Name: Syarifah Baizura Syed Alwi
Location: Lenggong Perak, Malaysia
I’m Bai. I’m from Malaysia. I didn’t have any good story to tell about my drum life because I’m not a good drummer.
It all started when I was 15. I formed a band, together with my twin sister and a friend. I’d been forced to play it by my twin because being a drummer, you will not have a chance to stand at the frontside of the stage. I don’t know why. Maybe she thought that I can play some simple Radiohead’s Creep beat, in which I could. Couples of month later, Atan, who worked as a studio keeper taught me the basics of drum playing. At that moment, I consistently learned to play drums even though I was not really loved it.
Our band then became just like any other school band which was, disbanded. With only me who’s left, I kept playing drums just for the sake of playing it. I played gigs and made a lot of new friends. Some of them taught me and gave some advise about drum. I enjoyed playing it. However, there was no one around me that really supported me. In fact, most of them saw me as a joke. I admit the facts that I always making mistake during my performances on stage.
When I was 25, my father asked me whether I wanted to further study in music. I was shocked, and felt happy at the same time, because he was the one who wanted me to quit played music at the first place. I chose percussion as my major instrument on a whim. My lecturer was Mr Yuri Edris, one of the best drummer and percussionist in my country. It was my first formal drum lessons. I knew that i need to start from the very basic to be a good drummer. But I kept on made an excuses, felt that i had no time to practice all those stuff. In fact, I was too lazy to practice. One day, Mr Yuri told me, “at the end of the day, you will either be a person who can play drums or a person who is a drummer. Its your choice.” Those words kept swirling in my head for every single bit of time.
On my life’s journey, I finally met someone who always gave me the encouragement and supports that I need all this time. He really inspired me to be a good drummer. He always asked me to play something that i never played before. The drum beat that was too difficult for me! He pushed me up to the level that made me want to stop playing. He kept pushing me because he believed that I can. It was really a hard time for me, that made me cried a lot. But he didn’t stop. He kept pushing me until i can played the song. Yes, finally I can! What a miracle! NO, it wasn’t a miracle. All this happened because of the word PRACTICE.
In 2014, I finally can afford to buy an e-drum. It was my first drum kit. I continued my drumming lesson by watching Youtube and online videos. I’d made my own schedule and consistently practiced my drums skills. Besides, I made my own drum covers and uploaded its on Youtube for fun. I realized that drumming is the love of my life, when giving up is not an option.
In 2017, I decide to enter HIT LIKE A GIRL contest, not because I want to compete with other beauty, young and talented drummer, but, I just want to compete with who I was, years ago. As I said, I’m not a good drummer. However, i’m not a flux because I can play drums!