T H A T I S A M A Z I N G ! I APPRECIATE THAT SO M U C H H A V I N G G R O WN UP LISTENING TO HAIR M E T A L B A N D S . S O AT WHAT AGE DID YOU L E A R N H O W T O P L AY? DID YOU HAVE FORMAL L E S S O N S O R D I D YOU TEACH YOURSELF?
UPCOMING ARTISTS ENTERING THE SCENE. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU DO TO MAINTAIN YOUR ARTISTIC INTEGRITY? WHAT ’ S IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO DO IN ORDER TO LEAVE YOUR ARTISTIC STAMP?
I took guitar lessons for four years but I am a self-taught drummer. My first experience in drumming was playing along to Kevin’s tapes of Dokken, Bullet Boys, Queensryche and other ’80s metal. My first two songs learned were ‘Hard as a Rock’ and ‘Smooth Up in Ya’ by Bullet Boys. You know, songs that every 11 year old girl should be learning.
I don’t think about that at all, actually. I just keep doing what I do, being myself, and being the musician that I am. I’m not in a competition. At this age, I’m confident in who I am as a person and as a musician. I’m not taking every gig that comes my way just to have a paycheck. I’ve turned down jobs that required me to wear slutty outfits on stage or tried to “dumb-down the girl” in the band.
H A ! Y O U ’ R E M Y H ERO! AND YOU ARE ON TOUR WITH KATE NASH! HOW D I D T H I S O P P O R T UNITY COME YOUR WAY? Yes, I am currently on tour with Kate Nash and loving every second. I’ve always respected her as a songwriter and followed what she was up to. Meeting and working with her has only made me a bigger fan. She and her crew are lovely, and so far we’ve had a hilarious time in our travels. I was living in Michigan during 2013 and while moving back to Los Angeles—literally, while driving back—my drummer friend, Samantha Maloney, told me that Kate was looking for a replacement drummer to finish up her U.S. dates. I pulled off the road to the nearest Starbucks to use their internet and sent Kate my resume. A few days later I met with Kate in L.A. The two of us just sat for about an hour, talking, laughing and cracking each other up basically. We kind of clicked right away and that was that. We just did the Coachella festival and we’ve had some U.S. dates surrounding that. We will also be playing Lollapalooza this summer with shows around that as well. T O U R I N G C A N B E REALLY F U N , B U T I T C A N ALSO BE PRETTY DRAINING. H O W D O Y O U S T A Y HEALTHY AND FIT DURING Y O U R T I M E O U T O N THE ROAD? I try to make healthy food choices everyday but Kate gives away candy to people that wear pink at her shows and the candy bag always seems to end up seated next to me in the van. Aside from that, I’m pretty health-conscious. I don’t drink alcohol or do anything too “Rock n Roll” crazy. I try to stick with a vegetarian/ vegan diet on tour. I N T H E M U S I C B U SINESS IT’S SOMETIMES D I F F I C U L T T O S T AY RELEVANT WITH SO MANY
IN YOUR OPINION, WH Y DO YOU THINK PEOPLE FEEL SO DRAWN TO TH E FEMALE DRUMMER? IS IT THE JUXTAPOSITIO N OF THE FEMININITY A N D THE ACT OF HITTING OUT A BEAT? OR IS I T SOMETHING ELSE? There are a lot more females drummers now than when I was growing up, but males are still dominating the bigger gigs and have the higher profiles. Women musicians don’t get the media coverage that our male counterparts do. There is still a sexist attitude when it comes to female drummers. Just the other night, I played a show with Kate Nash and one of the local stage crew came up to me and said, ‘Wow, you’re a great drummer. I really enjoyed watching you play. You really put on a good show.’ but then, that was followed by, ‘You weren’t trying to play like a guy or anything. I hate when girls try to play like guys.’ It made me think, ‘what the hell does that mean? Why couldn’t he have stopped with the first part of his comment?’ Compliments always seem to end with some sort of comparison to a guy drummer. To your original question, I’m not sure if it’s the fact that people think drumming is so physical and often aggressive, that it’s too much for a girl? Girls are “supposed” to be proper and not get so sweaty and be so aggressive on stage. I don’t know but the whole thing annoys me. IS THERE ANY ADVICE THAT YOU RECEIVED I N YOUR CAREER THAT YOU FOUND HELPFUL THA T YOU COULD SHARE WITH OUR READERS? The only thing you can do—is you. Create your own style and define yourself. Oh, and don’t be an asshole.
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Issue 18: The Rebel Issue featuring Gina Schock of The Go Gos, Fay Milton of The Savages, Habibi, The Suzan, Skip the Needle, Planning to Ro...