Catching up with professional musician, Jaleesa Gemerts, the amazing drummer from the What It Takes campaign for a brew and a chat about life as an artist.

What inspired you to get involved in Ahmad Tea’s What it Takes campaign?

I’m Jalessa Gemerts and my passion in life is the drums. Making people happy is very important to me, and drumming is part of that. I moved from Amsterdam to London in 2012 to study music and I started playing the drums at 14. I went to a music school and dived head-first into the city’s music scene. I played the drums for George Ezra’s hit single ‘Shotgun’ and have played sessions for various artists like Brian Eno, Kari Faux, Max Milner, (The Voice semi-finalist), Rina Mushonga and Petite Noir.

I love to see people moving to my beats and I think if people aren’t moving, I’m doing something wrong. I feel very calm when I play and I can really lose myself to the music.

Having artists in the world is very important as it is the way for different people to express themselves.

As soon as I heard about Ahmad Tea’s What it Takes campaign I wanted to get involved. I’m hoping that by sharing my journey as an artist, it will inspire other people to enjoy and explore their creative passions.

JALEESA GEMERTS

What do you think are the attributes of a successful artist?

For me, being a successful drummer isn’t just about performing. It’s about all the hours, days, weeks, years when I’ve practiced and got slowly better. It’s that dedication which has made me the artist I am today.

To be an artist you need to be passionate and consistent and to keep going. The more you try, the more people will hear about your art and may be moved by it.

What’s your favourite tea and why?

I absolutely love herbal infusions like Rosehip, Cherry & Hibiscus, especially in the wintertime – they are really comforting and give me a pick-me-up on rainy days.

Jaleesa Gemerts, the amazing drummer from the What It Takes campaign for a brew and a chat about life as an artist.
Jaleesa Gemerts, the amazing drummer from the What It Takes campaign for a brew and a chat about life as an artist.
Jaleesa Gemerts, the amazing drummer from the What It Takes campaign for a brew and a chat about life as an artist.
Jaleesa Gemerts, the amazing drummer from the What It Takes campaign for a brew and a chat about life as an artist.
Jaleesa Gemerts, the amazing drummer from the What It Takes campaign for a brew and a chat about life as an artist.

How has the campaign affected your life?

It was very exciting filming the commercials and telling my story. I suppose it’s always nice to be able to talk about what you love doing and explain that there’s far more to what you do than meets the eye. In the same way, I found hearing about the other artists in the campaign really interesting and learning that, although what we do is so different, we all have the similar drive and passion to go beyond our comfort zones.

Ahmad Tea's commitment to making a difference extends beyond providing quality tea products. In 2022 we started supporting Ufulu, a Malawi-based charity working to end…

01.02.23 CONTINUE READING

Tracey Wakelin leads the global marketing team at Ahmad Tea. She is responsible for driving the marketing agenda. We caught up with her over a…

18.01.23 CONTINUE READING
Sleep Tea

Getting the right amount of good quality sleep can be critical to how we function during the day. If you've ever had a period of…

12.01.23 CONTINUE READING

This month we caught up with Gary Winslade, Ahmad Tea’s UK Sales Manager to understand more about the brand’s plans for the UK market.

23.12.22 CONTINUE READING

We caught up with Hamideh over a cup of tea to get her views on what it is like to work at Ahmad Tea and…

16.12.22 CONTINUE READING
Ahmad Tea in Harrods

We are excited to announce that our Beyond the Leaf caddies are available now in the world's most iconic department store Harrods. Our luxury sub-brand,…

05.12.22 CONTINUE READING

Amir Bagheri, Head of Channel Strategy at Ahmad Tea explains his plans for the business and how an expedition to the Alps in the Summer…

28.11.22 CONTINUE READING
Christmas Offering 2022

Ahmad Tea is delighted to unveil its new Christmas gift selection for 2022. with tea treats galore for everyone to enjoy.

04.11.22 CONTINUE READING
Chocolate Cake & Darjeeling

Celebrating National Chocolate Week with our Chocolate & Tea Pairings. Pair our delicious teas with tasty chocolate treats.

17.10.22 CONTINUE READING

Explore our exclusive range of teas!

DISCOVER MORE