Name: Ellie Daymond
Location: Bristol, England, United Kingdom
I am Ellie Daymond, I’m 19 years old and have been playing drums for over 10 years. I play in my own band called Flowerpot, a four piece female alternative rock band, a functions band called Ouch! and am constantly developing myself as a session musician.
I was brought up on a variety of music from a really young age listening to bands such as Family, The Who, Steppenwolf, Steely Dan and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. Listening to these bands helped me establish my own musical background ultimately finding my love for hard rock and metal. As a young teenager bands like My Chemical Romance, Bullet For My Valentine, and Rage Against The Machine started to influence my rhythm and groove. I now listen to a wide variety of genres, as you never know when something will click and could be used for future personal development as a musician. I have had lessons for many years and covered all musical styles ranging from Cha Cha, Bossa Nova and Jazz to Funk, Pop, Metal and Rock. I feel that due to having lessons for so long I am now a well rounded drummer. Academically, with the Drumsense programme, I have achieved Grades 1 – 4 credited with Distinction and Grades 5 – 6 with a Merit pass.
The track that I have chosen is an original piece from my band Flowerpot. I have composed all of the drum parts myself. I love to play technically challenging parts that showcase my skills. I believe in thinking logically about how to approach a new track and analysing what will fit best to make it as interesting as possible. I believe that that gaps are just as important as the music and I always try to keep it musical and play it like I mean it.
I am a very energetic live performer who plays from the heart. I have received favourable and positive reviews from the likes of Ian Matthews (Kasabian) and Richie Ramone (The Ramones), as well as positive audience feedback after live shows with Flowerpot. Based on my hard work during my studies at Music College I was recently invited back to give advice to the students and share experiences on my progression since leaving.
My main ambition is to grow Flowerpot as a band and constantly play bigger and better shows. To make this happen I am not only the drummer but have also taken on the role of band manager. Without professional management or label support I, with the help of band members, have organised everything including gigs and recordings, social media and press releases, photoshoots, tours, merchandising and everything in between. By taking on the management role I have learnt a lot about the non musical side of the industry, and not always the easy way, and I believe this makes me appreciate the gigs and tours much more. The highlights so far being supporting bands such as Cherie Currie, Raveneye, and the Amorettes.
I eat, sleep and breathe music. For me drumming is not a hobby, it is who I am. I live to play and will never stop challenging myself in the search for that perfect groove, or fill.