(Elise Reitze and Rosie Taylor)
Where are you from and/or where do you live now?
Perth, Western Australia
How long have you been playing drums? And what initially drew you to the instrument?
Both started learning the drums aged 10 (14 years in total).
Rosie “I saw a school jazz band perform when I was 8 and the girl behind the drums absolutely rocked and I was sold from that moment on.”
Elise “my brother got a drum kit, started learning and I instantly wanted to be better than him and would practise in secret.”
Do you play any other instruments?
We both play Percussion – so all mallet instruments are included - Rosie prefers drum-based percussion whereas Elise prefers mallets. Elise also plays Piano.
Do you write music or develop your own shows? What are they about/how have they come about?
We write music with our live show as a focus. We are always developing ideas that are going to translate well to our live electronics/percussion set-up. Our approach to writing and playing live is similar in the sense that we want to take the listener on a journey - each track needs connect to the next in some way whether it be an accent pattern or a rhythmic grouping/idea.
What are your thoughts on collaboration in music and in the projects you’re involved in or the projects you run?
We love collaboration! Feels is a collaborative project already and we have recently been involved in further collaborations with other artists through remixes, and beat writing.
We also run a community group called WOMPP (women of music production Perth). WOMPP is a community for female, trans and non-binary Ableton users to share and develop their production skills. We meet every month in our studio for workshops.
Who are you listening to/whose music are you enjoying right now?
We are listening to one of our fave Perth Artists and fellow WOMPP member Kopano with her new EP ‘Malfunctions’ and also a lot of Jlin and Machinedrum.
Do you have any favourite drummers? Or other musicians who inspire you? why?
We have loads of favourite drummers but I think one of our favourite percussionists is Kuniko Kato, we recently saw her live and she was amazing! We also love Steve Reich and find his minimalist composition to be a huge influence in our ‘Feels’ tracks.
Do you have a particular warm up or practice routine? Or favourite exercises?
We have a few warm ups we play on a practice pad before every performance. our favourite is a 5/4 groove that one of our tracks is based on. We like to trade solos and run through some rudimental exercises, mostly paradiddle/double-paradiddle combinations.
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?
Social media plays a huge role in shameless self promotion and getting our tunes out there. You really have to play the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter game if you want to stay relevant in the music industry. We do enjoy using Instagram and we don’t mind a couple thousand outrageous hashtags here and there #feels
Do you make a living from music? What different types of work does this comprise?
Yes we do! Both of us are instrumental music tutors at schools in Perth. Rosie tutors drum kit, percussion and drumline and Elise tutors percussion, piano and composition/production.
Where’s the coolest place that music has taken you?
It is about to take us to Berlin for international music summit ‘Ableton Loop’ this November!
If you could give your younger drumming self some advice what would it be?
Work on your damn left hand!