Kay Ketting

Groove Rockin' Drums Tracks

4 Reviews (3 Verified)
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Ready to take your songs to the next level? Together we'll make your tracks groove like never before! As a live/session drummer, songwriter and vocalist with more than 20 years of experience I've been fortunate enough to collaborate and tour with artists across Europe, US, Canada and Australia.

Starting at the age of 7 at a local marching band near Amsterdam, my interest for drums, percussion and songwriting never hit a ditch and was naturally followed by a pursuit of a musical career.
Many rock, funk, pop, prog and orchestral bands later, I followed courses in Drums and Music Management at the Rockacademie in Tilburg, Netherlands, including studies with the great René Creemers (the Drumbassadors), before eventually touring the world with Aussie prog-rockers The Sunpilots (AUS).

My usual gig requires that fat and open "Bonham" sound, but over the years I developed more and more versatility across genres, allowing me to create the right sound for the song. Creativity, energy, groove and sounds are the stand-out features I like to focus on.

The studio I currently use is set up for drum recordings and quick turn overs so the projects I take on can happen smoothly and to everyone's needs.
Depending on the magnitude of the project, I can discuss discount prices and able to call in assistance from my good friend and sought after producer/sound enigneer Enrico Tiberi (nrec, The Shell Collector, Universal Publishing) to create a wide sounding spectrum of those groove rockin' drum tracks!

To get in touch click 'Contact' in the bar above. Can't wait to get started on your project so looking forward to hearing from you.


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4 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Erin H.

    Have worked with Kay twice now. He's an incredible drummer. Great style, lots of tasteful nuances without being showy, knows how to build energy throughout a track, a few basic notes is enough and gets what you're going for. Nails it usually on the 1st take. Will definitely work with again.

  2. Review by Erin H.

    As I could tell from his demos, Kay's drumming is tight, aggressive, creative, and generally awesome. He locks the groove in great, but also has a lot of nuances and energy that really help drive your song. Would definitely recommend.

  3. Review by James M.

    Enticed initially by his demos, I knew Kay was going to be quality from the moment we started chatting about my project.

    Honestly, just hire him. Not that I should need to tell you that if you’ve heard his demos.

  4. Review by Enrico Tiberi

    Kay is an amazingly talented musician. He's groovy and creative and he is definitely a committed, hard working drummer. One of those precious musicians who like to think out of the box, making it easy and fun.

Interview with Kay Ketting

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

  2. A: Too many to think of to be honest! But to name a few, people like Josh Homme, Trent Reznor, Thom Yorke and Frank Zappa are artists that can give their songs and productions a whole different dimension and meaning in my opinion. When melody, groove and mean becomes this cohesive monster that takes you on a journey, to me that is the ultimate. When it comes to drumming I think the most valuble lessons I ever learned (amongst listening to a ton of music) were from Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson). He often refers to what you can do with a song groove as the rythmic design, and where the level of technical abillity vs. how much that impacts your abillity to listen to a song he calls the cpu theory. To use his words; "I'm impressed by technique, but i'm not moved by it".

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

  4. A: What I love about my job is that it gives me the opportunity to constantly delve into a creative mindset and the way you can communicate and express yourself through music.

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

  6. A: The one and only production guru, shred meister and partner in crime Enrico Tiberi!

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

  8. A: What I can promise my clients is that I will go out of my way to get the best result for them. I care about everything I work on!

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

  10. A: The music I work on is usually in line with the music I listen to at the time. Funk, rock, prog and pop projects are always exciting things for me to get grooving with.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: I would say my punctuallity and directness are my biggest qualities. Time is money, and to me a lot of excitement and creativity is lost when you stray too far from being in the moment.

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

  14. A: What I bring to a song depends on what I think the song needs. But in my experience things that a song pretty much always needs are skill, dynamics and creativity.

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

  16. A: Usually when a client sends me a track I give it a couple of listenens before I do anything musically with it. After I get a feel for structure and vibe of the song I go for that one "everything on the line" take when everything's fresh in my memory and where I more often than not, get the most inspired grooves and ideas from. After that I listen back to the first run and start shaping the groove, fills and dynamics to really craft a track that supports the whole arrangement.

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

  18. A: Mostly I create tailored drum and percussion tracks specific to the needs of my clients, but in reality it goes much further than that. From giving advice on arranging a song and locking into a created groove, to giving assistance lyrically and the instrumentation are things I gladly share my expertise for. The end product is what I care about!

Snippets from my work with the Sunpilots, Leelo and the Shell Collector

I was the Drummer in this production

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GenresSounds Like
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Radiohead
  • Deftones
Gear Highlights
  • Vintage Ludwig Classic Maple drums // Ludwig Supraphonic snaredrum // Paiste cymbals // Evans drumheads // Vater drumsticks // Tama Iron Cobra pedals and hardware // Shure headphones and mics
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