Kyle Tupper

Super Smooth Drum Grooves

19 Reviews (13 Verified)
Kyle Tupper on SoundBetter

FREE 30-second sample. Your music deserves respect. Your vision is all that matters. All proposals are custom offers. Discounts on first order!! Contact me and let's make some killer music together!

My name is Kyle and I am a musician based out of Nashville, TN. I've been playing music professionally since 2004. I studied music education in college and received my degree from The Crane School of Music (NY) in 2013.

Music is my full-time gig. I play out regularly with grammy-winning producers and songwriters such as Steve Leslie and Mark Prentice where I play drums in a James Taylor Tribute Band. Currently, I play with the corporate wedding band Top Tier that has been noted as one of Nashville's top wedding bands for years. Top Tier’s band members have shared the stage with a diverse group of artists, such as Rick Springfield, The Cars, Craig Morgan, Phil Vassar, Tiffany, Ambrosia, and John Ford Coley. Their music has been used in major motion pictures, TV, advertising, and recorded by several artists.

My main goal is to serve the artist to the best of my ability. That means consistent communication, asking questions to open an organic workflow, and never settling for sub-par work. Your music deserves my best effort!

Contact me with any questions you may have. Do you want a sample? No problem. I can provide a FREE 30-second sample of my drums on your project!

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

19 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

Endorse Kyle Tupper
  1. Review by Gordon R.

    Love Kyle’s playing on my tracks! Excellent feel, easy to work with. I highly recommend him!

  2. Review by Dakota Girton

    Kyle was awesome to work with. Incredibly talented drummer, super fast turnaround, and great communication. My new go-to when it comes to drummers on soundbetter. Thanks again man!

  3. Review by Valerio M.

    Another great tune by Kyle, I have no more words to describe his class, his attitude, his kindness. I feel very lucky to have found such a great musician on Soundbetter and to have the privilege to get his drums in my songs!

  4. Review by Valerio M.

    Another fantastic job from Kyle! He is very careful about any request and puts a lot of energy and class in his drums.
    I love to work with him! Hire him! you won't regret!

  5. Review by Valerio M.

    Another great job from Kyle! This guy can really play rocks with big energy! he is always very professional and reliable, very fast delivery and high quality records! Just hire him!

  6. Review by Samuel G.

    Kyle is an amazing musician He is bigger than life. Highly recommend this guy.

  7. Review by Valerio M.

    Kyle can really grab the spirit of a song! He is a very versatile drummer and it's a pleasure to have his artistic touch in my music.

  8. Review by Valerio M.

    Hey! This man rocks! If you need a great drummer, Kyle is the guy for you to hire! Ballads or rock will get a very tasteful groove. Always perfect in time schedule and pleasant communication!

  9. Review by Valerio M.

    Third job with Kyle and third great success. His grooves are great, you can feel passion in his tracks! The man knows how to do! Thank you Kyle!

  10. Review by Valerio M.

    Again Kyle performed a high professional performance! I love his enthusiasm and grooves he has been able to create. Now songs are really flying with his drums! Last but no least he respects schedule and deal. I'm looking forward to work with him again!

  11. Review by Valerio M.

    Kyle is a great drummer, I am very satisfied of his job on my song. He has been very fast and we had a great communication. This was my first experience with soundbetter and I was lucky enough to start with a nice guy and great musician.. Thank you man!

  12. Review by Michael D.

    Kyle is very easy to work with. He gets the job done and delivers as he promises.

  13. Review by Michael D.

    Great working with Kyle, he went the extra mile to make sure I got what I wanted.

  14. Review by Elle Rose

    Love working with this guy! Talented, creative, positive, collaborative.

  15. Review by Ryan Casey

    Wow!! I've been lucky enough to work with Kyle in the studio a few times on various projects and it's rare to find a drummer with such an understanding and appreciation for funk and R&B. He has amazing time-feel and is such a pleasure to play with. He's kind and communicative and captures such an amazing sound and vibe when he preforms/records. Hire this guy for you next project or session and you will not be disappointed!

  16. Review by Stephen Bird - bassist

    I've been playing with Kyle for 5+ years prior to his move down south. He is a fantastic musician, incredibly professional, dynamic and diversified in his approach. A pleasure to work with, and I know whatever situation I'm in, he'll come up with right style, lick, or concept.

  17. Review by Jon Dufore

    Working with Kyle has always been a more-than-expected experience. Whether in a recording session or a live performance, I've never had to worry because I always knew he'd execute at an extremely high level. Kyle has maintained a masterful level of musicianship on drums, keys, and vocals, raising up any of the projects he has done for me. Knowing that I have a musician that is not only skilled, but highly organized and reliable on board is always a breath of fresh air, and it has allowed me to focus on the overall project and not have to micro-manage his performance or recording. A++++

  18. Review by David

    It’s not often that you play with a drummer that frees you to stop directing a band and just play the songs with freedom and joy. Kyle is that kind of drummer and it makes all the difference!

  19. Review by David Ives

    Kyle's playing brings out the best in my playing. He's an inspiring player.

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: My strongest skill is listening.

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

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

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

  20. 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.

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

  22. 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.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. 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.

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

  26. 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.

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

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

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

  30. 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.

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

  32. 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?"

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

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

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

  36. 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".

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

  38. 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.

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

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

  41. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  42. 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.

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

  44. 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.

Kyle Tupper - Pop Medley

I was the Drummer in this production

Terms Of Service

I'll need these things from you: Song with BPM or track with a click. Any notes or lead sheet info. Typical turnaround 2-3 days.

GenresSounds Like
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Bruno Mars
  • Steely Dan
Gear Highlights
  • Yamaha Drums
  • Audix D6
  • Shure SM27
  • SM57's
  • SM 58
  • SM87 Yamaha MOX8 Workstation
  • Roland VR-09 Synth
  • Focusrite Clarett 8pre
  • iMac 2017
  • Samson DI Boxes
  • Presonus Firestudio Project
  • Logic Pro X DAW
More Photos
More Samples
SoundBetter Deal

$20 off your first purchase!