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BY MAR GIMENO LUMBIARRES PHOTO BY FER VEGA
There are many young children who drums on Youtube cover videos. They’re super cute and sometimes good drummers, but you’re usually left thinking: “they’re pretty good for their age.” In the case of Paulina Villarreal Velez, however, what really caught my attention is her great technique, which I dare say is better than most teens or adults I know. She owns her skills and she’s definitely going places. Paulina is mature, expressive and most importantly, she knows working hard is the only way to achieve things in life. TOM TOM MAGA Z I N E : HOW DI D YO U G E T YO U R STA RT ?
OH M A N. P ERS EV ER A NC E R EA LLY PAYS OFF. LET ’S TA LK A BOU T TH E WA R NING, YOU R BA ND. H OW DID IT C OM E TO BE?
Paulina Villarreal Vélez: I started at age 3 with musical initiation, then I took piano at 4. When I was 6 my parents bought me the Rock Band game. I only wanted to play the drums and would not even let my sisters play. That’s when my dad noticed I was good with tempo and coordination, so I got started with drum lessons.
T ELL M E AB OUT DE V E LOP I NG YO U R D RU M M IN G SK IL LS. I first started with the basics: drumsticks holding, paradiddles and basic rhythms. Then I went through more technique such as doubles and triplets. If I had to choose I’d rather stay with rock genre music although my teachers eventually introduced me to the funk and jazz world. Muse is a great influence band to me.
PEOPLE KN OW YOU FR OM YOU R YO U T U B E DRUM COV E RS, ES P EC I A L LY YO U R V E RSIO N O F KELLY CLA R KS ON’S “MY L I FE WO U L D SU C K WIT HOUT YOU. ” W HAT WAS T H E PRO C ESS FO R LEARNING T HAT C OV E R?
My sisters and I chose instruments that we could play together. My older sister Dani plays the guitar and Ale, the youngest, plays the bass. While Dani sings my younger sister and I focus on the backing vocals. This is how The Warning was born. If I were playing with friends it would be difficult to combine our schedules. But my sisters are The Warning so we can play when we want because we live in the same house. What I like the most is whenever I make a mistake my sisters don’t tell me in an indirect way. They just speak their minds frankly and directly.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING OF ALL IS TO PLAY BECAUSE YOU LOVE IT. THAT’S THE MESSAGE I WANT TO GIVE.
When I was told I had to learn it I thought I could never make it. It took too many hours of practice with my teacher and on my own. I remember, I finally played it through perfectly and then realized that I had the camera turned off. I felt horrible and cried because I had been trying so hard so many times to play it perfectly. In the end, my mom sat here by my side. That made me feel comfortable and I ended playing the whole song right again.
H OW DOES DR U M M ING M A K E YOU FEEL?
I am one of those children who has no patience. If I play the piano and make a mistake, I despair and would love to hit it, but I’m not allowed. Instead, when I’m on my drums and make a mistake I actually hit them and afterwards feel relaxed. I also like the fact that I can improvise and invent my own rhythms. Playing the drums has this groove that makes you want to move. I feel as if all the energy I have saved flows from me. I finally feel tired but very proud and happy that things have turned out right. That’s what I enjoy, doing what I like to do and having a good time. The most important thing of all is to play because you love it. That’s the message I want to give.
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