Back and ready to Rumble
Writer: Dominic Luk
Published: Fri, 25 Jan 2013
Adriane Palikat first picked up the drum set at age 14, but it was only at the age of 18 that she decided to take up drumming professionally. She enrolled herself into the National Arts Academy (Aswara) and after a year, began playing the drums and classical percussion professionally.
While at Aswara, she emerged as one of the school’s most outstanding students and earned a Diploma in Music Performance (Percussion) in 2003. In 2007, she studied at The Collective School of Music in New York and then decided to base herself in New York City.
Within 12 months, Adriane had already performed at notable NYC venues such as the world famous Blue Note Jazz Club, the Highline Ballroom and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). She also toured throughout 2008, traveling to 30 different cities in the United States, and performed at the SXSW Festival in Texas.
She also played at the Central Park/Union Square’s Summer Stage over the summer of 2008. Recently, Adriane returned to Kuala Lumpur with hopes to share her passion and love for music.
Selangor Times speaks to Adriane about her experiences in the US and how she feels about being back in KL.
ST: You studied for a while at The Collective in New York. What kind of music did you play when you were studying there?
Adriane: I majored in jazz/funk drum studies, which was a great experience forme. I still play all sorts of styles. While in New York I also played for some musical theatre productions.
ST: What was life like in New York as a Malaysian, playing amongst other fantastic musicians?
Adriane: Fortunately, the moment I started my life in New York, I felt very happy and calm being there. I didn’t have problems fitting in and in fact, I enjoyed every moment. As I slowly assimilated into the city there and got my groove going, life got more exciting.
On some days, I’d be up early in the morning performing in front of a crowd of tens of thousands of people in the streets of New York, and then after that rush off to another event. I enjoyed being busy as a drummer and New York was really a great place to expose myself to how the professional music industry really works.
ST: You don’t just play drums. In fact, you are talented in so many other things. What else do you play and what else did you do in New York?
Adriane: Well, I also play the piano and keyboard, bass guitar, and guitar. While in New York I composed and arranged music for artists and also worked as a sessionist musician in studios around Manhattan. I am actually hoping to do the same things here in KL now that I am back.
ST: How does it feel like now coming back to Malaysia?
Adriane: It is thrilling to be back, but I am also nervous at the same time. A lot of things have changed over the years while I was away. The music industry is moving faster, and with people like Yuna giving our country more worldwide attention, things are definitely changing for the better.
I know it will be difficult for me to fit comfortably back in, but I am sure that in time, I will be performing more and working with more local musicians and artists.
My husband, who is a New Yorker, also moved to KL with me, and he is a fantastic audio engineer. We’re hoping to work on producing albums and working with more musicians to build their own reputations.
While we were there, there was this constant vibe that I felt; a great feeling where energy was always flowing through the air and music was a big part of everyone’s lives. I am looking for that same feeling here in KL.
ST: We are sure great things will happen for you now that you are back. What are your hopes for the music industry in KL?
Adriane: I just want to see more people enjoying music, and appreciating musicians for their hard work and dedication. That also means paying musicians well! It would also be great to see more musicians working together to bring more good music to the masses, and hopefully to the rest of the world. I would definitely love to see more Malaysian music being appreciated all around the world!