Who says girls can’t rock out? Gracinia Lim is Drumstruck’s only female drummer and she is proving that girls not only can play the drums, she can play better than the boys too!
As a teenage girl, Gracinia had her first try at the instrument and immediately fell in love with it. Without a drumset at home, she improvised by using chopsticks on fans, books, chairs, pillows, the bed, basically anything she can get her chopsticks on, much to her parents’ displeasure. Back then, she was told by friends and strangers alike that she “played very well for a girl”.
Displeased and dissatisfied, Gracinia hit a drumming plateau and after many years of unschooled drumming, she thought to herself, “How do I play better? Why do I sound different when I’m playing the exact same beats? There must be much more to be developed in my drumming.” So She decided to enroll herself into a music school.
With credentials from the Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts Limited (ANZCA) for both music theory and drum set, Gracinia has recorded and drummed for multiple local Singapore pop, rock and indie bands such as The Powderfuls, Dead End Street, sān, Toys in the Attic, Novak, Lazzzy. These bands have brought her to perform in well-established live music venues including Hard Rock Café, Wavehouse Sentosa, Wala Wala, Home Club, Pigeonhole, MAD Museum of Art and Design, amongst others.
Gracinia believes that there is no such thing as “finished learning”. An avid believer in life-long learning and constant improvement, she strongly advocates putting oneself outside the comfort zone, as that is where real learning begins. True to her words, she has recently formed an all-girl riot grrrl band, NO PANTZ, where she challenges herself at the bass guitar while learning the new instrument at the same time. NO PANTZ was the second runner up for MTV’s Kinder Bueno Beats competition and has performed at the inaugural 100 Bands in 2014 and was also the opening band for New Zealand’s carb on carb at Pink Noize. The band has been featured and mentioned several times in lifestyle street magazine, JUICE, and has gained a small following in the underground scene for pushing female musicians, and for proving that girls can rock out hard too. The band is back in the studio for their first EP to be released in early 2016.
Gracinia joined Drumstruck’s family of instructors in 2013 and with her passionate and outgoing personality, she is very well received from children age 3, all the way to 60!