Some of you may not know it (ok, probably ALL of you), but I was a crazy drummer when I was in high school (don't ask how long ago that was ha!).
So this video REALLY appealed to me… especially since I was recently blessed to be able to shoot photos of a local drumline that is ranking in the top 10 in the world!
Ok, and it doesn't hurt that Janina is an attractive star in her own right.
But the other thing that really interested me in this (despite the fact that it was shot on DSLR video! see the screen grabs I captured below for proof) is that Janina went with a passion of hers and created her own music video out of it. Yes, this isn't just acting, she was in a drumline herself in school.
I know you'll enjoy this – I sure did!
DON'T LOOK DOWN – #JustAddDrumCorps Edition by Janina Gavankar
“Don’t Look Down” isn’t Gavankar’s first foray into music. She studied classical music, received training as a pianist, vocalist, and orchestral percussionist, and grew up as a drum corps fan.
“I’ve been in love with drum corps since I was 13 years old,” Gavankar said. “The level of musicianship, precision, [and] the passion grabbed me and engrained a work ethic in my brain.”
Gavankar wanted to return to her roots for her next project. After hearing Garrix’s song, she knew exactly what she wanted to do.
“I had this idea that I could translate that entire piece to real instrumentation, and if I could just get a hold of a drum corps it would be epic.” She pitched the idea to Drum Corps International’s John DeNovi, who put her in touch with Bob Jacobs, director of the Jersey Surf. The video features 50 alumni, staff, and current members of Jersey Surf in addition to Gavankar, who not only provided the vocals for the track but also took a turn on snare and marimba for the video.
DON'T LOOK DOWN – behind the scenes
“DON'T LOOK DOWN” Stills
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)