Emmanuelle Caplette Made Her Debut At The Age Of 9 Years Old When Joining A Local Drum And Bugle Corps. For Eight Years She Played Snare With Different Corps From Quebec. It is During This time that She Won Many Awards Including First Place At The Provincial Individuals Championship In Quebec, Four Consecutive Years In A Row! Upon Her Entry At Drummondville College, She Studied Drums In Pop/Jazz Style With Camil Bélis
In our effort to highlight female drummers , Here is Our international female drummer of the week the gorgeous Drum Queen Emmanuelle Caplette. Here’s what she had to say in her interview with Indian Drummer.
Emmanuelle - I’m currently on tour with IMA (www.ima.mu) all around the Quebec Area. I also work on my duet project “Sweet.” We are currently in the writing process (pop/electro/lounge stuff). And I’m keeping busy with drum clinics.
ID – You’re referred to online as one of the happiest drummers, and when one watches your drumming, it clearly shows. How important is it to stay relaxed while drumming? And any pointers that would help to stay calm and relaxed.
Emmanuelle - For me, playing music is a passion. I love my job and I just enjoy it. That’s why I’m comfortable when I play. It is important to be relaxed when playing, because we transmit energy to the audience. People often forget to do one important thing: Breathe! It helps to be relaxed!
ID – While on the topic of the internet, how useful a tool has it been for you?
Emmanuelle - Most of my advertising is done online. My videos are seen around the world through YouTube. It’s amazing. I got requests for clinics in Brazil, Germany and elsewhere … So Internet is very useful for my advertising.
ID- When you began drumming, you joined a Drum and Bugle Corps. So that must’ve been a whole lot of snare drum practice. Was there any hard part while going through the entire learning process just playing the snare?
Emmanuelle - Nothing! Lol ;-) For me, playing the snare drum has always been a pure pleasure. I always wanted to learn more.
ID – Which were the rudiments/patterns that were harder to get a hold of?
Emmanuelle - Mmm … I would say: Flam Inverted. Because it’s the opposite of the flam tap rudiment. At first when I learned this rudiment, it wasn’t a natural fingering.
ID – Now several tours and television appearances later with a whole bunch more to go, how has the ride been so far?
Emmanuelle - So far I am very happy with my journey. I’ve realized many dreams. I’ve worked very hard to get good results. And I will go on! This is not staying at home that contracts will come. We reap what we sow ! You know what I mean ?
Emmanuelle - Self-confidence. This is what I have improved more. To be a professional musician, we must have confidence.
ID – You’ve worked with Guy Tourville. How was that experience like?
Emmanuelle - I love working with Guy. It has a lot of experience. Every time I work with him, I grew up!
ID – You played on Annie Brocoli’s The Broco Show. How was the vibe like when tracking drums for that record?
Emmanuelle - The vibe? Magic! The team on The Broco Show was outstanding. I loved working on this project. Communication was excellent between the musicians and the director. We had a lot of fun and we had the privilege to create.
ID – Getting to endorsements, you’re currently sponsored by Vic Firth, Evans, Sonor, Roland and Sabian. Can you tell our readers a bit about how the process of an endorsement works?
Emmanuelle - I have written to companies … I asked to be sponsored. And after a positive response, I sent them my press kit. And I got my sponsorship. To get sponsorship, you must show that you will bring visibility to the companies. This is not saying, “I am the fastest drummer in the world” you’ll get a sponsorship.
ID – Tell us a bit about your setup at the moment.
Emmanuelle - I play on Sonor drums! My main kit is the Jungle Set. I love it!
The bass drum is 16”X16”. The sound is amazing. It got a lot of sustain! It is surprising! The sound is great because it is a suspended system. The bass drum doesn’t directly touch the floor. The fact that it is suspended gives it a fatter sound! I like to play with one tom and a floor-tom (sometimes 2 floors!). I use Sabian cymbals, Evans drumheads and Vic Firth drums sticks. I have a preference for the Jojo Mayer sticks. If you want to see al of my setup, go on this link:
My clinic talks about 3 important things:
Rudiments : How to practice them to quickly improve dexterity, fluidity and interpretation.
Recording Session : Qualities and skills to have for a studio drummer.
Promote yourself : How to put yourself forward to have more exposure. (Ex : get more contracts)
ID- What advice would you give to fellow drummers out there when it comes to improvisation while playing?
When you practice improvisation :
- Practicing with a metronome as often as you can.
- Play/Practice with other musicians
- Practicing different styles of music
- Listing to music is very important
+ When you play « live » :
- Be yourself.
- Play the right notes in the right places.
- Play the song!
Emmanuelle - I’m a full time musician. But I like sports!!! Like Hiking, Badminton, Hockey, Running and Bicycle!
ID – What’s the latest gear you’ve purchased?
Emmanuelle - Seriously? A Hardware Bag!!!
ID – What’ve you got lined up for yourself and your fans in the near future?
Emmanuelle - Some clinics are coming!!! I’ll play to the Musikmesse in Frankfurt (Germany) at the end of March. I’m working on my drum method! It’s excited! But it’s a long process! I also work to give some drum lessons on Skype! In few months, it will work!
ID – This is your space Emmanuelle, feel free to say anything to your fans, friends, family, etc.
Emmanuelle - I want to say a huge thank you to all my fans and friends! I appreciate your support and I am very grateful! If you want to contact me, email me from my website : www.emmanuellecaplette.com
I always read my messages. I manage my website! ;-)
People who want to be drummer, you must have :
- A good personality (good attitude)
- An open mind
- Be passionate
- Good sense of rhythm and time
- Your sound and Your style.
**Believe in your dreams and never give up !!!
Thanks a ton for doing this interview! Indian Drummer wishes you the very best.