Aoyama Hideki - awesome drummer!


Some of you may have heard of this BabyMetal thing. It's J-pop with (mostly) metal style backing. The drumming on the albums is programmed, but they had to find a guy to play this stuff live, and they certainly did!

His name is Aoyama Hideki.

I'm not a metal fan, so I don't know the current state of the art of this style of drumming. But this guy can really pump it out, very clean and smooth, and all while following a click (they do use minor backing tracks at times). The entire band consists of some of the top Japanese players, and they deliver. An example (never mind the costumes):

BabyMetal live