Daniel Sadownick

Percussion For Your Recordings

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Taylor Swift, Michael Brecker and Steely Dan Percussionist providing excellent Percussion Tracks for your Songs/Album

My name is Daniel and I have been a percussionist for 30 years, recording and on the road with Taylor Swift, Jewel, Joe Bonamassa, Steely Dan, Norah Jones, Steven Van Zandt (Little Steven), Bette Midler, Al Green, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Maxwell, Coheed & Cambria and many others. I will record perfect percussion tracks for your songs or album.

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7 Reviews

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  1. Review by Viktor J.
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    In need of world class percussion for your song? Look no further; Daniel is one of the grooviest and musical persons I've ever come in contact with. Just check his amazing resumé. He gave my song exactly what it needed, with percussion that built beautifully throughout the arrangement and really glued the rhythm section together in a way I couldn't even imagine was possible. He's very communicative and dig this: I had the files within 48 h! I'm looking forward to working with Daniel again soon.

  2. Review by Harreson Mayers
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    I used Daniel on nearly every track on my album because he brings a rhythmic quality to my songs I didn't even realize they needed until AFTER he played on them, making the songs raise to another level of groove. I tried several other percussionists but none even came close to the groove Daniel brought to my songs. If you want the best, even if you are not sure what your song/s need, Daniel is your man! He is also extremely efficient & well organized.

  3. Review by Yaron Fuchs
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    I have had the privilege of working with many of the worlds finest musicians. Danny certainly fits this profile. Not only does Danny have impeccable time, groove and feel; Danny’s parts have soul. His keen percussion arraignments bring any song to a higher level. I highly recommend him for any project.

  4. Review by Dan Zank
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    Danny has been my first-call guy for numerous film and tv sessions over the past years. He's an incredibly talented and creative musician that never ceases to amaze with his energy and ability to breathe life into any track. No matter what I ask of him, from straight-up pocket/groove playing to world music to ambient effects to playing a luggage cart with his hands (true story), Danny will elevate any music he performs on. There's no one I could more highly recommend.

  5. Review by Steven Wolf
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    Danny is one of the best musicians on the planet...period.
    I'm fortunate to work with many of the world's top percussionists...and while they're all great, if I could only call one of them for a session, it would be Danny.
    He has it all...sound, feel, chops, taste, musicality, sensitivity, expansive musical vocabulary, and exceptional versatility, which is built on decades of working with iconic artists in every genre imaginable. He's also a great person...incredibly easy to work with, and reliable.
    I highly recommend Danny! Count yourself lucky, if he plays on your project.

  6. Review by Rob Bargad
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    Mr. Sadownick is simply THE best accompanist I know of. He brings to every song and every artist he works with the most tasteful, soulful, knowledgeable and groovy ACCOMPANIMENT. His expertise really needs no additional endorsement other than the A-list of acts he has worked with, not to mention the countless projects I personally have hired him to play on during our more than 30 year association. His studio tracks come fast and flawless, giving the music just what it needs. He is one of the classiest, most reliable and most supportive musicians you could ever hope to work with.

    Rob Bargad

  7. Review by MARC D SWERSKY
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    I have had the greatest pleasure of producing countless records with Danny as my go to percussionist. I will say this with 1000% confidence, When you hire Danny Sadownick you're hiring GLUE. He will glue together your tracks in either the most subtle manner or like a sledgehammer, it's all about what the song needs. On top of that, he's one of the finest people I know and his ability to work with people of all levels is unmatched.

    This is one artist you never have to worry won't bring the best out of your entire session.

    Marc Swersky

Interview with Daniel Sadownick

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: When I played on Michael Brecker's Grammy Winning album called "Wide Angles". Ever since I was a teen I had been listening to fusion greats like Michael and Billy Cobham, Return To Forever, Weather Report. I must have played Billy Cobham's album "Crosswinds" a thousand times when I was a kid. To hear Michael's beautiful solo on Heather used to make me tear up. And then, twenty years later, with hard work I was able to grace the stage with Mike and to be on this beautiful album alongside Antonio Sanchez, John Patitucci, Gil Goldstein, etc.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Writing compositions for my next album.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Analog to listen to (such as vinyl, etc.) Digital for recording. So many advancements have been made to make it easier for artists to record and to get their music across by means of many social mediums.

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

  8. A: To provide the best percussion tracks you ever heard. And, to deliver them on time.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: I love everything about being a musician and recording artist. The friendships that I have made along the way, the experience of traveling to many countries and experiencing different worlds and cultures.

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: I always ask "Is there is something in particular or, a specific instrument/part that you want me to focus on?" I will get some direction from them but most of the time the artist will say "I trust you."

  13. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  14. A: That a percussionist will overplay. I won't do that.

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

  16. A: 1. Which instruments are you thinking of for each song? 2. Do you have a chart or sheet music? 3. What genre does your music resemble the most?

  17. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  18. A: I will put my heart and soul into your project. My resume is indicative of the work that I have provided for these wonderful artists and I look forward to having the honor of adding my percussion to your creations.

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: My computer, my interface, my pre-amp, my microphones and my headphones.

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

  22. A: Ever since I was 5 years old I knew I wanted to be a drummer. Fast forward to Junior High School in the Bronx and at graduation I was awarded the medal for Best Musician. At New York University, where I received my Bachelor's and Master's Degree I also was awarded the honor of Best Musician in my graduating class. I was also awarded the Presser Scholar, a prestigious award. I am proud of the fact that I always was noticed by my professors and peers and that I applied myself in vigorous ways. I am proud to say that a percussionist received these honors instead of the violoins, brass, etc. After graduating I joined Lionel Hampton's band for two years and made numerous and wonderful connections that have led me to be on tour and record with Taylor Swift, Steely Dan, Al Green, Al Jarreau, Norah Jones, Jewel, Beyonce and Maxwell. In the jazz realm, I have been blessed to record with Michael Brecker (Wide Angles), Christian McBride (Vertical Vision), Pat Martino (Tribute To Wes Montgomery), etc.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: My style is the New York City Style. In other words, being blessed to have grown up in the cultural capital of the world is something that I cherish.So many different genres are played by all of the best NY musicians. They can do anything and everything. I want to follow in those footsteps.

  25. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  26. A: Santana. Because I have been listening to Santana ever since I was a kid and always admired how he was so ingenious by bringing to the forefront the combination of Pop Music and Latin Music.

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

  28. A: Don't be afraid to experiment. Try unusual mic setups and EQ's.

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

  30. A: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Latin, World

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: I believe I possess the power of being able to provide the nastiest groove on a song. So many percussionists overplay and meander away from what the song calls for. I play exactly what is needed for each song and then complement it by putting all of my soul into the part.

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

  34. A: I bring passion along with precision. I want to give my client perfectly edited percussion tracks in which my client does not have to edit anything major.

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

  36. A: I study the song, make notes and map out every Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus & Bridge. I then track each instrument according to which timbre will go best with each section. I want to know the song and deliver the best part possible for my client.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: I have many varieties of Congas, Timbales, Bongos and other percussion instruments. My recording setup is ProTools Version 12, Focusrite Scarlett i818 Interface, Universal Audio Pre-amps. Microphones: SHURE SM7B, AKG, RODE NT1, SHURE SM57

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

  40. A: Ron St. Germain, Bob Powers, Robert Sadin, Bassy Bob Brockman Stevie Wonder, John Coltrane, Beatles, Miles Davis

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

  42. A: Provide percussion tracks of all styles for your songs or album.

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1 Revision For Free, Other Revisions are $20 each. You will receive your percussion tracks in 2 days maximum.

GenresSounds Like
  • Taylor Swift
  • Steely Dan
  • Kesha
Gear Highlights
  • Congas
  • Bongos
  • Timbales
  • Tambourines
  • Shakers
  • Cowbells
  • Various African
  • Brazilian & Cuban Percussion
  • ProTools 12
  • Universal Audio Pre-Amps
  • All microphones
  • AKG
  • SHURE
  • RODE
  • etc.
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