My name is Katie, I am 16 years old and I’m from Sydney, Australia. I love music.
I started playing drums when I was 7 years old. Drumming has been a big part of my life, however, music in general, even more so. I have been exposed to an eclectic range of music throughout my life. My biggest influences are probably my family. From a young age, my dad would blast Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Kraftwerk, as well as, other genres of music from movie soundtracks to Aussie Christmas rock classics, blaring through the household. My Mum introduced me to music like Jersey boys, Michael Bubble, and Jack Johnson, which we love to sing in the car! My sister introduced me to some of my favorite bands like Twenty One Pilots, Bring Me the Horizon, Sticky Fingers and Slipknot… I could go on! Rather than list a heap of drummers that inspire and influence me, I believe it’s more about the whole band and how they work together to create music. I listen to everything and anything! Recently this has made a huge impact on my drumming, I want to push myself to new limits and see what I can really do.
Last year I uploaded my first youtube cover (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTeyf4ZDh2GXLPZPOfWCvpA). For me, youtube is a way to express and share my creativity while also learning to set and achieve goals. Editing videos was a learning curve, it’s teaching me to appreciate all the work that goes into it. Creating drum covers has pushed me to play solo pieces and become comfortable with myself as a drummer, as previously I became very used to performing in an ensemble, particularly with my band Palladium, and with friends in my music class at school.
The song that I chose for this video is different from anything that I have done before. My drum tutor suggested that I use an electronic type track and create my own drum arrangement. As I am extremely intrigued by space I chose the track called Weightless, it has samples chopped up from a space documentary, and sounds really cool!
Music really inspires me to be creative in a way that not many other things do. For instance when I go to a concert, all I want to see is the drummer, the drum kit, the setup, I want to know what they’re doing behind the stage, I want to talk to the guys at the sound desk (I’ve never actually seen a girl at a sound desk!), I want to know how it all works! And when I leave, I get this feeling like, “I wanna do that”. I get this burst of inspiration and ideas, I can’t wait to get home and play my drums!