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Nicole Patrick

I was nine years old when I asked my dad to teach me how to play percussion. Until then, my sister and I had always done similar activities, but when she fell in love with theatre I knew I needed to find my own thing - ever since then, drumming has been my outlet for self expression. I was born and raised in Miami’s flamboyant culture. Even though I wasn’t fully comfortable naming myself as the “gay girl drummer” amongst my peers, I always felt I could be entirely me when behind my instruments.

As a 26 year-old, I continue to learn about myself, about others, and about my place in the world through this “soundmaker” lens. It is my most genuine (and often loudest) method to convey compassion, intentionality, and vulnerability to those that listen. I believe these to be pillars of self-love: a necessary ingredient for growth as a culture. Thankfully, self-love is contagious - just like when a groove hits hard.

My entry is a piece I made in response to the visceral reaction I had while watching Amanda Gorman perform her poem, “The Hill We Climb”, on Inauguration Day 2021. As she read her words I felt the weight lift from my shoulders which made room for the powerful realization that she was standing there against all odds, making this mark in history. I included an excerpt of her reciting the poem because I want to revisit that moment and remind myself that in fully embracing myself I can inspire others to do the same.

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62 Comments

  1. Lori kudeviz on April 13, 2021 at 8:04 am

    This is an amazing, thoughtful piece. I love how drumming can be as expressive as poetry and as sensitive as dance. It left me thinking about our world as it is right now!

    • Leslie Cross on April 28, 2021 at 9:30 am

      Nicole you have my vote. I’m thoroughly in awe. This is fantastic.

  2. ben.factor3 on April 13, 2021 at 8:12 am

    So cool!!!

  3. marimbarr on April 19, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Nicole Patrick was an inspiration for me when I first met her one decade ago….and she continues to inspire me today.

    This is such an incredible work of art!!!! I’ll be voting everyday!

    – TB

  4. Spence on April 19, 2021 at 11:48 am

    Wuuuuuuuuuut, her drumming reminds me of indie rock freejazz

    • bergenmilam on April 23, 2021 at 12:37 pm

      Nicole Patrick is your favorite drummers favorite drummer.
      Oooweeeeee!

    • smagill105 on April 24, 2021 at 11:00 am

      HOLLYYYYY MOLLYYYY SHES INCREDIBLE

  5. Sophie on April 19, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Nicole is an incredible force of life and energy making her way through the world in a body that belies her powerful nature. Listen and let her rhythm bring your day to a whole new level.

  6. tschear on April 19, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Nicole is a legend to those that know her

    • jigoon on April 26, 2021 at 3:35 pm

      fact!

    • nocompliments on April 29, 2021 at 2:04 pm

      Nicole is an incredibly sensitive and wonderful musician 💕💕💕

  7. jkjimmy@gmail.com on April 19, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    nicole = GOOD sonic messenger

  8. Lisa on April 19, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Stunning!! Perfect with Amanda’s poem.
    To me it felt like multiple like-minded beings were working together in harmony. I am in awe.

  9. Lisa on April 19, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Stunning! The paring with Amanda’s poem was perfect. It felt like numerous beings came together in harmony. I am in awe.

    • sbelaya on April 19, 2021 at 7:08 pm

      This is so amazing. So much depth and originality. Love this, Nicole!

  10. Ben Milam on April 19, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    100% badass

  11. ekimp on April 19, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    nicole is forever an inspiration

  12. LacySaenz on April 19, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    Oh, the simplexity!

  13. Deb on April 20, 2021 at 7:29 am

    That was amazing! My vote is for you.

  14. becplexus on April 20, 2021 at 7:45 am

    I friggin love this!!!!

  15. Syd on April 20, 2021 at 10:56 am

    This is the most magic making fem power I have ever seen. What an insanely brilliant composition and performance by an incomparable artist. Amazing, Nicole!

  16. JOYBOB on April 20, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Always so great to see and hear you create art, Nicole! Congratulations on another moving piece.

  17. sammacooper on April 20, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    ✨👏🏻

  18. loripatrick on April 21, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    Love your unique vision in the world, Nicole. You are always true to yourself and it comes through!

  19. Justin.P on April 22, 2021 at 9:02 am

    Nicole is such a captivating artist, and it’s always a treat to see her drumming. This is a beautiful and powerful performance.

  20. TrP on April 22, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Such a thoughtful use of sounds and choreography of movement!

  21. 2pacshafar on April 23, 2021 at 6:15 am

    I wish I could vote 20 to a million timessss so good nico is a legend

  22. sydneyann91 on April 23, 2021 at 9:10 am

    THE ULTIMATE ROLE MODEL FOR ANY ONE. What an incredible artist inside and out. How are you human?

  23. Cunneen on April 23, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Brava, Nicole! Would love to listen to more. Thank you for sharing with me.

  24. David Harding on April 24, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Wow, I was genuinely moved by not only the poetry of Amanda Gorman, but Nicole’s musical reaction to it.

  25. mdasilva21 on April 24, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Beautiful work, Nicole!

  26. chrispdwan on April 24, 2021 at 9:25 am

    THIS IS SO GREAT!

  27. LizVanWirt on April 24, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Amazing composition, performance, and human being. A poignant piece created by a powerful person….go Nicole!

  28. zorf on April 24, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Really beautiful and moving! Well done – inspired me!

  29. pererik77 on April 24, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Love it! Sounds like my favorite percussion elements from Múm and Animal Collective.

  30. Savvas Giannakopoulos on April 24, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    A great Michigan grad; #GoBlue !!! 🔵🟡

  31. TuckSweeney on April 24, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    Killer piece!

  32. Patrick navarra on April 24, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    An amazing job well done great vision+ feel

  33. smoochiebucket on April 25, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    <3

  34. Marianthe on April 25, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Exceptional!

  35. Dahlgren on April 25, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Nicole is a serious artist whose musical expression conveys the need to draw on all 21st century art as well as global issues. She is a true artist dedicated to communicating with her listener on a global scale. Well qualified and gifted, she truly lives in the moment.

  36. Calliope on April 26, 2021 at 6:28 am

    Nicole is a dedicated artist/performer whose musical expression exhibits continual communication with the world around her. Her uniqueness, intensity of playing, concentration as well as superb technique are all to be admired.

  37. Dahlgren on April 26, 2021 at 7:53 am

    Nicole is a dedicated artist/performer whose musical expression exhibits continual communication with the world around her. Her uniqueness, intensity of playing, concentration as well as superb technique are all to be admired.

  38. vday on April 26, 2021 at 8:06 am

    Rooting for you!!!

  39. acodom on April 26, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    this piece was absolutely breathtaking. Good luck! <3

  40. sami.amiris on April 26, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    This is beautiful. Loved it. Dahlgren has talked to me about you many times, and this justifies everything she ever said about you. Thank you for the music, hope to see more.

  41. Daren on April 26, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    Love the originality of this piece, and your ability to pull rhythm from spoken words. Your technical skills really shine thru with the ability to sound loud & strong, as well as, soft as a heartbeat. Nicole, you are a woman with amazing depth and skills…I know you will continue to grow in the coming years. Well Done!!!

  42. Summer Krinsky on April 26, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    nicole, you rule!!

  43. adriank on April 27, 2021 at 5:59 am

    This is wonderful! Get it Nicole!

  44. cronzi on April 27, 2021 at 6:54 am

    Brilliant drummer meets brilliant poet = goosebumps all over the place. Nicole, you are an incredible soundmaker. Rooting for you.

  45. jacksonemmer on April 27, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    Nicole is an outstanding artist, and highly creative musician. She always brings a fresh perspective to the music she plays. I feel lucky to have performed with her numerous times over the years. She’s a gem, and should win this thing! – JE –

  46. lenaoren on April 27, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    WOOOT WOOOOTTT A GEM BEYOND ALL GEMS! KEEP GOING NICO!!!!! LOVE YOU TO THE MOON!

  47. tatiana3611 on April 28, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Good luck!!! Cheering you on from Vegas

  48. Aunt Risa on April 29, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Nicole you’re an amazing woman! You’ll always have our vote, love and support.

  49. sydneyann91 on April 29, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    I want to be you when I grow up

  50. rebrobebe on April 29, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    Gorgeous, thoughtful and so creative… thanks for sharing this with the world!!!

  51. kpoprox on April 30, 2021 at 7:12 am

    my heart & body are blown by these wicked resonant beats!!! nicole is so talented and her percussion creations and words are beautifully woven. Got my vote and support!

  52. pegamyth on April 30, 2021 at 10:54 am

    This is my favorite!!

  53. scott.ryder.wasserman@gmail.com on April 30, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Awesome!!

    • Ingibjörg Ingadóttir on May 1, 2021 at 1:53 am

      Brilliant!!!

  54. Merle Madden on May 1, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Didn’t know those wonderful sounds of music existed! Wonderful!

  55. David S Cross on May 6, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Outstanding!

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