Smashing spoons takes on the Top 40
She's a percussionist, so she likes "bashing things" - but now WA spoons artist Deb Perry is tackling the Top-40 charts with a pair of dessert ladles.
After making it successfully through to the finals of the reality talent show Australia's Got Talent in 2008 playing Ram Jam's Aussie rock anthem Black Betty on the spoons, Ms Perry, a farmer from near Bridgetown, has now been approached by record companies to review and tap along to some of the biggest artists in music.
"It all just started as a joke, I learned how to do it in my 20s when I was working in a wine bar in North Fremantle," Ms Perry told WAtoday.com.au.
Fast forward 40-odd years and she now has a dedicated YouTube channel and loyal fans.
Her latest video clip in which she smashes her spoons along to The Black Keys' hit Lonely Boy has already received more 22,000 hits.
The clip was uploaded on Tuesday while she was working in a shearing shed near her home.
Before popular music beckoned her talents, she played with the WA Symphony Orchestra and won competitions like the World Spoon and Harmonica Titles, coming home with fancy crossed gold spoons".
Originally approached by Warner Brothers to review some songs, Ms Perry decided to record videos in which she introduces the clip, plays along to it and gives the song a score "out of 10 spoons".
While she was tight lipped about what songs she'll be spooning along to next she admits each song needs "a good beat and rhythm within it and an off-beat, as I play the drums with my spoons".
"I've got this beat and rhythm that's inside me and through my spoons I actually get it out," Ms Perry said.
"When I'm playing my spoons I'm oblivious to anyone else on the planet and I constantly challenge myself to do different things and get different beats out there."
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