Top 5 Female Drummers on YouTube

By Howard Buksbaum filed under People

March 30, 2013

Ever since I was a little boy I've had a fascination with drummers. I even took lessons for a little while, but watching truly talented players has become a passion - an obsession. Female drummers in particular, have piqued my interest over the past few years. Something about a girl, wailing behind a kit, is really sexy. Like other rhythm instruments, drums are dominated by men. Whatever your preference, this list is sure to change your mind if you have any preconceived notions about the fairer sex's ability to lay down a fat groove.

Here's a list of the top 5 female drummers on YouTube (in no particular order):


1. Meytal Cohen

I've been a big fan of Meytal Cohen's for over three years. In fact, she's the first female drummer I discovered on YouTube. Talk about technical ability - Meytal makes it look effortless. She started playing at 18 and after 3 years moved to the US from Israel to pursue a drumming career. She is now one of the most popular drummers on YouTube with over 54 million channel views. 



2. Hannah Ford

I discovered Hannah on YouTube which lead me to her Drum Channel performances. She's got sick chops, she's super hot, and she can lay it down. Hannah has been playing since the age of 7 and it shows. This clip is especially yummy because not only do you have a female drummer, you've got a female bassist as well. Check out Hannah Ford and Nik West.



3. Emmanuelle Caplette

I  found Emmanuelle on YouTube around the same time as Meytal, after looking for female drum and bass videos. She's got an unsuspecting appearance, but when she starts to play you'll find you can't take your eyes off her.  Emmanuelle started playing at 9 and has managed to hone her skills into a Weckl-style jazz fusion sound.



4. J. LaToiya

I originally saw J LaToiya on the Hits Like a Girl 2012 site. I immediately checked out her YouTube channel. Talk a about power. I love watching drummers play to anything syncopated so when I saw her entry video, I was in heaven. Listen how accurate her timing is. Although both songs in this clip are a good example of her ability, the second song at 1:11 has cleaner audio.



5. Jen Ledger

Another one of my favorites is Jen Ledger from the band Skillet. Jen is a powerhouse, with enough stamina to play long sets pounding away on her kit. She started playing when she was 3.5 and joined Skillet when she was 18. She's got a great singing voice, and I'm giving her extra points for the British accent.



If you're looking for more female drummers check out the 2013 Hit Like a Girl site.

I'm always looking for new drummers to follow. Leave a comment if you have other suggestions.

Hope you enjoy my picks.