Angela Tie

Singapore

I’m Angela from Singapore and I am 44 years old.

My drumming journey started in 2008 when my husband and I bought our first electronic kit on a whim. I had the sole intention to vent my anger and sadness on it after our first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. My husband taught me my first drum beats. I never wished for anybody else to see or hear me play. Pounding the drums in private was for my own happiness and healing.

The first song I attempted to learn on the drums was ‘Fading Like A Flower (Everytime You Leave)’ by Roxette because I have been a Roxette fan since the age of 13 and their easy-listening songs always bring me comfort and joy. Over the years, I have taken formal drum lessons and I eventually convinced myself to try playing drums to an audience.

I’m currently a Chemistry teacher at a local college where we have our annual student rock band competition. The competition culminates in the ‘Teachers Band’ where a group of us teachers come together to play for the college. In a world where drummers are stereotypically male, it makes me quite proud for my students to see a female drummer rocking it on stage.

The song I’ve chosen for HLAG 2023 is a simple one because of nostalgia. It reminds me of why I continue to drum – because of the healing it brings me and the fun that I have just playing my favourite songs.

4 Comments

  1. CFee on March 2, 2023 at 2:14 pm

    bravo Angela ! kind drums regards from France to you

  2. Anna on March 2, 2023 at 10:39 pm

    I have such a cool aunt 🤩

  3. LLS on March 3, 2023 at 4:37 am

    You’re such an inspiration!! 🙂

  4. DianeHirakawa DianeHirakawa on March 25, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    Well, well, well: great rhythm and “spot on” with the tune. Your smile at the end says it all. I’m trying to smile more now, too. Music of all kinds, as long as the drummer likes the genre, is healing for all moods to me. Keep at it and I’m sure those kids flipped out when they saw their Chemistry teacher, a female too, drumming away up there! 🙂

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