Name: Caroline Scott
Location: London, England
Hey everyone, thanks for checking out my video. I have been playing drums since I was around 12 years old and music is a huge part of my life now. I live in London and play drums with as many groups as possible – everything from jazz orchestras, theatre shows, pop and reggae bands to funk and rock bands. I also play orchestral percussion and finally managed to save up for a set of timpani last year so I’m looking forward to doing more of that in 2017 with my orchestra, the Amati Orchestra. I also enjoy playing piano in a weekly jazz big band. I’m happy to have been offered a place at Trinity College of Music in London studying jazz starting later this year.
I’m from Scotland and started drum lessons at school which alternated between lessons on drum kit, snare drum, xylophone and timpani. At first I was only really interested in drum kit and loud music, and by 15 I was out gigging with local rock and metal bands. I started lessons with local teachers Eoghain Anderson and then Canadian drummer Jim Walker. I spent 2012-2014 in Boston, where I played in Harvard University’s Dudley Jazz Big Band and in the percussion section with the Dudley Orchestra. I also played regularly with bands at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory, and gigged on the local circuit, including playing in various theatre shows. I studied privately with Berklee’s Chair of Percussion, John Ramsay, and Professor Ian Froman, as well as taking a few lessons with the legendary Ra-Kalam Bob Moses (his playing is on another level to anything I’d ever heard before!!). They were all hugely generous and encouraging teachers and really helped me in different ways – I’m eternally grateful to each of them.
The band in the video is a piano trio called Cygnus Flare. We’re heavily influenced by the music of Chick Corea’s Elektric Band and Tigran Hamasyan. We all love jazz, Latin, fusion, classical and even grunge and electronic music, so there’s a lot of room for freedom. I chose this video from a gig with them because the drum solo and trading between piano, bass and drums is completely improvised so it’s a genuine reflection of how we all play and interact musically together. We’re still quite a new band and have been busy writing music together, and we look forward to unleashing some of that live over this coming year. If you like the music, please follow us online for updates.
My plan is to keep practicing and playing as much music as possible – I’d love to become an international touring drummer and to play consistently at the highest level.
I first entered Hit Like a Girl in 2015. I really enjoy seeing all the videos and hearing new drummers – it’s great that it’s creating a thriving community. Don’t be a stranger, feel free to get in touch on social media.