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A short biography:
Hit. is owned and operated by Xavier Winton.
Xavier studied at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester,UK) gaining a BA Hons in 2012. Whilst there he studied with Bryan Hargreaves, Dave Hassell, and after a move to London, with Ralph Salmins.
Xavier has played with Tony Mortimer, David Garrett,Guy Barker, Martin Taylor, G4, Lucy Kay, Margaret Keys, Laura Wright, Alexander Stewart, Folks, Lauren Housley and Vox Fortura among others.
The studio is well treated and is filled with a mixture of meticulously selected modern and vintage gear. Microphone configurations and placement can be adjusted at your request. A full list of equipment and detailed pictures are available at hitdrumstudio.com
Outside of the music industry i have experience of running other businesses and so am acutely aware of what is required in terms of efficiency and conscientiousness. I look to apply all of this to the running of Hit. studios to the best of my ability.
Please get in touch if you feel i could offer something to your project, i am more than happy to discuss at length any musical plans you might have.
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1 ReviewsEndorse Hit. Online Drummer
Needed 3 tracks recording for an advertising campaign I was working on.
I was unsure on the exact direction I wanted to go in as the styles were very varied (one being quite obscure). After a couple of discussions with Xavier I was confident he knew where to take it.
Received the tracks back within a couple of days and I was amazed at the quality (from both a recording and musicians point of view).
All stems were clean, correctly named and exported to my specification which made it very easy to produce and mix, which is a rare thing these days!
Would definitely recommend.
Interview with Hit. Online Drummer
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Sensitive but strong.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Rock, Jazz...
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm always practicing something or thinking about something drum or studio related.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Because one's clever and one's cool.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do everything i can to get you the drum tracks you want.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Playing the drums! Having them in the studio where i can design a sound and play to that sound is amazing.. Really makes the playing come alive.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Can you do this?".........."Yes"
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the best description you can give me of what you want.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you have a well defined idea and some reference tracks, i'll be able to work very quickly!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Ludwig 400, Gretsch Bass Drum, my 16" hats, 1073's, 4038's (and a macbook???)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've played since i was 8 and have always wanted a studio. So a dream come true really..
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Al Jarreau.. There are too many. Sometimes other people are better at pairing your playing with a particular artist.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't try and rewire microphones if you don't know what you're doing. Speaking from experience.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: A willingness to do things thoroughly and in great detail.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Whatever it needs! It sounds a little cheesy but the song really does dictate what i'm going to play.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I'll listen to and learn a track (write it out if necessary). Then decide on a drum sound with the client - see if we need to move any mics or change any drums etc before recording starts.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I spent a good few months taking advice and picking out all my gear. I love all the equipment and could talk about it for hours (or until everyone else gets bored). The studio has been kitted out to a high standard with Neve 1073's, some CAPI VP312's, Coles 4038's, MD421'S, a D12, some Calrec mics.. Plenty of posh sounding gear that gets top quality results. I also have an RME Octamic ii for some extra pres and a Fireface UCX. There are few different drum kits to hand, my favourite and most commonly used is the 70's Gretsch (Sounds glorious - not hard to see why Jeff Porcaro used Gretsch in the studio 90% of the time). However, i also have an 80's Premier and a 90's Tama for a few different tones/ tom options.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Drummers: Steve Ferrone, Roger Hawkins, Michael White, Jerry Marotta, Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro, Peter Erskine, Mel Lewis, Vernel Fournier, Steve Jordan, Ed Green, Joey Baron, James Gadson, Andy Newmark, Omar Hakim, Mic Fleetwood, Phil Rudd, Hal Blaine, John Bonham, Jack DeJohnette, Carlos Vega, Vinnie Colaiuta, Manu Katche, Phil Collins, Irv Cottler, Ringo...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Studio recording. I would live in there if i could!