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What's the last thing a drummer says in a band? / "Hey, how about we try one of my songs?"

That classic drummer joke was brought to you by millions of guitarists over the past 30-40 years, and partly funded by the Beatles' 'Don't Pass Me By' (the only Beatles song solely composed by Ringo Starr).

Now here's a test for you: try and imagine the drums in 'Pyramid Song' by Radiohead re-worked by a 'non-drummer' - it's likely that we'd be listening to a very different sounding track. The drumming itself isn't massively complex (in the grand scheme of things), but the restraint Selway demonstrates in that track is a trait really separates the good drummers from the bad drummers, and a trait that would surely by an asset in the songwriting process, right?

This brings us nicely to LA native Liv Marsico, aka the beautiful mind behind Liphemra, drummer in 405 favourites Gothic Tropic, director, and the reason why our drummer/songwriter point is valid.

"The music I make comes directly from the subconscious. I write in a very surrealist way...not of consciousness," muses Liphemra over our lengthy email exchange: "I'm heavily influenced by jazz. To name a few - Elvin Jones, one of my favorite jazz drummers. I'm a huge fan of Madlib, a producer I admire greatly. Geoff Barrow is another one. He started out as a drummer, so I feel we can relate on many different levels."

Elvin Jones, Madlib and Geoff Barrow? Connect the dots and her diagnosis is pretty accurate. The loose, but directional feel of Jones, mixed with the drive of Madlib and eschewed approach of Barrow can all be found in her first 'proper' single, 'Young'.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is a showcase of a drummer that isn't trying to prove a point. It's the product of someone that has talent and vision, and plenty of it. It's the sound of her influences wrapped up into something truly brilliant and unique, and the reason why she's our editorial pick this week.

With only one song to share (though we highly recommend you check out the video she shot for Homeboy Sandman's 'I Do Whatever I Want' for a peek into her directorial work) we asked her to put together a mix of her favourite tracks/musicians for you to digest.

Check that out below, and head over to to learn more about her.


  • Camel, Flying Lotus
  • Three Card Molly, Elvin Jones
  • Nylon Smile, Portishead
  • Savage Planet Discotheque, Computer Jay
  • Everything That's Yours, Mike G - OFWGTKA
  • Pinned and Mounted, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
  • Opening, Phillip Glass
  • World Hurricane, Air
  • Mer, Chelsea Wolfe,
  • Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings (Father John Misty Cover)- Tashaki Miyaki