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Check Out Chris Bellew’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Bellew.

Hi Chris, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My story is a pretty windy road that leads to where I am today. I have always loved and enjoyed playing music. From a young age, my parents encouraged me to pick up a musical instrument and as soon as I started playing drums, I knew this was the instrument for me. I played a lot in school in different bands but I ended up giving up music to study a commerce degree. During those years of studying it became apparent that music and playing were such an important part of my life that when I graduated, I immediately started applying to music schools. I left South Africa in 2017 to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. I graduated in 2020 and moved out to Los Angeles to continue my career here in the United States.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has been anything but a smooth road to get here. After three years of not playing music, I had a lot of catching up to do to be up to a standard I was happy with and to be able to hold my own against my peers in the industry. There were a lot of late nights and cups of coffee drank in a practice room. Another big obstacle was moving out to LA and trying to launch a career during the middle of a pandemic which has stopped most live shows.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a touring and session drummer so I play for a variety of artists that need a live drummer in the studio or for shows. I specialize mainly in pop and rock genres but I can handle a variety of different genres when I need to! I am most proud of contributing to composing a song that was being used to choreograph a dance as well as the songs artists have trusted me to record and write parts for.

I think what sets me apart from others is my ability to adapt to whatever situation I am put in, whether that be in the studio or in any live setting. I am able to adjust pretty quickly to be able to get what is needed from me that is able to satisfy everyone.

Are there any books, apps, podcasts or blogs that help you do your best?
There are so many great resources out there that it’s hard to narrow down. There are some brilliant and inspiring drummers all over Instagram that continue to make me keep my head down and work hard to be able to reach their level. A book that really helped me grow musically is by my old teacher Dave Dicenso called “Rhythm and Drumming Demystified”. It really breaks drumming down and builds you up brilliantly as a player. I also listen to the “modern drummer podcast”.

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