Cobus Potgieter

By Andrew Lentz Originally published in the October 2009 issue of DRUM! Magazine

Cobus Potgieter
EQUIPMENT Tama Superstar Custom kit, uDrum Cherry Bomb snare, Gibraltar rack, Pearl hi-hat stand, DW 4000 double pedal, Evans and Remo heads, Paiste cymbals, Zildjian and Vic Firth sticks, Roland electronics.
CONTACT cobuspotgieter.com

Black Eyed Peas? Avenged Sevenfold? Jonas Brothers?! It’s all fodder for Cobus Potgieter to exercise his exacting chops. Just YouTube him and you’ll find dozens of videos of this unassuming South African matching the drummers note for note on a huge cross-section of trendy pop, metal, and R&B tunes (his interpretation of Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You” has gotten 120,000 hits). These are not covers, but aggressively embellished versions of parts that you’ll swear improve the songs. Potgieters’ vids are all professionally done in his home studio — no jokey banter, no distracting cuts or fade-aways, just inviting three- and four-minute spots of a musician at work. iPod-friendly as his selections are, the songs are chosen for their challenging parts or merely because they’re a blast to drum to. Unbelievably, he’s never been in a band, but an instructional DVD is in the works. This Afrikaner’s got it going on.


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  • I hear what you’re saying, but the New Blood column is one of the few places on the website where we feature amateur drummers. With that in mind, it doesn’t strike me as odd or unwarranted to see a young drummer playing along to recordings. Hey, that’s how I learned to play drums, too! I think he has a lot going for him — good technique, sound, feel, tempo — and is certainly a YouTube phenomena worthy of some press.

  • I agree with you Andy, Cobus is definitely worthy of some press. Sure, some of his facial expressions are a little corny but every time I watch one of his videos, it makes me want to play. Cobus has skills and he reminds me of how much fun drumming is. I thought his latest series of videos were awesome and now I am a fan. I hope nothing but the best for Cobus.

  • I should have mentioned this before now, but the readers of DRUM! Magazine just chose Cobus as the Rising Star Of The Year in the 2010 Drummies! Readers Poll. That is the first time that category has been won by a drummer who isn’t currently playing in a signed band. Impressive.

    To see the rest of our 2010 readers poll results, go to drummagazine.com/drummies