Max Saidi

Session Drummer, Drum Tracks

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10 Reviews (2 Verified)
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Platinum recording drummer with credits including; Bebe Rexha, Megan McKenna, Gianna Nannini, Peter Andre, Shane Filan, and Will Young. With top-notch recording gear, a selection of modern and vintage drum kits, and a wide range of cymbals and percussion, you can be guaranteed drum tracks that'll take your songs to the next level!

From my drum studio, I can provide up to 14 channels of studio-quality audio delivered in an un-processed format so that you have maximum control when it comes to mixing. The files are delivered as WAV, 44Khz, 24bit by default.

I have a vast array of drums and cymbals to suit various genres, and it's all captured through Universal Audio and Audient hardware to ensure superior quality. My mic cabinet is fully loaded and ready to go, including Coles 4038 ribbons right through to a selection of large and small diaphragm condensers.

Meticulous attention is given to each microphone placement, ensuring there are no phase problems.

I use and endorse SABIAN cymbals, use Yamaha Recording Custom drums, and numerous snare drums.

Please get in touch with the details of your project, such as the number of songs, tempos and anything else you'd like to share, e.g.) references to songs or drummers you like, for example.

Once we've chatted about the details, I'll work on recording the drums. When I have a take ready for you to listen to, I'll send it over, and you can get back to me with any changes you'd like me to make – if any.

When you're 100% happy, I'll send you the full, high-quality files, ready for you to mix into your session!

Please feel free to get in touch and ask any questions you might have, and we can get the ball rolling 😊

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

10 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Michael
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    Max did an AMAZING. True professional and timeliness and communication was second to none. Will definitely be my go-to in future.

  2. Review by Henry S.
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    Max is a great drummer, really fast turn around, totally up for doing revisions to get what you need! Second time I've used him, wont be the last!

  3. Review by Steve L.
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    I have been working with Max for several years, and on a number of songs. In that whole time he has delivered the perfect track, every time. He is a great musician and totally professional to deal with. If you needs drums, Max is the man!

  4. Review by Keian B.
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    I've worked with Max many times through his website WantDrums.com - you can hear the results in lots of my songs (Alto Key). Always impressed with his determination, eye for detail and his communication.

  5. Review by Igor K.
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    You will make the right choice if you decide to work with Max.
    Excellent work! Professional.
    Max delivered exactly what I needed.
    Will collaborate again for sure!:-)

  6. Review by Joseph J Lawrence
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    by Joseph J Lawrence

    Simply put, Max is amazing! The best drummer I have worked with by miles. The speed of which he operates, matched with his incredible customer service, is one that goes unrivalled as far as I am concerned. After a few back and forth emails in regards to my requirements (to which he was unbelievably patient with me) he got to work. And in no time at all and a quick and easy payment method, I had my hands on one hell of a drum track. I would seriously recommend Max to anyone looking for serious drumming talent to accompany their tracks. Perfect. 10/10.

  7. Review by Jonathan C, Guitarist, Leicester, UK
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    by Jonathan C, Guitarist, Leicester, UK

    Max's service is second to none! I needed real groove and rock drumming to pull the song along and give it life. I'd looked at online drummers in the past but hadn't taken the plunge. As I couldn't get what I wanted from the MIDI drummer I did a search and found Max. I wrote to him and told him what I was looking for and got a reply within hours. After agreeing to go ahead I actually had the mix back the next day!!! Amazing! This sounds even better now I've dropped the individual tracks into my DAW! Absolutely delighted and will be using him again and again!

  8. Review by Nick G
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    by Nick G

    Having worked with Max on a regular basis in a live environment, I cannot recommend him highly enough. He has an incredible attention to detail when it comes to his sound and ensuring he has the right tools for the job. He’s easy to work with, a great drummer who very obviously has a passion for his work and a lovely guy.

  9. Review by Peter W.
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    I've used another Online Session Drummers before, and the quality of Max's playing, and the audio quality of the raw tracks, is head and shoulders above what I previously got. Worth every penny.

  10. Review by Nick
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    I found Max by chance after a google search; I’m so glad I found him.
    I have used Max’s remote drum services several times. I’m always very happy with the style of drumming and the quality of the audio recordings.
    The engineer who masters my tracks always comments on the high end audio of the whole drum mix.
    Looking forward to hearing more tracks drummed for me.
    Thank you Max!

Interview with Max Saidi

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Digital – it's so much more versatile!

  3. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  4. A: I offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, meaning that you don't pay a penny if you're unhappy with what I've done.

  5. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  6. A: Do you have any specific ideas of how you want the drums to sound? Are there any stylistic references you would like me to follow? If you don't know what you want me to play, are you happy for me to use my own intuition?

  7. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  8. A: I've been playing the drums since 12 (now 31). Since taking my first professional gig aged 15, I've travelled and worked with many incredible musicians, bands and people and had some fantastic experiences. Most recently, I've played and performed with the likes of Bebe Rexha, Peter Andre, Will Young, The Wandering Hearts, Shane Filan (Westlife), David Klotz (music supervisor for Game of Thrones and Stranger Things), Wil Malone (producer for Massive Attack, Depeche Mode, Black Sabbath) and Italian superstar Gianna Nannini on her No.1 Platinum-selling album 'Inno'. I've recorded drums at some of London's greatest studios (Abbey Road, RAK and more). In 2011 I decided to use this first-hand experience and knowledge to offer musicians around the world a unique 'remote drum recording service', whereby I would record drum tracks from my studio and email the recordings back to them – this was before everyone was doing it, of course ;) I set up WantDrums.com, which is still going strong today and is where most of my remote session work comes from.

  9. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  10. A: Trust your ears! If it sounds good to you, it is!

  11. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  12. A: I’ve always strived to be as versatile as possible, from the sound of my kit to how I play and most importantly, being a musician – not just a ‘drummer’. My approach has always been about serving the music and the song.

  13. Q: What's your typical work process?

  14. A: 1) Once you have contacted me, we can discuss your project over email or phone, whichever you prefer. I’ll then provide you with a quote for the session. 2) Once given the go-ahead, I’ll go away to my studio and record your drum tracks, usually within 48 hours. 3) When a take is ready, I'll send you an Mp3 mix of your track with my drums mixed in. At this point, we can discuss any changes/amendments. I allow up to two revisions as part of the initial cost, but I am more than happy to go back and forth until your drums are sounding exactly as you want them to. 4) When you're 100% happy with everything, you'll receive a request for payment. Shortly after, you'll receive a download link to download the high-res files. Once downloaded, you'll be able to drag and drop them straight into your DAW (Logic, Cubase, ProTools etc.) and start mixing!

  15. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  16. A: I record drums from my purpose-built drum studio, which is acoustically treated. I have a vast array of drums and cymbals to suit various genres, and it's all captured through Universal Audio and Audient hardware to achieve studio-grade quality recordings. My mic cabinet is fully loaded and ready to go, including Coles 4038 ribbons right through to a selection of large and small diaphragm condensers.

Terms Of Service

You will be provided with a quote before any recording work takes place. The price quoted will include up to 2 revisions to your drum track. Turnaround time 48 hours.

Gear Highlights
  • Yamaha Recording Custom
  • Sabian Cymbals
  • REMO drum heads
  • Universal Audio Converters
  • Audient Preamps
  • Coles
  • Audix
  • Shure and Beyerdynamic Microphones
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    British television personality and singer Megan McKenna has recently released two brand new singles entitled, 'Stronger' and 'Everytime'.


    Both singles have made it to no.1 in the iTunes UK Country Charts!


    I had the pleasure of recording drums remotely on both records.

  • Coles 4038’s Are Welcomed to the Studio!May 11, 2020

    I'm very excited to now add these beautiful Coles 4038's to the mic collection here at my studio. If you know, you know... :-)

    Coles 4038's