Salut, my name is Jeanne McWilliam. Three weeks ago I first found out about ‘Hit Like a Girl’ when it was posted by Pearl Drums on their Facebook page. I thought, ‘ Why not ?’ I am seventeen year old girl. Although, my mum is Canadian and my dad is Scottish, I was born in France and live in a small village in rural Normandy.
I have now being drumming for 8 years. I discovered drumming at 9 years old with Jean-Philippe Chabossy, my first teacher who convinced my mum to allow me to progress from percussion instruments to drumming. This was not a popular choice with all my acquaintances, my middle school maths teacher complained bitterly to my mother because he thought my tapping with fingers and pens in class was a mark of disrespect. I studied with Jean Philippe for 3 years. With him I explored rock and a bit of pop and I performed Muse “City of Delusion”, Incubus “Pardon me” and Bruno Mars “Locked out of Heaven”. After my first year of drumming I started to perform with the music school. I have been doing this ever since. In May I will be performing The Doobie Brothers’ “Long Train Running”. I now drum with Mathieu Tisson, who is great inspiration for me. I have explored jazz, freestyle jazz, freestyle, drum solos, irregular rhythms, etc. with him. I also play with a group of friends from the local music conservatory in Alençon. We are right now doing a bit a Nina Simone, “Feeling Good”.
This is my first recording, and first video. I admit I was very stressed. My friend, Rachelle Papillon from elementary school, recorded and edited this video. It is part of her project to become a cinematographer. So this is a first for the both of us. This video was recorded in La Luciole, my local music venue. I would not have been able to do this without the support of my family, friends, my best friend Mathilde, La Luciole and of course my drumming teacher Mathieu Tisson.
For the video I chose to perform Limp Bizkit “Take a Look Around” because it reflected my state of mind; well,l still does. Hahaha. This song is technically challenging and it has been a pleasure learning it. So I have learnt, played and recorded it in less than three weeks. Although this experience has been a really challenging exponential learning curve I have enjoyed it.
I hope you enjoy it too and thank you for you attention.