Tzzy Taylor rocks!
High School student, Matilda ‘Tzzy’ Taylor, might only be twelve years old but this keen young drummer is already making a name for herself on the world stage.
Earlier this year, Tzzy (drummer and vocalist of local rock band Blindly Led Youth) was voted Popular Champion of the global Hit Like a Girl, drumming contest in the under 13 age group.
Now in its eight year, the contest is all about attracting attention to and supporting female percussionists the world over. The entrants are required to submit a 3-minute performance video uploaded to YouTube, a brief bio telling their drumming story and a recent photo of themselves behind their drum kit.
Tzzy’s impressive performance of the System of a Down track ‘Chop Suey’ attracted a total of 892 votes making her audition video the most popular in her age bracket.
“It was a pretty good feeling, pretty exciting!” said Tzzy, after she found out the news.
“I want to say a big thank you to Mark Welch, Sam Aliano and all of Orange for getting behind me and helping me win the most popular, and whoever voted!”
On top of a prize pack a young drummer could only dream of, Tzzy was also awarded a scholarship with global music education company The School of Rock. She has now begun weekly Skype drumming lessons with one of the teachers at the School of Rock in Sutherland and will be joining other students there for the school’s ‘Sounds of Seattle Show’ on December 14.
“I have a gig in December and every now and then I will travel down to the School of Rock and do group rehearsals. It’s really cool meeting new musicians that push me, it is just really cool,” said Tzzy.
But that wasn’t the only good news, Matilda’s drumming style also caught the eye of “Hit Like a Girl” executive director and owner of TRX cymbal company, David Levine, which resulted in a sponsorship offer.
Rock on, Tzzy!