This week is a very kool moment. One of the purposes of this blog is to highlight our Up & Coming players. (We must support our young musicians) This young lady is a wonderful talent and has a very bright future. Expressing power, technique and versatility, she is quickly becoming a sought after drummer. With already a number of accomplishments to her young career, it's easy to see why she has made music her life. Her maturity, strong family support and faith has anchored this teenage drummer....only to see her go out to sea and conquer the world. I am very excited to bring you Gina Marie Osmar and glad that she took time to Talk Chop with us.
- at 11 I was asked to come to Nashville and recorded at Tombstone Recording Studios.
- at 12 I was nominated as "Texas State Artist, State Musician".
- I have songs released with Banana Nightmare from Brisbane Australia at 12 and 13 years old.
- My former band, "Forever Starts Today" headlined 3 shows at SXSW in 2015.
- I do studio drum tracks for people all over the world.
- At 13 I was admitted as the youngest artist for AFM Local 433 in Austin.
- At 12 I was (and still am) the youngest artist with Audix Microphones
- I am an Artist Endorser for about 12 companies.
- At 13 I was a featured artist in the Summer issue of Tom Tom Magazine.
- Dec. 2015 I was the featured artist in International Musician , Journal for American Federation of Musicians for U.S. and Canada.
- I was recently asked by Don Lombardi of D.W. and the DrumChannel to be on The Drum Channel here in the near future.
I haven't played a lot of different kits yet? I am super impressed with DC California (owned by Soultone). They have the most distinctive sound I have ever heard!...Unbelievably huge! I would really like to get a custom designed kit done. I have talked with them about airbrushing a design. I hate wraps because they choke the sound of the drum and the shells cannot vibrate. I have talked with a number of companies but haven't played on many. A lot of boutique companies want to build you a kit but, what does it sound like and feel like? You can't get that from a video. I can't understand why most drum companies limit you on color or wrap choices? If I have to order it, why not make your kit's "a la carte"? The size of my ideal kit would depend on the cost to me.
Check out this kool interview Gina did at the Audix Microphones booth @ NAMM 2016
Do your friends understand what it is you do? Yeah, they know that I play in bands at some clubs and go to LA for the NAMM show but, not much outside of that? They have been to a few of my shows. I really don't bring it up though? I'm pretty low-key. I just want to be a normal 15 year old. 16 as of February 9th.
Gina with Delphi Freeman @ NAMM
w/ Mike Johnston
Can you tell us more about your parents involvement in your career? it seems like it has made things easier for you... Well, both of my parents are very supportive. My dad used to play guitar in the Air Force and toured Europe with them. His parents told him, "You are good but, now go get a real job!". My dad said to me, "If this is what you want to do in life, I'll back you 100%." That was when I was 12. By the time I was 13, my dad had a recording studio built into the house that I could use as rehearsal space as well. He ripped walls out to build it. It's a nice size, about 15'x16'. My dad always finds a way to get me to NAMM every year. I was also asked to play in Nashville when I was 11 and we all flew out there to record at Tombstone Recording Studios.
Being a church kid, drummer myself, i understand that dynamic. How would you say that has helped your drumming as well as your faith? Well, I have been part of the church ever since I can remember... My Nonna took me first when I was like 2 years old. When I was 7 I auditioned with the youth band at my church, Celebration. They invited me to sit in, kind of like to humor me?... I sat in and played the last song that they just finished playing from memory, hearing it that one time. Everyone else was like 15 years old. They made an exception for my age and got me in. I've always tried to give back a little. When I had my 11th birthday, I raised about $1000 in gift cards for the homeless in town, instead of asking for gifts. I love playing in the church. I always have. The musicians are all really good! It's taught me a lot about working with other players in a live format, timing, production and teamwork. I believe that I am where I am because it's where I should be. I'm trying not to think too much about what I need to do or being a star or whatever. I think it will all work out in God's time.
Gina G - YouTube
Yes, this young lady has go it going on! (do we still say that?)
I really dig her vibe as her talent. I hope you guys hit her up and encourage her and support her. We're all in this thing together.
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