Many times in this segment, we focus a drummer’s journey and discuss their place in the history of our local music scene. But for this week’s installment, we’re looking to the future. Nadirah McGill has only been drumming for a few years, but her band (Gully Boys) has quickly become one of the most talked about groups in town. They get regular air play on local radio, they’ve played many of the most coveted stages in the Twin Cities, and they’ve already recorded at the esteemed Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls. With such a bright future on the horizon, Nadirah McGill is definitely a drummer you should Get to Know.
By: Mike Jueneman
MND: How did you end up in the Minnesota music scene?
Nadirah: I have lived here my whole life! I became friends with a good chunk of folks in the scene through attending live shows. I didn’t participate in the scene until I started playing with my band Gully Boys in 2016.
MND: What is your drumming education background?
Nadirah: Self-taught baby! I have had no formal education, but I would really like to start taking lessons.
MND: Who are your top three influences and why?
Nadirah: Both of the drummers from Polica have influenced me heavily. I remember seeing them perform for the first time and immediately needing to learn how to drum. I was absolutely blown away.
I also love Clyde Stubblefield. I remember my grandma listening to a lot of James Brown and funk growling up, and I was always grooving to the drumbeat. I also then realized how much of his drumming is sampled in a lot of hip hop and rap and was really like, “ok this is my guy!”
MND: Who are some artists/groups you’ve worked within the past?
Nadirah: I have had the opportunity to drum with Marijuana Deathsquads a few times now and I absolutely love it every time.
MND: How would you describe your style?
Nadirah: “Oh god, I hope this sounds good.”
MND: What style of music do you enjoy playing the most?
Nadirah: Surprisingly, noise music!
MND: What is your current set up?
Nadirah: Oh, don’t ask me this question. My kit and hardware are hand-me-downs from a previous partner. I also inherited a brass snare from Sage of Niiice. I am a broke college student, so I play whatever I can get.
MND: Who are some other drummers inside and outside of our scene that you feel people should know about?
Nadirah: Glory Yard is amazing! She also recently played with Lizzo on SNL. Jessica Anderson (Lydia Liza), Sage Livergood (Niiice), Leigh Underwood (Natalie Fideler), Joey Hays (Sass, The 4onthefloor), and Drew Christopherson (Polica, Marijuana Deathsquads) are some of my favorites.
MND: Where can our readers see you perform locally?
Nadirah: We have so many shows coming up, but the one I am most excited about is our co-headlining show with Nur-D at Fine Line on March 27th.
You can find more information on Instagram @gullyboysband, or https://gullyboys.bandcamp.com/
Nadirah on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Jazmyne.Nadirah.McGill