Rachel Trainor is a drummer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from New Zealand, now based in Melbourne Australia. Her performance experience ranges from cabaret and musical theatre to rock gigs and corporate bands.
Coming from a very musical family, she started drumming at age 13 purely to get out of mathematics class, and has since toured all over New Zealand and Victoria. She was a resident vampire at the Melbourne Dracula’s Cabaret for two years, performing as the blood-sucking drummer ‘Jette’ at Dracula’s to rave reviews until the venue’s closure in 2017. In 2018 she performed at the Adelaide Fringe Festival with Anya Anastasia’s ‘Rogue Romantic’ cabaret show as part of her all-female backing band, and they also completed a regional Victorian tour.
Her current projects include her originals garage/psych rock band 'Honeybone' where she is a lead vocalist and drummer, 'Siren', an all-female soul pop covers duo and she is also in demand as a session musician, playing various one-off and fill in gigs around Melbourne. Rachel co-founded ‘Honeybone’ during her time studying for her Bachelor of Music (Hons 1st class) at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Honeybone has released two EPs and a full-length album, and frequently gigs around Melbourne. Rachel also performs solo, combining lead vocals, acoustic guitar with live vocal and beat box loops.
Rachel is now the drummer and second lead vocalist for 'Rebel' an exciting circus cabaret featuring the music of David Bowie. Rebel was a huge hit at Adelaide Fringe Festival in both 2019 and 2020.
Rachel’s career highlights include appearing on Channel 9’s ‘Sunrise’, and she has shared the stage with many great acts such as Amanda Palmer, The Datsuns (NZ), and Dragon.