Jerick, when did you begin to play the drums?
My father is a musician by profession. When I was 10 years old I used to watch his live performances. Seeing him play live greatly influenced me into drumming. From there I then started self-studying and learned to play with his support and guidance. I have come a long way since then and I still remember my first gig in front of an audience. It was way back during my freshman year in high school. Our school held a big event and they asked me and my band to perform live. It was my first time to play drums in front of a big audience. It was a thrilling and very memorable experience for me.
What does it take to be a good drummer?
For me, playing and even learning the drums not only needs talent but also discipline, dedication and passion. In my opinion a big part of being a good drummer involves the ability to focus and make decisions whenever necessary. Without these characteristics it will be very difficult for a drummer to move forward or even improve to become a better drummer.
Does your hobby influence the way you work?
All the things I mentioned before are also very much applicable to my job as SAP Technical Lead.
From the preparation of project development plans to designing, delivery and deployment of technical solutions in compliance with SAP standards. I am managing and coordinating off-shore and on-shore teams to ensure delivery timelines are met. Apart from good timing my job as technical lead demands dedication and the ability to keep the big picture in my head.
Luckily the drumming also keeps me physically and mentally fit and strong as apart from a good physical workout, it is something that I enjoy doing which really helps me to relax and keep my focus.