It’s a drum off that no-one saw coming, but last month Nandi Bushell and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl took part in a virtual music battle.
2020 may have been a washout, but thanks to the power of social media, Nandi, 10, showed off her sticks skills online after challenging the legendary musician to a drum off. And Nandi has since wowed with her songwriting skills as she recently revealed she has penned an original track, aptly titled ‘Rock and Grohl‘.
Posting the music video to YouTube, which has already gained 624,000 views in under a week, the 4-minute clip sees the youngster, dressed in an eye-catching purple cape and matching skirt, style out her musical talents by playing a variety of instruments including the electric guitar, bass, and keyboard.
Credit: Nandi Bushell/YouTube
Underneath, she wrote: “Mr Grohl. The song you wrote for me was truly, truly EPIC! You really are LEGENDARY! I wrote a song for you to say THANK YOU! I made up and played all the instrument parts myself, just like you! It’s called ‘ROCK and GROHL, The EPIC Battle’!
“I hope you love my song, as much as I love your song for me! Whoever wins this round, it’s been an HONOUR to battle you. The Rock Gods of old are happy! Thank you Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters.”
The lyrics to the catchy song features: “Rock ‘n’ roll is my love/ rock and roll is my soul/ Rock and Grohl will help me change the world.”
And Nandi’s musical masterpiece didn’t go unnoticed by Dave,51, who swiftly replied: “I’m down, but I’m now out. Your epic song will definitely be hard to beat, but I think I know just what to do…”
The musical battle first came to light on Twitter when Nandi tagged the former Nirvana drummer in a tweet, proposing for them to take part in a huge transatlantic clash. With the budding star impressing with her incredible rendition of Everlong by the Foo Fighters, Dave took to his kit, and hammered out Them Crooked Vultures track Dead End Friends, much to the delight of Nandi and thousands of fans.
Following round 1 of their epic content, which rapidly went viral on social media, Dave, pulled out all the stops as he wrote an original song for his drumming pal.
Enlisting his two children as backing vocalists (known as The Grohlettes), Dave, fashioning a snappy checkered shirt, informed the aspiring musician that he’s making the song up on the spot. Sat behind his drums, he proclaimed: “Ok Nandi… you got me. You win round one – but I’ve got something special for you; something you’ve never heard before, something I’ve never heard before because I’m about to write this right off the top of my head.”
The video, which to date has amassed 442,596 views, was lauded by users, including one who gushed: “This whole back and forth with Nandi and Dave has restored my faith in humanity. Seriously almost choked up with the feels. There goes my hero.”
“Dave Grohl is a legendary human being, the look on Nandi’s face after seeing this is priceless,” another chipped in.
Watch this space.. we have a feeling round three is coming very soon!