Interview: Kurt Dahle of The New Pornographers

Is it just me, or do The New Pornographers set an impossible standard for anyone who aspires to be in a band?

If I could list the elements which would comprise the ideal band it would include the following:

1. Top quality Beatlesque catchy pop songs you cant get out of your head.

2. Keith Moon is the drummer.

3. There is no 3 if the above 2 points exist. Thank god for The New Pornographers. And thank TheGhostOf DrumGodsPast for Kurt Dahle!

Its one thing to have a band who wear its influences on its sleeve. Its quite another to have a drummer who can drop the most classic drum grooves of all time into the context of a  perfectly crafted pop song. This skill is unique to Kurt Dahle.

Recently TheBestDrummerInTheWorld.com sat down with Kurt Dahle while the New Pornographers were in Oakland touring behind their new album Together out on Matador Records.

Here Kurt gives some insight into the writing process of the band and where to look for cool drum parts to lift.

Author: Ian

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  1. 10/15/10 baltimore. just saw 1st new pornographers show and kurt was the best part. rather bored looking, but maybe thats the natural response to new age no response audiences, but his drummin was fantastique

  2. Loved watching this video. I have been following Kurt since 1989/90(when he played with AoE). He has since been one of my favorite drummers and I’m glad to see he’s getting a bit more attention.

    ps. annie…Kurt has always had that aloof look to him when playing. I’ve always been impressed with how relaxed he can look while tearin’ s*** up.

  3. Loved watching this video. I have been foliowlng Kurt since 1989/90(when he played with AoE). He has since been one of my favorite drummers and I’m glad to see he’s getting a bit more attention.ps. annie Kurt has always had that aloof look to him when playing. I’ve always been impressed with how relaxed he can look while tearin’ s*** up.

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