Meet the 2012 HPMA Showcase Nominees: D.R.U.M.

Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back.

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Rocks Off: When and where was your first gig in Houston, and how did it go?

D.R.U.M.: Jones Plaza, Salsa on the Plaza, Sept. 4, 1990. Good reception.

RO: What Houston-area venues do you play most often?

D.R.U.M.: Last Concert Cafe every last friday of the month. We do and event called Reggae Rhythm Revival, drum circle, DJ, and guest bands.

RO: How often do you play in the area?

D.R.U.M.: Varies, between one and six times a month

RO: Describe your sound in eight words or less.

D.R.U.M.: Afro, reggae, funk, jazz, rock, rhythm and blues, samba.

RO: How did you come up with your name?

D.R.U.M.: We were a percussion ensemble at the time, [and] wanted a name that people would remember easily and associate with the group. Since it's a verb and a noun it would be easy to remember. It stands for "Divine Rhythm United Motion."

RO: Where would you like yourself or your band to be in one year? Ten years? Forty?

D.R.U.M.: Touring; helping other conscious artists find theit way into the marketplace.

RO: What is one thing you'd like to do (as a musician) before you pack it in?

D.R.U.M.: World tour.

See more on D.R.U.M. On their Web site and Facebook page.

D.R.U.M. Plays the HPMA showcase 6 p.m. Sunday, August 5 at Phul Court Sports Bar, 1311 Leeland.

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