Hit Like A Girl Finalists Revealed
Updated: April 22, 2012
(Los Angeles, California, Thursday, April 19, 2012) — Capping ten weeks of excitement and anticipation, the fifteen finalists of the Hit Like A Girl 2012 (A Drumming Contest For Female Drummers) were announced this evening during a live webcast on DrumChannel.com. The show featured leading women drummers Meytal Cohen and Dawn Richardson, contest organizers Phil Hood (DRUM! Magazine) and Mindy Seegal Abovitz (Tom Tom Magazine), and clips from the selected contestants’ videos.
To all of you who entered and helped create all the excitement of this contest, hats off. You’re all winners.
The fifteen finalists included the top twelve popular vote recipients as well as three wild-card entrants chosen by contest sponsors Crush, TRX, Vater, Evans, SKB, Drum!, Tom Tom, Alfred Music, Drum Channel and the Enter Music Network. The finalists’ videos will be judged by a panel of world-class drum artists, including Sheila E, Jess Bowen, Kim Thompson, Dawn Richardson, Suzie Ibarra and Hannah Ford, with the grand prize winners announced on May 1, 2012.
Hit Like A Girl 2012 Finalists
(in no particular order)
- Arianna Fanning
- Karmi Santiago
- "Pearl Girl" Mandy Tieman
- Adriana "Gata" Pinaya Johanssen
- Illari Arbe
- Monica (Moni) Del Valle
- Nikke Blout (NIKnSTIX)
- Jess De Vries
- Drashti Thakkar (D.T.)
- Taryn Lee Young (TarynDrumfire)
- Janitra Priyanka Vaswani (JP Millenix)
- Lindsey Raye Ward
- Agnieszka Matuszczak (agadrummer)
- De'Arcus Curry (dbaby)
“Since this was first year of the contest we weren’t really sure what to expect,” explains Phil Hood. “Frankly, we were overwhelmed by the response. With well over 350 entries from around the world, more than 300,000 votes cast, 10,000,000 page views thus far and as many as 12,000 visitors per day, what started out as the first contest for girl drummers became a global phenomenon for the women’s drumming community.”