The self-taught drummer Fernando Piu Paulus who goes by his stage name, Drumking, is currently setting the bar high for local drummers. The drummer who has been directing music performances at the Namibia Annual Music Awards along side co-director Imms Salohomo since 2016 has become the poster child of you can do anything if you put your heart into it for other aspiring instrumentalists.
Vibe this week sat with the drummer before he jetted off to the States and this is what he had to say.
Full Name: Fernando Piu Paulus
Stage Name: Drumking
Relationship status: In a relationship
Vibe: Give us a brief background on your music career?
DK: I started playing drums at the age of 7 and only went to polish my skills at the College of the Arts when I was in grade 5.
Vibe; What was your biggest gig?
DK: When I played in London with Elemotho and another bigger artist from Malawi.
Vibe: What would you say are some your challenges being a drummer?
DK: The Market in Namibia is very small, one cannot make enough money from music to sustain yourself. Can’t even pay rent from music because it is not consistent and that is why I have a day to day job. But I struggle to juggle between the two, always tired, but I guess it is fine since I am still young.
Vibe: You mentioned that you have a day to day job, what do you do?
DK: I am a payment administrator at Bank BIC.
Vibe: Moving away from music, if you had an opportunity to travel to a destination, where would you go and who would you take with?
DK: I will definitely go to Senegal and I would take the best musician in the world with.
Vibe: If you were stuck in an elevator with the Afroberries and Nangweezy and you are told the elevator can only start moving again when you kiss one person who would you choose and why?
DK: I will kiss Nangweezy because the Afroberries are one and they are quite close friends anyways.
Vibe: Who is your local and international celebrity crush?
DK: Definitely Maria Nepembe and Beyoncé.
Vibe: If you had a chance to collaborate with any artist on a track in Namibia who would you choose?
DK: Definitely Gazza and Chikune, Gazza has a good understanding of music.