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Anika Nilles


Department Chief Drums.

Anika Nilles has become the German figurehead of "modern drumming" on the international stage since 2014. She has been admired for years in the professional world for her rhythmic intelligence. Among other things, she graced the cover of the world's most influential drum magazine, "Modern Drummer" (USA), becoming the fifth woman to do so in nearly four decades. Nilles also proves that it's never too late to start playing music: She didn't pick up the sticks professionally until she was 26. Still, with more than 20 million views on social media platforms, she is considered a co-initiator of the "modern age" of today's drumming scene.

"Her large musical vocabulary, her expressiveness and lightness, her very tasteful, subtle drum compositions with surprisingly explosive drum fills inspire drummers* all over the world." (Die Zeit) Not only as a musician but also as an educator Anika Nilles has established herself internationally over the last 6 years. Her masterclasses and clinics are magnet point for numerous drummers* worldwide. As an author she has been working for the German magazine "Drums & Percussion" since 2016 and finally published her first textbook on Alfred Music Publishing in 2020. In 2021 she also received a teaching position as department chief of the percussion department at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg in Mannheim.