Nandi Bushell Pens Original Track ‘Rock and Grohl – The Epic’

One of the more entertaining Internet exchanges over the last few months has been the ongoing “battle” between 10-year-old YouTube drumming star Nandi Bushell and Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl. It’s evolved from an initial challenge from Bushell into a back-and-forth that’s included challenges to cover requested material and Grohl even penning a track specifically about Nandi. But it’s not done! Nandi has penned her own track about her battle with Grohl that can be heard in the player below.

“Mr. Grohl, your song for me was truly, truly epic, but I’ve made something very special for you, and it’s called ‘Rock and Grohl – The Epic Battle,'” explains the young musician, wasting no time kicking ass not only on drums, but adding bass, guitar and her own vocals.

Sample lyrics from the song, which recounts the inspiration gained through this battle, include: “Rock and roll’s my love / Rock and roll’s my soul / Rock and Grohl will help me change the world” and a chant of “Stand up / be counted.”

There’s no doubt Nandi has a bright future ahead of her, and Grohl has certainly done his part in bringing this young talent to the attention of many new fans around the world.

“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,'” says Nandi in the video description. She adds, “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.”

Nandi reveals she was invited to record at Metropolis Studios, working with producers Josh Wilkinson and Joe Rubel who taught her how to record her instruments to make the song sound epic.

“Being in the studio was one of the best experiences of my life. I loved it! I would like to thank Prash ‘Engine-Earz’ Mistry @engine_earz for mastering my song. Shout out to my Daddy for always jamming with me, and for making this sweet music videos with me. Also a big thank you to Tony for helping my Daddy organise everything and hooking us up with Platoon so I can stream my song. That is so cool! I could not have made my song sound so AMAZING without lots of AWESOME people helping me. THANK YOU,” she concludes.

Nandi Bushell, “Rock and Grohl – The Epic Battle”

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Dave Grohl Wrote a New Song for 10-Year-Old Nandi Bushell

Dave Grohl doesn’t mess around when he says he has something special planned. As part of his drum battle with viral 10-year-old rocker Nandi Bushell, he wrote a song dedicated to her and posted a video playing it on Twitter.

Bushell originally posted a video drumming along to Foo Fighters“Everlong,” and challenged Grohl to a competition. He replied with a video playing Them Crooked Vultures‘ “Dead End Friends,” and the young protege played along as well. Grohl accepted defeat for the first round and teased that he had something special planned for the follow-up.

“Okay Nandi, you got me. You win round one,” the Foo Fighters frontman declared from his drum set in a video. “But I got something special for you. Something you’ve never heard before. Something I’ve never heard before, because I’m about to write this off the top of my head for you.”

The video splits into different frames, showing Grohl playing the drums, bass, guitar and singing. “Nandi, number one supergirl / Nandi, best drummer in the world” are the opening lyrics — talk about a compliment. The song also features backing vocals from “The Grohlettes.” Watch the video to hear the whole song below.

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Dave Grohl Has ‘Special’ Plan for Drum-Off With 10-Year-Old

Imagine being involved in a drum battle with Dave Grohl? As a result of her drumming and cover videos going viral, 10-year-old Nandi Bushell is. The two rockers are currently in the second round of their duel.

The competition initially started last week when Bushell posted a video of herself playing along to the Foo Fighters anthem, “Everlong,” and challenging Grohl to partake. He accepted and replied with a video of himself playing, and then Bushell filmed her reaction. In turn, she uploaded a comparative side-by-side of the two of them drumming along to “Dead End Friends” by Them Crooked Vultures.

“Dave Grohl, that was epic! It’s an honor to battle you,” she declared at the start of her latest video. Watch it below.

“Ok… you win round one… but it ain’t over yet!” Grohl wrote in a tweet. “Buckle up, cuz I have something special in mind… Stay tuned.”

Bushell’s caught the attention of several rockers with her impressive video covers, including Tom Morello, who gifted her one of his “Soul Power” Fender Stratocasters. To show her appreciation, the young musician covered Audioslave‘s “Cochise” on the guitar.

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10-Year-Old Challenges Dave Grohl to Drum Off, He Accepts

Dave Grohl, watch out! 10-year-old drum sensation Nandi Bushell recently challenged the Foo Fighters leader to a drum off. But Grohl was up to the challenge and served up a challenge back.

Bushell has become a YouTube sensation, posting videos of her drumming for a few years now and garnering the attention of many of today’s top rock stars. The musician recently posted her drum cover of Foo Fighters’ “Everlong,” but rather than just delivering a straight-up cover, she made it into a drum off challenge to Grohl.

Pounding away with passion on the drums and cymbals (which she adorned with Foo Fighters signage) and even letting out a few primal screams along the way, Bushell ended her performance staring at the camera and yelling “Checkmate” before walking off.

Bushell stated in the description for the video, “My dream is to one day jam with Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and all the @Foo Fighters! Mr Grohl I would love to have a drum battle with you! I LOVE ‘Everlong’ it’s really hard to play as it’s so fast but so much FUN!!!” Watch below:

Nandi Bushell Challenges Dave Grohl to Drum Off on “Everlong”

Grohl responded a few days later, stating in his social media post, “Hey Nandi Bushell! Challenge accepted. Haven’t played these songs in a loooooong time…..thanks for the inspiration!!! Your move!!! Your friend in rock, Dave.”

Grohl opened his video playing his daughter Harper’s drum set, rocking through “Everlong,” then offering up a challenge back to Bushell. “I haven’t played that song since the day I recorded it in 1997,” said Grohl, adding, “In the last week, I’ve gotten at least 100 texts from people all over the world saying this girl is challenging you to a drum off. What are you gonna do? Look, I’ve seen all your videos, I’ve seen you on TV. You’re an incredible drummer and I’m really flattered that you’ve picked some of my songs to do for your videos and you’ve done them all perfectly, so today, I’m gonna give you something you may not have heard before. It’s a song called ‘Dead End Friends’ from Them Crooked Vultures.”

Grohl then added, “This is my response, your challenge, so now the ball is in your court,” before launching into “Dead End Friends” from his other band Them Crooked Vultures. Have a look below.

Will this drum off continue with Bushell’s response? Will she put the challenge to any other rock or metal drummers? Stay tuned and see more of Bushell’s instrumental covers here.

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