The Immediate Family’s Russ Kunkel and Leland Sklar Featured in DrumChannel Video Series

Russ Kunkel (drums) and Leland Sklar (bass) – two-fifths of Quarto Valley Records (QVR) recording artist The Immediate Family – are the featured guests in an upcoming three-part video series on, hosted by Don Lombardi (CEO of and founder of Drum Workshop Inc.). The series will be posted on January 18, 2021, and will be available to members on the website and also on the Drum Channel YouTube channel for 30 days.

Lombardi states, “Join Russ Kunkel and Lee Sklar as they discuss their roles as the heartbeat of The Immediate Family band. The interview is a great lesson on feel, pocket, groove, musicality and their life experiences. It was an honor to host this interview with these two legends, and I know you will enjoy it as much as I do."

Episode summary:
Part 1:
An in-depth discussion on pocket, which also brings up a profound moment for Lee Sklar about body motion when playing. They discuss their experiences in the studio and on the road. Lee tells a story of when he was with Toto and how important it is for the bass player to be there on the downbeat of every song.Part 2:
They discuss the importance of playing in a band and learning to write a chart. You will also hear from the legendary band members of The Immediate Family about what they look for in a drummer. They discuss the importance of playing "time" together, whether pushing or pulling back, and the importance of breathing. Also, how important it is for the bass and drummer to lock in together.

Part 3:
An interesting conversation about playing electric bass versus upright bass. Lee talks about a new book he has out that has been years in the making. A unique "fingering system" that is definitely not what you would expect. As we say on Drum Channel, we want you to learn and have fun.