On getting her start behind the kit, Cherisse, who counts Bryan Ferry and Paloma Faith as regular gigs, told Rhythm: “Before I got my first big gig I played in quite a few bands in pubs and clubs and tried to get as much live experience as possible. I had regular drum lessons and practised whenever I could. While out playing I’d always try to talk to as many people as possible, as I was aware that establishing contacts and making relationships with people was also important.”
On image versus drums, and the pros and cons of being a woman drummer, Cherisse says, “ Once you get into the session world most musicians are of a certain standard so image can be very important. Image is the first thing a lot of record companies look at when they hire musicians for their acts and if you have a good image it can make you stand out from the crowd and get you hired. But of course you can’t just rely on image as you’ve got to be able to play well too! I’ve lost gigs because I’m a girl and they wanted a male drummer to complete the image of the band, but I’ve also got gigs because I’m a girl so it all balances out.
Here’s Cherisse powering through a Bonham classic: