I’m Angela from Singapore and I am 44 years old.
My drumming journey started in 2008 when my husband and I bought our first electronic kit on a whim. I had the sole intention to vent my anger and sadness on it after our first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. My husband taught me my first drum beats. I never wished for anybody else to see or hear me play. Pounding the drums in private was for my own happiness and healing.
The first song I attempted to learn on the drums was ‘Fading Like A Flower (Everytime You Leave)’ by Roxette because I have been a Roxette fan since the age of 13 and their easy-listening songs always bring me comfort and joy. Over the years, I have taken formal drum lessons and I eventually convinced myself to try playing drums to an audience.
I’m currently a Chemistry teacher at a local college where we have our annual student rock band competition. The competition culminates in the ‘Teachers Band’ where a group of us teachers come together to play for the college. In a world where drummers are stereotypically male, it makes me quite proud for my students to see a female drummer rocking it on stage.
The song I’ve chosen for HLAG 2023 is a simple one because of nostalgia. It reminds me of why I continue to drum – because of the healing it brings me and the fun that I have just playing my favourite songs.