Drums march to unique beat

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

KYABRAM’S Matt Heard could be for­given for be­ing sick of peo­ple men­tion­ing Amer­i­can a capella com­edy Pitch Per­fect to him.

As a mem­ber of a capella group Drums of War, it’s a reg­u­lar topic.

How­ever, he said he doesn’t mind.

With a capella only just rear­ing its head in Aus­tralia, he said the group wel­comes the aware­ness the film has raised of the niche mu­sic mar­ket.

“It’s huge in the States and in many Asian coun­tries, so it’s ex­cit­ing to see it fi­nally tak­ing off in Aus­tralia as well,” Matt said.

The Kyabram lo­cal was study­ing mu­sic per­for­mance at the Box Hill In­sti­tute in Mel­bourne when he was first ap­proached by fel­low stu­dent Michael Honey and asked to join a new a capella group.

While Matt had an im­pres­sive mu­si­cal re­sume – hav­ing learnt pi­ano, bass, drums and gui­tar, and sung in the Cooma Men’s Choir – a capella was a mys­tery to him.

“They ran au­di­tions for the group and I was ter­ri­fied, to be hon­est,” Matt said.

“But they con­stantly encouraged me – and I’m so glad they did.”

As an a capella group fo­cused pre­dom­i­nantly on RnB and hip hop, Drums of War de­scribe them­selves as “a niche within a niche”.

“Not many groups stick to one kind of mu­sic, so we of­fer a dis­tinc­tive brand of a capella – which is al­ready a dis­tinc­tive field,” Matt said.

Their brand – in ad­di­tion to be­ing dis­tinc­tive – has also been a mas­sive suc­cess.

The group blasted on to the scene in 2015, crowned the na­tional cham­pi­ons at the Vo­cal Aus­tralia AUSACA 2015 Cham­pi­onship.

The six-voice group didn’t stop there, ap­pear­ing on Chan­nel 7’s Sun­rise and The Big Mu­sic Quiz, as well as per­form­ing at var­i­ous mu­sic fes­ti­vals and events around Vic­to­ria.

With their de­but EP Shad­ow­box­ing re­cently re­leased, Kyabram’s Matt Heard said the group don’t plan to slow down any time soon.

“We’re al­ways look­ing to see what’s next,” he said.

Kyabram’s Matt Heard, far left, sings with a capella group Drums of War. Pic­ture: Lit­tle Olives Photography

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.