Yoyokas footwork is heavy af.
Yoyoka's footwork is heavy af. Vimeo screengrab

Eight-year-old Japanese drummer Yoyoka Soma is a justified global sensation on the kit, as this clip of her going (John Bon)HAM on Led Zeppelin's "Good Times Bad Times" from this year's Hit Like a Girl competition proves. (I've watched the video five times this morning, and I feel much better than I have a right to, given the state of the world.) As it turns out, Bonham is one of her favorite drummers, as well as Chris Coleman and Benny Greb.

Yoyoka has a simple goal: to become the best drummer in the world. Right now, she is displaying potential to achieve just that. (It sounds like she's got the funk, to boot.) Yoyoka also has aspirations to master many other instruments, record, mix, and design album covers. She plays in her family band, Kaneaiyoyoka, which was formed by her parents. They've released two self-produced albums on which Yoyoka plays drums, keyboards, and sings. Keep an eye and an ear on this one.

Here's the bio that's posted with the video, in Yoyoka's words...

My name is Yoyoka Soma. I am 8 year old Japanese drummer.

When I was a just small baby, my parents had a home studio and there were various kinds of instruments. My parents were performing music activities as amateur singer-songwriters and they cradled me with their music. When I listened to their songs and guitar performances, I was eager to join them and couldn’t stop beating out a rhythm. That was why I started playing the drums. The drum was the first instrument in which I felt an interest in my life. My parents’ music peers often visited us to play together. I was glued to the powerful and dynamic performances by the drummers. At age 2, I was playing the drums as if I were playing with toys. At age 4, I started performing at concerts. At age 5, my family band “Kaneaiyoyoka” was formed by my parents. We have released 2 self-produced CD albums so far. Not only the drums, I also play the keyboard and perform as a vocalist. I compose lyrics and music as well.

My favorite drummers are John Bonham, Chris Coleman and Benny Greb.

As a drummer, I enjoy being groove, tones and try to support vocalists carefully. My dream is to be the best drummer in the world. In addition, I want to be an artist who can do anything: playing all instruments, recording music, mixing the sound and designing the CD album jackets. As I am aiming at overseas activities, I am studying English conversation. I want to become friends with people all over the world through my musical activities!

As HLAG is a contest only for women, I definitely can’t lose it. I want to be the best female drummer. Thanks to the great support by my family and fans, I can continue the practice and other musical activities. I want to show the best result of my daily practice and come out on top of this contest!