By Waldo The Squid Originally published in the September 2009 issue of DRUM! Magazine
EQUIPMENT Sonor drums, Sabian cymbals, Evans drum heads, Vic Firth sticks.
Is there something in the water in Québec? Two issues ago The Squid was big-upping another female Montreal drummer. Unlike the last fille Québecois, Emmanuelle Caplette is no metal-grrrl, but a chops-intensive finesse player well grounded in both the kit and drum corp, the latter of which she joined at age nine (check her snare solo on YouTube). Winning a provincial contest four years in a row would swell the heads of most young players but Caplette steadfastly pursued a music degree, before doing graduate work in jazz at University Of Montreal. Her focus paid off with a music-theater gig, Cavalia,, which toured the States, followed by recordings with top French-language pop singers and, in 2008, a full-time gig playing on a popular Canadian kids TV show. Her sense of time, tasteful ghost notes, and effortless independence will no doubt impress, but it’s the passion for the craft that stays with you.