Percussionist and Beat Programmer for Taylor Swift, Norah Jones, The Roots, Michael Brecker and Steely Dan providing excellent Percussion and Drum Tracks for your Songs/Album.
My name is Daniel and I have been a percussionist and Beat Programmer 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. I am also a skilled Drum Programmer and I will deliver you perfectly edited, mixed Beats for you.
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46 Reviews - 9 Repeat ClientsEndorse Daniel Sadownick
Daniel is "That Guy" A true Pro!
super quick, nice to work with! Definitely recommend..
Once again, Daniel delivered above and beyond! This was our third song and he's always great at translating my broad percussion descriptions into killer sounds from his arsenal of instruments. Quick turnaround and always bringing a creative touch to the table, you can't go wrong!
Daniel provided amazingly performed & arranged percussion tracks on our song. Communication was strong and delivery was very fast!
Daniel is a great performer with an exceptional sense of customer service. Highly recommend!
Daniel was professional, quick, and exceeded my expectations - highly recommended if you need pro-quality drums and percussion!
Daniel is great to work with. Communicative, pro-actively helpful and a strong performer. I highly recommend.
The coolest percussion tracks I've ever heard! Awesome!
Daniel did an excellent job giving the subtle percussion touches to my project. He turned the project around very quickly and gave me very detailed info on the stems so I could save time on the mix. I'll work with him again.
Daniel once again blows my mind on his abilities to feel exactly where percussive elements fit and move a song, not too much, not too little just the right amount.
Daniel is an extremely skilled and versatile drummer/percussionist! Coordinating with him was fast and efficient, and he delivered far beyond my expectations. His percussion added a ton of character and grooviness to my track. We're already planning to do another song.
2nd project in 2 days with Daniel! He nailed it first time with a beautiful arrangement and with no direction from me at all this time! Super quick turnaround too. Thanks Daniel! I look forward to the next project!
Daniel always delivers incredible sounding tracks. This is the 2nd time I’ve worked with Daniel in 2 consecutive months (with a 3rd project due for completion soon). Daniel plays with a flair, energy and creativity that transforms my songs every time! Impeccably played and perfectly recorded tracks, it’s a pleasure to work with someone of his calibre. I would absolutely recommend his services.
Daniel arranged a fantastic Latin beat for my song. With minimal direction, he delivered a product that ebbs and flows with the music and gives the song a real flair. He is a great percussionist who understands musical dynamics and knows where and how to place the percussive elements to make a song soar. I highly recommend him.
Daniel is an outstanding percussionist. Creative, energetic, and precise is what comes to mind. His musicality is something you’d look for in any musician. With minimal direction, Daniel really understood the spirit of the song, and recorded a number of impeccable tracks, which needed very little editing. He nailed it first time round, no revisions required!
Daniel is highly professional and easy to work with. I would 100% recommend him and look forward to working with him again. Thanks Daniel.
Daniel was absolutely amazing! I gave him a hard task and he completed it within a timely manner with high quality! I never met anyone so understanding and patient! I will definitely be working with Daniel again. I wish I would have met him years ago!!!!
Daniel was great! He put in the extra mile and worked on my drums until they fit perfectly. Thanks Daniel!
2nd time hiring Daniel for a track, and 2nd time being blown away and happy with what he laid down. What he does is so grooving and musical it hardly takes any editing afterwards and just makes everything sound better.
Daniel did an amazing job with making a beat for me! He made sure to match the sound I was looking for and the effort he put into it really shows. He worked hard to make my vision come to life. I'm in love with what he's made for me and will definitely reach out to him in the future. Thank you Daniel!
Worked well and cares for the product and music in general. Easy to work with and definetly great quality.
Daniel operates at a very high level of professionalism.
I love the energy, vibe, precision, and groove that he contributed to my project! To top it off his communication is awesome!
Daniel was very professional and kind. He listened to my feedback and made my music sound better
Daniel did an amazing job playing percussion on my track! Total pro from start to finish in every aspect! Really pushed the track to the next level, highly recommended!
Great tight player with good sounding percussion
Daniel is amazing. He played in the legendary band KONK (early 80's punk-funk-Latin madness), but if that's not good enough for you, he added the perfect percussion (congas, bells, shakers, etc) to an electro-afrobeat track I was working on. The best part is he's so musical- he really plays to the song and arrangement- that I didn't have to do any editing afterwards, it all just sounded great. Highly recommend him.
It's been a great pleasure to work with Daniel on several projects. He knows exactly what the song needs, and is a consummate professional. I hope to work with him again soon!
I can hardly find stupid words to explain my reaction to the end result of choosing to work with Daniel..... OMFG!!!!!TIGHT!!!! (listening now)
He is masterful.... truly inspired percussionist!!!
We conjured up the spirit I have dreamt of for this song. it is SO WILD.
TOTALLY HIT THE MARK...KILLED IT! Beautiful, SULTRY drums OMG! He has a very cool vibe that comes through in his communication, laid back, and easy going and fun to work with it. LOL! thank you! DANIEL 😍 YOU ARE DOPE.
5 Stars are NOT enough, I add ***** more stars
Look its simple- PERCUSSION and the art of Percussion takes incredible musical knowledge, historical understanding, with the touch and feel of a house cat and the lion. When you find someone who has it all you have found a jewel. An artist that understands the five different rhythms and has respect for them all, then applies them to your song HALLELUJAH
Daniel is that Jewel
Will I use D again and again and again ... 200%
Daniel was GREAT to work with! Super talented and a really easy to work with. He was great to collaborate with, invested a lot into the project, has a great ear and knew how to help add another layer to the song. Highly recommended!
It's not easy to find the right musician.
He needs the technical skills, but also and even more important... he needs to know what exactly to play.
Daniel has the skills AND the feeling, so you're OK with him. :-)
Great reactivity and professionalism
Daniel delivered percussion tracks that tied the song together and brought life into it. It now feels complete, and it really didn't before. I can't tell you how happy I am with his work, and I'm looking forward to the next one.
I can't praise enough!
Daniel exceeded my expectations.
He was proffesional and dedicated.
Very easy to work with and with great communication skills.
I don't have to mention that the song sounds amazing now.
I'll be back with more songs for sure!
Daniel has proved to be adaptable, patient, and productive.
This was not a simple task, hence pushing the job towards a story of back and forth.
Hopefully Daniel used his persistent professionalism to successfully delivered the files with the right specifications I asked.
I would gladly recommend him! Thank you!
I contacted Daniel about adding percussion to a progressive rock/metal track I am working on, and he did not disappoint! He performed the Udu drums very well and got a good sound out of them. He's also efficient and a good communicator. Happy on my end, cheers!
Great to work with, super pro and on top of it all a fantastic communicator at every step of the process. A pleasure thru and thru and most importantly, it sounds great.
Daniel is a magician! In such a short amount of time, Daniel not only met, but exceeded my expectations. He added such personality & character to my track while extracting exactly what I was asking for. I will absolutely return to him for my songs, and highly recommend him to anyone looking to enhance their music!
Daniel is incredible. I expected something good but he gave perfection. I plan to use him many times in the future.
Daniel is a real professional and a pleasure to work with - attention to detail, good communicator and gets the job done quickly. Highly recommended!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interview with Daniel Sadownick
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Provide percussion tracks of all styles for your songs or album.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Ron St. Germain, Bob Powers, Robert Sadin, Bassy Bob Brockman Stevie Wonder, John Coltrane, Beatles, Miles Davis
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
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
Q: What's your typical work process?
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.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
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.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
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.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Latin, World
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't be afraid to experiment. Try unusual mic setups and EQ's.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
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.
Q: How would you describe your style?
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.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
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.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My computer, my interface, my pre-amp, my microphones and my headphones.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
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.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
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?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That a percussionist will overplay. I won't do that.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
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."
Q: What do you like most about your job?
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.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To provide the best percussion tracks you ever heard. And, to deliver them on time.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
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.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Writing compositions for my next album.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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.