Hello there! My name is Hojay Barbs and I am a session percussionist and drummer. I have few credits in film, jingles, commercials and more. I would like to be part of your amazing record and together we can make the finest music you have made yet.
I will record suiting percussions and drums for your song.
African Percussions: (Djembe, conga, bongo, shekere, omele, bata, pandeiro, agogo, shakers, maracas, tambourine, rattles, e.t.c)
Yamaha Dtx-multi 12 electronic percussion pad.
Alesis DM10 electronic drum kit.
I have a great selections of mics, preamps plus a great sounding room and I am ready to make your songs take off! There's nothing I love more than communicating with my clients and finding what makes their music sound great.
All I need from you is an mp3 of your song with any instructions you have on percussion and drums. It would be best if your song is recorded to click. If it isn't, I can play along with you and still hold a very tasty and well pocketed groove. I can deliver in 7days!!!
I will send you a stereo mix demo file of me playing to your song on which you can make any revisions and then I will send you individual stems
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6 ReviewsEndorse Hojay Barbs
Very cool African drums which add such a different feel to your song. A good way to spice up your music I will use him again
Hojay is a talentuous and versatile percussion player. He adds these particular rhythms that European musicians and producers are unable to play. Thanks to him. I'm in a hurry to work with him on another track.
Hojay Barbs is undoubtedly the master of what he does. There's always a feel to every touch of percussion he plays that opens you up to unimagined possibilities. I'm so much in a haste to have him on a project.
Hojay Barbs is a talented, energetic and dedicated percussionist and drummer. He knows his craft so well and his skill is second to none. I would recommend him to give a perfect delivery on any project he is assigned to work on anyday.
It as always been a pleasure to work with Hojay! A top notch percussionist who unlike many I've worked with, delivers perfect parts each time. I've lost count of how many times we've worked together on different projects. Would absolutely recommend Hojay any time, any day, and I look forward to our next project
Hojay Barbs is a master Percussionist and Drummer. It's an absolute pleasure working with him. Looking forward to future projects with him.
Interview with Hojay Barbs
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Microphones: Shure SM58, Neuman TLM 103, Shure SM7B, AKG perception 220, e.t.c. Pre-amp: Universal Audio 4710-D. Monitor: Yamaha HS8. Audio Interface: Antelope audio. DAW: Cubase 11 pro.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I played African percussion and drum on a track for a multinational company's jingle commercial and the song was aired on several media platforms. It went viral because a commercial video was shot for it.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Quite a number of projects.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm totally new here
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: That's a tough one. I play percussions, so it's analog. But I love digital processing. I think it's potential is bigger.
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: 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, and the joy and laughter that comes with these.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They ask, "Are you available?" I answer, "YES!!!"
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 you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask them what they want to achieve with their sound, which instruments are they thinking of for each song? and this leads to loads of other questions.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Please keep an open mind. I promise to put my heart and soul into your project.
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 was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been playing drums in churches and gigs for 10 years but only started playing percussions 4 years ago.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A lot of my clients say that I am mystical with the sound. I connect emotionally with their track.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Master and use what you have first. Learn to use your gear inside and out, and when you do you'll realize what you actually need to take it to the next level.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I actually work on all genres, but my core is "African percussions and drum"
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I play exactly what is needed for each song and then complement it by been mystical as regards the track.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring passion along with precision. I want to give my client perfectly edited percussion/drum tracks. I like finding the cross section between creativity and simplicity, giving the client's music the musical edge it deserves!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'll like to work with the Afrobeat legend family, that's the family of Fela Anikulapo kuti. They originated the Afrobeat sound that's global now.
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 do a rough mix to put my playing in proper perspective before I forward it as a demo to the buyer. If there are no revisions, I will go ahead and export the stems for the buyer.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Amazing percussionist like Babatunde olatunji, Doudou N'diaye Rose, Ginger johnson, Tony Vacca and many more.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I record percussions for singles, EPs, albums and other projects.