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A-Yeon To Meytal Cohen: 7 Female YouTube Drummers To Know
While some of rock's most famous drummers — including Rush's Neil Peart, Led Zeppelin's John Bonham and Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl — happen to be men, that doesn't mean women aren't killing it on the drum scene on a daily basis, especially thanks to platforms such as YouTube.
To celebrate the female drummers making a name for themselves online through covers, original music and more, take a look at these seven YouTube timekeepers with serious chops behind the kit.
An Israeli-American, Cohen started playing drums at 18 despite family resistance, but after high school she was drafted into the Israeli Defense Force where she served two years. She came to Los Angeles at age 21 to pursue music, but was forced to return to Israel after suffering a back injury in a car accident. Undeterred, she returned and finished her degree. When a 2009 YouTube cover of System Of A Down's "Toxicity" featuring two of her violinist friends went viral, she was inspired to continue sharing music on YouTube. Now Cohen has her own instructional program for drummers called Maximum Meytal. She's also created an original album through Kickstarter, will launch a Kickstarter for her second album, and she's given a TEDx Talk on how the internet helps her succeed.
Still a teenager, YouTuber Brooke C can lay down a mean pocket. She's covered everyone from Tool to Metallica, System Of A Down and Led Zeppelin. Her cover of Zeppelin's "Fool In The Rain" (taking on Bonham's part) earned praise from the Society of Rock, saying "drumming sensation Brooke C made one of Bonham's most complex songs look like a cake walk." Whether it's grooving in 7/8 or laying down slammin' tom fills, Brooke C is one talented timekeeper.
With musical parents, it seems inevitable that German drummer Sina would fall into musical step with the rest of her family. Sina began her YouTube channel of drum covers when she was 14 years old, leaning toward the backbeat of classic rock staples such as the Doobie Brothers, the Clash, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Rush, and Aerosmith to name a few. As a bonus, in 2016 Sina created an album of original work with songwriters and musicians from around the world titled Chi Might.
This Argentina native who currently calls France home got her start drumming at age 15 and began playing in her first nu metal band a year later. Now 28 years old, Batera says she digs on all genres of metal music as well as the intricate drum patterns of jazz. Her love of metal is reflected in her many YouTube covers, which include Megadeth, Lamb Of God, System Of A Down, Slipknot, and Slayer. Oh, and when she's not drumming, she works for a video game company.
A-Yeon is the drummer for three-piece South Korean K-pop band Bebop, but she's amassed millions of views via her own YouTube channel. She's covered many modern and classic rock bands, including the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Imagine Dragons, Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Muse, and Royal Blood. And with fun visual elements such as wearing a warrior costume for Imagine Dragons' "Warrior," A-Yeon adds a little extra creativity to her work.
At 22 years old, Schiano has now racked up about 14 years' worth of self-taught drumming experience to her name. The New York-based drummer is responsible for filming, recording and editing all her own videos, which includes covers of some classic GRAMMY winners such as Green Day, Foo Fighters and Linkin Park, and GRAMMY nominees Fall Out Boy and Blink-182. Also check out her IG, where she shares Q&As, hand pan solos and plenty of gear photos.
Though it's been awhile since she's posted a new video, Voiles rocks out on her YouTube channel, on Instagram and also as the drummer for the band Bloom. Currently based in Portland, this drummer has posted covers by bands such as Rise Against, Dream Theater, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age, and more.