We interviewed Italian drummer, Elisa Fortunato. The drummer of TESTHARDE made a name for herself with her YouTube covers, exceeding 1.4K subscribers at the time this article is being written with most of her videos reaching a thousand views. Read what Elisa had to tell us.
Hello Elisa! How are you doing and how has 2021 been treating you so far?
Hi FemMetal! This 2021, in spite of everything, it was amazing for me so far. At the end of 2020, I moved to New York City from Italy and I started a new chapter in my life. I love changes.
What drew you to start playing the drums and becoming a drummer?
I started playing the drums for fun at 17 years old, and from then I started playing it more, took lessons, played in bands and after several years I started teaching.
You currently post videos of your covers on social media, but would you like to join or form your own band in the future?
Of course! I love the interaction with other musicians. So far I have a band in Italy “TestHardE”, it’s an Italian female hard rock band. I’d like to play with some new yorker bands since the pandemic seems to be almost over.
To get our readers to know you better and from a different point of view, how about we play a little imagination game? I will give you a scenario in an alternate universe and you’d have to react.
In a universe where your life is a series on Netflix with a Metal theme song, what would that song be?
Ghost Love Score by Nightwish
In a universe where every time you drum on something that is not a drum a magical tattoo appears on you, how many tattoos would you have by now?
Hahahaha I think countless tattoos.
In a universe where the currency used is the person’s sense of humour, how rich would you be?
Well, in this case, I would be very very rich.
In a universe where you’re the Statue of Liberty, but instead of a torch you’re holding an object from the cover art of the last album you listened to, what would you be holding?
Thank you for playing, Elisa!
Have you ever been treated in a sexist way? How would you face sexism and what advice would you give to young people who face any kind of discrimination?
I think that every woman has been treated in a sexist way at least once in their life. The only way to face sexism is talking about it, talk about it every time something happens, talking with your friends, with your parents… talk and take distance from those people.
Thank you for the interview, Elisa! It has been a real pleasure!