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I want to introduce you to my student, Amanda. 

How long have you been playing the drums?


I started playing the drums 6 years ago. My friend is the one who first taught me the basics. He had a drum set in his studio and I was drawn to it. I tried the guitar and bass but the drums stuck to me more than the others.

Who are your favorite artists? 

Some of my favorite artists to listen to are: Frank Zappa, Nirvana, Hole, Royal Crown Revue, Melvins, Shellac, Pink Floyd, Black Flag, Primus, Dead Kennedys, The Gits, The Doors, Sonic Youth, Descendents, Black Sabbath, and Foetus.

Do you have any other hobbies besides music? 

My other hobby besides music is baking. I just recently made a gluten-free vegan vanilla cake for my friends.

What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past three months? 

It’s hard to pinpoint the coolest thing I’ve learned in the past three months from my lessons but I would say polyrhythms is pretty high on the list. It was also really cool learning more about and strengthening my timing, stick control, and syncopation skills.

Are you currently playing in a band and/or do you have any performances coming up? 

I’m currently in a three-piece band with my sister. The band’s called “Cake Face.” Our first album “Free Money” was recently released. You can access it on SoundCloud and iTunes. Our next show is on June 11th at the Pack Theater in Hollywood. We also have shows July 1st at Alaythia in Hemet and July 8th at All Skate @ UCB, Sunset. 
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