Microphones used: Drums- D6, i5, SCX1, SCX1HC, SCX25A.
Lester Estelle is an accomplished, versatile, Grammy nominated musician. Not only is he a dynamic drummer, he is also an accomplished bassist, studio producer and engineer. He is a native of Kansas City, but is currently based in Nashville, TN. He started his professional career as a touring musician at the age of fourteen, and continues to successfully follow his dream of playing and recording great music. He has toured, recorded and/or performed with the following artists: Pillar, Kelly Clarkson, Big & Rich, John Rich, Kim Burrell, Neal McCoy, Charlie Pride, Randy Owens, Lester Estelle Sr., Jimmie Bratcher, Trump Dawgs, Agnieszka Chylinska, Stars Go Dim, Disciple, Edens Edge, Seventh Day Slumber, Lynda Randle, Donnie McClurkin, Brian Doerksen, Bob Fitts, Heidi Newfield, Keith Anderson, Julian Vaughn, Tate Stevens, Love & Death, Bartek Krolik, Travis Wyrick, Rob Hawkins, Asaph Ward, Les Brown, Benyahu, Parker Simon, Shawna P, Nine Lashes and many others.
While trading gear with a friend, Estelle found out about the audition to be Kelly Clarkson’s drummer. Lester was chosen to go on the road with Kelly and he toured with her in the summer of 2013. In the winter of 2013, Estelle went back on tour with Clarkson to promote her Christmas album. Lester is currently playing drums for Kelly at her shows, and they are currently on tour.
Lester’s studio set-up includes D6 on Kick and Toms, i5 on Snare Top, SCX1 on Snare Bottom, Overheads, and Ride, SCXHC on Hihat, and SCX25s on Overheads and Room. He says, “I’ve been using Audix mics for 10 plus years now. I love that it doesn’t take much EQ to get your drums to sound right!”