Angelo Franco

Session Drummer

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Professional drumming in a pro studio on a DW Collector's Series kit. I am well known in the Rhode Island music scene as a top session drummer. I can make your rocks songs rock and your dance tracks pop.

I will perform your song in a professional recording studio to your specifications. I can be as laid back, or as exciting as you and your songs require. I will provide you with thirteen tracks, recorded through high end gear, including Neumann mics and Neve preamps, converted through the Antelope Orion. You can't have a great song, or a great mix without great drums and I can give you just that both in performance and sound.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

Interview with Angelo Franco

  1. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  2. A: Rock, psychedelic rock, and pop.

  3. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  4. A: Turning musicians on.

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

  6. A: It's your song and your vision, so that is always the imperative. I can make your song groove. I prefer doing several takes of the whole song without punching or cutting and pasting because songs should ebb, flow and build. In live recording sessions, I typically will provide the artist with safe, relatively sparse versions of their song and then more creative and dynamic versions which many artist eventually choose because of the added excitement and originality.

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

  8. A: I usually play to a click or sequence in Apple Logic X. I also play and program synths and am a pretty decent rhythm guitarist, so perhaps approach the drums a bit differently than many drummers. Whether hard rock, pop, or a ballad; a song has to groove. That usually require the tightness that a click provides, but also requires the ability to swing the beat as appropriate to the feeling and genre of the song.

  9. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  10. A: I am going to be very specific with this info, so patience please. DW Collectors series kit recorded in a non linear drum room. The treated room is approximately 300 square feet, which allows the kit to blossom. Overheads are recorded with a pair of Beyerdynamic MC930s recorded through a Louder Than Liftoff Silver Bullet. The snare gets a Beyerdynamic TG201 on top and SM57 on the bottom through a focusrite ISA 428. Toms are miked with Audix D2 and D4s through a Focusrite Red 1 quad preamp. The kick gets a Beyerdynamic M88 outside and a Sennheiser D112 inside through a Focusrite Red preamp. A Neumann TLM67 mono room mic is recorded through the flagship Rupert Neve Designs Shelford Channel Strip The ride and hi hat get their own mics thought the less critical Focusrite Clarret. My engineer uses a variety of analog compressors and eqs, including a Rupert Neve 535 Diode Bridge Compressor, A Summit Audio TLA100A, an Elysia Xpressor, a DBX 160 and a Bettermaker c502V.

  11. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  12. A: So many. Recently a fan of bands like MGMT, Phantogram and Flaming Lips, Grew up on Beatles, Kinks, Nirvana etc.

  13. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  14. A: I arrange and perform drum tracks. I also program sequences, using a DSI Evolver, and DSI Tempest Drum machine.

GenresSounds Like
  • MGMT
  • The Clash
  • Nirvana
Gear Highlights
  • Drums are recorded through a BAE 1073
  • an Rupert Neve Designs Shelford Channel
  • a Louder that Liftoff stereo silver bullet
  • a focusrite red 1 and focusrite ISA 428. A
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