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Sara Neidorf

Hey folks! I'm back after four years, and I'm excited to join the HLAG conversation again! I'm a Berlin-based rock drummer with roots in Philly, PA. I've been drumming since I was 10, playing in bands since I was 13, and giving lessons since I was 17. During my teen years, I studied drumming and formed my first bands at a school for rock music in Philadelphia. After that, I studied under the amazing and versatile drummer Allison Miller in Brooklyn, who always pushed me to diversify my playing style and also inspired me to pursue drumming professionally.

Currently I play drums in projects ranging from doom jazz to electropunk: Mellowdeath, Sarattma, Aptera, Valerie Renay, and Mad Kate & The Tide-- and I also play guitar in Choral Hearse. When I'm not rehearsing or gigging with my bands, I give drum lessons with an extra focus on women and non-binary people-- doing what I can to increase our presence and visibility behind the drums! I also work as a session drummer and recently recorded and toured with The Brian Jonestown Massacre. When I'm not drumming, I co-organize Final Girls Berlin Film Fest, which showcases horror films made by women*. I like to keep an open ear for all kinds of musical collaborations and challenges, and I aim to keep pushing myself into new territory as a drummer.

Best of luck to all the rad women* out there who find their passion in hitting the drums, and to all those who put themselves out there on the Hit Like A Girl platform! It's a pleasure to see you all!

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Country: Germany

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10 responses to “Sara Neidorf”

  1. Adrienne says:

    Awesome job! I love it

  2. Good luck in the contest !! Great job Sara👊🥁

  3. Debi POMEROY says:

    AMAZING DRUMMING SARA!!! YOU INSPIRED ME.
    i’VE BEEN PLAYING OVER 50 YEARS AND NEVER COULD QUITE ACCOMPLISH THE DOUBLE BASS TECHNIQUE THAT YOU HAVE DISPLAYED IN THIS VIDEO. WHEN I STARTED THERE WERE ONLY A HANDFUL OF GIRLS WHO PLAYED DRUMS. I WISH YOU LIVED IN LOS ANGELES AND COULD FINE TUNE MY PLAYING. GREAT JOB!!!! I LOVED IT!

    • Sara Neidorf says:

      Thanks so much Debi! If I’m ever passing through LA, let’s get in touch! Would be happy to meet for a drum jam! In the meantime, please feel free to stay in touch on social media. I’m Sara Neidorf on fb and @saraneidorf on instagram. Cheers and all the best to you, Debi!

  4. Hallo Sara! Welcome back to HLAG . . . and WOW 🙂 I was mesmerized by how you got so many different wonderful sounds from your toms. Great to hear about your teaching – thanks for speaking about the importance of recognizing and valuing the gender spectrum in drumming and everywhere. R- (40+ drumset)

    • Sara Neidorf says:

      Hey, thanks for the kind words, Regina! I was happy that the drums at this studio were nicely tuned, so they were singing beautifully to start with. Will check out your vid now! 🙂

  5. Rikki says:

    Sara – excellent solo ! I once entered a contest that required a 1-minute solo, and THAT was difficult. This is fabulous. Best of luck in the contest and on your continued drumming journey.

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