokimvideo Hace 6 meses +2081

    Incredible, adjusts failing earpiece without missing a beat.

    • Isabella Valencia
      Isabella Valencia Hace 22 días

      I believe he missed a small fill and that was why he grimaced

    • Onkel
      Onkel Hace 28 días

      In the drum cam video from the HIStory Tour he has the same problem. It would be cool if this is just a little reference to the good old times.

    • Brett Caldwell
      Brett Caldwell Hace 2 meses +1

      That's why Michael hired him. His talent couldnt be unnoticed.

    • 복음선포자
      복음선포자 Hace 2 meses +4

      Romans 10:9-10
      That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

    • davidf2281
      davidf2281 Hace 2 meses +2

      He can teleport his arms so it's no big deal

  • Michael Currie
    Michael Currie Hace 6 meses +1295

    I had always assumed this drum sound from Thriller was generated by a machine because it was so consistent and insistent.

    • Ceyco Royalty
      Ceyco Royalty Hace un mes

      @복음선포자 this is irrelevant 😴
      This ain't church shit

    • Raw Bert
      Raw Bert Hace un mes


    • Andy B
      Andy B Hace un mes +1

      @Tobi Becker It's Jeff Porcaro on the _Thriller_ record, a big debate naturally, but one of the greatest drummers to have ever walked the planet.
      On the _track_ Thriller it's a Linn Drum doing most of the duty.

    • Jean Paul Ciumando
      Jean Paul Ciumando Hace un mes +1

      He is a machine.

    • N
      N Hace un mes

      @Tobi Becker Jonathan muffin?

  • Musivity
    Musivity Hace 6 meses +1106

    In MJ's words:
    The bass player and guitar player may fail, but Sugarfoot never fails

  • Kevin Pace
    Kevin Pace Hace 6 meses +526

    It may look like he’s not doing a lot, but the subtle complexities of his performance takes years of dedication and discipline. Not everything has to paint the walls. Modern drummers could take notes.

    • aggressiveregresser
      aggressiveregresser Hace un mes

      Honestly, I think it's very impressive. Keeping a beat that long and all the different cymbals are easy to miss. I could never keep it all straight in the head. It's a gift.

    • Mich Alvarado
      Mich Alvarado Hace un mes

      Lars Ulrich should take notes.

    • MikeJones
      MikeJones Hace un mes

      Hes very very solid but they way yall praise the man as if this level of playing isn't extremely common among most very talented drummers.

    • Travis Reynolds
      Travis Reynolds Hace un mes +1

      Perfectly said. You can't invent those subtle fills unless you've been eating and sleeping drums your whole life.

    • John D
      John D Hace 2 meses

      look at Sarah Thawer's cover:
      She doesnt get it. Her groove is all over the place, playing too fast. Weird playing choices. It's harder than it looks playing this properly. Moffett is in the pocket, sooooo in the pocket, from the hi hat choices and everything, he's the producers dream.

  • Skrazor
    Skrazor Hace 2 años +8798

    This man will literally live forever. His heart wouldn't dare to disrespect him by skipping even a single beat.

    • Enigma
      Enigma Hace un mes

      Nobody will beat this comment

    • Daniel Abba
      Daniel Abba Hace 4 meses

      Your comment sent shivers down my spine. 🥺🥺🥺

    • Gabriel Velez
      Gabriel Velez Hace 6 meses

      Rigth on brother.
      We will b with us Always and beyon.
      Belive it or not Im from the bananas fields in Honduras and u guys r with me forever.
      God bless u guys all.
      Thanks so so much.

    • Farimer123
      Farimer123 Hace 6 meses

      His heart: *starts to falter*
      Him: “Not quite my tempo.”

    • jason tipton
      jason tipton Hace 6 meses

      lol nice

  • Paul Henry
    Paul Henry Hace 6 meses +456

    It must be so cool to play this and other songs on the drums and relive in your head how many stages around the world you performed on with MJ live. Totally awesome memories.

    • FirePhoenix Music
      FirePhoenix Music Hace 21 un día

      @Jacke Egress Fax

    • Jacke Egress
      Jacke Egress Hace 24 días +1

      @Cuthbert Bracegirdle And that's where you are wrong using blanket statements, his live performances from 1972-80s was all real, Dangerous was real HIstory, And superbowl and 30th anniversary was lype sync but everyone knows that already

    • ALPHA
      ALPHA Hace un mes

      @Cuthbert Bracegirdle There was no lip syncing on the Bad tour dumbass

    • Devon
      Devon Hace 3 meses +7

      He did it with Madonna as well mans a legend

    • Racer X
      Racer X Hace 4 meses +2

      I agree.

  • FirstName LastName
    FirstName LastName Hace un mes +77

    I like the way he has no unnecessary movements, every motion is small, close to the chest, and precise, with no energy wasted, and yet still powerful.
    Compared to "normal" drummers, it's like the difference between a professional boxer knocking you out with a jab, and a drunk at a bar swinging a big wide punch that you can see coming from a mile off.

    • Andrew Graulich
      Andrew Graulich Hace 23 días +2

      Similar to precise, musical guitar playing, like that of Tony Rice’s (God rest his soul). Also skilled knifework by professional chefs. Economy and intentionality of movement and energy. Often the sort of skill that makes something look easy when it’s eminently not. I think as well of dancers such as Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire.

  • Dog With Hat
    Dog With Hat Hace 6 meses +159

    It's funny how much we take those sounds for granted, because look how much effort it takes to produce this! Amazing talent and incredible stamina and rhythm.

  • Scott Hersey
    Scott Hersey Hace 2 meses +56

    Moffett taught himself a Jacksons song for their 1984 tour ... without realizing the track featured TWO drummers playing two separate parts. Legend.

  • Lago en el Cielo
    Lago en el Cielo Hace 2 años +15253

    Michael Jackson was Jonathan Moffett's singer

  • Louie Reda
    Louie Reda Hace 6 meses +81

    I've always admired and respected the great musicians behind the scenes. These people are the hired guns that make those famous records sound the way they do. Unbelievably talented artists.

  • Mike Hardy
    Mike Hardy Hace un mes +25

    Even as a non drummer I can tell his timing is impeccable. I mean even keeping time while adjusting his ear piece

  • You can't handle the truth!
    You can't handle the truth! Hace 6 meses +39

    Incredible drumming. The timing is just perfect!

  • harbscantina
    harbscantina Hace un mes +11

    This song still gives mt the chills as if hearing it for the first time, and I'm now 51 :)

  • Ranic Khaan
    Ranic Khaan Hace 2 años +2534

    This is exactly what makes a good drummer: it’s not about flashy fills, it’s about timing, and consistency.

  • TGSZambia
    TGSZambia Hace 6 meses +20

    Wow he is so gifted and so was MJ. Thriller is legendary. Amazing.

  • Pedro Rivera
    Pedro Rivera Hace 6 meses +15

    Have seen this and Smooth Criminal countless times and still can't get enough. His precision and timing is sick!!!

  • Aditya Guha Roy
    Aditya Guha Roy Hace un mes +2

    This is magic. I mean such a high level of precision, it is unbelievable. Incredible! Perhaps one of the best drum performances I heard so far.

  • Hocking Hills Alive!
    Hocking Hills Alive! Hace 7 meses +16

    As a drummer myself, I can wholeheartedly say that the view from behind this kit looks heavenly!!

  • Martin Heath
    Martin Heath Hace 3 años +1726

    Notice he doesn't even miss a nanosecond while adjusting his in ear monitors at the beginning! Legendary.

    • Philip Gorman
      Philip Gorman Hace un mes +1

      Nooooooooooooo itssssssssss nottttttttttt

    • Hans Peter
      Hans Peter Hace 2 años +2

      You obviously never played a gig with in ear monitoring in your life :D But even without its the first thing you'll learn as a drummer when playing live, sometimes you have to do stuff with the other hand, so you have to learn to keep the groove going, no matter what. He groove is of course legendary.

    • CetrioloGarmogno
      CetrioloGarmogno Hace 2 años +1

      He stops playing the hi-hat, rather the snare and the kick continues to play them quietly, but I assure you that it is nothing so epic

    • Kleptoinspired 03
      Kleptoinspired 03 Hace 2 años

      Dutch van der Linde do you play drums? Would you know how hard that is. Do you know the hits he has played drums on? Hmm no you don’t stfu since you probably are typing this from your mothers basement. Get a job

    • MrMimeGuy
      MrMimeGuy Hace 2 años +1

      It's not super impressive, but it does look cool
      Drummers know the feeling of having to adjust the in-ears mid playing

  • Parker Moss
    Parker Moss Hace 6 meses +32

    I've been back here like 3 times now. This man is dazzling. Like a drum machine.

    • Parker Moss
      Parker Moss Hace 5 meses

      @Soviet II was referring to his impeccable timing. Drum machines are boring compared.

    • Soviet II
      Soviet II Hace 6 meses +2


  • Ella Roberts
    Ella Roberts Hace 2 meses +19

    23:23 Hermosa elección 18KISSX.UNO
    los mortales abian apreciado tan hermosa mujer
    10:10 Hopi:
    11:12 Sun:
    00:18 Joonie:
    18:00 Yoongy:
    23:23 Son unos de los mejores conciertos
    mañas no se la
    Las elecciones cinematográficas y artísticas son brillantes. Referencias culturales europeas realmente interesantes. Ojalá la cultura europea se representara más a menudo tan bellamente. No puedo dejar de decir "oh, esto es hermoso" a lo largo del video. Luz, en serio... el que se encargue de la iluminación, genial

  • Count Dread
    Count Dread Hace un mes

    Love this artists reaction while playing. He feels it, he knows it, and he drums it. Here I am typing and bopping my head to the beats. Nothing but good times and memories. Thanks for this!

  • ChucklesMcChuckleson
    ChucklesMcChuckleson Hace 6 meses +19

    There's something so precise about the way his drumming looks..no other drummer moves like this.

  • Jon Yen
    Jon Yen Hace 3 años +3220

    Can you imagine all the memories that are going through his head? The millions and millions of people he has played in front of with Michael Jackson. What a great life to have lived!!

    • Blessing B
      Blessing B Hace 5 meses

      @Tim Harringan shame on you. Did you ever see Michael molesting kids? Where are those kids today, didn't one of them deny it. Dear in this life you have to be careful. You may drag someone down because you are getting the money, but remember you and your household and those involved always suffer the consequences. That's the law of life. Confession is good.
      So leave Michael alone.
      I never believed and will never believed such.
      Not because he's Michael Jackson tho. Discernment. God bless you.

    • Huey freeman
      Huey freeman Hace 6 meses

      @Rik Ver Mar your ignorant

    • Huey freeman
      Huey freeman Hace 6 meses

      @Tim Harringan too poor to afford a life clown gtfo here

    • Jeremy Frances
      Jeremy Frances Hace 6 meses

      @Rik Ver Mar I'm Australian mate, thankfully I wasn't subjected to that evil man.

    • Rik Ver Mar
      Rik Ver Mar Hace 6 meses

      @James Jackson were so blessed to have you remind people about Michael Jackson being a nonce, there's so many people out there who doesn't know about MJ's dodgy personal life. but there is billions more who do know about his private life and don't give a flying fuck - were just hear for the music.
      do you think people would look at you the same if they all knew your private life - i doubt it

  • Maja Mia
    Maja Mia Hace 6 meses +10

    I get a chill each time I listen to this. The most amazing drummer I have ever heard and a true gentleman.

  • Luke Dunlap
    Luke Dunlap Hace 2 meses +7

    He's almost 68 years old and still going strong!

  • Kasper Jensen
    Kasper Jensen Hace 6 meses +28

    Bruh imagine how much easier this dude made the rest of the bands job in terms of keeping the right tempo lol. Literally a human metronome

  • Douglas Gomes
    Douglas Gomes Hace 3 días

    Assistindo até parece ser fácil, tamanho talento 💎

  • Roivon
    Roivon Hace 3 años +1383

    Plays what needs to be played. No flash, no excessive cymbal crashes or rolls...just perfection.

    • Mark Tyler
      Mark Tyler Hace 2 años

      @Miiiiiiighty no need to be rude.

    • Pamela Raffel
      Pamela Raffel Hace 2 años +2

      Hey bhutch216 It's his kit man. He has it that way to use if needed. This is not the only work this gentleman has. He's a hired gun and his tools of the trade have to encompass and cover a huge territory of what the employer wants and needs. Plus you surround yourself with what you are comfortable and confident with to do the job. And in this case the Michael Jackson material did not need anything but a solid 1 and 3 and 2 and 4, bass, snare, hi hat and accents via cymbals. He delivered and then some. The man, I am sure is capable of much much more. ANd whose to say that's his kit. Maybe for these vids he's using the house kit but it looks more personalized to me. AND hardly ever do you ever use your entire kit unless your fukking Neil Peart, Ginger Baker, Stewart Copeland, Keith Moon or Animal from Sesame Street. ; )

    • LG Souza
      LG Souza Hace 2 años +1

      @Bob Hutchinson Internet Troll. Fuck off

    • L-V8 MC
      L-V8 MC Hace 2 años +2

      He plays what he needs to play because he was after all "Michael Jackson's drummer", if you were going to listen to Michael Jackson or go see him live, you were going to see MJ, not his drummer, flashy fills and all that would detract attention from the man he was backing up

    • GtubeVideos
      GtubeVideos Hace 2 años +3

      bhutch216 We would all love to see you do this with a 4 piece kit. Why don’t you share a link to your video?

  • Lafaiete Urban
    Lafaiete Urban Hace 6 meses +7

    Esse é batera! No compasso de início ao fim! Show.

  • Paul Geno
    Paul Geno Hace 3 meses +7

    A drummer and a legend. Good to see a man whose iconic drum tracks along with MJ, Van Halen, and Quincy Jones created the incredible Thriller phenomenon.

    CACTU'S Hace 2 meses +6


  • Karaoke banaan
    Karaoke banaan Hace 2 meses +3

    This guy turns drums into a show!!! What a performance!!! This guy is from another planet🥺🥺

  • Valrock Zine
    Valrock Zine Hace 6 meses +14

    Isso é lindo de mais de ouvir.

  • Harb Chan
    Harb Chan Hace 6 meses +5

    Don't care what anyone says...MJ had some amazing music during his career. I loved this as a kid, and the video...perfection :)

  • Neto Mendes
    Neto Mendes Hace 3 meses +2

    27/06/2022. Top vídeo, ele é muito bom mesmo. Parabéns, meu Rei do Pop Internacional. #Michael Jackson#🇧🇷🕴️😍

  • Um cara
    Um cara Hace 5 meses +3

    Monstro! Toca muito!

  • Just Adjustor
    Just Adjustor Hace 5 meses +4

    The camera work in all of these videos have been amazing and really added those extra somethings to all of these incredible performances!!!!!

  • Dirk Bachman
    Dirk Bachman Hace 2 meses +2

    Sensacional fantástico .parabéns .que maravilhoso profissional .parabéns pelo maravilhoso canal

  • Steve B
    Steve B Hace 6 meses +9

    This guy's great. Thriller is one of my favorite MJ songs.
    Also,R.I.P. "King of Music" Michael Jackson!

  • MeelahManifestsLove
    MeelahManifestsLove Hace 6 meses +9

    The way he manages to keep the beat and check his ear piece I literally thought he had 3 arms. The seemingly effortless skill just wow

  • Josh Darnit
    Josh Darnit Hace 2 años +25

    So much more going on than I ever realized 🏆🙇

  • Alejandro Valdez
    Alejandro Valdez Hace 7 meses +16

    I imagine this wonderful man trying not to cry remembering Michael on his prime, that's why he plays with love and passion. God bless him.

    • masemenos
      masemenos Hace 6 meses

      @trauma diffuser no one would cry over someone that's not micheal jackson

    • trauma diffuser
      trauma diffuser Hace 7 meses

      Nobody cries over a child rapist

  • Gavin Remedios
    Gavin Remedios Hace 28 días +1

    I never saw Jackson, but he is an inspiration for so many round the world, must have been an honour to play drums for him, right on time Jonathan. Thanks

  • Nima Scolari
    Nima Scolari Hace 6 meses +1

    The fills the eyes don't see and ears barely hear are insanely well timed. Freakishly good.

  • kashiaroundtheworld
    kashiaroundtheworld Hace 7 meses +3

    Love this guy. So talented. Pure rhythm.

  • Ted Byrne
    Ted Byrne Hace 3 años +8985

    All this time I thought MJ used a drum machine for his tracks... I was right.

    • wpochert
      wpochert Hace 6 meses

      Cept... Moffett never recorded a single note for MJ's albums

    • Freline
      Freline Hace 11 meses

      @Andy B actually “Thriller” wasn’t the only track on the album to use a drum machine (that being the Linn LM-1 Drumcomputer, not the LinnDrum as most believe). “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”, “Baby Be Mine”, and “Human Nature” used it as well. That low, deep snare is unmistakable.

    • Andy B
      Andy B Hace 11 meses +1

      @Raymond Doetjes No, Sugarfoot wasn't involved in any recordings? He was just the live drummer, Thriller era was basically Michael Jackson singing with Toto providing the music, it was Jeff Porcaro on most of the Thiller era stuff, but a drum machine only on Thriller.

    • Brod Jefferson
      Brod Jefferson Hace un año

      @Marcus Keulertz no, some of the songs have sequenced drum patterns but not all do. And if by electronic instruments you mean synthesisers and electric guitar then yes

    • Marcus Keulertz
      Marcus Keulertz Hace un año

      @Brod Jefferson you can hear it in the beginning of the song. It starts with the Emulator intro the screaming voice and the electronic percussion crashes in. The entire album is mainly produced and play with electronic instruments.

  • Charles Nelson
    Charles Nelson Hace un mes +1

    I didn't understood how well choreographed the drumming was. Great work!

  • Bigulandia FM HD
    Bigulandia FM HD Hace 6 meses +5

    Incridible 🇧🇷❤

  • Deyvison Cavalcanti
    Deyvison Cavalcanti Hace un mes +1

    Nunca vi igual! Toca muito mestre!!!

  • itsoogs
    itsoogs Hace 6 meses +8

    This was so tight, sounded like he was on the verge of rushing but still in perfect time.

  • Aneuo
    Aneuo Hace 2 años +9497

    You saw one of his videos now you can’t stop. YOU CANT

  • Erwin Monti
    Erwin Monti Hace 7 meses +65

    There just is nothing like a set of drums and somebody that knows how to Play them

    • IN n OUT 🦸
      IN n OUT 🦸 Hace 6 meses +2

      I agree and.thats was fc**n insane damn true!

  • Vandique Ferrari
    Vandique Ferrari Hace 7 meses +1

    Um monstro sagrado na bateria

  • drumsdavle
    drumsdavle Hace 3 meses +5

    I could watch at this man’s performance over and over again.

  • Trevor Shields
    Trevor Shields Hace 2 meses

    Could just listen to this time and time again. Just an all time classic!

  • Jonathan D. Joestar
    Jonathan D. Joestar Hace 6 meses

    As soon as the video starts and I already feel that it will be a gem, you can't imagine how the rhythm of the drums will come, you would say "bah, it's sure boom, boom", but, it's much more than that, this man is a wonder, a genius, honestly it feels spectacular and seeing him play is exciting, successes

  • MPrado
    MPrado Hace 2 meses +1

    Parabéns, muito bom amigo.... ganhou um escrito.

  • Antonio Passos
    Antonio Passos Hace 2 meses

    O Jonathan é fantástico, talento extraordinário

  • SeniorCharry
    SeniorCharry Hace 2 meses +4

    It's weird, I know there's drums in Thriller but I guess I never noticed what was actually being played in the song till now. Jonathan really knows how to compliment songs without taking control.

  • Bubba Bear Huntington
    Bubba Bear Huntington Hace 3 años +3168

    I don't understand the thumbs down, this is literally Michael Jackson's drummer...

    • x17chan
      x17chan Hace 6 meses

      @Bubba Bear Huntingtononly took me 5 mins to find someone who took a drum video and turned it into political commentary. That’s a new record I think

    • billboard NEWS
      billboard NEWS Hace 6 meses

      *BLACKPINK Jennie - SOLO* 🎵
      Epic hip-hop

    • wpochert
      wpochert Hace 6 meses

      NO HE IS NOT....he did a couple of tours and a handful of other things for MJ... Ricky Lawson was MJ's go to tour drummer and an absolute legend. People like Jeff Porcaro, Ollie Brown, and John Robinson are MJ's drummer's if he has to have one

    • Alyaa Sultan
      Alyaa Sultan Hace 8 meses +1

      Bc Some people believe he is a pedo I guess, I honestly dunno who to believe.. I love Michael sm and he is my favorite artist but that doesn't mean people can condone his wrong doings.

    • Peter Rasmussen
      Peter Rasmussen Hace 2 años

      Many things liberals dont understand

  • GwinoMax
    GwinoMax Hace un mes

    Amazing, Incredible, splendidly, magic, you're just like a drum machine sir

  • André Xester Gadelha
    André Xester Gadelha Hace 5 meses +1

    Monstro !
    Um Verdadeiro Professor!

  • M O V I E B A D
    M O V I E B A D Hace 5 meses

    God this man just makes me want to pick up the sticks again every time I see him play.
    What a spectacular drummer that not only fills the necessary role of “metronome” but also has so much tangible feeling to his playing. It’s SO easy to slip right into that groove he’s got going. It’s such a hypnotic drum part.
    This is a man who has mastered working around the pocket, and managing to keep the beat within it at the same time. His subdivisions are just unbelievable.

  • xooOne Pieceoox
    xooOne Pieceoox Hace 4 meses

    Eyerytime i come back and watch this, my jaw still drop. Just simply amazing

  • Maicol Giolo
    Maicol Giolo Hace 3 años +1932

    Damn.. He probably played this song thousands of times in front of big crowds, but it seems that he has the concentration of someone who play it for the first time. What a legend

    • Freline
      Freline Hace 11 meses

      @Bob Hutchinson yes, you do suck. Stop projecting.

    • dixit b.c
      dixit b.c Hace 3 años +1

      It's the thrill behind it.

    • NothingXemnas
      NothingXemnas Hace 3 años +6

      Sincerely I think it is just professionalism. Everyone is saying how ABSOLUTE PRECISE is his rhythm, which should and must require an insane amount of focus to keep. The man is a living metronome and being relaxed is not the way to be like that. This guy trained to become one of the greatest drummers in the world and that is just him, being one of them.

    • ray32245mv
      ray32245mv Hace 3 años +4

      @Jorginho MJ was one of the most discriminating artists to ever make it big, he would fire you faster than Ozzy if you rushed one note or even slightly drag the snare on a downbeat. It had to be EXACT. This is what you're seeing here. I don't know if MJ did the bad things, but as a heavy metal (Mudvayne, Fear Factory) fan, I'm telling you MJ was one of the most musically talented people to ever grace this earth, hands down. If this guy was his drummer, this guy is a machine, that's it.

    • Popo Guy
      Popo Guy Hace 3 años

      bhutch216 I mean he hasn’t played these songs since Michael died

  • Mike____Spec
    Mike____Spec Hace 5 meses +1

    that kit sounds so incredible. I'm speechless. YOU ARE THE MAN

  • 80sGuy
    80sGuy Hace 5 meses +1

    Incredible drumming...and this is coming from a heavy-metal madman!

  • Dawn B
    Dawn B Hace 6 meses

    He could just drum no music and I know that’s thriller! What an amazing talented drummer he is! 🥁 ❤️

  • Venicio Jesukewixe
    Venicio Jesukewixe Hace 6 meses +2

    Tem que respeitar... o melhor !!

  • JungleBDU83
    JungleBDU83 Hace 11 meses +2736

    This man just adjusted his ear piece twice and was still in rhythm unbelievable

    • Clifton Oubre
      Clifton Oubre Hace 6 meses +1

      @iqless and you're right. He does miss it. His reaction and seeing your comment makes it noticable

    • MK1 Cortina Tony
      MK1 Cortina Tony Hace 6 meses

      @iqless I saw that and he wanted to be perfect. The guy in the backround was still happy tho :)

    • RhythMindset
      RhythMindset Hace 7 meses +1

      Lol not hard to do.

    • C. Hunter
      C. Hunter Hace 7 meses

      I caught that

    • ForTomorrowToday
      ForTomorrowToday Hace 7 meses +1

      He told the ESclips algorithm to show me this video.

  • TGSZambia
    TGSZambia Hace 6 meses

    Wow he is so gifted and so was MJ. Thriller is legendary. Amazing.

  • robyn
    robyn Hace 4 meses +4

    i don’t even know how to play drums but i keep binge watching these videos. incredible!

  • asteverino
    asteverino Hace 2 meses

    Loved this man accentuating the percussion of this song!
    It was a breakthrough.

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    I could watch this man Drum all day.. makes it look so easy.. ❤️

  • Kulfy
    Kulfy Hace 3 años +12754

    He doesn't practise with the metronome, the metronome practise with him.

    • BigfootBionic
      BigfootBionic Hace 6 meses

      good one

    • Boaz Alves
      Boaz Alves Hace 6 meses

      His time is perfect

    • Arturo Gonzalez Camarena
      Arturo Gonzalez Camarena Hace 6 meses

      The metronome is in the earpods, aisnt it??

    • magnus eliot
      magnus eliot Hace 6 meses

      He is the metronome

    • Super Killer223
      Super Killer223 Hace 6 meses

      @Topper Harley even if he got it wrong It doesn’t look like that he is a native english speaker which is sad to see all of those ppl roasting him for writing in a language that aint his first language rather than appreciating his efforts to learn their language and feel proud that ppl whom don’t speak their language are interested in their culture that much, i would love to scroll down every youtube comment section just to find the native English speakers misspelling simple english words but u kn what ? I got better shit to do

  • Wanderlust Tiny House Chick

    Perfection. Deep admirable. Thank you, sir.

  • Mathew Lockley
    Mathew Lockley Hace un mes

    Can we just talk about how at around 57 seconds in, he obvs isn't happy about something. Maybe the mix, the clicktrack... But even with one hand, he never misses a beat. It's. Just. Incredible. I've no words for the amount of love and respect I have for this man ❤️🤘🏻

    AUREO CLAUDINO Hace 6 meses +6

    Putz da impressão que esses caras estão 100 anos na frente
    Muito treino e produção
    Aliás produção essa que o Rei pera o produtor

  • Sandro Eduardo
    Sandro Eduardo Hace 2 meses

    O cara e fera! Muitos que nem esses leva grandes cantores nas costa e nao sao reconhecido parabens

  • Chuck Marshall
    Chuck Marshall Hace 2 años +1605

    And that ladies and gentlemen is the definition of timing...

    • L L
      L L Hace 2 años

      @A. Syching good that you had that disclaimer in this age of internet trolls.

    • Milo McCarthy Music
      Milo McCarthy Music Hace 2 años

      Clap clap muscle memory in music is a bad thing, and you should know that if you are a good musician.

    • BIG BUCK
      BIG BUCK Hace 2 años

      he is playing along with a recording ... he has no choice but to stay "in time" are you dense?

    • Ally Hellkiller
      Ally Hellkiller Hace 2 años

      He is spot on!

    • Edu
      Edu Hace 2 años +1

      @Mike Kosar laughing a lot here ;D

  • Amanda C
    Amanda C Hace 3 meses

    Insane talent!!! No other words! 💯

  • Trevor Day
    Trevor Day Hace 2 meses +1

    This is another thing which breaks my heart about Michael Jackson; the world spent his entire life kicking him in the teeth emotionally and physically but he STILL gave his musical heart and soul as hard as he could, bringing together THE finest musicians he could to do it

  • sdrasse64
    sdrasse64 Hace un mes

    Like so many other great drummers: no fancy moves, just simple efficiency. He's not there for the show, he's there to deliver the music.

  • Aydin Sivka
    Aydin Sivka Hace 6 meses +15

    After at least 35 years "Jackson Mackson's" Thriller is still a masterpiece🌜👣and druming hand and feet craft🙌👣

  • Dar H
    Dar H Hace 2 años +1500

    His tempo is so precise it's like he's powered by a damn Rolex

    • Nuclear [NUKELEDGE]
      Nuclear [NUKELEDGE] Hace 2 años

      @Joe Kinchicken The fuck are you gonna do? Call the comment police?

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    • Arcuz
      Arcuz Hace 2 años

      @ninjabluewings Rolex is more accurate than Omega. You don't have to spread some fake news to make you feel better about buying the inferior timepiece.

    • Dar H
      Dar H Hace 2 años

      @Will74S Assuming you've been playing for many years

    • Will74S
      Will74S Hace 2 años

      He is playing to a click track in his ear, so not that hard.

  • Timothy Edwards
    Timothy Edwards Hace 2 meses +1

    The way he bops his head to every kick and snare is inspiring

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    Denise Martins Hace 6 meses


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  • Carlton Odom
    Carlton Odom Hace 6 meses

    Top tier of all time! Truly amazing!

  • CFraser
    CFraser Hace 2 años +682

    Most people, including me, thought Micheal Jackson used a drum machine.
    He did... Just not like how we thought.

    • CFraser
      CFraser Hace 6 meses

      It was a joke people. But thanks for your delightful, if unneeded, incite...

    • Skyler Felix
      Skyler Felix Hace 6 meses

      He did use a drum machine… this is the live version. JM was his live drummer.

    • ledgema
      ledgema Hace 2 años +2

      The Linn LM-1 or Linn Drum was used for the studio recording of Thriller. Yes some spots had live drums such as the intro, but the hand claps and cow bell were from the drum machine.

    • amit.jonathan
      amit.jonathan Hace 2 años

      Skrazor ikr

    • Azura Music
      Azura Music Hace 2 años +10

      A drum machine was used on Thriller. The Linn Drum.

  • Maicon PMERJ
    Maicon PMERJ Hace 2 meses +1

    Toca muito ! Fera de mais !

    RUHLMANN'DRUMSOLO Hace 4 meses

    A real killer this groove...Beautifully perfect!!!

  • Mundo News
    Mundo News Hace 13 días +2

    One of the best drummers in the world!

  • Unomas
    Unomas Hace 7 meses

    Maravilloso es un fenomeno 🇪🇸👏👏👏👏👏👏

  • Just_D
    Just_D Hace un año +2608

    just imagine the brain working all of that movement. thoughts, muscle memory, memories from the past, he thinking back how it used to be etc... the human being is complex and sophisticated engineering when it's put into good use.

    • Frank Foot986
      Frank Foot986 Hace 10 meses

      This guy ain’t no human

    • Tim Renken
      Tim Renken Hace 10 meses

      Lol you should watch some vids of neil peart from rush. This is very basic stuff compared to what neil was doing.

    • TheDrummerDamo
      TheDrummerDamo Hace 10 meses

      Pretty simple track tbh.

    • Warzoet
      Warzoet Hace 11 meses +1

      It become intuitive after playing for some time

    • RacingSmurffi
      RacingSmurffi Hace 11 meses +1

      Beat comes from the spine. I dont think theres much effort in musicians output once its been trained maaaaany times

  • Jennifer Coralde
    Jennifer Coralde Hace 3 meses +1

    I can feel Michael as if he's alive performing with his drummer amazing