There’s never a dull moment when you’re living in a big city. Even simply walking down the street you can be treated to live entertainment from musicians and other talented buskers. While you might not be able to stop to enjoy them all – if one really captures your attention it might be too hard to resist.
Gordo from Dubbo, Australia isn’t your typical drummer.
Sure, he grew up playing the instrument and performs with musical groups – but he also has a unique skill that you don’t see every day. When Gordo’s out on the street busking he doesn’t need to bring any fancy instruments or equipment. Amazingly, he’s a bucket drummer.
In a world of extraordinary instruments, sometimes all a man needs is one…bucket.
Gordo became intrigued by bucket drumming as a teenager in high school and decided to pursue the unusual art. He already played the drums, but it was different and also had another draw to it.
He told Australia’s The Morning Show:
“I saw a video online of a guy in America playing the buckets. I was a scrawny little kid, and this guy had massive arms, so I thought, maybe if I play the buckets I can get big.”
It’s common to come across musical performances in subways and other popular big city areas. However, a man on a bucket?
After learning the art, Gordo began busking in Sydney with his bucket, drumsticks, and incredible musical talent. There’s one performance in particular that really caught the internet’s eye.
Residents strolling a busy shopping center one day were treated to a spectacular show by the lone musician.
In a video that’s taken the internet by storm, Gordo’s set up in the middle of a line of stores with his few pieces of equipment. He begins by twirling his drumsticks, getting all warmed up for his performance. Little did he know at the time, it’s one that would really bump him into internet stardom.
Ready to be amazed?
There are some really fascinating instruments out there that produce captivating music. But not just extravagant ones – traditional instruments such as the pan flute and the didgeridoo are intriguing to the ears as well. While a bucket may not be “traditional,” you may be surprised how incredible one can sound when played.
Gordo takes off drumming on his bucket providing entertainment for the passersby.
In addition to the music, he also impressively twirls his drumsticks and beats the bucket at lightning speed (which is quite mesmerizing to watch). Fortunately, a camera was filming at the time – capturing the show so the world could enjoy it too.
How can you not be impressed by skills like these?
Buskers come in the form of musicians, dancers, and other artistic performers. Although some go unnoticed, Gordo’s “One Bucket” busking video has been watched over 32 million times on YouTube.
In the video description, he wrote:
“One bucket is all I need! OK, so technically I’m using two buckets because I’m sitting on one… But whatever!”
Gordo the Drummer now has 878K YouTube followers and has even taken his talents to Japan. His buckets allow him to have a successful career and he continues to evolve with them.
He told The Morning Show:
“I get a lot of job offers, and they’re like, let’s use the buckets in this way or let’s perform with this artist. So even when I’m out of ideas for the buckets, people will be giving me another job or gig.”
Watch the video below to see how awesome Gordo’s bucket drumming is!
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