On a winning streak against Dave Grohl, there's nothing Nandi Bushell can't do
By the age of 10, drummer Nandi Bushell has already reached musical milestones that most artists could achieve in their lives.
In recent years, the spirited, aspiring rock star from Ipswich, England has played talk shows around the world, starred in music commercials, booked advertising deals with top drum and guitar brands and rocked with Lenny Kravitz at London's O2 arena.
("Can I hug? I watch you on your side the whole time," Kravitz said before they jammed together to "Are You Gonna Go My Way.")
Most recently, Nandi pinned the internet by challenging Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl to a viral drum fight, which she wins.
"I'm glad it makes people smile," Nandi said during a Zoom interview with The Times, "because it's good when people smile and feel happy when they watch my videos ... your support was really nice. "
A still of Nandi Bushell from the latest video in her ongoing drum fight with Dave Grohl. (John Bushell / YouTube)
These videos, tweeted back and forth between British child prodigy Zulu and former Nirvana drummer over the past few weeks, have collectively garnered millions of views on Twitter and YouTube, where Nandi regularly does flawless covers of upbeat tracks from Nirvana's "In Bloom" uploads. to Dua Lipas "Don't start now".
"I don't really look at the numbers," says Nandi, whose popular YouTube channel has more than 192,000 subscribers. "It's not about the numbers. It's about: people like it and they feel happy to see it."
Dozens of framed portraits of the father-daughter duo's musical heroes, including Queen, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin, can be seen on the office wall behind Nandi and her father John Bushell, who is also on the zoom call. Bob Marley, John Lennon and the Beatles who inspired Nandi to start drumming at 5 a.m.
John Bushell's famous office wall with "many Nandi influences" as a musician. Although her father admits, "We have to add a few more now." (John Bushell)
The young musician remembers listening to the Beatles whipping pancakes with her dad as part of a family weekend tradition where the bushells play rotating rock and roll playlists over breakfast.
"I would always watch Ringo Starr's drums on YouTube and I would always love it," says Nandi. "And I did really well at this math club, so I had to ... get a toy drum kit. ... I would just start practicing it. We have a teacher for a couple of months and then we started Making grades and jamming with my dad. And then we took it to the next level! "
Despite their shared passion for rock, Nandi quickly explains that her father "isn't really a musician" and "doesn't play that well". ("It's true," John confirms.) And her "mother likes to sing, but she's not very good at it." But that didn't stop the proud parents from supporting their musically gifted daughter, who also plays guitar, bass and piano. And yes, she sings too.
"We really love music and we really love sharing our love of music with the world," says John. "I think that's what sparks the imagination of so many people. When Nandi plays the drums - or whatever instrument she plays - that love is so obvious and visible to everyone. When I watch her videos, I get the same Kind of emotional happiness that I think most people get, too. "
That infectious, positive energy exudes from Nandi's cover videos, where she effortlessly kills punch after punch as she sings along, twirls her drumsticks like a pro, and occasionally lets out one of her signature rock star screams.
"I'm very excited and pumped up and happy," says Nandi, who unconsciously has to tear open the air barrels while answering questions about her craft. "I like to play rock music and with rock music you scream ... It just gets out all of my anger and it feels really satisfying."
For her latest trick, Nandi showed off her myriad skills on multiple instruments, including her voice, by visiting a "real recording studio" to create "Rock and Grohl" - an original song that was shared by artist Foo Fighters and his social media -Showdown is dedicated.
Grohl did not respond to the Times' request for comment, but publicly praised his young opponent as "an incredible drummer" and added that he was "really flattered". She chose some of his songs to learn and perform "perfectly".
In their latest video, several Nandis put on an energetic one-girl show in response to Grohl's cute Round 2 entry: a superhero theme song dedicated to "Supergirl # 1," Nandi.
"That was epic," says a beaming Nandi of Zoom while wearing a black Nirvana t-shirt. "He wrote a song about me ... I thought he was just playing jazz - some technical beats. But no. He wrote a song about me. That's crazy!"
In August, Nandi kicked off the drum battle with a wicked version of Foo Fighters' 1997 hit "Everlong" because she loves "all the screaming in it" and its "straightforward heavy metal" series of eighth notes. Grohl caught the video and challenged it with a similarly fast rendition of Them Crooked Vultures' "Dead End Friends" - which Nandi inevitably "smashed" for a first-round win.
"It only took me three days to learn," she proudly explains.
Actually, John gets involved, she mastered the expert-level tune in just one day - but they had to wait 48 hours for a grandiose red flannel shirt to arrive in the mail before shooting the video, which cost more than 1.7 Millions of views on YouTube.
"I play it slowly, little by little ... to get it right," says Nandi of her trial. "That's the way I work: play each section piece by piece, and then end up doing the whole song at full speed."
Nandi triumphed again in the original song round, but the "Pretender" hitmaker hasn't surrendered yet - so she and her dad have started planning their next move by "having some fun jams" and "one." come up with some cool beats ".
"It was an amazing experience and I'm very proud of myself and my father because my father organized everything," says Nandi. "We are very proud of ourselves and very grateful that we have a drum fight against Dave Grohl."
For John, who enjoys helping Nandi brainstorm cover options, study other drummers, write music and movie content for her YouTube channel, the enthusiastic response from fans and musicians alike to his daughter's work has been nothing less than surreal.
"We're all having a difficult time around the world right now and ... Nandi's pure joy is a break from the troubles," he says. "There is hope and joy in this world. And there is innocence and there is something to look forward to. And I really thank Dave for giving Nandi the opportunity to be who she is."
Unless she uses her musical gifts to lighten the weight of the world, Nandi is a normal 10 year old girl who goes to school, studies for exams, skateboarding, and watching TV with the rest of her COVID-19 bladder in sixth grade.
And she wants other girls to know they can be rock stars too - a message illustrated by a painting of the female symbol that adorns their drums, along with a tribute to Grohl and a fist that reads "Power and Equality" represents.
Next, Nandi dreams of working with another woman, Gen Z music phenomenon Billie Eilish ("Duh!"), Before officially forming her own one-woman band while joining another as a drummer. As for an album, nothing is officially in the works yet, but several record labels have expressed an interest in representing them when the time comes.
"Some boys say, 'Oh, women can't play drums because they're girls," says Nandi. "But girls can just as much as boys ... A lot of people like music and ... it's important that people are fair and be treated equally. "
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
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