Why are there so few female drummers?
An amazing article on badass drummer and founder of Tom Tom Magazine - the only magazine dedicated to and celebrating ladies in the world of drumming.
Mindy Abovitz conceived Tom Tom, a quarterly magazine for and about female drummers, in 2009, after she became a drum instructor at the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls in New York City. Teaching young girls how to play the drums was only a part of the experience, which Abovitz says rewired her brain on many levels. "I'm so passionate about what happens to a person when they first sit at a drum set, and what happens two years later. You're a completely transformed human," Abovitz says. "You lead your band into songs. You're creating independence. Your legs are spread open. You're sitting behind your band, but you're supporting them. When you're tracking, you're the first person to lay down the track. That's memory skills, that's you by yourself, with seven microphones on you, and after you drum for four hours you walk away being, like, 'I got it!' There's so much about being a drummer that teaches you how to be a strong person."
Not unlike the way Rookie began as an oracle for teenage girls but is read by a far wider audience, Tom Tom, too, was created to celebrate a specific kind of culture and simultaneously offer a community for everyone."I was trying to figure out why, in 2009, we were still being treated the same way, if not worse, then when I was 14 and listening to Bikini Kill," Abovitz says. "I decided that I no longer wanted to participate in the industry as it is. I wanted to change it. " Female drummers provide the platform for Abovitz's large-scale dual mission: To rework media, to change the music industry, and, in the process, offer women and girls equal representation in the arts.