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This week’s guest is Anika Nilles. She doesn’t really need an introduction because there’s not much to say that hasn’t already been said, but she’s a German drummer who took the drumming world by storm in 2013 and has solidified time and time again why she’s one of the best drummers in the world. I’m continuously blown away that I have the opportunity to chat with people that I admire every week and I can honestly say drummers are the best group of people. I love my job….so please enjoy the top 5 influences that shaped the playing style of Anika Nilles. P.S. I want to get to know you! Please email me at ben@bigfatsnaredrum.com or DM me on Instagram @benhilzinger and tell me a little bit about yourself! Cheers! Podcast Artwork by Trevin Frame For more information on Big Fat Snare Drum, check out www.bigfatsnaredrum.com and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok

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