Name: Kezia Paler
Location: Shoreline, Washington, United States
My name is Kezia (Keeeeesh) Paler.
I started playing drums at the age of 13 at church. I didn’t get to do drum lessons until the I got to college to pursue music.
The type of music that I typically listen to would be HipHop/R&B. But I was also heavily influenced by my parents’ music. Rock&Roll from my dad and hymnals/worship music from my mom.
Once at college, I had a love-hate relationship with classical music (leaning towards more of the latter). Though I have had prior experience to classical music (playing flute from elementary school and then switching to tuba in high school), I felt there was no connection between playing the drumset and playing a classical piece. I also had the mindset that when playing on the set, you just feel the music, so why was there a need to practice rhythms and melodies for hours when you can just “feel” the music. It wasn’t until I was asked by my music director (who was a percussionist) to play the drumset parts for a series of songs that we would be playing for concert. These pieces included famous work such as the James Bond theme song, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Harry Potter. It was during then that I had a better appreciation for classical pieces. For that concert, I spent hours prating the rhythms and melodies because if I didn’t, I would not be in-sync with the rest of the orchestra.
The piece that I am playing to is called “Jupiter; The Bringer of Jolity” by Gustav Holst. It is one of of my favorite pieces to listen to. Every time I heard it, I would think of drum parts in my head. So finally, I wrote out my ideas. Though not perfect and still unfinished, I am looking forward to working on it, building on it, and also learning from it.