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Anika Nilles Lands Drummer Magazine Cover Story

Anika Nilles Lands Drummer Magazine Cover Story

How did an unknown drummer from Mannheim Germany grab the world’s attention and become a worldwide drumming sensation? YouTube. Simple, right? Actually, the story of Anika Nilles is a lot deeper than that — and Joel McIver gets right to the heart of it in Drummer Magazine‘s February feature on Anika.

Like almost every other successful drummer, Anika got the bug to play really early on. She would steal time on her dad’s kit down in their basement whenever possible. By age 6, her dad was brining her to the local music school for lessons. Although her passion for music was obvious as the years went on, her parents insisted that she should have a back up plan in case this whole drumming thing didn’t work out (sound familiar?). She studied social education for six years before making the jump to study music full time at the Popakademie in Mannheim.


For most of us, Anika came on the radar in 2013 when she uploaded her original tune “Wild Boy” to YouTube. Believe it or not, she had no intention or expectation of going viral. She just wanted to land a gig!

“The teachers [at Popakademie] liked my songs so I put one out there just to get jobs. There are companies who watch out for musicians; they want to see something and I didn’t have anything so I put my song online. Six hours later it went totally crazy.”

Far from a flash in the pan, Anika has proven to be a force to be reckoned with! She’s just wrapped up a major international clinic tour and an appearance on the main stage at the London Drum Show. We can’t wait to see where Anika’s career goes next!

Pick up Drummer’s February issue to check out the complete feature on Anika. You can also order a single issue online, here. You can also read about Anika in Drummer’s digital publication, iDrum

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