As long as I can remember, I loved music and I always wanted to be a musician. When I was around 13, I decided to pick up drums. I was naturally coordinated and it didn’t take me long to start jamming with other musicians.
As I grew older, I came to realize that being a female drummer had its advantages and disadvantages. The music industry is a predominantly male dominated business, but I was just as good, if not better than a lot of the boys. For the most part, I was always in bands with guys and I felt comfortable that way, I was used to it. Very quickly, I came to realize the double standards that are around and how women could feel so belittled in this industry and how some guys just don’t have respect for women. I would always hear comments from people that would eventually get to me after awhile. I would hear ” You play well…for a girl,” “You must be the singer” or “Are you helping your boyfriend moving those heavy drums?” Just to name a few…
There was a time that I was playing a show and I needed to go behind the stage and the security guard comes up to me and tells me, “No groupies backstage.” I don’t think I was ever so angry and frustrated before I had to play a show. Nowadays, I try not to let it bug me. People are always going to be small minded and say stupid things. You know the saying “You can’t fix stupid.” Sometimes I rebuttal a sarcastic comment back to them or I take it out on the drums. Its a great fuel for the fire before a show needless to say.
It can get frustrating sometimes being a female in the music industry, you always feel like you need to prove yourself. I could probably go on all day on some of things I have encounter, but also being a female behind the drums also has it’s advantages.
Being a female drummer, you definitely stand out among the rest. There’s been so many times that I get some really heart warming compliments that really drive me to become better drummer every day. Those little positive comments can go a long way. With that said, I have met some astonishing people and have been blessed with some amazing opportunities. It always pays to be honest, respectful, and have good work ethic. Always reach for your dreams and don’t let anyone try to bring you down.
THE VON is an American Indie/Electro/Rock band from South Florida formed in 2012 by vocalist/bassist Luis Bonilla and guitarist Marek Schneider. For much of their career, the band has been a trio with drummer Elisa Seda, who replaced their former drummer after the recording of the band’s upcoming album. All three members came together and formed a bond by talking about their favorite rock n’ roll legends; bands that are now big influences in their music. These passions are at the forefront of what the band brings to the crowd with their energy which is nothing short of contagious; they are not just a band but an experience.
On November 20th, they will release a brand new album entitled, Ei8ht. The album digs deeper into musical influences and infusing of their diverse cultures, yoga ideology, and overarching themes of living life fearlessly. Ei8ht was produced by Bonilla and mixed and mastered by Grammy Award winning engineer, Carlos “El Loco” Bedoya. By the beginning of 2015, THE VON released their first single Nothing to Fear, soon to be followed by other single and releases this year. Currently, the band is performing intensely throughout South Florida and working on a National and European Tours in 2016.
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