By age 17, Nia Lovelis already had an impressive resume under her belt. Drumming for the female fronted American rock band Hey Violet, (originally named Cherri Bomb (2008–2013) renamed Hey Violet in 2014), Nia has played some of the most prestigious festivals around the world including Reading, Leeds, T In The Park, Rock en Seine, Oxegen, Sonisphere, Summerfest, Bamboozle and Warped Tour. She has opened for some of her favorite bands including The Smashing Pumpkins, The Foo Fighters, Bush, Staind, Buck Cherry and Filter and was a host with her sister on P Diddy's music network, Revolt.tv.
Nia Lovelis plays a six-piece red acrylic SJC kit on a Gibraltar rack featuring Zildjian A Custom cymbals and all DW hardware. She says she is inspired by John Bonham, Cindy Blackman, Josh Freese and Sheila E. to name a few.
Nia was born as Szatania Angelika Morze Enea onJanuary 1, 1997 . About her early days, Nia recalls: "When I was really young my parents took me horseback riding, and the sound and feel of the rhythm got stuck in my head. It was then I knew I wanted to play drums."
Nia comes from a musical family: her mom was the lead singer/songwriter in an alt-rock band, and her dad was a touring keyboard tech and built studios.
When she was about seven or eight Nia started messing around on a set of Roland V-Drums that her parents had set up in the garage. She started taking lessons and joined a band camp, but wanted to have a real band her own band. Nia: "So I answered an ad looking for a teenage drummer. I was eleven at the time. We went down to this crummy rehearsal studio in The Valley and I jammed with some really talented girls who ultimately became my band, Cherri Bomb."
"Being a young and inexperienced drummer, I didnt realize just how physical this love of playing is. Not knowing the intricacies of how to play correctly, how to really set up your kit and sit behind it, or even how to hold your sticks can really affect your body. I was hurting for weeks when I finally complained to our manager (superstar female drummer Samantha Maloney). She said, 'Kiddo, we have some work to do with you.' Samantha re-positioned my toms, cymbals, and seat, taught me stick control and handling, and stressed the importance of warming up. Now I watch all my favorite drummers like Josh Freese, Ilan Rubin, Stewart Copeland, Taylor Hawkins, Dave Grohl, John Bonham, Terry Bozzio, and Bernard Purdie to learn some tricks, and it doesn't hurt having Samantha to correct me when I am going off course."
Nia Lovelis Drumstick Collection
Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 1.