Drummer for Grammy nominated artist Margo Price. Previous live & studio work includes Kesha, Lilly Hiatt, Andrew Combs, Caitlin Rose, Chris Knight.
I’ve been a touring/session drummer for 17+ years with many different major label and independent artists. Based in Nashville, TN, I have played every style of music and understand the intricacies of many different genres, catering to the desired feel of the song. Drums and percussion will be recorded in a pro studio with quick turnaround. You’ll receive a mixed wav file and dry isolated tracks (stems) from the session. I’m open to revisions and here to make your track sound great and make you happy!
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Interview with Dillon Napier
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital with an analog mindset. I love natural sounds, vintage pre's and EQ's, but recording digitally gives you a much broader sketchpad that isn't confined to one particular place/sound.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'm not happy until you're happy, and I really want to be happy
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The cookies in catering!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Lots of indie rock, cinematic & moody compositions - my main road gig is based mostly in country/rock
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What kind of mics are you using? Shure Beta 52, SM7, SM58 and a bunch of different condensers
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Unless you have impeccable natural rhythm, record to a click!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started playing when I was 5 years old, started touring in 2002, been on the road with various rock and country artists ever since while also doing session work in Nashville
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Groove based
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Cooking breakfast
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I'd like to think I set a solid foundation for a song and hopefully make it danceable/feel good. Every track is different obviously but I never want to distract from the song/lyric and always want to present a professional performance.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen to the track/chart it, drop the file into Logic and play along a few times. Tweak mic placements and EQ's until drums are fitting into the track nicely.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Multiple drum kits(Gretsch, Sonor, Sakae), tons of snares(Ludwig, Slingerland, Sakae), tons of cymbals(Sabian) ran through an interface into Logic Pro X. I've been getting great sounds lately with 4 mics, keeping it very simple and easy to mix.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Drum tracking, building demos