As Helen Wiggin taught us on the Shaggs' Philosophy of the World, anyone can play the drums.
To truly excel to the point where one becomes a legend is, however, something that requires a little bit extra on multiple fronts.
Just as important as God-given talent and drive is an understanding no one wants to see you sit there like the guy from the Queen Haters.
The greatest drummers of all time--Keith Moon, Carla Azar, Chuck Biscuits--understand importance of putting on a show.
Because she checks off all the above boxes, we’re going to go out on a limb here and suggest that Japan’s Yoyoka Soma is, at age nine, already one of the best drummers of all time.
On her Vimeo page she lists herself as a multiple threat, who sings, plays the keys, and composes:
When I was a just small baby, my parents had a home studio and there were various kinds of instruments. My parents were performing music activities as amateur singer-songwriters and they cradled me with their music. When I listened to their songs and guitar performances, I was eager to join them and couldn’t stop beating out a rhythm. That was why I started playing the drums. The drum was the first instrument in which I felt an interest in my life. My parents’ music peers often visited us to play together. I was glued to the powerful and dynamic performances by the drummers. At age 2, I was playing the drums as if I were playing with toys. At age 4, I started performing at concerts. At age 5, my family band “Kaneaiyoyoka” was formed by my parents. We have released 2 self-produced CD albums so far. Not only the drums, I also play the keyboard and perform as a vocalist. I compose lyrics and music as well.
But it’s drums where she seems to excel. Soma lists Chris Coleman, Benny Greb, and Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham as her all-time favourite timekeepers.
The last name left some pretty big shoes to fill, but Soma proves more than capable below with a impeccably executed cover of Led Zep’s “Immigrant Song”. No to mention nailing, well everying in a cover of "Dreamin'" by Japan's BOØWY. And delivering a killer version of Zeppelin's "Good Times Bad Times" recorded when she was the ripe old age of 8.
That's right: 8. Some people become legends earlier than others.