"Why did I quit the Beastie Boys? I didn't want to rap and I didn't feel good about grabbing my dick."After 10 years of playing, Kate decided she had a lot to learn. She names Paula Spiro as a great instructor and motivator. In an interview with drummergirl.com Kate reveils:
"I'd been playing for a while and basically learning by listening and copying what I heard. But then I kind of reached a plateau where I couldn't learn anything more … I was frustrated with my level of playing … You start meeting more and more musicians, and they're just like kicking your ass. Not that I'm competitive, but just, like, How come I can't really like do fills…time signatures, jazz, or blues?"So Kate started looking through the "Voice" randomly at the music section. And there she spotted drum instructor Paula Spiro's ad.
"So I called up this drummer Paula Spiro, and we talked for like an hour... She was like, "Why don't you just come and check it out? … She was really open, she respected that I had been playing for years. She totally figured out where I was at … I was really nervous when I first went … She has this interest in honing your skills no matter what level you're at, even if you may never be a big-time drummer. She became a real mentor for me. She convinced me that I could do this as a career, if I really worked hard, that I could be one of the great female drummers..."And look at Kate now: she is succesfully working as a freelance drummer recording and gigging in NYC for many years.
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