Alex Realff’s drumming will finally be heard by others after his first real performance and through the easy technology of YouTube.
On my 12th birthday, I got a set of drums as a present. Of course, I was terrible at playing them, but I kept banging away. Playing drums is a sort of escape, as I can use them as an outlet for dealing with stress. My parents put pads on the drums to dampen the noise coming out of the basement. We lived in a townhouse at the time and my family was afraid I would bother the neighbors.
A year later, we moved into a new home. I took it as a complement that I no longer had to have pads softening the sound from my drums. The whole house would fill with the sound of my beats, and you could even feel the vibrations on the second floor. With a new music teacher, and a lot of practice, my playing kept getting better. By 9th grade, I started a band with my friend Cameron who plays the guitar.
Now, Cameron and I are in a band with four other friends and we are about to play our first show at a small venue. We won’t get paid, but the owner of the place knows a lot of people and can help us with more gigs and notoriety
And after the concert, technology has made it easy for me to share with others what I do. I can just upload a YouTube video… more than just my neighbors will be able to hear me.