Organizers of Hit Like A Girl® are proud to announce the initial line-up of all-star drummers that have signed on to judge the 2018 international contest for female drummers and percussionists.
Judges for the upper and lower age divisions in the drumset category feature an impressive roster of leading professional players from around the world, including Emmanuelle Caplette, Vera Figueiredo, Yissy Garcia, Hannah Welton, Collette Williams and Elijah Wood. Camille Bigeault (France), Natalia Miranda (Mexico), Didi Negron (China) and Lindsay Artkop (China) are participating as judges/ambassadors in regional contests while 2017 Champions Helly and Faith Benson are also on the 2018 drumset judging panel.
The group of today’s top drum programmers, sound engineers and music producers that have been enlisted to judge Hit Like A Girl’s new Rhythm Technology category presented in collaboration with Beats By Girlz includes Erin Barra (Beats By Girlz founder), Paula Fairfield (Emmy-award winning sound designer for Game Of Thrones) and Lola Blu (drummer/visual artist) as well as Danielle Thwaites “Daiza”, Elana Carroll “Party”, “Nails”, Jordan Cantor “Somme”, Heather Nickles, Kate Ellwanger “Dot”, Lily Burns “Elem”, Krithi Rao, Christin Light, Alex Rapp and Alisse Laymac.
Guest judges for this year’s event are Jeff “Lo” Davis, Peter Erskine and Kaz Rodriguez. Dom Famularo and Aaron Spears will participate as judges for Hit Like A Girl China. Additional judges in the drumset, world, concert and marching percussion categories will be announced as they are confirmed and posted on the judges page of the www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com website.
photo caption: top row (left to right): Natalia Miranda, Didi Negron, Lola Blu
photo caption: bottom row (left to right): Hannah Welton, Emmanuelle Caplette, Yissy Garcia