Drummer for Grammy nominated artist Margo Price. Previous live & studio work includes Kesha, Jessi Colter, Lilly Hiatt, Caitlin Rose, Chris Knight
Hello! I’m a drummer recording drums and percussion from my home studio in Nashville, TN. I’ve been touring and doing sessions for close to 20 years. I’ve worked with many Grammy award winning producers, toured the world and recorded on all types of records.
I’m happy to deliver tracks mixed with my production instincts or completely dry stems(or both), whatever you’d prefer.
I’m all about collaborating & hearing your ideas to make sure you get the perfect take for your song. Always happy to do revisions!
Send me a note through the contact button above.
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3 ReviewsEndorse Dillon Napier
Great drummer who brought what my song needed.
Good communication and open to suggestions and delivered on time.
Dillon was great, quick, and open to notes and tailoring the drums to what I was hearing in my mind. A professional all around.
Amazing drummer, super nice and easy to work with.
Interview with Dillon Napier
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don’t forget to click save after a good take!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Margo Price - Midwest Farmers Daughter. Recorded in 3 days at Sun Studios in Memphis, TN with a bunch of friends. Went on to catapult all of our careers.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My side band Crystal Gods. Recording our new album at my home studio, engineering and mixing as well as playing a lot of instruments.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both have their place
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: 100% passion and dedication to making sure your song is as good as it can be and that you’re happy with the results
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The art of collaborating with fellow creative types
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: When can you have my song done? Usually 3-5 days, 7 at the most if I’m overloaded with tracks ahead of you
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I’m just here for the free green room snacks, I enjoy playing music just as much as I enjoy snacking
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What type of vibe are you going for, any rhythmic ideas you might have, what’s the bpm?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Embrace creativity and enjoy the collaborative spirit of making music together
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I’ll go with my Sakae drums, Sabian Cymbals, Sugar percussion snare, an acoustic guitar and a conga
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path was always hopefully to be a professional drummer. I’ve been lucky enough to do that since 2002.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I have a background in rock but I feel working in Nashville for 20 years has made me adaptable to many different styles depending on the artist or song
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, indie rock, americana or singer/songwriter, some country
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Hopefully my communication and ears
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Energy, passion, creativity
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Every track can be different, but typically I chart the song, get a good drum sound for the song, lay down a few takes and the share with the client for their input.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I’m tracking through a Universal Audio Apollo interface using 4 inputs with Shure microphones. A somewhat analog setup with digital plug-ins from UA, Soundtoys, Waves to bring drum tracks that are high-quality, easy to mix, and pop out of the mix.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: So many, from all types of music
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Remote drum & percussion tracks