Name: Julianna Mascia
Location: Brick, New Jersey, United States
I picked up my first pair of sticks when I was 14, not yet knowing that I had just picked up the two keys to my true and inner passion. I started dabbling on en electric drum set my parents bought me for Christmas that year. I immediately set it up and started jamming out to a hot track at the time, “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha. I started listening to more electronic pop music, which eventually led to my huge hip hop influence. I would play “In Da Club” by 50 Cent on repeat. Drums eventually became it all, the sports I played went aside, and I eventually got my first acoustic drum set. I went on to join my high school concert band, where I was able to jam with other musicians for the first time to improvisation to tracks such as “Rock and Roll” by Led Zeppelin. Two years later, I was asked to be the main drummer of my high school jazz band and fell in love with the style and openness of Jazz and Funk. I learned this immediately in a track called “Pick Up the Pieces” by the Average White Band. My high school band director pushed me to be better and better as those years went by, which led me to being recruited for being the main jazz drummer for my college band. This group helped me grow in ways I never imagined, playing with the most amazing musicians I have ever played with; we preformed “Blue Rondo a la Turk” by Dave Brubeck like it was a piece of cake. Now graduated from my community college, I continue to find other genres to help me grow in other genres such as metal, jamming Periphery non-stop and learning to keep a constant stamina, endurance, ghost notes (but not overused), and the importance of accents/groove . Then I discovered a band called CHON which completely threw me for a loop, for the band has by far the coolest drum parts I have ever heard, blending so many styles of music into one.
The point of all is examples are, the world is filled with so many music elements and experiences that can help all of us grow. These experience helped music become SUCH a big part of my life, but I will always be hungry for more. I could never stop at just one style; I want to listen to as many different songs as possible and learn from anyone possible. However, these seven particular styles of music have influenced my playing the most and have been a huge influence for the crave to learn and progress more. This year, I truly sat down and thought out my drumming story. I put together a “super” medley to remind myself on why I grew into the drummer I am today. Perhaps it’s almost like a video game, to keep me on my toes, and to be ready to “power up” and take on whatever comes my way.
My dream is to become a touring drummer and be able to play live around the world and make a difference in any way I possibly can. Throughout any hardship in life, this dream is what truly motivates me to keep going, for I know God gave me this talent for a reason.
The Hit Like A Girl Contest and Community has given me a chance to feel more confident in my playing and has created a personal, strong drive to never stop trying to be better in any way I can. This drive has led me to think outside the box (or perhaps the basement where my drums are. This is more than a contest to me: it’s a platform to meet other inspiring drummers, learn for each other, learn together, grow together, making a difference together, and perhaps learn something about ourselves.
Thank you for everyone involved with this movement, for it is truly making a difference in the female drumming community. Anyone can do anything they set their mind to achieve, and I am beyond grateful to enter and be a part of something so positive and extraordinary. Also, a big shout out to my parents, for not ripping their ear drums out all the hours I’ve played the drums for the past 6 years.
Tama Silverstar 10×8”, 16×14”, 22×18” www2.tama.com
Orange County Drums and Percussion Maple Snare 13×7” www.ocdrum.com
Zildjian Cymbals www.zildjian.com
14” A Custom Hi-Hats
18” A Custom Crash
19” K Dark Crash
21” Sweet Ride
18” K EFX Crash
8” A Custom Splash
Regal Tip by Calato: Jason Sutter Signature Sticks www.regaltip.com
Roland Octapad SPD-30 www.roland.com
Snareweight Chrome + Pro Lock www.snareweight.com
Vratim Drum Shoe II www.vratim.com
Audix Microphones www.audixusa.com
Kick Drum: D6
Hi Tom/Floor Tom: D2
Snare Drum: i5
CAD GXL 1200 Overhead Microphones (2) www.cadaudio.com
Shure SE215 Sound Isolating Earphones www.shure.com
Presonus Firestudio Project Interface www.presonus.com
Go Pro Hero 4 Black (4) www.gopro.com
Recorded, Filmed, and Edited by Julianna Mascia
Mixed by Ghazel Productions
Meledy Created/Edited by Julianna Mascia
Songs Credentials to their Rightful Owners*:
0:02-0:18 CHON – “Dew”
0:19-0:28 Periphery – “The Price is Wrong”
0:29-0:51 50 Cent – “In Da Club”
0:52-1:24 Ke$ha – “Tik Tok”
1:25-2:09 Dave Brubeck – “Blue Ronda a la Turk”
2:10-2:44 Average White Band – “Pick Up The Pieces”
2:45-2:54 Led Zeppelin – “Rock and Roll”