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Des Kensel

High On Fire


With MEINL since:



July 09, 1973

Zodiac Sign:


Place of birth:


Currently living in:

Oakland, CA

Favorite MEINL cymbal:

Mb10 Heavy Ride 22"

Drumming since:


Car that you currently drive:

Honda Accord

Not counting on drums what do you do for fun:

Change dirty diapers.

Favorite Food:

Any kind of sandwich (Grinder, Hoagie, Hero, Po-Boy)

Favorite Drink:

Jameson on the rocks


Took lessons from a guy named Tom Dest for a year when I was 12. Other than that, I played along to my favorite records with my Walkman and headphones until high school.

Highlight of your career so far:

Well, there have been a few but the one that pops into mind would be the first time I went to Japan.  I just thought it was amazing to be in such a different environment so far from home and be able to play in front of these people and watch them just freak!

Drumming strengths:

In the words of Mike Tyson (imagine this with a lisp), “My hits are so powerful and precise!”  Also my endurance, it’s hard to play like Mike Tyson every night for 75 minutes

Drumming means to me:

A way to hit things without getting arrested.  

Advice for up and coming drummers:

Keep practicing and follow through with what you start.  Being a professional touring drummer is mentally and physically challenging.  Do you think Tony Hawk went home to mommy the first time he fell of his skateboard?

How would you describe yourself:

I’m like TNT, ready to go off!

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

I have been all around the world and with each stop I have left an impression on someone.