Stu­dent’s big break

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

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.

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