Grammy Nominated Drummer

Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Jazz

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Hi! My Name is Iajhi Hampden, and I am an Los Angeles based drummer with over 25 years of professional experience. Just recently completed a Christmas album for John Legend where I was fortunate enough to play on the entire album. I play most all styles, read and program. Looking forward to working with you!

I am a hard working and reliable musician very passionate about my craft. I am still excited about music and working with new musicians. I have been working as a touring and recording professional based out of LA for the past 15 years. I am easy going and always up for new Ideas and suggestions for new and different approaches to making grooves. I have a masters degree is Jazz studies but also grew up playing in church, and with school choirs as a youngster. I read, program, and also also play by ear. My touring credits over the last 15 years range from Engelbert Humperdink to Raphael Saadiq and many things in between. Rock, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Reggae, Electronic music.

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27 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Michael D.
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    Pure class. I was excited to work with Iajhi for a second time, after his playing on the 1st track convinced me to ditch my programmed drums on this one! His performances showed he studied my song & rhythm patterns, that he understood what I wanted - but his experience in different genres brought an X factor, a jazz-like approach to the part where I'd only imagined trip-hop or early funk.
    Great drummer, great guy - give him a call and have a conversation.

  2. Review by Pesto P.
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    Amazing groove, plays with so much heart, really friendly, works fast, nothing more to say:-)

  3. Review by Bull Funk Studios
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    Iajhi is an incredibly musical drummer! He laid down the groove like a boss on my tracks and he gave me 3 different takes which I can comp cut and choose from. His dynamics and feel fit the track perfectly. The drum recordings (sonics) was spot on and pro, made my life super easy to throw in the mix. On top of all that, he is a wonderful person. Highly recommended!!

  4. Review by Michael Dornan
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    Fantastic musician. I had a drum part sketched out in my demo, but invited Iajhi to put his own stamp on it - he went way beyond my expectations! His playing has brought the song to life, and given it a new energy.
    You should hire him if you can! When you do, you'll find communication a joy as I did, and you'll be working with a professional who knows how to make each drum element sound great, whatever your genre.

  5. Review by Charles H.
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    Iajhi went above and beyond, delivering a killer drum part very quickly. Definitely highly recommended as a drummer who can really elevate a song.

  6. Review by Yosef
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    Great guy. Flexible to work with. Groove.

  7. Review by Karl Ludwigsen
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    Iajhi is a great drummer and quite precise. Enjoyed having him work on my project. I was quite happy that he provided me a choice between which snare to use. He learned the song quickly and was careful to make adjustments on each section of the track to bring out the best in the drum arrangement. Thank you

  8. Review by krewcial
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    Great drumming, clean sound recording!
    Brought some live swing and groove to my programmed beats.

  9. Review by Neil P.
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    Iajhi was a joy to work with. Friendly, responsive, positive and played great! I look forward to working with him again and would recommend him to anyone.

  10. Review by Jaguar S.
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    Got the vibes exactly. He's super dope!

  11. Review by Jason Caddy
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    He knocked it out of the box. Couldn't have asked for a better outcome. I will definitely be coming back for some additional work!

  12. Review by Reginald B.
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    Great guy to work with flexible and very professional.

  13. Review by Billboard Charting
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    Professional, clear, and sonically sound. Im definitely down for any project Iajhi may have, and I look forward to working with him again in the future.

  14. Review by joe hundertmark
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    Of all the drummers I've performed with in my career, Iajhi is hands down my favorite. That's not hyperbole. I have yet to find a style of music that I play that Iajhi can't also play as well, with style and finesse. When we play live, it feels like he can read my mind. He is just as comfortable throwing down insane energetic playing on "out there" improv music as he is locking in a pocket and throwing away the key. He can rip traditional jazz as well as forward thinking future beats. 10/10 my highest recommendation. (from a musical director and guitarist w/ over 2300 Cirque du Soleil shows)

  15. Review by Los Angeles Woodwind Sessions
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    Iajhi is the consummate professional in the world of all things drums and drum tracks. Besides his attention to detail, impeccable communication, groove-soaked playing, he's one of the kindest and most sensitive musicians I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Wish I could give him 10 stars!

  16. Review by Versatile Singer-American Idol
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    I LOVE this guy! Iajhi is everything you'd ever want in a drummer: soulful, proficient, creative, and a team player. The joy on his face when we record together is what makes me call him whenever I need a drummer. He is *the* easiest dude to work with and treats every session like it's the most important thing he's ever done. Iajhi recorded on my latest EP, and it would have just been a completely different product with a different drummer on it. I truly can't say enough wonderful things about this man. I just wish I could give more than 5 stars :)

  17. Review by Yukumi Takizawa
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    He feels and catches the music quickly, so he can play any type of music. He keeps the tempo but also flexible, and has a lot of techniques and fills. He is definitely a professional drummer.

  18. Review by Kai Alexander
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    It's been wonderful working with Iajhi. His new mics sound GREAT!
    I might have been the first one to get a drum track with him using them. DOPE. The track was already in my inbox before I could even think about it. Quick turn around/professional/funky/tasty.

  19. Review by Danny Gtr James
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    Iajhi is hands down my first call for session/live drums, feel and musicality for days, super professional, and a great guy!

  20. Review by Robert Gray
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    Great Drummer, very well seasoned.

  21. Review by 305 Horns
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    We work with Iajhi regularly. He’s one of the baddest drummers around. Great pocket, super professional, awesome to work with.

  22. Review by Zephyr Avalon
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    Iajhi is a tasteful and versatile player, as well as an all around solid individual who will be reliable and timely with whatever he is hired to do. Highly recommend Iajhi.

  23. Review by Ra Diaz
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    I have always loved working with Iajhi! He’s not only one of the best drummers in the business, but also a great guy, hard working, responsible and fun to have around.

  24. Review by Maurice Gainen
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    Iajhi was hired for two sessions by one of my studio clients. I was so impressed with his playing and attitude that I hired him for 3 songs on my most recent CD. I have also heard him play live a few times and he always kills it!

  25. Review by Ryan Roberts
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    Working with Iajhi is fantastic. Professional, great time, great feel and very intuitive when creating parts.

  26. Review by Ginny Luke
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    Iajhi is an incredible drummer and person with great feel, great ideas in the studio and live and makes every artist feel like he 100% supports them. I have worked with Iajhi in show settings and most recently on my record and he nails every style - pop, R&B, rock, whatever the song requires. He is easy to work with and flexible. Highly recommend working with Iajhi.

  27. Review by Reginald B.
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    I Been through NC/NYC/Philly/ Philippines/Thailand/Hawaii Iajhi is an absolute BEAST on the drums!!!

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John Legend-This Christmas

I was the drummer in this production

Terms Of Service

I'm happy to record one track and one revision. any more revisions will have to be negotiated.

GenresSounds Like
  • Rick Braun / Richard Elliot
  • Wynton Marsalis
  • Raphael Saadiq
Gear Highlights
  • Currently endorsing: Yamaha Drums
  • Zildjian Cymbals
  • Evans Drumheads
  • Vic Firth Sticks
  • Big Fat Snare drum
  • and SE Microphones
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