Hi! I’m Chloe Salva from the Philippines, and I have been playing the drums since I was nine years old. Originally, my parents hoped for me to become a guitar player because my dad is one and is still involved in numerous bands. However, things didn’t end up the way they planned, but fortunately, everything turned out for the better. Now, I am the substitute drummer for my dad’s band!
When I was in elementary, our school had a music program that allowed students to choose their preferred musical instrument. I decided to pick drums as my way of diverging from the norm. At the age of nine, I received the “Best in Drums” award at the end of the school year, the only one in my year group to do so. This became the turning point to my serious pursuit of musical drumming. In the following year, I was handpicked by my music teacher to be the drummer of the school band for our school’s 20th anniversary concert. Following this event, more and more girls started enrolling in the drum program, thus breaking the stigma of girl drummers. I am happy to have been one of the first girls who started the gender paradigm shift. Unfortunately, I experienced bullying throughout my middle school years, which caused my early drumming career to become an emotional rollercoaster. Carrying the drive to become the best drummer, I joined drum classes, workshops, and bands to gain more exposure and improve my skills. To this day, I continue to hone my craft.
My journey as a drummer has been exciting. I made so many new friends and learned numerous fill-ins to create more feel to my drum beat. I am forever thankful that I picked up a pair of sticks instead of strumming strings.