As a Rock Band teacher, I try to keep my eye out for kids, especially girls, who have talent and whom I can help promote on social media. One such artist is Sina from Germany, a 16-year-old girl who first came to YouTube fame at the age of 14; her drum cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” now has nearly 3,000,000 views. Earlier today, YouTube recommended I listen to her (amazing!) international collaboration with two 12-year-old girls of the classic “Smoke in the Water”; it’s nearing 100,000 views after just three weeks.
In her recent presentation at Smith College on women, feminism, and rock, Jessica Hopper described how, when Green Day first hit it big, for some reason, boys who were fans often felt it necessary to quiz girls who were fans to see if they were legit. Meg Reilly, our vocal music teacher who is also a working rock musician, and I were talking at dinner the next evening, and she laughed as she recalled that exact experience growing up. I certainly remember the same dynamic from my own high school days years earlier.