Where are you from and/or where do you live now?
I’ve grown up in Melbourne and am still here!
How long have you been playing drums? And what initially drew you to the instrument?
I have been playing drums for 11 years and first wanted to when I saw a girl get up on stage in primary school and play a drum solo. Then in high school we were asked to put bands together and I chose to learn drums cos its obviously the coolest instrument. (And I could be like that girl in primary school)
Do you play any other instruments?
I also sing and am learning piano
What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m working on jazz comping and also how to navigate a Roland SPD-SX.
What else are you (currently or have previously been) involved in (bands/shows/projects etc)?
I am currently in a pop band that will have its debut show soon, in which I will use the SPD-SX. I am also in a roving band that plays at festivals called ‘Chaos Magnet’, have been in several big bands and am also in a folk/soul band.
Do you write music or develop your own shows? What are they about/how have they come about?
I do not write very much but will start to do more soon!
Who are you listening to/whose music are you enjoying right now?
I’m still stuck on D’Angelo and the Vanguard at the moment, but have also been listening to Ari Hoenig’s album ‘Lines of Oppression’. Just discovered Anderson Paak too.. Digging his stuff!
Do you have any favourite drummers? Or other musicians who inspire you? why?
Mark Guiliana is one of my favourite drummers. His playing is so interesting and intriguing. And groovy. At the moment I’m very inspired by Caterina Valente, a beautiful singer who also played guitar. I think it’s so awesome how good at both she is/was, and how confident she is from the footage I’ve seen.
How would you describe the kind of music or projects you’re mostly involved in? And/or what kind of unique perspective/sound do you bring to these gigs?
The projects I’m involved in are varied in style, I’d say they’re all pretty collaborative. I’ve been told I’m a ‘musical’ drummer so I suppose this could mean that I bring unique ideas across from a ‘melodic’ approach, and listen a lot to what’s going on during the music. I aim to be a good accompanist when appropriate and solid generally.
Do you have a particular warm up or practice routine? Or favourite exercises?
At the moment I warm up with rudiments to a metronome everyday. I also play singles around the drum kit to make sure my touch is even and smooth, and I can move around the set freely. Then I practice what I’ve been working on previously, which usually includes some kind of jazz comping exercise. I often play along to songs too, and include some tech work into my routine too.
Does social media play a big part in how you promote yourself as an artist and your various projects? Do you promote your work in other ways?
I use social media to promote the bands I’m in, definitely. Posters up around the streets is a good thing to do before a gig too. And I use instagram specifically, to share my personal drumming adventures.
Do you make a living from music? What different types of work does this comprise?
As I am still studying music at university I spend most of my time there and so don’t yet make a living off music. I’d love to achieve this when I finish uni though. Currently I teach drums one day a week at a music school and privately, play gigs, busk, play fill-in gigs and occasionally give drum workshops.
Where’s the coolest place that music has taken you?
Festivals are always heaps of fun and take you to cool places.
If you could give your younger drumming self some advice what would it be?
Don’t stop practicing if things seem difficult! Find the fun in what you’re doing.