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  1. Drummer-Songwriters

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    The drums being a rhythmic – as opposed to a melodic – instrument, songwriting is not a natural progression for drummers.  But drummers can be multi-instrumentalists and well-rounded musicians, and do cross over, sometimes to outstanding results.

    As a songwriter who started with drums as a teenager, then learned to play basic parts on the keyboard – just so I could play the melodies I was hearing in my head – the following drummer-songwriters have made particularly strong impressions on me: 



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    Take 3 cutesy Japanese schoolgirls aged 12-14, a bouncy J-Pop tune, dress up in short loli-goth outfits, and apply a coat of the heaviest metal sound…

    It’s called “BABYMETAL”, it’s the latest oddity from Japan, and yes it’s as wrong as it sounds…

    ... but also strangely compelling at the same time.

    The 3 girls are Nakamoto Suzuka (中元すず香), Kikuchi Moa (菊地最愛), and Mizuno Yui (水野由結) and are the pseudo-rebellious offshoot of otherwise clean-cut idol group Sakura Gakuin (さくら学院) (“Cherry Blossom Academy” in English).

    Welcome to the mosh pit of Chaos...