On November 11, 2018, the first edition of a drum event called Śląski Festiwal Perkusyjny (Silesian Drum Festival) was held at the Chorzowskie Centrum Kultury theater in Chorzów, Poland. Our team was anxious to attend, especially considering the bill, which included the likes of: Polish Instagram drumming sensation Wojtek Deregowski, Austrian extreme metal specialist Kerim “Krimh” Lechner, the Polish rhythm section comprising Robert Luty / Piotr Żaczek, the Paris Monster duo (drummer, keyboard player and singer Josh Dion and bassist Geoff Kraly) as well as the internationally recognized educator Mike Johnston.
Kerim “Krimh” Lechner: I’ll start with the drums. It’s a Tama Starclassic Maple. It’s my favorite kit. I’ve played it for a long time. It’s black, obviously. Black hardware with black shell finish. The sizes are: 10” x 8”, 12” x 9”, 14” x 14” and 16” x 16”. The snare is a Charlie Benante Signature steel snare from Tama. On this festival, I didn’t use die cast hoops. I put on triple flanged hoops.
BeatIt: We’ll have to look it up.
Kerim “Krimh” Lechner: I’ve taken off die cast hoops and put on standard hoops just to save a little bit on the stick. I have a clear head on the snare, which may be a bit weird for some people. The kicks are 22” x 18”, so fairly standard. Four toms, two kick drums, one snare.
The cymbals are Meinl. From my left, we have an 18” china. It’s a new one from the Pure Alloy series. Then, we have a 14” Byzance hi hat. The first crash is a 17” Medium Thin Byzance Brilliant. The splashes are: 10” Meinl Classics and 10” Pure Alloy. The main crash/ride is a 19” Byzance Brilliant Thin. The second hi hat is a 14” Pure Alloy. Then, a 20” Byzance china. My ride today was the 20” Pure Alloy Medium Ride.
BeatIt: The skins.
Kerim “Krimh” Lechner: I play Remo ’cause I wanted to try out something different. It’s a fairly standard setup. We have Emperor Clear on the top and Ambassador Clear on the bottom. I’ve dropped some cotton balls in the toms just to dampen them a bit. On the snare, it’s a clear Controlled Sound. On the kicks, I have classic Powerstroke 3 heads.
Kerim “Krimh” Lechner: Pro-Mark sticks with some tape on them. They’re the 419 series. They’re bigger and longer than 2B. Definitely, heavy hitting stuff.
Kerim “Krimh” Lechner: The pedals are from Czarcie Kopyto with an engaged logo, so very fancy pansy. Best pedals I’ve ever played and it’ll always be like that. What else…
Kerim “Krimh” Lechner: I have the 64 Audio. It’s an American brand and a three-way system. I have tried out a new trigger system. It’s attached to the pedal itself. It’s from a new company called Foot Blaster. I actually wanted to switch to them because the trigger doesn’t rely on the skin anymore. Actually, the footboard touches the trigger, so you can tune your kit however you want and you don’t have problems with shaky risers. It’s a really cool device.