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Interview: 18-year-old Brayden Tabakian talks his drumming inspiration, goals, and upcoming projects

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Eighteen-year-old, Brayden Tabakian proves to be a true creative. Although Tabakian is young he is extremely ambitious. His big plans make him an admirable figure to all teenagers no matter what they wish to achieve. He is not only a talented drummer making waves across social media with plans to form a new band, but also models and has created his very own clothing line. As if his perspective and work ethic are not enough to make a follower out of you, one scroll through his Instagram will. The drum covers that he posts across TikTok and Instagram are addictive to scroll through as his talent is undeniable.

You’ll want to follow him as his career and platform continue to rapidly grow.

Who/what inspired you to start drumming?

Music wasn’t anything I grew up with through my family but at around the age of twelve, I had gotten myself a couple of friends that were drummers. My friends were both in the school band and even had drum sets at their homes. I soon became really interested in drumming because my friends made it look so fun, and then started drumming myself! I give them a lot of credit for getting me my start! From there on it took off and I took tons of inspiration from YouTube drummers like Matt McGuire and Luke Holland!

@braydentabakian

good 4 u 🥁 #MaxPlumpJump #virall #good4u #oliviarodrigo

♬ good 4 u – Olivia Rodrigo

When did you start posting drumming videos to social media and how does it feel to see that they are getting so many views?

During My 8th grade year, I took a music class, and at the end of the year, my teacher had everyone make a video of them playing their instrument. For the final I made a cover to “Seven Nation Army” and ever since then, I fell in love with recording videos. I’ve always enjoyed making YouTube videos since I was little whether it was a gaming video or some random unboxing video. I started posting videos on YouTube and from YouTube to Instagram trying to get noticed! In 2020 I got myself on TikTok and that’s when everything changed for me. I had a cover that I posted hit a million views and that was the first time ever that I felt my practice pay off! The videos began to take off from there and to this day I still can’t process it but am so grateful.

Who is your go-to artist to listen to and why? Images by Brayden Tabakian

I have way too many artists that I love to listen to but if it came down to one, I would have to choose Maverick City worship. Worship music honestly just refreshes me and helps me during times of stress or feeling overwhelmed. I love all types of worship music as I grew up in church and even started playing in church in 2018! Other than worship music, I take huge inspirations from bands like Twenty-One pilots and The Neighborhood. I also take inspiration from artists like Justin Bieber, Travis Scott, Lecrae, and more. I’m constantly listening to different things and that’s what keeps me outside of the box and inspired!

How do you choose which songs to drum to and post on your socials?

There are a few different ways I like to choose the songs I want to cover. One way I choose my songs is simply by scrolling on TikTok until I find a sound that has a cool beat. I also try to see what’s trending as it could help my video have a higher chance of hitting the “for you” page. Another way I choose my songs is by asking my fans or friends what they would like me to cover! This may come as a surprise, but for me, the hardest part about making a video is actually finding a song that everyone can enjoy. I’m always looking for recommendations!

When did you decide you wanted to start a band and what are the goals you want to achieve within the band? 

For most of my years drumming, I didn’t want to be in a band. I didn’t want to be in a band just because I never listened to many bands and didn’t think I could find someone with my diverse style. I wanted to just collaborate with different solo artists and play in the background without having a spotlight. It wasn’t until I met my friend Ethan that I truly wanted to start a band. This was because we had the same style and we both had this big vision for us just even after meeting. The band as of right now is in the works and we are in the beginning stages of writing music. We are both super excited and can’t wait to show the fans what we’ve been working on!

@braydentabakian

one of our favorites #twentyonepilots #fypシ #band #duo #virall #outside @tanisako

♬ original sound – Brayden⚡️

When did you first start drumming and how important is it to practice/how often do you practice? 

I got my first drum set when I was 13 when my parents surprised me with it for my birthday. Since I just started playing and I didn’t have a practice routine, I was only playing for about 10-20 minutes a day. At the time, I was really just getting to know the instrument and trying to understand what I was doing. I would say I was an absolute pro when I started but I’m still not even there. I began playing more and more all the way up to 3-4 hours a day sometimes. Just like anything you want to get really good at, it takes practice. All the practice I’ve put in over the years has definitely paid off though, and I still continue to discipline myself to learn more!

What can people expect from you in the near future as far as upcoming projects/videos?

I have no expectations for the future; however, I do have a lot of big dreams! I’m going to continue making drum videos on my social media platforms and on top of that, I’m going to keep making music with Ethan! I’ve also just signed with The Society NY, and am hoping to do more fashion-related things!

What else are you doing besides drumming (school, goals outside of drum career. Etc), or is drumming the main thing you’re working toward?

As of now, I am living at home with my family in my small town. I’ve decided that I’m going to skip out on college and pursue this dream/ career fully! I plan to keep on putting out content and inspire others to chase after their dreams, just as I am with mine. I’m so thankful to God and everyone who has supported me on my journey, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the near future with everything I put out

@braydentabakian

can anyone tell when the stick broke 🤒 #stay #justinbeiber #GossipGirlHere #h

♬ original sound – Brayden⚡️

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