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Life & Work with Emily Gould

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Gould. 

Hi Emily, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Back when I was nine years old, I was listening to Blink 182 and found myself focusing only on the drums. The spark hit me suddenly, and I turned to my dad and said, “Hey Dad, I think I want to drum.” He replied with, “Alright, let’s get you lessons!” and off I went into my lifelong passion for drumming. I continued to learn through private drum lessons, clinics, school band, and basement projects until I was playing professionally. With the support of my family, I was able to make drumming my full-time job about six years ago by teaching private drum lessons, playing concerts, events, and festivals, and recording music. Currently, I work with a variety of Colorado-based bands and solo artists, play live whenever possible, record drum tracks for folks all over the world, and teach six days a week. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My career has definitely been challenging at times. I think most of the issues I’ve faced are quite common within the creative arts community, like balancing personal and professional life, unpredictable financial ups and downs, physical and mental hurdles, and particularly, putting one’s whole heart into something and then presenting that thing to the world for judgment, which can really knock one’s confidence around. Beyond that, being a woman in a male-dominated field has proven to be challenging at times, as I combat sexism and incorrect assumptions regularly. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’ve been fortunate enough to work with an array of talented folks over the last 20+ years, playing everything from the drum set to hand percussion, tiny cafes to ampitheaters, festivals to international tours, and any genre you can think of, I’ve tried! Of all of that, I am most proud of touring through the Faroe Islands with my partner in our project The Double And. That was an incredibly cool experience. Other wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure of working with are Shaina Wexler, Spirettes, Fire Follows, and Outlaw Drums, to name a few. Something that I feel sets me apart from my fellow drummers is my work ethic and attitude. Drumming is my true joy and passion, and I think that is reflected in how I go about my work. 

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
I have many thoughts on this, but to keep it simple- my advice for people who are just starting out would be: have fun with it; don’t take yourself too seriously, and be patient. Learning any musical instrument is a challenge, but especially learning how to drum is a really unique thing. I tell my students who may be frustrated, “When in your life have you ever had to coordinate all four of your limbs to do totally different things all at once?” Likely never. So going easy on oneself while starting out will make the experience far more enjoyable. 

Pricing:

  • Private drum lessons (in-person or virtual) – $25 per lesson
  • Studio drumming – $100 per track

Contact Info:

  • Email: emilygoulddrumming@gmail.com
  • Website: www.emilygoulddrumming.com
  • Instagram: @emilygoulddrumming
  • Facebook: @emilygoulddrumming
  • Twitter: @emilygoulddrums
  • Yelp: Emily Gould Drumming


Image Credits:

George L. Blosser
Ryan Waneka

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