Indigo Smith, percussionist, music lover and all around badass. We got to work with Indigo during our Afrovibe™ dance workout series and we still can’t get over how awesome she is!
At what age did you start drumming?I started drumming when I was about four or five. My dad had a Djembe and bongos laying around the house that I would play, but I began to take it seriously at eleven years old when I joined band at school.
What do you love about drumming?Drumming always feels like a home for me, and that’s probably what I love the most. It’s a part of me.
What is your favorite genre to drum for?One of my favorite things about being a Percussionist is the versatility in the genres I get to play. I get to experience all different kinds of music; Afrobeat, Rock, Pop, R&B, Hip Hop, Cuban, Brazilian, West African, Orchestral, drumming on trash cans!! and they all call for different things which makes it exciting, I couldn’t pick just one!
Do you have a favorite beat?It’s hard to pick a favorite beat! There’s so many different rhythms for different cultures and so many ways to apply them, I love it all. Our heart beats are probably the coolest though.
How do you inspire yourself to find new beats?Music is everywhere, I can get inspired by the sounds of traffic, nature, anything really! Also the more I study different rhythms from different cultures that will also spark ideas.
Who are your role model/s?Some of my percussion role models are: Naná Vasconcelos, Sheila E., Airto Moreira, as well as all of the teachers, students, and fellow band mates I’ve ever had!
Have you had any challenging moments as a female musician that you can share? If so, how did you overcome that challenge?I’ve been lucky so far in that being a female has actually helped me to get more opportunities since we’re so rare. I’d like see us continue to take over even more! I feel like we bring something unique to rhythm and music.
I feel like we [women] bring something unique to rhythm and music.