Qi Wei, 25, is one of China’s most popular and talented young drummers. She is the winner of the 2019 “Hit Like A Girl China” competition. She likes to play multiple styles of music, but her favorites are pop, rock and metal.
Qi Wei recently graduated from Wuhan Conservatory of Music and is a featured performer in “Our Band” on Jiangsu Satellite TV. In addition to participating in many music festivals and performances, this up-and-coming drummer is currently performing at “Direction Orchestra”. Her goal is to continue to develop her drumming skills as well as her career as a professional recording studio and touring musician.
Jason Coffey is a signed artist with Nine Beats, the world’s largest modern music education company, where he performs drum solos, teaches master classes and judges competitions year-round through an extensive network of music schools throughout China. In addition to his solo performances, he is actively working with famous Chinese artists, including China’s most famous Blues singer, Zhang Ling. You can find them performing at renowned venues such as the Blue Note Jazz Club and the Strawberry Music Festival. Jason is currently recording drums for Zhang Ling!s newest album which is set for release later this year. Jason is also a founding member of the band “Eluvia” who have just released their sophomore album, “No Ordinary Love”. His documentary, ”The Making of an Artist: Jason Coffey” is available on Amazon Prime, YouTube and Youku.
Jason proudly endorses Dixon drums, Sabian cymbals, ProMark drumsticks, and Evans drumheads.
Frank Perry is a drummer, educator and clinician. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Five Towns College, a Masters Degree from Stony Brook University and is a New York State certified music teacher. He has studied with Charlie Perry, Mike Sorrentino, Tommy Campbell, Mike Lauren and John Miceli and currently studies with Dom Famularo, Stephane Chamberland and Craig Blundell. Frank has played, performed and recorded drums for over 30 years as well as taught countless students. Over the last decade he has worked closely with Drumming’s Global Ambassador Dom Famularo to help him bring his passion for drumming to the world.
Buenos Aires born Silvana Colagiovanni is a drumming sensation in demand by Argentine bands of every style. From the hardest rock to the smoothest shuffles, Silvana is on everyones list of drummers to call who can cut it all.
Both local and international artists have chosen Silvana to power their bands. Deacon Jones, Sakiya Hooker, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins and Bruce Ewan are just a few of the great blues artists Sil has shared the stage with.
First coming to everyones attention playing with Argentina blues master Miguel Botafogo, Silvana toured with him at a very early age all over South America.
She was a member of the VERY hard rocking band, Decenadores, from 2002-2011. They recorded three albums, toured constantly and performed at the biggest festivals in Argentina, Cosquín Rock and Pepsi Music Fest.
From 2011 to 2017 she’s been a permanent fixture behind the kit for Argentine guitar hero Baltasar Comotto (guitarist for Luis Spinetta and Indio Solari).
2010 saw Silvana chosen by Jimmy Rip (guitarrist and producer for Mick Jagger, Jerry Lee Lewis, Television and a long list of others) to form his power trio… “Jimmy Rip and The Trip”! They released their debut CD in 2012 to excellent reviews. They have recorded two more records: “Blues Life” and “Muy Crudo” and have toured internationally to support them.
From 2009 She is the drummer and manager of Led Ladies, a great female tribute to Led Zeppelin band.
Silvana is a true believer in both studying and passing her knowledge and passion on. From very early on she was taught by the best… as a private student of Juan Pedro Estanga, Tristán Taboada, Pepi Taveira, Fernando Martínez, Pipi Piazzolla, Chiche Heger and Sebastián Hoyos… and also at the prestigious Escuela de Música Contemporánea Berklee Internacional.
She has a band called DÚO, with a great piano and keybords player called Fabrizio Gamba and they will realease their new álbum next year. Also she has her own proyect called Drumma and she is making her second book.
Somehow she manages to find time to teach her many students each week as well as doing shows and clinics around the world. She also has made a great book called Drumtime and lots of educational videos in her You tube channel.
Ciára Louise Doran is a drummer, songwriter, and producer from Stockport, England. They play in the band Pale Waves, who have toured the world playing the likes of Reading and Leeds and Glastonbury. They were signed to the Dirty Hit record label in 2016 and their first two singles, 2017’s “There’s a Honey” and “Television Romance”, were produced by Matthew Healy of labelmates The 1975. Pale Waves recently released their chart topping album Who Am I?
Mika Watanabe was born in Yokosuka, Japan in 1988. She started playing drums at age of 16, as a member of “Spitz” cover band formed with her high school friends. She decided to be the professional drummer at age of 18 and joined so many various jam sessions. Since then, Mika has been working professionally and performed for numerous bands and artists in Tokyo, Japan.
She studied at the drummers training institution “Muraishi Drum Dojo” for about 3 years, and now, she continues studying with well known drummer, Shiino Kyoichi.
In 2018, Mika was selected as the finalist of the Hit Like A Girl Contest in the over 18 age group. In 2020, she was selected as the Japan Regional champion in the over 18 age group.
Mika likes music irrespective of the genre that floats in various scenes. Especially loves Stevie Nicks, Alicia Keys, Hikaru Utada, YUKI, Kazuya Yoshii, Dave Grohl. Her dream is to perform with them in her own band.
Continuing to explore roots of many music, art, and culture deeply, through the drums, is her lifework. Besides being a drummer, she works as a music blogger which is another one of her passions in addition to drumming.
Leading Mexican drummer Chuz Estrada is originally from Chiapas. He is self-taught and has performed in in the studio and live with artists such as Alejandro Marcovich, Joan Sebastian, Jesse y Joy, Kabah and RBD. Chuz is also active as a private teacher and clinician, having appeared at drum festivals throughout Mexico as well as North, South and Central America.
Chuz’ new progressive jazz/fusion album “Doméstico” features some of Mexico’s top musicians and is now available Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and all digital platforms.
Chuz endorses Reymart, TRX, Aquarian, Cympad, and Vic Firth.
Zoé Hochberg is a 27-year old professional drummer and composer who graduated from the French drum school Dante Agostini in Paris.
Passionated by hybrid sounds, Zoé is the drummer of the French pop band Hyphen Hyphen, mixing her acoustic drumming with some electronic production triggers and sequences.
She has been touring and recording with many artists for the past 8 years such as Soko, Naive New Beaters, Angelique Kidjo, Zazie, Laura Cahen, Elodie Frégé, Annika & the Forest, Theo Hakola…
Zoé is also deeply involved in growing the female and GNC drummers community as she currently manages and hosts Tom Tom Magazine’s CHOPS TV sessions on Instagram.
In 2018, she was featured in Batteur Magazine and Batterie Magazine, and part of the “Revelations Of The Year 2019” in Batterie magazine.
Zoé officially endorses DW drums, Zildjian cymbals, ProOrca drumsticks and Code Drumheads.
Volkan Öktem was born on 25 June 1970 in İzmir, Turkey. His interest in music started at the age of 7.
In 1985 he moved to Ankara. With his growing interest and success in music, he had the opportunity to work with many rock and pop bands there. He developed the basis of his unique and exceptional style by playing in several genres, including Turkish music forms (Turkish classical music and Turkish folk music). His enthusiasm for jazz music soon showed itself and he played drums in various jazz gigs.
He moved to Istanbul in 1994 due to the offers that followed the spread of his fame and played in over 200 albums, such as “Tarkan, Şebnem Ferah, Mirkelam, Sezen Aksu, Kenan Doğulu, etc.” In 1996 he signed his first project with the ethnic jazz band Habbecik and took part in many concerts and festivals with them and made the album “An Meselesi”.
In 1999 Volkan had the opportunity to exhibit his different style by joining the band Laço Tayfa, which blended traditional forms of Turkish music with western forms such as jazz, funk, and reggae. He appeared in the albums “Bergama Gaydası” and “Hicaz Dolap” with Laço Tayfa. He played in clubs, concerts and festivals with many singers, bands, and musicians in Turkey and abroad, including Muvaffak Muffy Falay, Sibel Köse, Elvan Tool, Aydın Esen, Aşkın Arsunan, Bendik Hofseth, Dave Allen, İlhan Erşahin, Quartet Muartet, John Scofield, Dianne Reeves, Guillaume Perret, Nils Petter Molvaer, Marius Neset and Erik Truffaz.
Currently, Volkan performs with various musicians in Turkey and abroad while touring and recording with top Turkish pop artist Tarkan as well as his own projects.