Gina Marie Osmar
Audix's Newest - and youngest - Artist
Audix's newest artist is a drummer who is building a
significant recording and YouTube resume with solid technique, deep musical
knowledge, and a singular dedication to the art and craft of drumming. It may
surprise you that Gina Marie Osmar is a 12 year-old sports-playing school kid,
but to a growing group of musical collaborators from L.A., Nashville, and
Australia, the secret has been out for some time!
"When I was three, my family brought home empty coffee
cans from the restaurant they owned. I arranged them as a kit: plastic top side
up for drums, and metal end up for cymbals. My dad was a drummer when he was a
kid, so he gave me his sticks to play with. I got my first real kit when I was
six," explains Gina. In addition to school, sports, and just being a kid,
Gina took advantage of every opportunity to play at her church and school, and
refined her drumming skills through diligent practice.
Gina began recording through Indaba Music , a crowd-sourcing
site used by musicians around the world to find and collaborate with
like-minded artists. A family friend suggested that she submit her tracks to
the Australian band Banana Nightmare. She was selected from six finalists to
record two songs, "This Feeling" and an instrumental
"Expedition," writing her own parts with little direction. "They
were a little freaked out that I was so young, but they really liked what I was
playing," adds Gina.
Gina has used Audix microphones on her kit from her first
pro recording session. "When I first recorded in Nashville, the engineers
recommended Audix mics, and I'm very happy they did." Gina now mikes her
seven-piece kit in her own home studio with an Audix DP Quad Pack. "I use
a D6 on kick, an i5 on snare, and a pair of ADX51s as overheads. My recordings
for Banana Nightmare came out amazing!" Gina used the CD-ROM supplied with
the DP Quad Pack to get basic directions on mic placement. "I read the
book and set things up just like Audix said. Four mics might seem a bit spare
for such a large kit, but everyone says it sounds great! I'll happily add more
mics if I'm asked to provide more control."
Gina does not have one favorite drum hero, but derives
inspiration from a diverse set of drummers. Mike Mangini, of the prog-metal
band Dream Theater, and the venerable Steve Gadd are particular favorites.
"I try to stay open to many styles," she says. Her current favorite
band is Mute Math, and their drummer, Darren King, is an obvious influence.
"I really like their complicated style of modern rock."
Gina currently studies with Tony Miller of Austin Drum Lab
to learn more musical styles. During this crucial time in her musical, social,
and educational development, her family carefully avoids making drumming a task
or a profession. "We got a call from Chris Blackwell and Doug Boyle (from
Robert Plant's solo project, Now and Zen) reminding us not to miss her
childhood," adds Gina's dad, David Osmar. "Her music has to come from
her own heart."
Getting a touring
band together is Gina's dream, but her age difference with pro musicians is a
challenge. "She plays really well with adults," says David.
"They very much respect her as a member of the band. As one musician said,
'If I didn't turn around and see who was playing the kit, I would have thought
she had been drumming for 20 years."
Gina will have many opportunities to live her dream, and
Audix will be there to capture them all. Gina Osmar's performance and practice
videos are on YouTube, as well as her EPK site (Gina Marie Osmar), so you can
watch the progress of this young, dedicated drummer.