A Queenstown rocker’s hoping to hit the right note in an international drumming competition.
Patrick Brooks, 34, is one of just a handful of Kiwis entered in The Shure Drum Contest, a search to find the world’s best hidden drumming talent.
While he’s not a professional muso, Brooks is no rookie.
“Since five, I learned with pots and pans, mum’s kitchen utensils, just banging away. Around about 10, I got my first drum kit and started off with a church band.”
He’s been drumming on and off ever since, including with several bands in Queenstown.
“I just love it, it’s a big passion.
“It’s hard to describe, I just love the sound of different tones of the drums, cymbals, I just love the feel, the groove.”
The drumming gene has clearly been passed on to one-and-a-half-year-old son Ariki, who loves bashing away at his dad’s drum kit.
“At the moment he’s got the groove, he’s got the beat,” Brooks says.
He’s hoping to get enough votes to progress to the next stage of the Shure competition, with one drummer from each country moving through.
The grand prize winner will receive a five-day trip to London, England, plus Shure gear valued at $US5000.
Judges include Taylor Gordon, who’s performed alongside Beyonce and Stevie Wonder, and Ash Soan, who’s played with Ronnie Wood, Dionne Warwick and Robbie Williams.
You can vote for Brooks until May 6 at www.drum-mastery.shure.com