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Ahead Artist Lindsay Artkop

United States



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For Lindsay and drums, it was love at first sight. At six years old, Lindsay spotted a shiny drum set on display at a local music store. Her dad saw her interest, and she was lucky enough to come home that day with a snare drum and a pair of red sticks! Shortly thereafter, she started lessons and played in every band possible throughout elementary and middle school. Over the years, she picked up guitar, bass, composing, and audio recording. At 15, she enrolled in the Educational Center for the Arts, a magnet school for the performing arts in New Haven, CT. She also studied with Bernard Purdie during that time. Throughout high school she performed and recorded with artists and bands throughout the New England area, especially with her own Funk group, “Lindsay Artkop and Friends.”

Lindsay graduated from Berklee College of Music in May 2016 with a B.A in Professional Music. While at Berklee, she concentrated on Drum Set Performance and Music Business. Her education also strengthened her skills in Music Theory, Harmony, Ear Training and Songwriting. Some teachers she studied with at Berklee include Bob Gullotti, Dave Dicenso, Ralph Peterson, Kim Plainfield, Henrique De Almeida, Tony Thunder Smith, Jon Hazilla, and Terri Lyne Carrington.

In May 2015, Lindsay won 1st place in Hit Like a Girl, an international competition for female drummers. Judges included Kim Thompson (Beyoncé, Late Night with Seth Meyers), Venzella Joy (Beynoncé), Didi Negron (Cirque De Soleil), Hannah Welton (Prince) and more.

Lindsay has performed, traveled, and gigged with countless artists and ensembles for over 10 years. She has experience with playing at filled arenas as well as intimate venues where she can reorchestrate parts to fit cocktail kit or cajon/percussion.
Lindsay presents drum clinics at conventions, institutions and universities. Most recently she was featured in the 2015 Percussive Art Society's International Convention, New York University's 2016 Annual Day of Percussion, and a solo clinic The Collective in NYC.  She also teaches Skype Drum Lessons, and is currently building her own Online Drum Education Resource, set to launch in September 2016. She's been scheduled for performances, interviews, lesson teaching and drum collaborations on DrumChannel, was featured in magazines such as DRUM! and TomTom, and has created video collaborations with famous drummers such as Kiran Gandhi and Shariq Tucker. Lindsay also composes, records, and produces original music, and much more.

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