March 2013

Paul Wandtke will be making his Broadway debut this year for the hit musical ROCK OF AGES.10

Word’s from Paul:

“Dude, no freaken way, I just came home from a cruise contract and my friend that I toured with in Kill Hannah during The Smashing Pumpkins tour, recommended me to the producer of Rock of Ages. I asked for a recommendation from Mike Mangini and he wrote a nice testimonial about my playing. I forwarded the testimonial to the producer, then boom I got a phone call and got the gig! I’m so stoked to be able to rock the stage for this awesome musical. Who could ask for more? Rocking 80’s tunes all the while getting a steady paycheck; priceless! I too will also dedicate my time, writing my debut album for Dead Original, please keep up with me as I want to take over the world with my original music” ~Paul Wandtke

Special thanks to Mike Mangini (Dream Theater, Extreme, Berklee Professor) and Maddox (Kill Hannah/Touring Rock of Ages).

“Beyond possessing just talent, Paul Wandtke’s work ethic and effort to get a drumming job done quickly will equal or surpass anyone else’s. Even more importantly, he will do it with respect to those around him and to the music.”

—Mike Mangini (Drummer for Dream Theater)

Paul Wandtke on Evans Drum Heads

Also special thanks to Justin at the Music Garage and Vic at Vic’s Drum Shop for reserving some rehearsal time to help prepare Paul for Rock of Ages! You guys rock!

In case you’ve missed, check out Paul Wandtke’s new Modern Drummer Blog, click HERE

February 2013

P@ulE launches his own original music project called Dead Original. This project features P@ulE as the primary vocalist and songwriter. Check out his Modern Drummer blog where he talks about Dead Original.
Dead Original- Crazy About You “Official Music Video” 

I want Dead Original to be the staple of who I am. I feel there have been a lot of nameless artists over the past two decades, it’s my hope to develop a sound and band that is all it’s own. A band that uses and plays real instruments and doesn’t rely on beat machines, backing tracks ect ect. I feel like there’s been a void since the 90’s of good passionate rock. So far what I’ve released are simply demo songs, I’m currently trying to let my circle of people know that I am in fact serious about this project. It’s my hope to get Dead Original to a national touring level; I would love nothing more than to write inspiring music and to have the opportunity to travel the world doing it. I come from a blue collar family and so I have been using all of my work for hire drumming profits to help launch DEAD ORIGINAL. Please support by sharing my debut music video and by giving a like to my new artist/facebook page at


March 2012

Paul Wandtke aka (PaulE) recently went to the studio to track a drum cover of the song Too Loud by Island Def Jam artist WAX.

Too Loud is the latest new single from Wax’s mixtape “Eviction Notice”
Original beat Produced by EOM.

Words from Paul:

“I fell in love with this song when I heard it post NAMM so I was like, ‘ DUDE, can I get the original session to tear up some improv/live drums?’ and Mike (WAX) was like, ‘cool man.’
~Paul Wandtke

Performance Notes:

I never really dabbled with Hip Hop but this song was super fun and I think my rock/metal influences added some spice with complimenting the lyrics of this song. I hope you dig this performance of me tracking at Planet 10 studios in Palatine, IL.

Special thanks to Mike Jones (WAX) for permission to use the original session and special thanks to Jimmy at Planet 10 for getting killer live drum sounds via this beautiful Trick drum set. What you hear is all natural drum sounds! I did the final mixing by adding simple compression and reverb. You’ll mostly notice that quantization wasn’t used as I don’t fall in to the pocket until the first verse; oooops but hey it’s live, it’s real, feel it.

Also find out why Paul uses 5B EXtremes @ Vic Firth at or better yet:

For hiring Paul for sessions/tours visit or contact a representative at Planet 10 studios @ ask for Jimmy.