Jason Slota

Session and live drumming

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I've recorded drums and percussion on over 100 albums. I am motivated by finding the right part for each song. Feel, groove, and musicianship are at the heart of what I do every time I sit down at the drum set. I focus on finding the right tones and getting the best performance for your track.

I grew up as a classical percussionist and spent my formative years learning mallet percussion as well as drum set. That background gives me the musicality and phrasing to develop unique and musical drum parts for any given song. In my life as a drummer, I have performed all over the world and recorded multiple styles including Rock, Pop, Indie, Hip Hop, Jazz, Swing, Afrobeat, Metal, Country, Blues, Americana, Swing, Disco, and Punk. Currently I am the house drummer at Tiny Telephone Recording in San Francisco and Oakland. I also work as the touring drummer for Thao & The Get Down Stay Down and Pop Up Magazine (Magik Magik Orchestra) and proudly endorse C&C Custom Drums.

I track at my home studio in Oakland, CA. I own multiple modern and vintage drum sets, dozens of snares, bass drums from 20"-28", and too many cymbals. I have a great collection of drum mics and preamps (12 channels). In addition I can add vibraphone, glockenspiel, and any other percussion your song might need.

I'm easy to work with and my communication is strong. I'm honest and transparent about the whole process.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Jason Slota
  • Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
  • tUnE-yArDs
  • Dear Reader
  • Samantha Crain
  • Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
  • Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
  • Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
  • Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
  • Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
  • Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
  • Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
  • Holly
  • Holly
  • Holly
  • Holly
  • John Vanderslice
  • John Vanderslice
  • John Vanderslice
  • John Vanderslice
  • Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
  • Release The Sunbird
  • John Vanderslice
  • Magik Magik Orchestra
  • John Vanderslice
  • Magik Magik Orchestra
  • John Vanderslice
  • Magik Magik Orchestra
  • Brass Menazeri Balkan Brass Band
  • Brass Menazeri Balkan Brass Band
  • John Vanderslice
  • John Vanderslice
  • John Vanderslice
  • John Vanderslice
  • Space Blaster
  • Craig
  • Craig Helmreich
  • Craig
  • Craig Helmreich
  • It's Just Craig
  • It's Just Craig
  • Debbie Neigher
  • Jack Perla
  • Jack Perla
  • Frances England
  • Frances England
  • Japonize Elephants
  • Japonize Elephants
  • Japonize Elephants
  • Japonize Elephants
  • Louiza
  • Forest Hill
  • Forest Hill
  • Jinkx Monsoon

13 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Josh E.
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    Jason is a great drummer and was easy to work with. At the beginning of the job, we had a solid discussion about how the work process would go, what would work/wouldn't work and what would be the best way to go about it all. I feel like we both had clear ideas of what was expected from each other, and Jason delivered exactly what I was looking for. He is a professional and I will likely work with him again!

  2. Review by Ezra Gale
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    Couldn't ask for better drum parts than what I got from Jason- amazing playing and totally in the pocket. Very musical and well recording tracks too, it was a cinch to fit them into the track and his parts really made the song come alive. I'd definitely recommend him to everyone!

  3. Review by Pavan
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    I waited until my Mix engineer buddy got back with his feedback about the drum tracks. Happy to say he loved how well they were recorded! This is from a super-critical guy! :D

    Jason sent me one rough recording, I gave feedback and we finalized the next version he sent because he had understood and incorporated the feedback so well. In fact he sent me options too. Great work! Definitely going to record more with him.

  4. Review by Labronn C.
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    Jason is an excellent drummer! I was looking for a drummer to be able to play a style of blues close to a reference I had, and another drummer from the site referenced Jason and I went with him. And he did a wonderful job with capturing the style I was looking for :)

  5. Review by Maurizio B.
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    Working with Jason was fantastic. He has listened to the song carefully since the first version proposed. He interpreted the requests very well, despite the distance and the difficulty of expressing the required result in words. He proposed different versions to arrive at an excellent final result. Registration is professional with a number and quality of microphones like ones you find in pro recording studio . Always clear and precise, it was very punctual in the release of the final version.

  6. Review by Travis C.
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    Great playing and recording quality. Jason was responsive with an incredibly quick turn-around for an original part that fit the song well. We've already reached out for parts on another track.

  7. Review by Starita
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    Slota is THE session drummer. I've had the pleasure of working with him very closely on several projects that I've produced. Jason is not only very talented technically and feel-wise, he also brings a high level of professionalism. Very easy to work with and I highly recommend!

  8. Review by seth p.
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    Working with Jason is like sliding into a warm glove. He remotely recorded 7 tunes for me and gave reasonable revision guidelines.

  9. Review by Tim Walter
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    Jason is the complete package in personality, performance, and professionalism. Few people can talk about diverse styles of music from afrobeat to black metal into the avant, yet alone play them. Jason has the rhythmic vocabulary to playperform what others dare to dream, developed from direct experience on international stages from the African coast to the jungles of Vietnam. His limbs have it all - with a great selections of drums, cymbals, mics and tuning know how to bring it all together. The quality of performance and recording leaves nothing for want of - other than improving yourself!

  10. Review by Ben Bernstein
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    Jason is an A list drummer who instinctively knows the right part and feel for every track I send him. I’m often pleased with the very first
    take!

    Furthermore, his gear matches his talents as a drummer and the tones are ainfir

  11. Review by Greg H.
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    Jason was at my first ever session at Tiny Telephone SF waaaay back in 2011. In fact, outside of myself, he was the only other musician on the record (he did handclaps... what can I say? I'm a slow burn). We've since performed live together about 50 times, and is the drummer on the latest double LP. In addition to his incredible skill as a drummer, he is also my go-to opinion for mixes, arrangements, and production. Jason's an asset to any ensemble. He also tells great dad jokes.

  12. Review by Matthew Caucci
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    Jason Slota is an amazing drummer. He has a huge musical vocabulary. He understands the song you are working on, where it's going, what it needs, and he wants to make it as great as it can be. Whatever that requires. He's technically excellent. That means if you want some odd time signature jazz fill, or Bonham-esque thunder, or straight up driving beat, he can do that. He's a professional. Great musicians trust his instincts, and they like to work with him because he's super laid back and easy to talk to. In short, technically excellent + perfect ear + easy going guy = what you need.

  13. Review by Travis Andrews
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    I've been fortunate enough to place with Jason a bit over the past few years, and have been totally blown away by his feel and professionalism. He has a deep pocket! And a huge array of sounds, too. The kick drum samples that I use on all the sessions that I mix come from a session produced by Slota. Anyone who has Jason on a track should feel lucky.

Interview with Jason Slota

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

  2. A: Tracking drums and percussion for songwriters

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

  4. A: I'm inspired by anyone who is passionate about what they do.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: I record through a Universal Audio Apollo interface and Logic X. My mic setup changes depending on what is needed for a track. I often use many of the following mics in my tracking...matched pair Coles 4038, matched pair Josephson c42, Microtech Gefell UMT 70s, BeyerDynamic M88 and M201, EV RE20, Sennheiser 421's, plus the ever useful SM57, D6, and EV 635. Pre's include UA 4-701d, API 512c, BAE 312a, and a pair of Fredenstein F601a

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

  8. A: I talk (or email) with the client and get an understanding of what the goal is and listen to any style suggestions. I then put the guide track into Logic and write out a form chart. I record a demo mp3 of the song and send it to the client. Two revisions later, we usually have a final take!

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

  10. A: Musicianship, groove, and feel. I am able to quickly find a creative part for the track that elevates the song without overplaying.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Musicianship

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

  14. A: The broadest term possible, rock

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

  16. A: Don't play the Hi hat too loud. It gets into everything.

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

  18. A: Quincy Jones. There aren't too many people who have such a deep connection with and understanding of how a song can go from a whistled tune in the shower to something the whole world listens to.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: groove, pocket, and musicality.

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

  22. A: I started taking drum lessons at my local music store when I was six. I've been at it ever since.

  23. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  24. A: Yes. Both offer sounds and textures the other is incapable of. Both offer work flows that cannot be obtained by the other. Having the ability to do endless takes on a digital platform is both enticing and a hindrance to the performer.

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

  26. A: Tracking for the next Thao & The Get Down Stay Down album, working with a Chinese singer songwriter on some dark Indie rock, and prepping for some touring.

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Gear Highlights
  • Among other things...Drum sets by Cravitotto
  • Ayotte
  • Rogers
  • C&C
  • and Ludwig. Musser One-Nighter Vibraphone
  • Musser M645 Glockenspiel. Mics by Coles
  • Microtech Gefell
  • and Josephson. Pre amps by UA
  • API
  • BAE
  • and Fredenstein.
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