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Drummer Emily Gould's sound advice


  • Brian Tryon

Emily Gould is a professional drummer, teacher and small-business owner living in Colorado Springs. Easily one of the most sought-after drummers in the area, Gould has played with many local bands over the years, and currently performs with Spirettes, with whom she recently performed at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. You can catch Spirettes later this summer at The Principal’s Office on Aug. 7.

Essential Sunday morning listening: For the life of me, I just cannot get away from ‘90s music. If I find myself with free time, not needing to study particular music, it’s straight to ’90s grunge, alternative, rock, pop-punk and pop.

First record I bought with my own money: It was Enema of the State by Blink-182. Like many people back in 1999 when it came out, I was blown away by Travis Barker’s drumming. In fact, hearing that album is what inspired me to learn how to drum.

“Wish I could unhear that” song: I wish I could unhear “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. It’s not that the song itself is particularly bad, it’s that it’s a good song for my drum students to work on, so I hear it a lot — too much — and it loops in my head for ages.

My latest online discovery: After a recent trip to the Faroe Islands with my project The Double And, we discovered the local record label there, called TUTL, and have been listening on Spotify. It features an enormous amount of talent and variety.

Artist more people should know about: A band I am blown away by but don’t hear enough about is Kiven, out of L.A. I opened for them here in the Springs a while ago with a local project, and was captured by their showmanship and musicianship.

Guilty pleasure: A guilty pleasure of mine is surf music, like Dick Dale and The Ventures. It’s sort of an obscure genre now; I try to tell my younger drum students about it and they have no idea what I’m talking about. I like it, though; it takes me back to the beach and the endless summers of Florida.

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