Who I am
My name is Sina, I’m a drummer (most of the time). A musician. I like good music. All kinds of good music. What is good music? Don’t know, but as far as I’m concerned some kind of musical instruments should be involved. And I have to confess that I’m not a Metal Chick. I like some Metal bands but I enjoy all kinds of different musical styles. I’m often asked to cover all those Speed Metal Thrash Bands. I recognize the speed of all those drummers but that’s just not for me. Sorry guys!
How I became who I am
I was born in Marburg, Germany, back in 99. Most likely because 99 is one of my favorite tracks by Toto and because Jeff Porcaro is one of my favorite drummers. Let’s start with my mum. Makes sense? Yes. She is an amateur Piano player and she sings all the time. Which is difficult sometimes. But she sings very well.
My dad is a professional Live & Studio musician. In the very month I was born he started touring Europe with a Beatles Tribute Show which he continued doing for the next 10 years to come before he concentrated on his studio work.
When I was 2 years old I joined him for the first time on tour (in Austria, so I was told). I enjoyed that a lot, esp. the big tour bus, and I kept attending his Shows as often as possible. Yes, I’m the little girl on the big screen (the little dog is a toy dog btw). During Soundcheck I used to count all the chairs. Sometimes I was dancing. There is a 10-second clip showing me dancing to ‘The Long And Winding Road’ but that’s Top secret!
When I was 6, my dad started recording educational music for children to help them learn the English language. I was booked as a model and actor, here are some details… Anyway, my dad teamed up with some of his English colleagues to produce some decent music for children. They recorded traditional Nursery Rhymes with a proper Band in a Rock, Pop or Folk feel. They did the same with German Nursery Rhymes and this time I was booked as a background singer. I was about 10 then. There’s a video with some of that old footage:
Around that time (back in 2010), I started drumming. My dad had bought a drum set for his studio in order to record Live drums. Although he plays most instruments (the ones with strings on or keys attached to) he is not a drummer and so I had to do the job. It took me about half an hour to learn (haha, a joke) and we started recording immediately. Ok, it took about a year before I first appeared on a commercial release. This is a track with the same singer who did the folk song (above) but this time I’m the drummer and not the backing singer anymore!
I kept recording stuff for and with my dad and when I was 14, my YouTube channel went online. The very first drum cover I did was Metropolis Pt. 1 by Dream Theater. The great response encouraged me to build the channel by uploading more covers. It was quite tempting to go on like that but as an artist, it’s not really satisfying to do one cover after the other. To be honest – it’s bloody useless! No, it’s not, it’s a great way to learn playing different styles of different drummers. But nevertheless, it was about time to think about original songs. It was kind of helpful that my dad is a songwriter and arranger, so that was a good point to start from.
The first “real” album I played on was written by Briony Williams, the daughter of one of my dad’s English friends and colleagues Mat Williams. At first, this album was only a collection of poems Briony wrote at the age of 14. Then she started to put her poems into music, her dad helped her with the instruments, about a year later my dad produced the album and I played the drums for a couple of her tunes. If you are into Acoustic Singer-Songwriter music, listen to her album Solstice for free!
While working on original music I uploaded some more drum covers on YouTube and my YouTube channel gradually picked up.
So far so good but in 2015 it was about time to create something original, something that wasn’t there before. So I started recording my original Chi Might Project, l invited musicians from all over the world to join me and the result was launched in June 2016.
After Chi Might was released I concentrated on covers and together with my dad and his colleague Rick Benbow we started YourSoundTube. So besides recording regular ‘drum covers’ we started recording ‘Original covers’, that means, collaborating with other musicians and recording all instruments from scratch (as opposed to playing to an existing backing track). We worked with some incredible singers and we released ‘YourSongBook’ in September 2017, including some of our most popular collaborations. In 2017 I also joined an Original band, called The Gäs (‘The Guess’) and we are going to do several gigs throughout 2018 all over Germany.
I was keen on expanding my skills and my knowledge about drumming, so I joined Drummers Institute in Krefeld for a one-year intense study. I also kept recording new original music, launching one song after the other on YouTube. At the end of the process, all new songs were bundled on Chi Might II and I finished my year at Drummers Institute with a diploma.
Around the same time, I was invited to perform Live with Donovan on German TV, and he also invited me to be part of a special tribute to Brian Jones in London 2019. The pandemic basically stopped touring for everyone and I’m no exception. Moving to England or the USA wasn’t an option anymore, so it was a logical step for me to record more original music. Sticking to the Chi Might concept, I found artists and songwriters from all around the globe to collaborate with. Chi Might III launched in 2020.
I kept collaborating with young, up-and-coming musicians but I was also invited by established Rockstars to record together. Being contacted by Ian Paice (Deep Purple) or Jim Peterik (Survivor) certainly felt special. When it was possible to perform live again, I joined ‘Rock the Opera’ for a couple of concerts towards the end of 2021 (Barcelona, Stockholm, Bergen, Birmingham) and there are more concerts scheduled for 2022. There’s nothing quite like playing with a symphonic Orchestra!
I finished 2021 with a mini-tour in Turkey, playing with Persian Popstar Sogand. I’m looking forward to more live shows in 2022 but I will go ahead launching new videos on my YouTube channel as long as there are people watching.