Sia – Chandelier (Drum Cover)

June 28, 2016 by Nick Oshiro

Hello!

It’s finally live! This is my favorite drum cover so far! It’s coming out a week later than anticipated, but I was tracking drums for “D” of the Spazmatics, and Ryan Whyte Maloney from Season 6 of The Voice.
Where do I start? When I first heard this song, I was blown away. My first experience was seeing the music video on YouTube. I felt something instantly! It had been a while since I heard something that grabbed me by the guts. Maddie Ziegler, the little girl dancing, was so convincing! Sia’s lyrics and melodies accelerated a weeping inside that left me with nothing, but a shear desire to express my identification. I know there are a lot of guys who have done drum covers of this song, but I couldn’t help it!
I spent a day setting up camera angles and lighting, and another jamming and figuring out what I wanted to do. Some people will bash you for getting too far off from the original track, but the drums for this were programmed and really simple, so I thought, lets make it rockin’! I didn’t want to over play. I wanted the parts to be interesting and to enhance the feeling of the song.
With my five GoPros, some lighting, and favorite jam kit, I started to form the skeleton of the track. The take I took to editing was my third pass at it. I knew it was the one. I wanted to rock it, while still having a relaxed, cool feeling as the atmosphere. I edited all the audio in Logic Pro and the video portion in Final Cut. This combination seems to be so powerful and is getting easier for me as I go along. “Just keep chipping away”, is what my friend Andre Winslow says!
I hope that this video excites you, sparks your ambition, and drives the imagination. This can be a very dark track when you listen to it, but the color black is made of all colors. Finding the light is an inside job and it’s songs like this that can shed the loneliness and feed the soul. Listen to the people around you, for you may have more in common than you think…

Nick Oshiro


25 Responses to "Sia – Chandelier (Drum Cover)"

  1. nick that was friggin AWESOME! I love it man! You look so happy and like you had so much fun doing that song! Cant wait to see whats next!

  2. I love this song, but after hearing your version playing the drums I loved it even more. That was totally “AWESOME”. You are AWESOME! Can’t wait to hear more. If you don’t mind I’m going to share! Good Luck! Sandra in Mobile, AL.

  3. What a gift dude! I just loved your facial expressions. Made me smile 🙂 I honestly had no idea you have so much variety in music. I remember the 1st time I met you at a static concert. Then seeing you at Dyls service. Life sure throws us curves. I hope you never stop playing. You are an inspiration. See ya around buddy.

  4. An unprecedented combination of two incredibly talented artists. Had to play it again tonight, about three times, to get my fix and be centered.

  5. Hey there stranger. Stephanie just sent this to me today & im really happy to see your doing so well. I remember playing on your drums and watching you play in those bands as a kid. You’ve grown into such an inspirational man, following your dreams. I’m proud of you and your talent is simply amazing. Danielle Ferriolo

  6. This was one that totally blew me away. You could play any song from any genre and turn it into not just gold, but platinum. You definitely have some killer chops and groove. Beautiful song, incredible drumming.

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