46 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED IN THE 2015 HIT LIKE A GIRL DRUMMING CONTEST.
Champions and other winners to be announced May 7 on DrumChannel.com.
Hit Like A Girl is proud to announce that more than 40 of the world’s best drummers have been selected as finalists in the 2015 edition of the international drumming contest for girls and women. Contest participants included girls as young as 6 and women in their 50’s and represented nearly 50 different countries, from North and South America to Asia, Europe and Africa. The HLAG Finalists were chosen by popular vote, professional drummers and drum industry executives.
The 2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest Finalists are:
Under 18 Age Division
Antonia (Germany) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/under-18/entry/antonia-2015
Becca Webster (USA) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/under-18/entry/becca-webster-2015
Daga (Poland) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/under-18/entry/daga-2015
Daniella Dziamba (Canada) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/under-18/entry/daniella-dziamba-2015
FaithNDrums (USA) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/under-18/entry/faithndrums-2015
Isis Dunthorne (Ireland) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/under-18/entry/isis-dunthorne-2015
Jennie Seaborn (Canada) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/under-18/entry/jennie-seaborn-2015
Kalonica Nicx (Indonesia) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/under-18/entry/kalonica-nicx-2015
Kasey Rox (USA) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/under-18/entry/kasey-rox-2015
Madison Mesec (USA) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/under-18/entry/madison-mesec-2015
Manu Fukuada (Japan) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/under-18/entry/mana-fukuda-2015
Maren Alfrod (USA) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/under-18/entry/maren-alford-2015
Mira Burgers (Netherlands) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/under-18/entry/mira-burgers-2015
Nat Drum-her (USA) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/under-18/entry/nat-drum-her-2015
Natalia (Poland) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/under-18/entry/natalia-2015
Nur Amira Syahira (Malaysia) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/under-18/entry/nur-amira-syahira-2015
Payton Taylor (USA) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/under-18/entry/payton-taylor-2015
Sophie Drummer (Ireland) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/under-18/entry/sophie-drummer-2015
Over 18 Age Division
Aaliyah Jay (UK) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/aaliyah-jay-2015
Alex Monsa (Columbia) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/alex-monsa-2015
Arianna Fannning (USA) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/arianna-fanning-2015
Asli Polat (Turkey) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/aslpolat-2015
Bianca Richardson (USA) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/brichdrumz-2015
Brooke Custerson (Australia) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/brooke-custerson-2015
Daiana Azar (Argentina) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/daianaazar-2015
Dortup Drumz (Nigeria) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/dotrup-drumz-2015
Emily Roane (USA) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/emilyroane-2015
Issy L. Phoenix (Germany) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/issy-l-phoenix-2015
Jas Kayser (UK) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/jas-kayser-2015
Jessica Anderson (USA) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/jessica-anderson-2015
Keylee Preston (USA) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/kayleepreston-2015
Lenka Dundrova (Czech Republic) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/lenka-dundrova-2015
Lindsay Artkop (USA) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/lindsay-artkop-2015
Lindsay Martin (USA) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/lindsay-martin-2015
Marlene Grafais (Puerto Rico) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/marlene-grafals-2015
Mel Wu (Australia) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/mel-wu-2015
Muny (Venezuela) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/muny-2015
Rikki Woods (USA) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/rikki-woods-2015
Vicky “Buttfairy” Reader (UK) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/vick-2015
Vivi (Hungary) www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/18-plus/entry/vivi-2015
Following the final round of judging, the Champion and 2 runners-up in both the over and under 18 age divisions will be announced on the 2015 Hit Like A Girl Awards Show. The show will be webcast live on May 7, 2015 at 4:00 PM PDT on DrumChannel.com and will be co-hosted by Jess Bowen (The Summer Set), Mindy Abovitz (Tom Tom) and Phil Hood (DRUM!). The show will also feature appearances and performances by Didi Negron (2015 HLAG Spokesperson and Cirque du Soleil Amaluna), YouTube sensation Anike Nilles, Russian all-female drum line Loud Street Girls, 2014 HLAG Champions Riesha Fayson and Kanade Sato along with many other special guests and surprises.
Sponsors of the 2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest include Mapex. DW, Zildjian, Evans, Innovative, Alfred Music, Mapex, Musician’s Institute, NFUZD, Promark, Puresound, Sabian, SKB, TRX, Yamaha DTX, Vater, Vic Firth, Audix, Gibraltar, KAT, LP, PDP, Puresound and Cympad.
Media sponsors include the Percussive Arts Society, Drum Channel, Hudson Music, Drum Guru, Alternative Press, DRUM!, Tom Tom, Drumhead, the Enter Music Network, Online Drummer, Music Radar/Rhythm (UK), Drums & Percussion (Germany), Wikidrummer (France) and DrumScene (Australia).
Joining 2015 event spokesperson Didi Negron (Cirque du Soleil) as celebrity judges are Hannah Ford-Welton (Prince), Venzella Joy (Beyoncé), Kim Thompson (Late Night), Debbie Knox-Hewson (Charli XCX), Emily Dolan-Davies (The Darkness), Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson), Jess Bowen (The Summer Set), Alicia Warrington (Kate Nash), Cherisse Ofusu-Osei (Bryan Ferry), Bobbye Hall (independent), Senri Kawaguchi (independent), Kiran Ghandi (M.I.A.), Mona Tavakoli (Jason Mraz), Nia Lovelis (Cherri Bomb) and Alexey Poblete. The judging panel also includes Meytal Cohen, Anika Nilles and Lux Drummerette as well as 2014 HLAG Champions Riesha Fayson and Kanade Sato.
HLAG Ambassadors represent nearly 2 dozen countries around the world including, Canada, Chile, Argentina, The Netherlands, Japan, England, Thailand, Philippines, Slovakia, Australia, Israel, Venezuela, Peru, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Solvakia, South Africa, Germany, Brazil, Mexico and Hungary. The Ambassadors are responsible for expanding the awareness of drumming and increasing participation in the contest by organizing promotional activities in their native languages through their local and social media contacts.
For the latest information about the Hit Like A Girl Contest, visit the Hit Like A Girl Contest website at www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com.