Christal J. Kuna is a versatile drummer whose rhythmic journey started from classical percussion in concert band and grew to focus on playing the drum kit. She developed a passion for live performance playing in pop and rock cover bands in university and currently plays and writes a diverse array of genres from funk to prog and metal.
Over the years as a mentor in various groups she cultivated a love for passing on drumming skills and techniques and is now a full-time private drum instructor with more than 10 years of teaching experience. Currently, Christal drums regularly for her church services and local band Sangriento, the latter with whom she played the 2018 Baybeats Festival, and also released a story-based concept album-cum-comic in 2019.
Hit Like A Girl 2012 2nd Runner Up Karmi Santiago is based in Metro Manila, Philippines. She is formally trained in percussion from University of the Philippines – Diliman and drums from Berklee Online. She has played in prestigious groups such as the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, Southeast Asian Wind Ensemble, and the Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra.
I’ve played drums since age 6. I am now 16 years old. I love to play drums and all types of percussion and music will always be part of my life.
Hit Like A Girl Champion
• HLAG Drumset <18 (2015)
• World Percussion (2017)
• Marching Percussion (2018)
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Brandon Khoo is the founder of Progressive metal band COEN and a versatile session drummer with more than 15 years of experience playing globally on stages and recording studios in countries like Japan, Canada, United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines.
He has performed for/worked with Grammy-award winning guitarist Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth), Grammy nominated keyboardist Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), and opened up for multiple Platinum recording band The Script, Golden Melody Awards winning singer Emil Chau, Golden Horse Award winning singer and actor Leon Lai, Jaycee Chan (Son of Jackie Chan), Wu Jiahui and Serene Koong.
Brandon is also a drum clinician and has held drum clinics and master classes in Japan and Indonesia.
Known for his YouTube video “How can you tell a good drummer and a bad drummer apart?” which has been viewed over 4 million times. Brandon continues to emphasize the importance of serving the song rather than yourself while playing with many different artists in a wide scope of genres, from the Pop, rock, latin and metal genre and a series of drum covers which can be found on his YouTube channel. Brandon also has performed in Drumeo in 2017 and filmed a series of lessons for members of Drumeo. His videos on Drumeo has reached over a million people around the world.
Brandon endorses Vater Drumsticks, TRX Cymbals, Mapex Drums, Cympad, FATfreq In-Ear Monitors, Audio-Technica Microphones, Skygel Damper Pads.
Denise Yeow is best known as the drummer of Singaporean speed/thrash metal band, Dezaster.
She started drumming at the age of 11 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.
Not long after, she discovered Guns N’ Roses’ debut record Appetite for Destruction and found her love for heavy metal and rock music. She went on to play in several bands covering songs from GNR, AC/DC, Metallica, Motley Crue, 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.
In April 2018, Denise was recruited into Dezaster. The band released their debut album No Surrender (2019) –also her first professional recording at age 21. In the same year, the band went on their first overseas show in Manila, Philippines in October. Dezaster has also opened for notable metal bands such as Nervosa, Coffins and Artillery in 2020. The band is currently working on their second full-length album.
Apart from her drumming duties in Dezaster, Denise is also an instructor in a music school. She hopes to impart the love of drumming to her students. She believes in constant learning and keeping an open mind to take in new concepts regardless of skill level.
Denise proudly endorses TRX Cymbals and Skygel Damper Pads.
Nur Amira Syahira is 17 years old, from Malaysia and also known as Amira Drummer. She has been playing drums since she was 8 years old. Nur Amira Syahira likes playing all genres and studies drumming at a private music school. Amira was a weekly winner in the 2015 Hit Like A Girl contest. She was also the winner on a reality TV show in Malaysia 2016. She has nearly 2 million subscribers on her Youtube channel and endorses TAMA and Zildjian. Nur Amira Syahira is versatile, creative and always smiles when playing the drums.