Denise Yeow is best known as the drummer of Singaporean speed/thrash metal band, Dezaster.
She started drumming at the age of 11, learning privately from a music school. In secondary school, she joined the symphonic band as a percussionist. Being in the symphonic band exposed her to a wide range of genres – namely jazz, funk and pop. Her main instruments included the drum set, concert snare, and auxiliary percussion.
At the age of 14, she discovered Guns N’ Roses’ debut record Appetite for Destruction and found her love for classic rock and its drumming. She went on to play in several rock bands covering songs from GNR, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Deep Purple and the like. In 2017, Denise entered the Hit Like A Girl competition and emerged as a finalist, covering Iron Maiden’s “2 Minutes to Midnight”. She also participated in the 2018 edition of HLAG where she was chosen to be one of the winners of Techra Drumsticks’ Top Ten Special Award.
Overtime, she started gravitating towards heavier music from bands such as the Big 4 of Thrash, Judas Priest, Arch Enemy, Cradle of Filth and Be’lakor. Furthermore, in April 2018, Denise was recruited into Dezaster – which is her first metal band. This inspired her to work extremely hard on her chops and technique to ensure that she could deliver what the band required.
The outcome is evident on Dezaster’s debut album, No Surrender (2019) – which is her first professional recording at age 21. The band went on its first overseas show in Manila, Philippines in October 2019. Dezaster has also opened for notable metal bands such as Nervosa, Coffins and Artillery.
Currently an instructor in a music school, she hopes to impart the love of drumming to her students. She believes in constant learning and thus, is of the opinion that one should keep an open mind to new concepts.
Denise proudly endorses TRX Cymbals and Skygel Damper Pads.