Drummer and percussionist Nellyris Negron, known as “Didi”, has developed a creative, versatile, style of playing. She has participated in numerous drumming events and contests worldwide. She was recently awarded first place winner of LP’s 2010 Coverband competition, giving her the opportunity to perform at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.
Originally a self-taught musician she developed a wide range of talents, including vocals, percussion and drum set. Passion drives her, and her determined, self-motivated personality establishes her dedication to music. Many consider her a musical phenomena because of her “great ear.”
Since the age of seven years old, she demonstrated that she was not a typical girl and that she preferred to rock out on a drum set rather than playing with dolls. Ever since she first sat on her first white-pearl drum set no one has been able to stop her from making rhythm.
Didi first studied under Jazz drummer, John B. from California Drum Shop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Skilled in many genres of music including Gospel, Reggae, R&B, Latin, Jazz, Rock, Funk and Pop, this granted Didi the opportunity to attend the Berklee School of Music where she majored in Music Performance. There she studied under the tutelage of Bob Kaufman, Kim Plainfield, Terri Lynne Carrington, Dave DiCenso and Ralph Peterson.
As a professional, she has a varied career as teacher, musician and even musical director in a band in her hometown. She has shared the stage with legendary performers like Karl Perazzo and Chris Coleman. Currently she is a drummer for Cirque du Soleil show, Amaluna.
Didi has been a performing musician for more than fifteen years. Today she is a very compelling drummer and has influenced drummers of both genders to pursue their dreams and passions as professional musicians. Didi is an inspiration to young artists and strongly believes in respect for women within the music industry.