Tag Archives: Les DeMerle

DeMerle: A Band is Only as Good as Its Drummer

SKF NOTE: In 1984, when I sat down to talk with Les DeMerle, he was a superb drummer and bandleader, as comfortable with swing tunes as he was with fusion or rock-based tunes. You’ll find more of the interview back … Continue reading

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Scott K Fish: Les DeMerle Interview 1984

SKF NOTE: Last year I began posting small exchanges from the full transcript of my 1984 Les DeMerle interview. Here is Les’s full interview as published in Modern Drummer October 1984. In my 1984 introduction I write, in part, “During this … Continue reading

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Les DeMerle: A Drum Teacher’s Greatest Disservice

SKF NOTE: This exchange is from my 1984 Modern Drummer interview with Les DeMerle. The back story is here.  We had discussed the greatest service a drum teacher can offer students. I circled back to that topic and asked Les, … Continue reading

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Les DeMerle: How Did You Get Your Break?

SKF NOTE: Les DeMerle‘s interview appears in the October 1984 Modern Drummer. The back story is here: Scott K Fish: What are some of the common questions you’re asked at clinics? Les DeMerle: One of the questions I’m asked alot is, … Continue reading

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Les DeMerle on The Greatest Four-Bar Drum Break Ever Recorded

Les DeMerle‘s interview appears in the October 1984 Modern Drummer. Les was an interesting musician who maintained a good balance between the business and artistic sides of drumming. At one point during the interview I ask Les, “It’s intriguing that … Continue reading

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