Student’s big break
Sam Notman lives and breathes music, and the former Taranaki drummer’s next step is one he is particularly excited about.
He will this year undertake a a nationwide tour in support of well- known Wellington musician Thomas Oliver’s forthcoming album.
From listening to the latest album from New Zealand duo Broods to playing in his church band on Friday nights, music is Notman’s life.
‘‘I started at 10 and my dad taught me. He’s from a pipe band background and travelled the world drumming. So he got me into it,’’ Notman, 21, said. ‘‘I just wanted to be like him.’’ Notman is nearing the end of his final year of study. The Whitireia student enrolled in the certificate in foundation music in 2012 and has been studying for a bachelor of applied arts (music) for three years.
The 21-year-old Wellingtonian said Whitireia had helped him develop the tools necessary to be successful in the industry.
‘‘The exposure to a range of quality tutors, especially Rick Cranson from the Little Bushmen, has helped me become a much more technical and wellrounded musician.
‘‘A lot of musicians out there have no idea how to promote themselves or manage their careers, but that’s something that Whitireia teaches you, as well as the practical side of things.’’
During his end-of-year assessment in 2014, Notman performed some original material in front of Oliver, who had been brought in as an assessor, and from that sprung the offer to do the nationwide tour.
‘‘I’m really excited to be working with Thomas. I’m a fan of his music and we’ll be playing some big gigs.
‘‘ Without the introduction while studying I probably wouldn’t have had this kind of opportunity so early.’’
Though Notman listens to Kendrick Lamar and even James Brown to fill his musical tastebuds, he said he enjoyed a wide range of music.
He said he wanted to make a living out of music.
In the meantime, Notman continues to work with his band, The Ba$h, and two-man drum outfit, Slick Licks.
He is also the drummer at youth services on a Friday night at the Kapiti campus of Arise Church.
Sam Notman is excited about his adventure in the music world after he graduates from Whitireia.