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Derek Kerswill

Tangents , Kingdom of Sorrow


With MEINL since:



April 04, 1973

Zodiac Sign:


Place of birth:

Wilmington, DE

Currently living in:

Lunenburg, MA

Favorite MEINL cymbal:

Byzance Traditional Medium Crash 18"

Drumming since:

10 years old

Car that you currently drive:

Subaru Forester

Not counting on drums what do you do for fun:

Spend time with my wife and family

Favorite Food:

Anything vegetarian, Thai, Mexican

Favorite Drink:

Espresso and Margaritas


Heart, soul and John Bonham

Highlight of your career so far:

Playing with Pantera and Slayer at Yokohama Arena (Japan), touring with Seemless - spreading the rock n roll soul gospel, and being able to play in bands I TRULY love

Drumming strengths:

Groove, timing, tuning, power and FEEL!

Drumming means to me:

As aggressive as I play, it's the most meditative state I achieve.....

Advice for up and coming drummers:

Play along to slower tempos (between 50 and 70) and hip-hop records.  Always keep an open mind, challenge yourself, let songs BREATHE, and FEEL what you play!

How would you describe yourself:

Optimistic, positive,having too much energy, friendly, passionate, dedicated

When I look back on my life one day, I would like to be able to say:

I stayed true to myself, never compromised my vision or my relationships, and I NEVER did anything just for money.