By: Paul “The Rog” Rogne
On this episode of the Minnesota Drummer Podcast I am featuring a standout player from our scene that a couple of years ago; landed his dream gig – playing for the legendary industrial metal band Ministry. His name is Derek S. Abrams.
I first became familiar with Derek in 2006 when our bands at the time; his being Skywind did a show together. Derek played masterfully and leveled the place with an exhilarating drum solo that showed that his skills were much more advanced than to being exclusively a metal drummer.
Derek played in many local bands including Gingerjake and Black Flood Diesel before landing the gig with Ministry for their Spring 2018 tour.
Ministry was founded in 1981 by Al Jourgensen who was a trailblazer of Industrial metal. Ministry became commercially popular in 1992 with the hit’s; Grammy nominated N.W.O. and Jesus Built My Hotrod.
Derek currently endorses Yamaha drums, Paiste cymbals, Evan’s Heads, Vater Sticks, and the Attack Rack. In this interview we talk about his history, technique, Ministry, independent rehearsal, his drum set up and why this set up is balanced with his self-proclaimed laziness, including why Derek angles the drums away from him to make drumming more efficient.
On October 8th Minnesota Drummer posted an update story titled “Minnesota Drummer Derek S. Abrams embarks with Ministry on the final leg of Slayers retirement tour” located here: minnesotadrummer.com/?p=559 where he discusses some additional piece to his arsenal not covered in this interview.
In this episode I play an excerpt from his promo reel that is posted on his website and a new song from his band 3 Headed Snake that.
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Derek S. Abrams proudly endorses:
Yamaha Drums: www.yamaha.com/artist/derekabrams.html
Evans USA: www.daddario.com
Vater Sticks: www.vater.com/#!/artists/1623
Attack Rack: www.attackrackusa.com
Derek on the Web: