Lorena Perez Batista is a drummer, percussionist and composer based in Los Angeles. She was born and raised in Punto Fijo, Venezuela and studied at Berklee College of Music, Miami Dade College and music academies in her hometown. She has performed at venues like the Boston Symphony Hall and Hatch Shell, in collaboration with the world music group Rhythm of the Universe, and at the Nokia Club in Los Angeles with the her former band Modabeat aka El Frente. Modabeat was the winner of the national battle of the bands and television show “Vive Tu Música with 5,” with judges like Latin Grammy award winners A.B. Quintanilla, Belanova and Cristian Castro. The band also performed as a supportive artist for the Latin Grammy Award winners Camila and also toured on the East Coast.
In 2014 Lorena earned 5th place in the international female drummer contest “Hit Like A Girl”, winning her ticket to the finals with the most votes by public voting. This contest opened other doors for Lorena by becoming the Venezuelan “Hit Like A Girl” Ambassador in 2015, and by getting to write technical drums pieces for the only magazine for female drummers “Tom Tom Magazine”.
Besides performing live with artists like Moises Velasquez and Robert Reid Gillies, and recording drums for television stations like Univision, Lorena also works as an assistant engineer at RMI Music Productions under the guidance of Multi-Platinum recording artist and drummer Russ Miller. At RMI Lorena has had the pleasure of assisting for projects like “Rhythm Sphere” by Russ Miller and percussionist Pete Lockett, and the upcoming album by Korean artist Lee Moon Sae.
Lorena also spends time writing original music for television and film in Venezuela and the United States. Her recent collaborations include music for movies like “Christmas in Palm Springs” and Telemundo’s “Los Miserables”, and orchestrations for David Attenborough’s “Conquest of the Skies 3D” and the upcoming documentary “Harry and Snowman”.
Lorena says on Gaai Snare...
"The first time I played Gaai’s Pink Spiral Snare Drum I couldn’t stop smiling! It was so easy to play and get a great sound out of it that I just couldn’t believe it! It is definitely a drum that has character in its sound and its look. Gaai’s drum building talent is evident when you hear that ideal sound and when you see how it was beautifully and meticulously built with great attention to detail. I am so lucky to be playing a work of art!"