Regina drummer Chris Dimas off to Hollywood school
17-year-old Regina drummer Chris Dimas is off to Hollywood to attend classes at the world famous Musicians Institute.
Mom says I was always hitting stuff and breaking her pens.- Chris Dimas
Dimas is already an accomplished artist, having played various venues since he was 12. As well, he is an avid user of social media and has uploaded dozens of videos to YouTube, attracting a considerable following.
"I didn't think I would get more than a thousand views," Dimas thought when he began uploading his work a few years ago. "I was so happy to get a thousand views. Then I looked one day and there was like 10,000. And now that video's at like 200,000 and the whole channel just hit a million last week."
Dimas says drumming seemed to come to him naturally, at an early age.
"My mom says I was always hitting stuff and breaking her pens until they exploded and playing with straws at restaurants and stuff. So naturally we got a drum set," Dimas told CBC News Tuesday as he prepared to leave for Los Angeles on Sunday.
Before heading to California, however, Dimas has a few local shows to do including a drum festival in Regina on the weekend.
He is currently a featured player with two Regina-based bands, Arkadia and Skoni. He is so keen on performing that he is known to join a group any time he's invited. At one point was playing for nine bands.
"I love it so much," he said. "I love performing more than anything and playing on stage is the best thing ever."
Dimas is also a past winner of Roland Canada V-drums Junior Competition. That took him to a drum festival in Montreal where he rubbed shoulders with some of his favourite musicians. As well, one of his perfected drum solos took him to round three of the television show Canada's Got Talent.
His adventures have included impromptu drumming on a street corner in Vancouver and jamming with punk band Billy Talent during a sound check just before a concert in Moose Jaw.
Even though it was a behind-the-scenes role, Dimas found it a thrill nonetheless.
"It was pretty crazy. And really cool," he said. "It was an empty arena, but looking at all the empty seats — this is usually filled with people — it must be so amazing to play every night."
Dimas earned a scholarship to study at the Musicians Institute.