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Gizem Dal

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”

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52 Comments

  1. Garrythesword on April 19, 2021 at 8:23 am

    Wow

    • gizemdal on April 19, 2021 at 5:27 pm

      Thank you!!

  2. Artemis Panagopoulou on April 19, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Awesomeee

    • gizemdal on April 19, 2021 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks dude! Let’s catch up soon

  3. Özlem Tetik on April 19, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Fantastic

    • gizemdal on April 19, 2021 at 5:26 pm

      Tenk yuu 🙂

  4. esah on April 19, 2021 at 9:29 am

    I loved it!!!

    • gizemdal on April 19, 2021 at 5:26 pm

      Teşekkürler canim 🙂

  5. Vuslat on April 19, 2021 at 9:59 am

    I wish I could have a million votes for you my dear!

    • gizemdal on April 19, 2021 at 5:25 pm

      😍 cok teşekkür ederim!!

  6. Olcay İsbir on April 19, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Wonderfull

    • gizemdal on April 19, 2021 at 5:25 pm

      Cok teşekkürler 🙂

  7. Berna Balcı on April 19, 2021 at 10:32 am

    Good luke

    • gizemdal on April 19, 2021 at 5:25 pm

      Tesekkur ederim!!

  8. Derya Kondu Aşkın on April 19, 2021 at 11:45 am

    Müthişsin⚡️✌🏼

    • gizemdal on April 19, 2021 at 5:24 pm

      Cok teşekkürler Derya 🙂 Özledim

  9. mom on April 19, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    I am proud of you ✌🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻. Good job 🤗😎

    • gizemdal on April 19, 2021 at 5:24 pm

      Annem ❤️

  10. Günter HAFIZ on April 19, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    I wish I could too.

    • gizemdal on April 19, 2021 at 5:23 pm

      It’s never too late 🙂

  11. Banu Cakirer on April 19, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    Loved it👏👏👏

    • gizemdal on April 19, 2021 at 5:23 pm

      Cok teşekkürler 🙂

  12. akmaj on April 19, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    Wooohoooo

    • gizemdal on April 19, 2021 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks dude!!

  13. Ayfer on April 19, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    Mukemmel

    • gizemdal on April 19, 2021 at 5:22 pm

      Cok teşekkürler Ayfer teyzecim!

  14. Grace usal on April 19, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Awesome!!

    • gizemdal on April 19, 2021 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks a lot Grace!!

  15. Yelda Tayyareci on April 19, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    Cool 😎

    • gizemdal on April 19, 2021 at 6:52 pm

      Tesekkur ederim!!

  16. diegodossantos95 on April 19, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    Awesome! Good luck!

    • gizemdal on April 19, 2021 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks Diego 🙂

  17. nged on April 19, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    🔥🔥🔥

    • gizemdal on April 19, 2021 at 6:53 pm

      Thank you Nati 🙂

  18. justspicy on April 19, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    Rock on with your bad self !!

    • gizemdal on April 19, 2021 at 6:53 pm

      Thanks Justin 🙂

  19. urkunu on April 20, 2021 at 6:17 am

    Congrats. Such a nice performance and a great story too… 👍👏👏👏

    • gizemdal on April 20, 2021 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks a lot!!

  20. denizk on April 20, 2021 at 7:47 am

    yesss 🔥

    • gizemdal on April 20, 2021 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks roomie! 🙂

  21. boraboris on April 22, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Meg White of Istanbul

    • gizemdal on April 24, 2021 at 6:02 pm

      😂 thank you!

  22. nwiegand on April 22, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Freakin amazing Gizem ♥️

    • gizemdal on April 24, 2021 at 6:03 pm

      Aw thanks so much Natalie! 🙂

  23. Aygün on April 23, 2021 at 11:44 am

    Harikasın Gizem

    • gizemdal on April 24, 2021 at 6:03 pm

      Tesekkur ederim!!

  24. mrafaeldie on April 28, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Running in the 90s!! You go girl! <3

    • gizemdal on April 28, 2021 at 3:50 pm

      Love youuuu ❤️

  25. gorking on April 30, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    THE BEST!!!! ALL THE WAY UP!!!

    • gizemdal on April 30, 2021 at 3:58 pm

      Wuhuuuu merci 😎

  26. penad on May 2, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    doing amazing!!!!

    • gizemdal on May 3, 2021 at 12:17 am

      Aw thank u Fran!!!

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