I once attended a small show in Toronto where The Creepshow headlined and I regret that over the years I have forgotten the name of one of the opening acts – because I was really impressed by their performance.
I think it was the first time I had truly taken note of a female drummer at a live show. My friends and I were close to the stage, we were captivated by her – the sexy blonde drummer wearing stiletto heels– and expertly playing drums. Since that show, I have always watched for females who play drums, and am amazed when they do so in high heels – because while I definitely do not have the co-ordination to play drums myself – I most certainly would be even worse at it in a pair of 6 inch Louboutins…
In honour of these brilliant and fashionable percussionists here is a list of some of the world’s best female drummers – these girls kick ass so be sure to check out the videos below. Caution – drumming in heels is totally possible – but only if you are as talented as these ladies!
- Lux Drummerette
Talented and beautiful, Lux does not deny that it is a challenge to play in heels, she has even created an informative Youtube video on the subject if you are interested – you can find it here. Lux plays fast – as a metal fan she enjoys playing the most esteemed metal classics. She briefly joined horror punk band Nekromantix in 2009 – I saw her perform live at Lee’s Palace with the band shortly after she joined – absolutely love her.
- Meytal Cohen
A unique take on some pretty awesome metal music – Israeli born and classically trained, Meytal Cohen is a phenomenal and interesting percussionist. Check out her unique take on System Of A Down’s hit song Toxicity.
- Torry Castellano
Torry kept the epic rock beat for The Donnas from 1993 – 2010, sadly announcing her retirement in 2010 due to injury/tendonitis – she is definitely missed.
- Sheila Escovado (Sheila E)
Working with Prince truly brought this gorgeous woman the notoriety she deserved – active since the mid 70’s – Sheila has been hitting drums for decades – and she is amazing!
- Gina Schock
Another female drummer who has been working in the music industry since the 70’s. Gina got her start as the drummer for new wave band The Go-Go’s – the original girl band – they found “the beat” with Gina’s excellent drumming.
- Meg White
Forming The White Stripes with her former husband Jack White, Meg was one half of the duo that delivered popular hypnotic rock-rhythm hits such as Seven Nation Army and Fell In Love With A Girl. While Jack has continued to produce music since disbanding (and divorcing) – Meg, naturally shy, has been relatively quiet post-White Stripes.