Hebi is a Ukranian drummer, who’s been playing for four years. She plays in the popular Ukrainian band O.Torvald. Before that, she mostly played in rock bands, with pop punk, punk rock, alternative, and metal themes.
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WHAT KIND OF GEAR DO YOU USE? WHAT’S YOUR SETUP?
My cymbals setup: Hi-hat 14″ (Paiste Color Sound 900), crash 17″ (2002 thin), ride 22″ (2002), crash 19″ (2002 thin), China 16″ (Color Sound 900). And I have a double pedal that I love so much, a Tama Iron Cobra HP900 Flexi!
DO YOU HAVE ENDORSEMENTS?
I am an endorser of Paiste cymbals and Starsticks drumsticks.
WHAT LED YOU TO YOUR INSTRUMENT? WHAT’S YOUR ORIGIN STORY?
Since childhood, I dreamed of playing drums, but I did not have the opportunity. My parents were against it. At ten, I saw a drum kit and fell in love with it. I had to forget about my dream for six long years. Then I grew up, moved to another city, and remembered my old dream. I began to practice steadily, and haven’t stopped since.
HOW DO YOU PRACTICE? DO YOU HAVE A ROUTINE?
I practice about six hours a day—sometimes more, sometimes less. I practice on a pad, compose songs for my band, find and learn new rhythms, rudiments, fills, and grooves. That’s my usual routine.
Do you have any quotes that you live by?
Never give up—develop, move forward.
When you sit down to make music and are starting with a blank canvas, what’s your process like?
When I sit down to write music, I want to come up with something original. It is always difficult to start from a blank canvas, but as a band, we usually work together and help each other. We compose the foundation. Next, I add simple rhythms, make them more interesting, and create fills.
ANY ADVICE FOR GIRLS CONTEMPLATING GETTING STARTED AND MAKING IT IN THIS ARENA?
Girls are really unrepresented in drumming. I want to tell all girls who want to start playing: “Do not be afraid! We are girls, we can do everything!” I always heard from guys that girls can’t play drums. It always made me very angry and I wanted to prove to everyone that girls can play even better than guys! This thought still makes me go forward and develop! Fortunately, more and more drummer girls are now appearing.