Pictured: Jack Crist competes in the snare section of the fastest drummer competition, which he won, at Main Street Studios. Credit: ROBERT PEET
Jack Crist's arms were aching yesterday afternoon after smashing out 793 drum strokes in a minute - that's just over 13 a second - to take out the title of Wollongong's fastest single stroke drummer.
Crist, 19, has been playing the drums for six years, after switching from guitar, and said the secret to his speed was extensive practice. He is the drummer for Jacob, a new Wollongong punk band.
He said it was harder to keep such a quick pace for a minute than to play the drums in a live show. "There's a lot more pressure in this. When you're with a band, you have a bit more fun, there's more focus playing something like this."
Five Illawarra drummers took part in the inaugural Wollongong's fastest drummer competition, which also included two other speed categories - fastest single kick and fastest double kick - and a best groove section for drummers to show off the most interesting drum pattern.
Rather than using a drum kit, competitors in the speed contests smacked a drum pad hooked up to a drumometer to record the numbers of strokes, making the competition a little easier on the ears of those listening.
The competition was organised by Main Street Studios' owner, Adam Jordan, who said he was impressed by the drummers' skills. He plans to make the contest an annual event.
Winners of the speed categories earned vouchers from Haworth Guitars, and the winner of "best groove" won a day recording at Main Street Studios.