Jost Nickel is one of the new breed of drummers emerging from Germany. A top session and tour player, like his friends Anika Nilles (one of Jost’s students), Benny Greb, and Marco Minnemann, Jost is taking contemporary drumming in new directions. His name appears within the credits of many hit records at home, as well as abroad. “When you play in a band,“ says Jost, “it‘s obvious that your groove, the right tempo, your sound, and the interaction with your fellow musicians are most important. I also just love to play fills, when they seem appropriate. It makes playing more fun, and the music more energetic!“ Jost, who studied at Drummers Collective in New York, is a tutor at the highly acclaimed University of Pop in Mannheim, and has made his mark with several international performances, including Montréal Drum Fest (Canada), PASIC (U.S.A.), The NAMM Show (U.S.A.), Meinl Drum Festival, London Drum Show, and the Tam-Tam Festival in Spain. “This book,“ adds Jost, “is all about fills that sound great and are fun to play. Studying it will also enable drummers to come up with their own ideas.“ As an author, he has published articles in Modern Drummer (U.S.A.), Drummer (UK), Rhythm & Drums (Japan), Batterie (France), Perkusista (Poland), and Drums & Percussion (Germany), as well as his premier Alfred Music publication JOST NICKEL‘S GROOVE BOOK (2014).