My dad, a big Bon Jovi fan, introduced me to rock at an early age. I still remember watching Bon Jovi perform live. That concert led me to discover bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers. Watching Chad Smith kill it on drums made me think: “I wish I could play like this!”.
My first drumming lesson was in 2011. I spent months practicing the basics. A year in, I started playing simpler versions of songs by ear. “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” was the first song I learned. Practice gave me confidence, yet I was still too shy to play in front of friends, let alone an audience. Junior year of high school, I overheard a conversation between classmates who were thinking of playing in a music contest. “I play the drums, in case you need a drummer!” I blurted. Turns out they needed a drummer, so I made it to their band on the spot. We did not win the contest, but this single step out of my comfort zone led to many fun studio sessions, nights out and school events over the 2 years we played together, and eventually to our high school farewell concert. Drumming turned into more than a hobby; it made me a confident person.
It’s been 5 years since I took a break from drumming due to college. My entry song, Lonely Boy, is one of the songs we played at our high school farewell concert. I needed an opportunity like Hit Like a Girl to take the dust off of my sticks and lose myself in music again, but I’m glad I did. I still have a long way to play like Chad Smith, but it’s no longer “just a dream”