Kyle Tupper

PRO Drums/SMOOTH Vox/CRISP Mix

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I'm a full-time musician based out of Nashville, TN. I've performed with Grammy-Winning songwriters and producers. Fast turnaround times (sometimes the same day!) with extreme attention to detail. As a multi-instrumentalist, I know that groove is everything. I'm dedicated to making your music groove too!!

Available for Live Drum Recordings, and Vocal Session Work.

My name is Kyle and I am a musician based out of Nashville, TN.

Music is my full-time gig. I've performed with Grammy-winning producers and songwriters such as Steve Leslie. Marcus Hummon (Rascal Flatts) and Mark Prentice (Olivia Newton-John, and BJ Thomas).

Have a song that needs that driving drum groove? Maybe you have a power ballad that needs that epic drum fill before the guitar solo. Or maybe you are a singer-songwriter who is looking for a wide variety of drum sounds that will set your music apart from everyone else.

Whatever your need, my goal is to provide you with the best of my abilities. That means consistent communication, asking questions, and never settling for sub-par work. Your music deserves my best effort!

I've recorded drums on more than 200 + projects for clients all over the internet (30 here on SoundBetter) so I am very comfortable with collaborating online and every single project gets 100% of my attention.

Contact me with any questions you may have. Need a sample? No problem. I can provide a FREE 30-second sample of my Drums, or Vocals on your project!

Click Contact Kyle and let's get rocking on your project!

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Languages

  • English

44 Reviews - 7 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Susan O.
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    Kyle responds and works quickly! I have added his drums and percussion tracks to a few of my songs and they always sound great. I appreciate his clear communication and he is a nice guy to work with!

  2. Review by Susan O.
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    Kyle did a wonderful job of giving me many drum preview tracks to choose from, and it will be a joy to mix them into my song! He is quick to respond, and fast to deliver - so appreciated!

  3. Review by Susan O.
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    I got a quick response from Kyle, he gave me many great options to choose from, and the drum tracks were really fun to mix into my song. His work is appreciated!

  4. Review by Justin K.
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    It's a pleasure to work with Kyle again. He is an absolute pro, both as a musician AND in terms of navigating the challenges of remote session work. He turned around excellent tracks quickly and game me several options to work with. Looking forward to collaborating again!

  5. Review by Susan O.
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    I received some beautifully dynamic drum tracks from Kyle, and they will make a big difference in the way my song will be heard - so appreciated!

  6. Review by Justin K.
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    Kyle is fantastic -- he gave me several different drum approaches to work with guided me through the process of tracking remotely and file-sharing, and kept me up to speed throughout the process.

    Great player, of course, and excellent communicator all around. Looking forward to collaborating with him again soon!

  7. Review by Neil A.
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    Very professional. Nailed it the very first time and got me my drum track back very quickly. I would highly recommend this gentleman for any percussion work you could possibly need.

  8. Review by Peter S.
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    Kyle is amazing to work with!! Super understanding and helpful throughout the whole process. Not to mention just straight killin on the drums. 10/10 would work with him again!

  9. Review by mark n.
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    Its all amazing to work with Kyle again my go to groove master as always never fails to delevier even complex drum grooves and percussion, He put the glue in the bottom end with tasty fills.

    Great work

  10. Review by Frederick S.
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    Kyle is not only a fabulous drummer to work with he is also unbelievably dedicated to the project. The extra distance he went to ensure the entire project was great is truly amazing. No Question will forward more projects to Kyle.

  11. Review by Dakota Girton
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    Kyle is the man. A pro, great communicator, and super fast turnaround. He's been my go-to drummer on sound better for a while and I will continue to hire him. You should do the same! Always a pleasure.

  12. Review by mark n.
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    Awesome job as always you nailed the groove with some cool percussion

  13. Review by William C.
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    Another fantastic session with Kyle! So glad I found him here on SoundBetter. His playing has added so much character to my songs, and the recording quality is top notch. Highly recommended!

  14. Review by William C.
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    Awesome drum tracks! This is just what my project needed. Kyle gave me 3 different takes, and it was hard to choose because they all worked well. It is nice to have a choice of takes - Take 2 just felt like the right one. Great communication and turnaround time. I will definitely be working with Kyle again!

  15. Review by Dakota Girton
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    I'll continue to keep coming back to work with Kyle. He's just an absolute pleasure and talent. Hire this guy.

  16. Review by Dakota Girton
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    Pleasure as always - total pro!

  17. Review by Dakota Girton
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    Kyle is becoming my go-to drummer on soundbetter. He’s a complete pro, great communication, and fast turnaround. Highly recommend!

  18. Review by 7Notemode
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    Within 24 hours of starting the project, Kyle sent three drum track takes to choose from. They were recorded as multi track stacks directly into a Logic Pro X project that I sent to him. He communicates quickly and is positive and enthusiastic.

  19. Review by mark n.
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    Thanks for an amazing job on the drums which took the song to another level. Looking forward to doing this again

  20. Review by Stefano M.
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    For my project I was looking for a Prog-oriented drummer, but I was impressed by the superb Kyle's drumming on my brother's album.
    So, I asked him to play on my album and i choose very well. Kyle is not only an excellent musician: he is truly a kind person who has put, in addition to his unquestionable professionalism, a great charge of enthusiasm that can be fully listened to in all my songs played by him.
    I strongly recommend him and for sure I'll work with him also in the future.

Interview with Kyle Tupper

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

  2. A: I've been working with a wonderful producer, Valerio M. from Rome on his music. Great alternative rock sound!

  3. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  4. A: Mark Prentice Michael D. Valerio M. Samuel G. Alex L.

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

  6. A: Soundbetter user Michael D. has asked to work with me on two projects since I joined. I am proud of the work I provided in in both cases. He gave me great reviews and also provided me with very clear instructions through out the project. Being a repeat customer just makes me feel like Michael D trusts me to deliver what I promise.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Digital. I have had all my experience in the digital world. I would love to work with others that have had analog experience though as well.

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

  10. A: I will work tirelessly to provide a product I am proud to present and you are happy to receive.

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

  12. A: I love that I get to be involved with the greatest art form every single day. It is never boring and there are always new and exciting challenges that present themselves. I also love that I get to help people with their goals.

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

  14. A: Generally I get questions that are clear like "Would you be interested in playing on a smooth jazz song?" My answer would be "Yes". "Would you be able to make a separate track of your hi-hat just playing sixteenths for my engineer?" My answer "Absolutely".

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

  16. A: That I am just a musician that sits around all day playing songs.

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

  18. A: I like to ask as many questions as I can. Usually questions will involve any type of sound they are looking for. This could be "What sound are you looking for?" or "Are you looking for a heavy or light feel?". I will also ask questions that will help the flow of the project go smoothly. "How would you like the files sent to you?" "Would you like files RAW or edited?" and the simplest question is usually "What would you like to see from me on this project?"

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

  20. A: I would hope to provide the customer comfort with the fact that I genuinely care about the product they will receive from me. An open line of communication is key to having both sides feeling cared for in this process. My ego is checked at the door and I only care about providing the customer with a positive experience.

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

  22. A: Bass drum, snare drum, hi-hat, ride cymbal and floor tom.

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

  24. A: I have been playing drums professionally since the age of 16. Fourteen years later at 30 years old I still find value in practicing and moulding my sound. It is part of my personality. I have performed in many contexts ranging from concert bands to wedding bands. I have taught music to students as young as four to as old as seventy. I've been recording drums in my home for various projects both personal and client based since 2015.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: My style is groove oriented. I have built my fundamentals over the years and studied music up through the college level. I pride myself on being a versatile musician. Being able to play piano and sing has helped me develop my sound on the drums. I approach each song with a mood like mentality. Less is always more.

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

  28. A: Stevie Wonder is my biggest musical inspiration. He plays everything and plays everything well. His musical vision in always elite. His music is timeless and he is constantly helping other musicians surpass their musical potential.

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

  30. A: Always working to achieve the best sound for the song helps in the communication process. I've found focusing on what is best for the song helps both parties reach that goal.

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

  32. A: I usually work on blues, funk, pop, smooth jazz, country, folk and singer-songwriter music.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: My strongest skill is listening.

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

  36. A: The clients vision to the song is what I focus on first. I pride myself on staying true to the music and add to the experience. Overplaying has no place in my style. The groove is essential to bringing the song to life. I try my best to let my playing provide a strong foundation for the song to flourish.

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

  38. A: I typically have the client send me the project that they wish to have me play on with a separate click track if available. I'll listen to the song multiple times and chart out anything that will help me in the recording process. This helps me be more productive and produce my best work for the client. Next I share a scratch track of my ideas via an mp3 file. This helps both the client and I open a constructive dialogue for meeting their expectations. Their satisfaction is my main concern and I try my best to communicate that through out the process. After hearing their thoughts from the scratch track, I then provide three separate tracks for them to pick and choose from. If they like what they hear, I give them the individual audio stems that they request.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: My current set up is in my home studio. I use Logic Pro X as my DAW. I am working with the latest Focusrite Clarett 8PreUSB interface connected to my 2017 iMac computer. My drums are yamaha oak custom and I use a mix of zildjian and sabian cymbals to provide a wide variety of sounds for the client. Microphones are Shure SM57's on the snare, toms and hi-hat, AKG D112 on the floor tom, Audix D6 on the bass drum, and CAD CM217's for over heads.

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

  42. A: Michael McDonald, Bruno Mars, Brian Culbertson, Stevie Wonder, Daryl Hall, Steely Dan, James Brown, Michael Jackson, The Eagles, Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago and many others.

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

  44. A: My strengths are live drum tracks for various styles of music. Most common is smooth jazz, pop, rock, country, folk and singer songwriter music.

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Terms Of Service

For session work (Drums, Vocals, etc...)
- Tempo marking, click (if possible), sample rate, and reference tracks.

For production, editing, and tuning
- Will be discussed in the proposal.

GenresSounds Like
  • Bruno Mars
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Michael McDonald
Gear Highlights
  • Yamaha Drums
  • Oak Custom
  • Mics: Audix D6
  • AKG D112
  • Shure SM57s
  • Shure SM27s
  • Shure Beta 87a
  • Focusrite Clarett Interface
  • Waves Plugins
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