Elise Trouw

A few months after finding my way around an actual drumkit, my parents realized that I was serious about drumming, so they supported my cause and enrolled me in School of Rock, where I learned how to play and perform with other young musicians. From Mitch Mitchell’s jazz-rock waltz on Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression,” to the syncopated groove of Richard Bailey on Jeff Beck’s “Blow by Blow,” to the funky feel of Tower of Power’s David Garibaldi, I wanted to learn it all.

During my high school years, I started reading charts in band, and jazz became another component of my musicality. At the same time, I began writing both on piano and guitar, spending hours before, after, and even during school to fulfill my creative desires. Because of my dedication to music and growing following on social media, I graduated early to commit fully to music and the creation of my first album. The decision to perform all of the instrumental and vocal tracks on the recordings stemmed from my desire to learn more about recording and to push myself beyond my own limits.