Caroline Geryl

Growing up in Normandy, Caroline Geryl was first inspired to play music as a child after watching the Simon and Garfunkel’s show in Central Park on TV : “I just wanted to be a one of the musicians on the stage,” she remembers.

She started to learn the Flute, the Piano and the Saxophone in Music School at the age of 7, while her brother played the drums. 10 years later, after a lazy and chilly afternoon on the beach, she came back home with a friend, who played the guitar, “Why don’t you play the drums?” he said. “I can only play Sade’s song Sweetest Taboo,” she replied.  She would go on to become the drummer of his band. 6- months later, she played her first gig : “I knew right then that I wanted to be a drummer,” she recalls.

Caroline decided to enter the Agostini Academy in Rouen with Philippe Marchesetti. She studied Steve Gadd, Budy Rich and Phil Jo Jones’ styles. At the same time, she studied classical composition at University, where she was very fond of composers like Debussy, Satie and Ligetti.

Her Uncle had a huge collection of vinyls and helped her discover Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Kraftwerk, The Doors, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones. She was also influenced by bands and artists like Depeche Mode, Talk Talk, Bowie, and Stevie Wonder. “It’s really important to listen and discover every kind of music; it feeds the way you play.”

After she graduated, she played on stage for Petit Vodo, My Park, Têtes Raides, Les Pieds s’Entêtent, Jeanne Cherhal, Daphné, Clarika, We are Knights, Annika and the Forest, Alice Lewis, Camille Hardouin, Milkymee, Dani, Boostee and  recorded for Petit Vodo, Annika and The Forest, We Are Knights, Les Pieds S’Entêtent, Camille Hardouin and Niki Niki.

But her first music crush was Mickael Jackson. “The first time I saw him, I suddenly understood that I should not try playing the drums but ‘dancing drums’.”

Now, she is playing for Pomme, Canine, Naïve New Beaters, Vale Poher, Lay This Drum, Yelli Yelli and Guillaume Meurice.

Last year, she took courses in Music to Picture with Didier Falk, Didier Goret and Jacques Bastello and consequently has collaborated with Annika Grill as a composer for the music to the documentary ‘South Africa, Chromatic Portraits’ written by Valérie Urréa and Nathalie Masduraud. She is also working on her side project of ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea“.