I’m a Session Drummer that knows my way around ProTools — Being a highly recommended session drummer in the DC area as well as being beind the editing of Periphery, Veil of Maya, Jason Richardson, Darkest Hour and others, keeping up with the industry standard for producing high quality work is very familiar.
Portfolio Sample Details -
1. "Parade of Ashes" by Periphery - ProTools Editing, Additional Tracking
2. "Aeris" by Veil of Maya - Drums, ProTools Editing, Additional Tracking
3. "Dead Trees" by From First to Last - Drums, ProTools Editing, Additional Tracking
4. "Anti-Axis" by Darkest Hour - ProTools Editing, Additional Tracking
5. "Now" by Nik Mystery - Drums, ProTools Editing, Additional Tracking
6. "Royals (Cover)" by Youth in Revolt (Featured on Pop Goes Punk Vol. 6) - Drums, ProTools Editing, Additional Tracking
7. "Hail Mary" by Zoe Zobrist - Drums, Assistant Mix Engineer
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Interview with Ernie Slenkovich
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work out of my good friend Taylor Larson’s studio in Washington, DC. His place is decked out with top of the line vintage and modern gear, and a state of the art ProTools rig. I’m either sitting behind a Yamaha Recording Custom Kit for drum sessions or behind a Mac Pro doing all my editing, writing or tracking. The gear throughout the studio is constantly changing based on taste, trends in the ever changing music world, or just to try something new!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I typically work on Rock, Metal, Pop, Rap, Singer/Songwiter types of music.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! Analog brings a timeless sound where newer products lack. However, digital makes things way easier and more streamlined. I mean, if I were tracking or editing in analog, my turn around times would be a whole lot longer! ;)
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I’m new to this site so I unfortunately don’t know anyone who uses this yet. But once I do, I will definitely update this with a recommendation!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I commonly do drum session work, drum editing, vocal editing, vocal production, tracking, and co-writing.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise my clients that I will take a part of the workload off their shoulders. They can trust that their project is in good hands and will get a final product that they can be satisfied with.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I’m currently working on a new record for Veil of Maya that will most likely be released in 2020.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like that my job revolves around music, doing what I love, and helping/collaborating with others that are passionate about music too. It almost doesn’t feel like a job!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be honest, have an open mind, be prepared, communication is key.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Overall, I’ll ask what expectations of the project are, what my guidelines are as far as contributiong creatively or strictly following a reference, or how a project should be edited according to the clients tatse.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: When people think producers have a “magic button” that instantly make a track sound like it was played well and edited instantly. I believe songs sound good from the players and the engineers/editors who put it together. If there was a “button” like that, people like me would unfortunately never have work. Although it would be kind of interesting to try if it really did exist!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don’t be afraid to try new things, don’t always follow the rules, and be yourself!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Drumming and audio editing.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've always wanted to work with music professionally as a career. I started with jamming in garage bands and recording bad demos in my basement. Fast forward to touring around the country, and building my fascination for recording. After stints of touring, I started to be more involved in the recording, session drummer world and haven't looked back. I've been doing this for a little over a decade now.