Jacques<br />


Name: Jacques

Age: 32 Jahre

Teaches you in: Drums

Education: Bachelor of Music emphasis on music education at Berklee College of Music (USA), Master studies on music pedagogy at PH Bern

Plays the drums since: 19 Jahren

Drums teacher since: 4 Jahren

Languages: German, English

Styles: Indie-Rock, Alternative-Rock, Funk, Jazz, Pop

Influences: Radiohead, Bon Iver, The National, Jordan Rakei, Richard Spaven, Benny Greb, Ringo Starr


How did you get to the drums?
It was important to my parents that I learn an instrument at school. I started with piano and then switched to violin. Although I think violin is a beautiful instrument, it wasn't my thing at all and everyone, my parents included, were happy that I stopped.
Because my parents still insisted that I play an instrument, I chose drums. Why? Because it's the loudest instrument and I wanted to annoy my parents. But this plan failed because playing drums quickly became my passion. And the rest is history…

What fascinates you about the drums?
Many things fascinate me about drums: the musicality of this purely percussive instrument, the timbres of the individual drums and cymbals, the challenge to the coordination of the joints and the fact that the drums are the "pulse" of a rhythm section.
But what fascinates me most is how extensive this instrument is. You can use the drums in (almost) every musical style in some way. The musical possibilities are almost endless!

What is the most important thing for you when practicing?
“Slow and steady wins the race” is an English proverb that is in my head when I am practising. It means something like: One should take one's time and should not rush things.
It is better to approach new things slowly and thereby develop a true understanding of what you are practising, because this is the only way to develop your skills and musicality.

What do you pay particular attention to when teaching?
I make sure that I adapt my lessons individually to my students. It is important to me that their musical interests are brought to the fore. In addition, it is important to me that they learn the technical basics that enable them to realise their musical ideas.

What has been your greatest experience as a musician so far?
I am fortunate to have had many great musical experiences: Getting accepted to my dream school, Berklee College of Music in Boston, working in the studio recording albums by Adessa on Bay State, White Veins, Elena Gerster and INTERHUMAN, graduating Suma Cum Laude with my Bachelor's degree, every single concert I've played so far and collaborating with many brilliant musicians who I can also count among my good friends.

On which equipment do you prefer to play?
Basically, I have no preference when it comes to equipment. If it sounds good, it sounds good.

What else is important to you in your life besides music?
My family and my friends. Because without them, I would be neither the person nor the musician I am today.