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Momo Kawazoe

Hello!
I'm Momo, I'm 17-year old and I've been drumming for almost 7 years. It's the third time for me participating here, and it was incredible to be a finalist and a Techra top 5 winner last year. Thank you so much!

I dated the drums as a 6-year old at a trade fair (without knowing that I could learn to play them) but started taking lessons at age 10 after having another opportunity to play the kit of a friend. I studied with Dani Hartmann and now with Dario Sisera. Both teachers have helped me a lot to get better both as a drummer and musician. Besides drums, I also play bass and piano and my last HLAG entry has encouraged me for songwriting. I'm drummer of several local bands and bassist of a band which keeps every day very joyful and musical (besides listening to music) as a contrast to my tough school life. Within joining CHIARA, I have some studio sessions ahead (especially recording their debut album), and I'm already making arrangements for their self-written songs which is a new part of making music for me.

My goal is to make my passion my profession. Here in Switzerland, there are so-called jazz schools, music colleges, which are specialized in modern music for becoming a performer or a teacher. I really hope to get there.

My musical influences are Toto, Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson, Incognito, George Duke and more, 80s pop/rock and things inbetween. Jeff Porcaro is my absolute favorite drummer.

About this year's entry: Actually, I had written and performed another song (similar to last year's entry: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KIwhxfk-9jI&t=0s&list=PLSLqaGXvEZOR0YJeFz5RjHEVSxaeKfeH1&index=2) and this time I've recorded it and filmed in the studio, and before that I had worked a lot on that, and I really tried to make sure it complied with the scoring criteria. I was so determined and excited to upload that video till the day my grandfather suddenly passed away! He must have given me that creativity, without that, my personality wouldn't exist! Because the music school of Chur had given me the honor to play a drumsolo on its 100-year concert the same evening, I told myself, this gig will be for grandpa. And that drumming was as energetic as never before! I'm not religious, but I believe grandpa was present somehow and gave me that power! The audience seemed to feel that, and the newspaper mentioned me afterwards! Anyway, what I realized was that my performance had such a special energy and a flow that goes over all that hard work and high production quality of my original video. And that's why I submitted this clip for the contest. But the original entry is yet finished and uploaded, you can go and watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTavmt6jJKg

My whole life as it is now wouldn't have been possible without the support of my wonderful family, friends, music teachers and others I forgot to mention - I just can say thank you!

HLAG is such a great place for girls to pursue music, and I'm so excited watching this year's entries!

Check out my YouTube channel for some gigs: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6ZIvdstayWB2iQtb1ALYAw/videos?view_as=subscriber

Additional Information

Country: Switzerland

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8 responses to “Momo Kawazoe”

  1. Good luck in the contest !! Great job Momo 👊🥁

  2. Sara Brennan says:

    What an awesome tribute to your grandpa! Good luck in the contest!

  3. yuuka says:

    私も情熱をもって、将来はプロドラマーになりたいです。このコンテストではそんな女子がいっぱいですね。
    歓声を浴びながら叩く姿はかっこいいですね!
    お互いにドラムの神様が微笑ますよう、頑張って行きましょう‼️

    • Momo Kawazoe says:

      日本語の読み書きは習ってないのであまり漢字をしらないので、今度からかんたんな字でお願いします… 😁
      でも、コメントありがとうございます!😊
      そうですね、このコンテストにはたくさんの上手なドラマーがいますけど、お互いに頑張りましょう!
      ところで5週目のWeekly Winner、おめでとうございます!👏🏻👏🏻

  4. MarieEls says:

    Good luck everytime

  5. Michael Dunst says:

    extraordinary… wow… stunning

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