Michael Jackson's Drummer Jonathan Moffett Performs "Smooth Criminal"

  • Publicado el 11 ago 2018
  • "Smooth Criminal" is one of Michael Jackson's most iconic songs - and we were lucky enough to have Jonathan Moffett (who toured with MJ for over 30 years) come to our studio and perform it!
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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 • 38 518

  • Drumeo
    Drumeo  Hace 21 un día +29

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  • wayne kerr
    wayne kerr Hace 2 años +11356

    It's criminal how smooth this guy is.

  • BackPropagation
    BackPropagation Hace 2 meses +3937

    I always thought MJ used a machine for drumming because the rhythm was so perfect. Now i know it is true.

    • Will Ward
      Will Ward Hace un día

      Well done sir. Well done.

    • Michael Holmgaard
      Michael Holmgaard Hace 2 días

      In the 80s Michael was using mostly instruments only. he got the whole Toto band to record the Thriller album for example. Jeff Porcaro played drums on that occasion

    • rexluther
      rexluther Hace 15 días

      I thought so. But I was wrong.

    • charlie Dude
      charlie Dude Hace 15 días


    • Tony Rufus
      Tony Rufus Hace 15 días

      Is this guy not a machine?

  • Julian Perry
    Julian Perry Hace 3 meses +2028

    Michael was a perfectionist, imagine how hard it must have been to get his seal of approval to be his drummer. Sugar Foot is a seasoned professional who has earned his place in history.

    • ItsMeNala
      ItsMeNala Hace un mes

      @Marcelo Viana he talking abt mike

    • Peter Green
      Peter Green Hace un mes

      Indeed, indeed.

    • Luke
      Luke Hace un mes

      @Marcelo Viana what a dumb ass. pathetic. passive aggressive. Projectile vomit comment... delete this bullshit version of yourself.... PLZZZZ

    • Luke
      Luke Hace un mes

      Beautifully and heroicly put may I say? 😅💪🏼👏🏼 he is a Scorpio like me tho and our desire is to triumph! So I rejoice for him! He is IN HIS ELEMENT 😎😎☺️ it’s TRULY Marvellous it makes me laugh at his precision and consistency quite remarkable 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

    • Marcelo Viana
      Marcelo Viana Hace un mes +10

      @Kevin “Phraze” Frazier First: he's scorpio.
      Second: zodiac signs are meaningless.

  • Trevor Day
    Trevor Day Hace 2 meses +1686

    And Micheal was on record saying in rehearsals everyone would now and then make mistakes, EXCEPT Sugarfoot. Sugarfoot NEVER made mistakes. He fires off these complex beats and never misses a single one. The talent. THE TALENT

    • robert haizlip
      robert haizlip Hace 2 días

      @Tetra Digm Basic AF beats lol

    • robert haizlip
      robert haizlip Hace 2 días

      Complex?? Wtf

    • Shan Michael Escasio
      Shan Michael Escasio Hace 26 días

      he is the god of time after all so it shouldn't be a surprise.

    • AtanoK Si
      AtanoK Si Hace 27 días

      @Richter12x2's Projects I feel like a lot of people struggle to understand that the work of this man is not complex because it's like, a difficult piece, but because it complements the song exactly how it should, the beats are not specially hard, but they are played in a way that each little rudiment plays a role with each sample, each MJ "uGH, AH, UHHH", it's very precise"
      and of course it's in what you don't play, he's a great machine drummer, very professional, most drummers obsessed with playing metal or progressive stuff won't get it (I say it by experience being a prog metal fan)

    • Russelliana Clark
      Russelliana Clark Hace un mes

      The HARD WORK and the TALENT.

  • TecH GirL
    TecH GirL Hace 3 meses +958

    sometime we forgot how important the band is for a singer.... he is the perfect example... he can level up MJ's song with his drummer skills... absolutely magic!

    •  Hace 17 días

      Lucas Rowe up

    •  Hace 17 días


    • Christian Jocson
      Christian Jocson Hace 2 meses +1

      Honestly, I think Michael Jackson should have used him as a drummer for his studio recordings instead of using drum tracks. It feels groovier with an actual person drumming.

    • Christian Jocson
      Christian Jocson Hace 2 meses +1

      Totally agree. This version is thousand times better than the studio recording, simply because of the drumming.

    • roschue
      roschue Hace 2 meses +2

      I am musician and I dont forget, because I played in Bands. When I listen to a song I always listen to the instruments.

  • J McClain
    J McClain Hace 3 años +57641

    For those not familiar with drums, this is beyond perfect. His timing is so precise its frightening.

    • Snarkily
      Snarkily Hace un mes

      For any not familiar with band members, they practice this for hundreds of hours and are experts before the are shown to the public. This isn't some homeless dude playing it...he's been paid millions to do this.

    • Kortez
      Kortez Hace un mes


    • Ahmad A. Fadzli
      Ahmad A. Fadzli Hace 2 meses

      Sooooo damn true...

    • JACpotatos
      JACpotatos Hace 2 meses

      @Yuuri E given MJ's strange rythms, keeping up with the beat like this is a feat. Those who can't appreciate or play music should really just fuck off on these conversations

    • DK
      DK Hace 6 meses

      I think practicing 48 hours a day would not even work this time..

  • FlabberFlob
    FlabberFlob Hace 2 meses +399

    That double-handed behind-the-back cymbal choke at the very end absolutely SENDS ME every time I watch this haha. So amazing.

    • Steven Rogers
      Steven Rogers Hace 16 horas

      Yeah he's got another awesome one in the video they did of him on Beat It :)

    • dupa jasio
      dupa jasio Hace 11 días +1

      No idea what is that but you must know this shyt.

    • Zac
      Zac Hace 24 días +5

      4:32 for easier replayability

    • YaBoy Rooftop Yeti
      YaBoy Rooftop Yeti Hace un mes +2

      yea, it's like he's a superhero about to unleash his full power :D

    • The BBC
      The BBC Hace un mes

      How many times have you watched this? Hahaha

  • Always Pooh
    Always Pooh Hace un mes +206

    The stick twist around 1:10 and still not missing a beat is beyond phenomenal!

    • Ben Franklin
      Ben Franklin Hace 19 horas

      @General Tso I've always loved the drums and have never taken any lessons, purely self taught by ear and only a handful of runs on actual kits.
      With that said. The time it takes him to spin the stick and hit the next note is in time. You can also do this by "hanging" your arm after a hit. There's multiple ways to do this really, but it always comes down to personal preference and feel. It's best to start out practicing this with very over dramatic movements and slow beats, to really hang in the middle of the notes and get a feel for it.
      simply put, do weird shit with your arms in between notes to kill the dwell time until the next note. I'm talking full octopus. After enough practice with basic movements, you can go into stick spins, which is just a more advanced version of "octopus-ing", because again. The whole point is to kill the dwell time between notes by keeping time on the off hand.
      Hope that helps. 🤙🏼🤙🏼

    • General Tso
      General Tso Hace 18 días

      @Ben Franklin please explain how this works to a student drummer w 2 lessons?

    • Ben Franklin
      Ben Franklin Hace un mes +10

      he's actually using it as a timing device.

  • Gentin Media
    Gentin Media Hace 3 meses +548

    That short stop he does on cymbal is so precise, just incredible and the snare, love it.

    • jagster59
      jagster59 Hace un mes +3

      You mean he "stopped short"!! ~ Frank Costanza

  • Always Pooh
    Always Pooh Hace un mes +15

    This guy is a machine! Hour upon hour of practise and 99% of drummers cannot get anywhere near this level. Truly exceptional.

  • w. tibbs clemens
    w. tibbs clemens Hace 2 años +10166

    His timing is actually scary. And what's funny is he's probably thinking to himself "eh that was okay.. I've played it much better before" .. Totally mind blowing!

    • Matthew Lawton
      Matthew Lawton Hace 2 meses +3

      He actually did hit a kick about 200ms early there in the beginning of the song. Which for most of us would pass as ultra-hardcore "perfect". It probably disappointed him lol.
      Another commenter above noted that he thought Jackson had used a drum machine for the song because of how precise the master recording is. And that definitely tracks. One of the reason songs that use drum machines sound "fake' is because, even if you're not a musician and counting the miliseconds between beats, your brain, somewhere in the reptilian brainstem...it just needs those minor imperfections to be there. It recognizes the drum machine's precision as something foreign. This isn't usually a problem for human musicians because few are even remotely close to that precise. THIS guy, however, probably is at least 1/4 cyborg on his mother's side.

      MARCO MARLETTA Hace 3 meses


    • J.P. Simen☆
      J.P. Simen☆ Hace 3 meses +1

      Tibbs got PTSD on Moffets timing. Lol

    • Mr. AD
      Mr. AD Hace 4 meses


    • Anti - Ethnic Cleansing
      Anti - Ethnic Cleansing Hace 6 meses +2

      @Xellos Kaczor
      _“Drumming is a young man’s game after all.”_
      You obviously haven’t seen the videos here on YT of the *“godmother of drumming.”* 😉

  • C L
    C L Hace 3 meses +379

    This is so clean. The drums and vocals work perfectly together.

  • imjustsomeguy72
    imjustsomeguy72 Hace 2 meses +80

    This is one of those skills I'm so afraid will eventually be lost. Used to be to run this stuff live you'd need a machine like Sugarfoot to run the rhythm section. Now, of course, you can run sequences or quantised beats that rule out the need for precision from a live drummer. But this shit up here is what you want from a touring drummer, no ifs, no buts. You can tell he lays this out for every session, a true professional.

    • Celia
      Celia Hace 21 un día

      I don’t think this kind of skill will ever die out. You could have said the same thing back in the late 70s / early 80s when electronic music became the thing, but it’s 40 years on and we are still wowed by the skills of a musician such as this. There are plenty of drummers out there who strive for this kind of perfection so I can’t see that this skill will ever become a thing of the past.

    • Rusken
      Rusken Hace un mes +2

      I'd to offer some condolence in the fact that there are still plenty of incredible musicians, most of them just aren't "mainstream".

  • jackobryant
    jackobryant Hace 3 meses +187

    He takes his craft just as serious as Michael. Just imagine the years of work involved

  • P 99
    P 99 Hace un mes +87

    Gives me chills everytime I watch this cause of how accurate and precise his timing is

  • Ryan Price
    Ryan Price Hace 2 años +20217

    When he was born Dr was like 'congratulations, it's a metronome'.

    • EL
      EL Hace 11 días

      Comments like these make my day thanks

    • Mithira Yatagampitiya
      Mithira Yatagampitiya Hace 14 días


    • Kamarulzaman Yahya
      Kamarulzaman Yahya Hace 15 días


    • Breadman
      Breadman Hace 19 días +1

      @Scooter Mac everyones got the same reaction but I gotta relax. 😂😂😂😂 comedy

    • Breadman
      Breadman Hace 21 un día

      @Scooter Mac nah

  • Michael Mercado
    Michael Mercado Hace 2 meses +163

    hes just glancing off into no where just going by muscle memory and just letting the music flow through him. what a legend of a drummer across all genres.

  • Wade Wedemeier
    Wade Wedemeier Hace 2 meses +92

    Watching this man play with such subtle nuances is incredible…I play drums as well…just not on this level…it’s like watching liquid moving within itself…pure…over the top but at the same time never over playing…rock solid…❤️

    • ERNesbitt
      ERNesbitt Hace 28 días

      Agreed. It's amazing for how complex of a groove, how stripped down it actually is when it's highlighted in the mix. There is not a single beat missing that's needed, or additional that could be taken out.

    • Thomas Ballenger
      Thomas Ballenger Hace 2 meses +1

      That was on the money

  • Carlos Roldan
    Carlos Roldan Hace 29 días +24

    After watching this sir play, I'm now sure all clocks in the world are wrong, we have to check with this mister for the correct time.... just amazing and flawless

  • j4k8
    j4k8 Hace 2 meses +61

    Watching him drumming is one of the most inspiring things I've seen honestly. Pure talent and passion 💕

  • Bain Sangres
    Bain Sangres Hace 2 años +8765

    MJ once said: "My bass player makes a mistake, my guitar player makes a mistake, I make mistakes sometimes, but sugarfoot never makes a mistake.

    • Erick Chandra
      Erick Chandra Hace 3 meses

      fake quotes 😏

    • Shravan Shetty
      Shravan Shetty Hace 3 meses

      @Richárd Kovács thanks for taking time in educating people who have no taste but arrogance

    • Daniel Sisto
      Daniel Sisto Hace 4 meses

      He dropped his sticks on like two songs in this series

    • Cedric Gau
      Cedric Gau Hace 5 meses

      SUGARFOOT 👌💥💯🌈🌍😇

    • Tyrion Powell
      Tyrion Powell Hace 5 meses +2

      @Polo actually thats actually how the part goes, he played it like that all the time when he was on tour with mj on the history tour

  • J C
    J C Hace 3 meses +234

    Best thing about this is he doesn't put in a bunch of over the top fills. He sacrifices himself for the overall piece even though he's technically gifted enough to do whatever he wants. I'm glad someone showed all these spunky young bucks how to play like a man.

    • Eric Hartman
      Eric Hartman Hace un mes

      I thought ringo was the king of time move over Ringo

    • Amanda Lang
      Amanda Lang Hace 2 meses

      You got that right!!

    • Martín Bonilla
      Martín Bonilla Hace 2 meses +16

      Playing less is not sacrificing. By playing what the song needed he adds more to the composition. If he played even a single full more the song would’ve suffered. Thus the phrase “less is more”.

    • Matthew Lawton
      Matthew Lawton Hace 2 meses +7

      There's no room for it. The composition is as tight as they come.

  • Tdot
    Tdot Hace 2 meses +108

    *When he twirled the sticks while performing flawlessly I knew that Michael and him made true magic together.*

  • Kruchz0rg
    Kruchz0rg Hace un mes +41

    Until recently, MJ has been the one taking the spotlight alone in my mind. I did not hear/seen this man until now. This is wrong. This man should be praised. (granted I did not do much research, nor am I a musician)

  • zengalileo
    zengalileo Hace 3 meses +51

    That last hit. Burst out laughing from sheer joy.

  • Aggelos Daskalakis
    Aggelos Daskalakis Hace 3 meses +85

    I am a metalhead and literally apart from some separate good pop songs of 80s MJ is the only pop artist I can keep on listening again and again and again. Both him and his band were KILLING IT. His music made him immortal.

    • samwell
      samwell Hace 21 un día

      @Sinéad M You realise that documentary was debunked…

    • Sinéad M
      Sinéad M Hace 2 meses

      @Trancos Don’t believe people don’t abuse their power just cause they’re talented. It’s not the media I believe, it’s the victims. Also, please don’t “lady” a random person on the internet x

    • Trancos
      Trancos Hace 2 meses +8

      @Sinéad M 😮‍💨 oh good lord. Don't believe the media, lady

    • Bethany Anne
      Bethany Anne Hace 2 meses

      @Sinéad M esclips.com/video/6pnoQqlygQs/vídeo.html
      Educate yourself.

    • Sinéad M
      Sinéad M Hace 2 meses +1

      Made him immortal, so did his kiddy fiddling tendencies

  • Daniel Schnee
    Daniel Schnee Hace 2 meses +37

    The fill at 1:37 is beyond "drumming"... it is incredible MUSIC in and of itself. Also the fill at 3:10 is "just" single strokes on the snare, but the contrast & simplicity is so perfectly tasteful. 900 stars out of 10 ⭐️🥁

  • Amiel Maharaj
    Amiel Maharaj Hace 2 meses +41

    I never appreciated how great the drums are on this track until now

  • Ross B.
    Ross B. Hace un mes +15

    Outstanding, just wow. I am thrilled these performers had the opportunity and privilege to work together. Michael had some exceptional people and an eye and ear for talent. It’s a miracle when serious people work together.

  • J.Ericson
    J.Ericson Hace 2 años +2578

    No unnecessary fill in, no unnecessary movement, not overplaying the song and has a discipline.
    Such a professional

  • Erik Pehrsson
    Erik Pehrsson Hace 2 meses +52

    I love how he hits those cymbals so effortlessly…. Even the cymbals he can’t see 😯

    • Yophy Padjadjaran
      Yophy Padjadjaran Hace un mes

      Like cleand sound

    • Jo Co
      Jo Co Hace 2 meses +2

      @George L lol, it’s cymbal.

    • George L
      George L Hace 2 meses

      It's spelled Symbal Erik, you don't even do the drums

  • Le petit Prince
    Le petit Prince Hace 16 días +4

    He just doesn't seem to take it easy - everything is so thought through and deliberate. The focus and attention to detail....if I even had 10% of this in my life....

  • Da opp Grvyrd
    Da opp Grvyrd Hace 2 meses +14

    Just heard this song today on the radio today, rest in peace Mike you were definitely the King. Respect to Sugarfoot still on point.💯

  • Marcelo Reis
    Marcelo Reis Hace 2 meses +9

    Simplesmente fantástico.

  • Ignacio Chávez Melgoza
    Ignacio Chávez Melgoza Hace un año +2827

    He might miss the buss, the train, the ferry, he might even miss the plane, but he will never miss a beat.

  • Luke Tasker
    Luke Tasker Hace un mes +3

    As a guitarist just wow.....the timing and cleanliness of every beat

  • Akira明
    Akira明 Hace 21 un día +1

    I listen to Metal and really impressive drummers, but this is probably one of the most impressive performance i've ever seen. What a monster. This is incredible.


    The way you hit the drums just seems to flow, what a legend a drummer in all genres ... your playing is great

  • PUCHUCA no ar
    PUCHUCA no ar Hace 2 meses +1

    Simplesmente incrível

  • J.P. Wick
    J.P. Wick Hace un año +1493

    As a metal drummer, seeing his nonstop constraint is mesmerizing. He can do anything and everything on drums, but has the discipline to play what's necessary, nothing more, nothing less. True mastery.

    • με λενενε
      με λενενε Hace un año

      @The Road To Pro Drums well sorry my english is not that good,but this is exactly what i am talking about...[we have the same age]...it's not modern...this "showy breed of drummers" exists as far as i remember my self...i am mean lets be honest the majority got into drums because of someone "showy drummer we saw on tv"(back then) -- twitch or any platform (today)..... not everybody for sure but from my experience ,a huge part of the community...i totally understand what you mean and i agree i do not agree with the term "modern". hope its clear.

    • The Road To Pro Drums
      The Road To Pro Drums Hace un año

      @με λενενε I'm 32. I don't see why that matters. The point is many streaming drummers are more about theatrics than they are about basic drumming fundamentals. It's undeniable. Go to any well-known ESclips or Twitch channel for drums, it's all the same. Fancy camera angles, fancy lights, expensive lenses and lots of stick tricks/drum fills. How old are you to not acknowledge this is the modern state of drumming?

    • με λενενε
      με λενενε Hace un año

      @The Road To Pro Drums youtube and twich are responsible??how old are you ?

    • The Road To Pro Drums
      The Road To Pro Drums Hace un año +2

      This is the problem many modern drummers have, feeling as though they need to add in double kicks and irrelevant fills. This video right here is a drumming masterclass, proof that playing "in the pocket" takes more skill than double kicks at 180 bpm. Honestly, I think ESclips and Twitch are mostly responsible for these showy drummers who feel the need to flair everything up. There is something beautiful in simplicity, precise hits and only playing what is needed. This is how drumming used to be. The thing that has me in awe is that this song has basically no fills, it's a basic drum beat and yet, Jonathan plays it with such class and precision, it seems unlike anything else you'll see today.

    • experiment0003
      experiment0003 Hace un año

      @Nero Vuk ouch

  • Charles Nelson
    Charles Nelson Hace un mes

    Wow! Brilliant work! Some of the best drumming I've ever seen and heard. Tailored specifically for this song. Bravo!

  • Tihomir Babic
    Tihomir Babic Hace 3 meses +9

    This is just wow! I was just transfixed, had to watch and listen to it several times. What a brilliant groove and performance, so smooth and dirty at the same time.

  • Jack
    Jack Hace 21 un día +6

    This may be simple playing but he is so deep in the pocket I can barely see him, he crushes every beat

  • Lucas Ribeiro
    Lucas Ribeiro Hace 2 meses +4

    Everyone knows that this is great drumming. But I just wanted to say that this is also great editing.

  • Abdullah Samuels
    Abdullah Samuels Hace 2 años +4109

    This guy could calibrate your drums, wristwatch and make sure annie is ok in the same video damn!

    • Aylla
      Aylla Hace 27 días

      Bahahahahahaha 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣💯💯

    • Athenaland
      Athenaland Hace un mes

      Undoubtedly 🤣💯👏🏾

    • Yophy Padjadjaran
      Yophy Padjadjaran Hace un mes


    • Cascade376
      Cascade376 Hace 3 meses

      @Abdullah Samuels *whether

    • Cascade376
      Cascade376 Hace 3 meses

      Shit I always thought it was "Eddie."

  • BZ
    BZ Hace un mes +10

    This is the most insane drum setup I’ve ever seen

  • Lore
    Lore Hace un mes +2

    That beat is everything. It's the heart of almost any mj song.

  • Andrew Graulich
    Andrew Graulich Hace 23 días

    The energy and skill to play this beautifully live for song after song is deeply impressive.

  • DDM
    DDM Hace un mes +2

    *The age isn't a problem in someone's life. It's just a number..The perfection is from some of us.👏👏👏👏*

  • Yandhi
    Yandhi Hace 3 años +3342

    This man plays smooth criminal criminally smooth

      MARCO MARLETTA Hace 3 meses


    • Flávio Oliveira
      Flávio Oliveira Hace un año

      Brings a oscar for this comment! 😂

    • Al Borland
      Al Borland Hace 2 años +2

      Yandhi i mean he’s played it for over 30 years so I’d hope so

    • Bboy Cheeto
      Bboy Cheeto Hace 2 años


    • xXHoopGawdX x
      xXHoopGawdX x Hace 3 años

      Dude looks like a serial killer playing those drums

  • Mac Vary Cliff Dapo
    Mac Vary Cliff Dapo Hace un mes +2

    The way it is perfectly done . Great muscle memory and overall a great drummer. Still amazed until now. Simple but elegant

  • Phy
    Phy Hace 2 meses

    Extreme talent and great showmanship! I've been a percussionist all my life and I can't even touch that!

  • Choon Yew
    Choon Yew Hace 2 meses +9

    Thoroughly enjoyed this piece of brilliant work.

  • Sebastian Tinajero
    Sebastian Tinajero Hace un mes +1

    This is hypnotizing. I can’t stop watching it ❤️

  • Bobby
    Bobby Hace 4 años +10492

    that snare sounds insane

      MARCO MARLETTA Hace 3 meses


    • onesong2001
      onesong2001 Hace 3 años

      @Bobby You sound more insane than the snare.

    • MachSea
      MachSea Hace 3 años +1

      Agreed. Fantastic attack.

    • miguel angel cabrer.
      miguel angel cabrer. Hace 3 años

      And u? Are u insane?

    • Gael.C
      Gael.C Hace 3 años

      Bobby I just came, i think

  • Claude Vi'Eaul
    Claude Vi'Eaul Hace un mes

    This is *so* brilliantly in the pocket it's not even funny 🤣
    Absolutely and (seemingly) effortlessly spot-on. Love it!

  • Ridha Kareem
    Ridha Kareem Hace 2 meses +5

    His drumming is just perfect 🔥🥁

  • Xtine
    Xtine Hace 2 meses +1

    I've seen a lot of drum covers for this song but in my opinion, yours is invincible!

  • Lars Arvidsson
    Lars Arvidsson Hace un mes

    Great playing, very inspiring!

  • Dem Drums and Guitar
    Dem Drums and Guitar Hace 3 años +1765

    He’s smoother than a smooth criminal

      MARCO MARLETTA Hace 3 meses


    • James S.
      James S. Hace 3 años +3

      @Satrio Alex Exactly. Wouldn't be surprised if Michael named the song after this man's drumming 😎

    • I Valdez
      I Valdez Hace 3 años +2

      Are we stereotyping here now? Lol jk

    • renjicc
      renjicc Hace 3 años +5

      He is the *smoothest* criminal

    • Satrio Alex
      Satrio Alex Hace 3 años +8

      He's the smooth criminal

  • Guilherme 007
    Guilherme 007 Hace 2 meses +1

    Mano parabéns muito bom 👏👏👏👏👏❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • abrydecai
    abrydecai Hace 2 meses +5

    Es increíble.... simplemente perfecto

  • Alex Cosmin
    Alex Cosmin Hace 2 meses +1

    This is so smooth and perfect. And the timing... Jesus!!

  • foufu
    foufu Hace un mes

    I'm honored to have witnessed your skill sir! Thank you!

    I FINNA GO PRO Hace 11 meses +1919

    The timing is so perfect it sounds like it was made in a music software.

      MARCO MARLETTA Hace 3 meses


    • Asher The Audiophile
      Asher The Audiophile Hace 8 meses

      @Big Al lol

    • Sa yan
      Sa yan Hace 8 meses +2

      @Chris Dubay Try to play this song on a concert and let's see if you have the stamina and concentration to do this for hours in front of the roaring 125 000 people and the pressure for perfection from Michael Jackson. Keep in mind that the drummer is the Spine of the song and is the most important musician at live performance. The drummer dictates the whole song from beginning to the end. You need to learn more about drums if you want to do something you music otherwise you are wasting your time. And it's year 2022, if you have a camera to put such a Photo on your account, then you can record yourself playing drums. Show us what you can do, my man! Teach us how to compare Apple and Orange!

    • Man of Culture
      Man of Culture Hace 9 meses

      @Chris Dubay Personally, I find busier grooves easier to play in terms of time keeping. Maybe it's just me.

    • Man of Culture
      Man of Culture Hace 9 meses

      @Twistie Man I don't know why, but I find more complex groves easier to be in time with.
      There's something about these straight groves that makes it very easy to speed up.
      Not saying it's difficult, but when the groove is busier, I find it much easier to keep in time.

  • S D
    S D Hace un mes +10

    U can tell this is Mike's drummer. He feels the rhythm like M.J.

  • carroalante
    carroalante Hace 2 meses

    I worked for a few years as an electronic music DJ. I can humbly say that my ear is trained in timed rhythms and I can only say that even the smallest detail sounds with the precision of a drum machine. Incredible

  • Сергей Упс
    Сергей Упс Hace 2 meses

    Божественно! Divine!!!! it`s incredible!!!! =)~

  • 奪月 優
    奪月 優 Hace un mes +1

    Thats really smooth! Awesome drumming here!

  • DJ GFlow
    DJ GFlow Hace 2 años +3538

    For everyone surprised at how perfect he is, remember michael ran his band like a drill sergeant. He demanded perfection or you'd be replaced

    • Ronald Nygma
      Ronald Nygma Hace 2 meses

      @CapSzn nah they are true

      MARCO MARLETTA Hace 3 meses


    • GOOGOL
      GOOGOL Hace 5 meses

      @John Choi shut up.

    • jim Morrison
      jim Morrison Hace 6 meses

      @Charl Brassell it is hard. To play the drums with such precision when it comes to timing and dynamics would be incredibly difficult. It's virtually flawless. It never seems like he plays any part a bit too loud or a bit too soft even in the slightest and the the same can be said for it timing accuracy. Yeah lots of people could learn the drum parts but it would be hard to find many people who can play like he did. It's incredible to watch even the the drum parts weren't that difficult.

    • Harshit
      Harshit Hace 7 meses

      @J proof 😏🧐

  • jdspreest
    jdspreest Hace 2 meses

    this is so cool..that slight pause in this drumming...damn, just so smooth!

  • JÔ Amorim ❕
    JÔ Amorim ❕ Hace un mes +1

    MJ sem dúvida nenhuma, foi a maior riqueza artística da música na era mordena. Era um Rei mesmo.

  • Count Dread
    Count Dread Hace un mes

    You've been hit by....you've been drummed by....a smooth artist! MJ was a genius and this guy can drum. Well done sir.

  • Eric Fellner
    Eric Fellner Hace 2 meses +11

    It's so exciting to watch him hit every crash. He hits those things like lightning.

  • x SUNG
    x SUNG Hace 2 años +3108

    His drumming so clean, doctors use it to sterilize wounds.

      MARCO MARLETTA Hace 3 meses


    • Francois Bessing
      Francois Bessing Hace 2 años

      You betta testify.

    • d1want 34
      d1want 34 Hace 2 años +1

      🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣

    • L.A. Walker
      L.A. Walker Hace 2 años


    • Panther Dagger
      Panther Dagger Hace 2 años

      James Catarroja that was Prince, when he was alive that kept hitting the "dislike" thumb. (Joke)😅

  • Miss Johnson
    Miss Johnson Hace 10 días +1

    Chills!!!!! Man that man is talented. RIP Michael. Truly the GOAT ❤

  • Ben G
    Ben G Hace 2 meses +1

    The best part of this interview/drum performance is when he talks about the most important thing for a musician. And that is.....practice. Lots and lots and lots of "time with your instrument." He talked about how sometimes his leg was burning because he had been playing the bass drum so fast and hard. It's nice to know that it's not magical - it takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and practice.

  • 김여주
    김여주 Hace 2 meses +4

    When I first saw this video without knowing who J. Moffett was, he looked a little tense in his facial expressions and the way he was holding the drum sticks didn't seem to be promising to me. But I can't help watching this video over and over again. He is on top of this unusual drum composition and makes it extremely enjoyable. This guy taught me a whole new set of drum languages and the beaty of no exaggeration.

  • Andrey Balabolkin
    Andrey Balabolkin Hace 3 meses +1

    Великолепно! 👍

  • Jim Carrey
    Jim Carrey Hace 3 años +1300

    You can feel the pride in him playing michael’s music... he’s a part of it.

    • Alfa Tiger
      Alfa Tiger Hace 3 años

      Jon Sobaski Love Michael Jackson The Forever Legend 🙏🏻❤️✨❤️

    • Such a Beautiful Day
      Such a Beautiful Day Hace 3 años +4

      He’s so sexy while hitting those cymbals, snare and hi-hats. I wish I’m one of those cymbals . Aww

    • Shape Squisher
      Shape Squisher Hace 3 años +5

      Jon Sobaski he’s in the pocket

  • Raj Hajib
    Raj Hajib Hace 3 meses +8

    I'm having goose bumps while watching this guy doing his drum thing

  • 4mb127
    4mb127 Hace 2 meses +1

    It's hard to believe he's that good. I would have to be there live.

  • roger a domingues
    roger a domingues Hace 2 meses +2


  • River Pirate
    River Pirate Hace un mes +1

    Holey crap!
    How ANYONE can remember where and when to hit all these different instruments over and over again for a whole song is incredible in and of itself.
    The fact this guy does it with machine like precision (that he repeated many times) is on another level !

  • Gooasooh
    Gooasooh Hace 4 años +2882

    As a Michael Jackson Musician you had to be this perfect

      MARCO MARLETTA Hace 3 meses


    • Alana Gladwyn
      Alana Gladwyn Hace 2 años

      @Jason Lunstrum only. Jesus can do that

    • Alana Gladwyn
      Alana Gladwyn Hace 2 años +1

      @paul christie bish shut up

    • Subscribers will be Blocked..!!
      Subscribers will be Blocked..!! Hace 3 años

      Yeah i am not surprised either..

    • Richárd Kovács
      Richárd Kovács Hace 3 años +1

      @onesong2001 You are pathetic. Rewriting history is for morons - that applies to you as well. Prince didn't call MJ a genius for nothing. And you know that. Why else do you go to all MJ related videos and spread your sensless hate? Jeez. Grow up, finally, you've been doing it for years now.

  • Juan Azpiri
    Juan Azpiri Hace un mes

    the acoustic drums are so well blended in the final mix i would have never imagined the godlike level of this performance.

  • Gabriel Icm
    Gabriel Icm Hace 25 días

    O cara toca tão beem, que chega parece ser facil.👏👏

  • Android
    Android Hace 2 meses

    This man is so crisp and precise - his skill level is insane! Holy cow!!!!

  • John Jones
    John Jones Hace 2 meses

    It doesn't get more solid than that. Great snare sound!

    NRWCONFIDENTIAL Hace 3 años +1645

    Michael say once in interview i make some mistakes the bass make some mistakes the guitar make mistakes but sugarfoot is always perfect

    • YaHozna1
      YaHozna1 Hace 2 años +1

      @hivemind it isn't simple if you actually play what he is playing. Bass drum and snare is simple but his hi-hat work is quite complicated.

    • Tania Thomas
      Tania Thomas Hace 2 años

      @Solid Steak oh shut up, you jealous racist

    • starr mann
      starr mann Hace 2 años

      sheesh guys don't feed the troll...

    • kjts101
      kjts101 Hace 2 años +1

      @Stone Heart oh fuck off

    • Benjamin Rauma
      Benjamin Rauma Hace 2 años

      @hivemind did you see that cymbal thing at the end?

  • Tamas Lakatos
    Tamas Lakatos Hace 2 meses +2

    You are teaching the metronome how to tick here. So much sharp cut and all on time. Sometimes being on time just works sometimes the exact opposite brings suspension out (Bonham). Awesome drumming!

  • Lydia Wilson
    Lydia Wilson Hace un mes +57

    23:23 Hermosa elección 18KISSX.Uno
    -los mortales abian apreciado tan hermosa mujer-
    10:10 Hopi:
    11:12 Sun:
    18:00 Yoongy:
    00:12 Joonie:
    23:21 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 rcwp..

  • naturelifesweden
    naturelifesweden Hace un mes +6

    love the "you been hit by" part .. he tells the story with the bang bang on the drums. simply fantastic musicality this

  • Jordan B
    Jordan B Hace un mes

    That snare sounds amazing

  • Sebas queti
    Sebas queti Hace 2 meses +1

    Repito y repito para escuchar a este maestro cada año ☺️🙏

  • Sludgepump
    Sludgepump Hace 2 meses +1

    On point from start to finish... INCREDIBLE!

  • Bangirana Allan
    Bangirana Allan Hace 2 meses +3

    A perfect example of God given talent. Damn!

  • Michel Dionne
    Michel Dionne Hace 3 meses

    Sooo great, always love that song👏👏👏

  • nrzhfr
    nrzhfr Hace 2 años +1186

    Michael Jackson's drummer is THE Michael Jackson of drummers.

      MARCO MARLETTA Hace 3 meses


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      TEEKA Hace un año


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      Alina Hace un año


    • Rebiii
      Rebiii Hace un año +1

      He looks more like a buffed louis armstrong hahaha

    • sam
      sam Hace un año +5

      @minners71 Do you still believe the accusations?