5 Drummerszone artists - Camille Bigeault

Camille Bigeault
France
I'm 26 years old, and was born in Toulouse (France). My mum is a percussionist so I guess it helped with the rhythm ability! I really started drums at 12 though, when my secondary school music teacher put me in front of drums to play the beat on the kid song "every animal is our friend". I taught myself for a few years playing along artists like Blur, the Beatles, Coldplay, Muse and Placebo. I decided I wanted to be a drummer while watching "Soulmates never die" Dvd from Placebo, thanks to Steve Hewitt (the drummer back then). After 2 years taking lessons with Thierry Bordier, I entered the conservatory in Jos Fillatreau's drumsclass, amazing teacher who introduced us to jazz, snare technique, fusion, rock, pop, double bass drumming and rhythmic illusions (Gavin Harrisson's book is fantastic about that). I got the drums price 5 years later and also finished a musicology jazz degree and a "today's musics" course. I played with a bunch of rock/pop/progressive rock/jazz fusion compositions bands, including: Xxelles, La thorie des cordes and Breathing Method.

I also started composing/playing guitar/singing at 14 years old and have a side-project named Mewka. I played about 25 solo gigs singing with my guitar.

After moving in the south-east of France, I joined Genesya, a tribute to Genesis and had the chance to learn the exact parts of Phil Collins' drumming, that I enjoy a lot!

Early 2016 I started posting some polyrhythmic ideas on the social medias and unexpectedly the first video got its little success and was shared all over the world! That encouraged me to focus and develop "my thing" on the drums. I was also contacted to play on a french rock opera called "Le rouge et le noir" (The red and the black) adapted from a french novel. We played 86 gigs in 5 months at The Palace in Paris!

In 2016 I was happy to become a Tama endorsee!

In 2017 I went to Los Angeles for the second time to see how things are going there and to figure out how to concretely participate to big auditions. It's not simple as it's mainly your close contacts and network that can help, and live there can also help a bit better than being there 1 week without working visa. I'll try to work on that as I'd like to do american artists (french music isn't really my thing). Anyway I got closer to David Levine, Trx cymbal CEO and creator of Hit like a girl contest. He introduced me to DrumChannel, and we shot a show called "Veronica One-on-one" with only female drummers as guests, with Veronica Bellino (ex drummer of Jeff beck) as host. Thanks to that I've finally been able to make a composition to play drums on, called "Room 8" (See video on my home page), and I keep on composing other play alongs.

I've recently been endorsed with Cympad, Remo and Meinl cymbals!

Today I'm working on masterclasses (after giving private lessons for about 30 students over the years), on new compositions and I keep discovering and working ostinatos/polyrhythmic ideas on the kit that I'm willing to share. I'm also available for tours, hire me! I wanna play for you.
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