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Jack White Details Dead Weather Drumming Technique, Custom Kit

Band performs debut single “Hang You From the Heavens” with alternate beat

Jack White put on a drumming clinic and delved into the style and technique he uses as drummer of the Dead Weather in the first video of a four-part series exploring the nitty gritty of the band’s instrumental makeup.

Directed by White, the 10-minute video premiered on Modern Drummer, and opens with White declaring in a silly, vehement spiel why the skins are the most crucial component of the Dead Weather’s sound. “I’m the one sitting down back here, okay, I’m the one checking in every morning at 7:30, while [singer] Alison [Mosshart] is fast asleep,” White cracks. “I’m the one doing the grunt work; I’m the guy back here in the trenches, you know. I’m hitting the boom-booms, make the scrilla.”

Jokes aside, White offered a stripped-down look at his drumming on the Dead Weather’s 2009 debut single, “Hang You from the Heavens,” noting the inclusion of a crucial extra hi-hat hit that he might have left out when he was younger. White also offers a detailed explanation of his drum kit, which he built with Ludwig while working on “Another Way to Die,” the James Bond theme he co-wrote with Alicia Keys for Quantum of Solace.

Among the kit’s special components are a bass drum decorated with Dracula’s three brides, a Paiste Signature Fast Crash White bought at age 16, and a 16-inch snare and matching rack tom, both made from a halved floor tom. White has also done away with any angled, eye-sight hindering drum racks (the aforementioned one sits on the floor), choosing instead to keep his drums low and level, an idea he borrowed from Ringo Starr’s tiny set-up in the Beatles.

The clip closes with a full band performance of “Hang You From the Heavens,” featuring an alternate drum beat White previewed earlier in the video. The Dead Weather and Third Man Records will release three more clips in the series over the coming weeks.

The Dead Weather are set to release their long-awaited third LP, Dodge and Burn on September 25th via White’s Third Man Records. The LP marks the group’s first since 2010’s Sea of CowardsDue to other musical obligations, the Dead Weather have no plans to tour behind the new album.


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