Scott Abels (Drummer w/ Hepcat, Aggrolites, Bastards) Interview

Scott AbelsA blog called Underneath The Waves did an interview with drummer supreme Scot Abels back in October of last year. It’s a short interview in which he talks about his time with numerous bands including Hepcat, Lars Frederiksen & The Bastards, The Aggrolites and most recently Jimmy Cliff. He also talks a little about his work with Jay Bonner and gets into some specific recording techniques to really get that certain vintage sound. It’s a nice fun read so check it out. The intro paragraph is included below.

Scott Abels is a drummer of a different nature. From cool and collect rim-shots to rib-trembling snare hits, he translates the elements of the earth into each musical project in which he has played on. Born in Fresno, California, Scott has played with some of the biggest names of the ska/reggae scene (i.e. Hepcat, Aggrolites) in the Los Angeles region and has contributed to other notable acts such as: Lars Fredericksen and the Bastards, Cypress Hill and remixes for Depeche Mode. Emerging with Los Angeles’ Hepcat, Scott began to accumulate a style that became recognizable on every album that he played on with or without Hepcat. Plus, when he’s not backing others, you can find him in his personal studio recording solo material under the name “Blood Orange Recordings”. Either from reggae/ska or to punk rock, a musician’s style can be altered through a specific type of recording or a push from some friends. I had a chance to chat with Scott about how he approaches recording, new projects and his current studio work with reggae legend Jimmy Cliff and Rancid’s Tim Armstrong.

Read the full piece here.

I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.