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Female Trouble podcast: April Camlin, Wume drummer (episode 23)

April Camlin of Wume on growing up in Baltimore and getting people to take her seriously as a female drummer.

By the band’s own estimation, Wume is an exercise in conjuring vibes. With April Camlin on drums and Albert Schatz on synths, the Baltimore duo creates groovy electronic pop with an emphasis on polyrhythmic structures. Wume spent their early years in Chicago before coming to Baltimore, April’s hometown. Always a creative child, April spent a lot of time in the background, and described the process of finding her scene and getting involved with music. It’s the visceral yet controlled nature of drumming that appeals to April, though she often found it challenging to get people to take her seriously as a female drummer. She talked about that experience, the diversifying Baltimore music scene and discovering her creative community in the CopyCat Building. April is also a fine artist who works in textiles, and she discussed the roles her art and music play in influencing each other.

 


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