Six finalists were chosen in the final weeks of the entry period which ran from February 1 to March 13, 2016. Each week a different set of contestants were chosen by drum industry judges. These weekly winners are automatically advanced to the final round of the contest when a group of celebrity drummers will choose the winners.
The next twenty finalists will be chosen in fan voting, open now on the site. You may vote daily until March 27. Girls and women from 41 countries have entered the contest.
The Latest Under 18 Finalists
Nur Amira Syahira is a 13-year old drummer from Malysia whose dream is to be a professional drummer. She loves to sing while playing as well.
Natalia is a 17-year old Polish drummer who lists Anika Nilles, JP Bouvet, Tony Royster, Jr. Luke Holland and Agnieszka Trzeszczak, among her influences. She says Michael Jackson is her musical inspiration. Every year there are great Polish drummers in the contest, and she is another
When a babysitter brought over the game Rockband, Molly Flores, then ten years old, found her passion. She says her dad is a former drummer and her mom always knew the kids would be musical. She and her sister perform and have played SXSW and recently recorded an EP. She says she hopes she is “inspiring people to follow their dreams no matter what.”
Twenty-two year old Misai Nakamichi says she fell in love with drums at age ten when she fell in love with drums. She later won jazz competitions when in high school. Today she studies at Berklee College in Boston. Inspired by the legendary Japanese pianist Hiromi, she wrote the “Ninja Hatton” for her demo.
Jas Kayser (UK) is a great drummer and former contestant. She says “At the age of nine my twin brother Ash and I were both desperate to play drums although our parents weren’t too keen. They thought with us both having a mild to moderate bilateral hearing loss learning to play an instrument was a crazy idea but eventually agreed as they thought it wouldn’t last! I am now 20 years old and still playing and loving drum kit more than ever but also enjoy playing jazz vibes, jazz piano , classical percussion and am currently learning bass. Like Misaki, Jas is also studying at Berklee. Her biggest inspirations include Luther Vandross, Marcus Miller, Cindy Blackman, Terri Lyne Carrington, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove and all her teachers.
Helen says “I was a classical guitarist and everything changed in the moment I saw my brother playing drums. Just like that I was hooked!” She began taking lessons and now she’s been playing 16 years. She is inspired by Tigran Hamasyan, Mark Guilliana, Zedd, Nate Wood, Kneebody, Lido, Brad Mehldau, Avishai Cohen and many, many others. It’s almost unfair not to l Helen says, “I see music as the one thing that can unite every single person of any kind of background; its a powerful tool for us but it comes with a huge responsibility! I take music very seriously because of that and that’s why my main focus as a drummer is serve the music and not myself.”
How The Judging Works
This week’s finalist join finalists were chosen by industry judges including Percussive Arts Society President Julie Hill. Each week until March 13 guest judges will pick two Under 18 and two 18+ winners to move on to the final round of judging. Additional wild cards may be chosen by sponsors and judges. Then from March 14-27 fans will have the chance to vote for their favorites. In the end a minimum of 20 finalists will be chosen in both age groups.
The celebrity judges include Prince’s 3rdEyeGirl drummer Hannah Welton, jazz ace Kim Thompson, UK great Emily Dolan-Davies, Emmanuelle Caplette, the Summer Set’s Jess Bowen, Cuban star Yissy Garcia, Grammy-winner Terri Lyne Carrington, Senri Kawaguchi, Allison Miller,YouTube star Anika Nilles, Venzella Joy (also Beyonce), Kate Nash’s Alicia Warrington, Cherisse Osei of the Bryan Ferry band, Allison Miller, the legendary Samantha Maloney (Hole, Motley Crue), and guest male judges Steve Smith of Journey fame, Aaron Spears, and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, will announce winners on April 13 2016 in a live webcast event.
About Hit Like A Girl
Now in its fifth year the Hit Like A Girl was started by DRUM!, Tom Tom and TRX with the aim of highlighting and promoting female drummers. Girls and women of all ages and skill levels, and from more than 50 countries, have entered the contest over the past four years. It is sponsored by an elite group of musical instrument companies including Evans, Pro-Mark, Avedis Zildjian, Mapex, Sabian, Vater, Innovative, NFUZD, Sonor, Drum Channel, and more. Media sponsors on three continents include Music Radar, DRUM!, Alfred, Alternative Press, Rhythm, Percussive Arts Society, Enter music Network, Digital Drummer (Australia), Drum Guru, Hudson Music, Not So Modern Drummer, Drummers Resource, Drummer Café, Performance Drumming, Online Drummer, The Black Page, Digital Drummer, Wikidrummers, Swinghouse Studios, and Sick Drummer Magazine.
Hit Like A Girl: Http://hitlikeagirlcontest.com
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