An Interview with Adam Deitch of Lettuce

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Adam Deitch - DRUMMERWORLD

Adam Deitch is the long-time drummer for the legendary contemporary Funk outfit, Lettuce. With a background in golden age, NYC Hip-Hop, and an affinity for old-school Funk, Adam brings the fire and the backbeat to Lettuce.

Recently, I caught up with Adam for a chat. We touched on what he’s been up to during the pandemic, what’s next for him, his favorite drum solos, and more. If you would like to learn more about Adam, you head over to his Instagram here. If you would like to learn more about Lettuce, you can head over to their website here. Dig it. 

Andrew:
Adam, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. It’s been a weird year. What have you been doing to pass the time?

Adam:
Making music at home, some streams, and occasional social distanced gigs in Denver.

Andrew:
Tell us a bit about your backstory. How did you get into music? What was the gateway?

Adam:
My parents are musicians, so it’s been passed on organically.

Andrew:
As an artist and drummer, who were some of your earliest and more important influences?

Adam:
EWF, Stevie Wonder, Eric b and Rakim, KRS One, Dennis chambers.

Andrew:
You’re in Denver, Colorado. What’s the music scene like there. Is Funk a thriving genre? How accessible is Funk music there?

Adam:
I’m originally from New York. I have been in Denver for five years. Denver is an excellent place for live music.

Adam Deitch - DRUMMERWORLD

Andrew:
Let’s talk about the drums as an instrument. I play drums myself, so I understand the importance of a good, solid rhythm section. That said, the drums are seemingly often overlooked. Tell us why the bass is essential to you personally and why it’s vital to the music we love.

Adam:
Bass is the foundation of the low end. It needs to be locked with to provide the feel of the song.

Andrew:
You’re the long-time drummer of the fantastic group, Lettuce. Tell us how you got started with the group?

Adam:
We met in Boston at Berklee College.

Andrew:
You’ve also worked extensively as a producer and have worked with 50 Cent, Redman, Talib Kweli, and Matisyahu. How did you become interested in production?

Adam:
My father is a producer and songwriter, so it was a natural process

Andrew:
Besides Funk music with Lettuce, you’ve also got a great interest in Hip-Hop. What sparked your interest in that genre?

Adam:
Hip-Hop in the 90s was a religion to me. It was the CNN of the streets. I was entirely captivated and dove in.

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Andrew:
You’re also a member of Break Science. Tell us more about that project and how you became involved with it?

Adam:
It’s a mix of electronic production with live playing. It was birthed in NYC about 12 years ago.

Andrew:
Let’s talk about the state of music in general a bit. In your opinion, what’s the state of the music industry these days? What are some things that need to change?

Adam:
The industry is pivoting due to covid. We shall see how it survives in time.

Andrew:
In the world we live in today, we are more or less dominated by the never-ending barrage of social media. How has this affected music as an art form? Is an artist’s ability to get their music out there hindered by all this, or helped?

Adam:
Social media used properly can help every level of artist. 

Andrew:
Who are a few underrated artists, past or present, that mean a lot to you?

Adam:
So many. Maurice White of EWF was a fantastic drummer, producer, and songwriter. My idol.

Adam Deitch – Inside Jazz

Andrew:
As a drummer, I am sure you’ve heard your fair share of solos over the years. In your opinion, what are some of the best solos ever laid to tape?

Adam:
“The Funky Drummer” by James Brown. The drummer is Clyde Stubblefield.

Andrew:
Aside from music, what else are you most passionate about and why? How do your other passions inform and inspire your music?

Adam:
I’m passionate about Anti Racism. The more we call out racists and speak up on the unity of humankind, the better we are as a species. 

Andrew:
Are you into vinyl? Tapes? CDs? Or are you all digital now? Where do you like to shop for music?

Adam:
I’m a vinyl and tape guy. CDs too. I’ve shopped at record stores all over the earth.

Andrew:
What’s next for you once COVID-19 calms down?

Adam:
Getting back to my normal life of touring. 

Andrew:
What type of gear, drums, and equipment are you using these days? Do you prefer new or vintage drums?

Adam:
Tama drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vater sticks, and Evans heads.

Andrew:
Last question. In a world that’s been so confined by the constraints of big business and the alienation caused due to the internet age, how do artists find their footing these days? What advice would you have for younger artists?

Adam:
Continue to push your art online in creative ways. Use social media wisely and stay focused.

Adam Deitch | Evans | D'Addario

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