Smells Like Tween Spirit: Nandi Bushell Is So Dope, Dave Grohl Wrote a Song About Her

Nandi Bushell
Nandi Bushell
Screenshot: Nandi Bushell/YouTube

Nandi Bushell is a rock star.

If you’ve seen the 10-year-old’s animated drum renditions while scrolling your Twitter timeline, you know exactly who I’m talking about. Nandi’s dad John Bushell (also a musician) bonds with his daughter over their shared love for acts such as Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, the Rolling Stones, and the Beatles, the latter of which inspired Nandi to become a drummer at the age of 5.


“I’d always look on Ringo Starr’s drum kit on YouTube, and I’d always love it,” Nandi told the LA Times in a recent interview. “And I did really well in this maths club, so I got to ... get a toy drum kit. ... I’d just start practicing it. We got a teacher for a couple of months and then we started doing grades and jam with my dad. And then we took it to the next level!”

Nandi’s dope drum skills started to gain a bunch of attention in August, when she posted a video rockin’ out to the Foo Fighters’ 1997 song, “Everlong,” challenging Dave Grohl to a drum battle.

“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!,” she tweeted along with this adorably hype and engaging video.

Fun fact: It only took her three days to learn it—you know, because she’s dope! Needless to say, it got Grohl’s attention, too. Thanks to the beauty of virtual events, Grohl was able to quickly set up a battle with the young drummer. In fact, her epic battle with Grohl amassed over 1.7 million views on YouTube—and counting!

Dave Grohl VS Nandi Bushell EPIC Drum Battle - Dead End Friends - Them Crooked Vultures - Checkmate! / YouTube

In round 2 of their highly entertaining drum battle, Grohl dedicated a song to the young musician dubbing Nandi, “the No. 1 supergirl.”


“That was epic,” Nandi exclaimed. “He wrote a song about me...I thought he was just going to play some jazz—some technical beats. But no. He wrote a song about me. That’s crazy!”

Dave Grohl VS Nandi Bushell EPIC Battle - Round Two! The stakes have been raised! / YouTube

Of course, Nandi being a Black girl drummer and the impact of this representation isn’t lost on us.


“Some boys say, ‘Oh, women can’t play the drums because they’re girls,’” Nandi noted. “But girls can do just as much as boys can...Lots of people like music,’s important that people get treated fairly and equally.”

Nandi is providing the soundtrack to Black Girl Magic. Get into her videos, ASAP!


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Not only is she fucking awesome at drums, bass, etc., but SHE wrote a song in reaction to the song Dave fucking Grohl wrote for her, and it is SO MUCH BETTER than the one he wrote!

I absolutely LOVE playing drums, and when I see her just going nuts, playing wildly and screaming at the top of her lungs with enjoyment, it reminds me of exactly how I feel when I’m blasting away on a kit. It is just too much fun for any person to miss out on. Like another comment below, I recommend drums to everyone, because there is nothing like it.

And I’m a pretty decent drummer (been playing for over 20 years, not Neil Peart by a long shot, but Dave Grohl was one of my biggest influences, so I really beat the crap out of some drums, and with precision!), but ANY Foo Fighters song is pretty much guaranteed to be a tiring challenge (seriously, Dave and Taylor are both fucking amazing drummers), so Nandi is extra badass for being able to knock those out of the park without missing a beat!