Donald Forrest Williams

Music Production/Drum tracks

10 Reviews (10 Verified)
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I attended Berklee College of Music 1992. As a drummer and songwriter in the band Big Wreck (Atlantic Records) 1992-2003 I worked alongside legendary producers M Beinhorn, D Jerden, M Dematteo, and J J P.I do pre-production, recording, and mixing for full productions and also can do Drum tracks for other productions.I use Neve, Neumann and AKG.

I provide studio quality Drum tracks for outside productions. I also work with new and established artists giving them everything needed to get off the ground running or stay in the game. I do Pre-Production, play on (if needed) , record , and mix studio quality recordings. Mastering I have done by someone more qualified. I create high quality simple low budget Videos. I introduce and explain the business side of things in an easy to understand way, help make good decisions and set it all up if needed. I then release and promote the artists work when finished through my YOUTUBE channel (PRODUCE MUSIC AT HOME) and numerous contacts.

I use the highest quality equipment.
Neve 1272 preamps (1073 without EQ)
Neumann and AKG microphones.
And the hands of god. lol.

Just DO IT !!


Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.


AllMusic verified credits for Forrest Williams
  • Crosby Loggins & the Light
  • Crosby Loggins
  • Crosby Loggins & the Light
  • Crosby Loggins
  • Big Wreck
  • Big Wreck
  • Big Wreck
  • Tipsy Gypsies
  • Tipsy Gypsies
  • Tipsy Gypsies
  • Tipsy Gypsies
  • Forrest Williams

10 Reviews - 4 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Brodie H.

    Excellent to work with! Fast and professional. Highly recommend!

  2. Review by Neal P.

    Don has provided drums on a few of my songs so far. He is fast, creative and very interactive. I was a huge fan of his work in Big Wreck, so it’s an honour to have him contribute to songs I’ve written. I look forward to doing more with him as this project of mine unfolds... stay tuned!!

  3. Review by Evan T.

    Total pro and class act. It’s a pleasure to work with a rockstar! Turn around was super quick and came with an amazing sounding multi-track as well as a quick mix with the scratch track or demo. Great guy all around, thank you for working with me Mr Williams.

  4. Review by Chris W.

    Donald is awesome, extremely professional, extremely quick, hardworking and produces great tracks

  5. Review by Neal P.

    Amazing performance with a signature character that made my song come alive. Very fast turnaround with very little direction given. Plus he’s one of my favourite drummers... ever... it was an honour.

  6. Review by John h.

    Excellent job as usual. Great pocket, and a very musical drummer. Thank you!

  7. Review by John h.

    Great drummer, excellent communication, delivered quickly!. Will use again for sure!

  8. Review by Kori K.

    Always a treat to work with a pro! looking forward to making more music with you in the future. Fun and easy going experience.

  9. Review by Joe c.

    WOW! unbelievable drummer. Perfect feel and part for my song and delivered in less than 24 hours! Awesome!!

  10. Review by Nathaniel S.

    Donald did a great job. He was very easy to work with and the turnaround was only a couple hours. Once I received the tracks from Donald, it was obvious that they were expertly played and recorded. Donald’s understanding of how to tune a drum kit and then engineer his tracks compares well to anyone in the business.

Interview with Donald Forrest Williams

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

  2. A: song production from start to finish

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

  4. A: John Bonham, Stewart copeland, Micheal Beinhorn, Jack Joseph Puig

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: Neve preamps, Neumann U87, AKG 414, D112, 57's, 2 AKG 535eb, iMac Pro , Logic.

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

  8. A: Write, record drums, bass, guitar, piano, keys, vocals, mix, master.

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

  10. A: A full package producer that plays a mean kit.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Drums.

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

  14. A: Pop, Rock, singer songwriter.

  15. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  16. A: Most important thing is to have feeling and passion in the actual performance, recording it with tried and true gear that sounds great.

  17. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  18. A: Taylor Swift because I would have to be the best I have ever been to match up to her previous insanely great producers.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: quick and simple

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: 30 years, Berklee college of Music, Big Wreck in late 90's then kids , now getting back into it again.

  23. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  24. A: 2 neve 1073, 2 Neumann U67, iMac pro

  25. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  26. A: Talk over the phone, feel it out.

  27. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  28. A: Can I hear some music first.

  29. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  30. A: That is is a mystery how songs come to life. Like it is magic or something. It is not. It is just a process like anything else. It can be learned. Anyone can do it.

  31. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  32. A: When can u work? On weekends for recording. All the time by myself working on the song.

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

  34. A: End product, cranking it in my car!!

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

  36. A: I will do my best, and never give up on things, I'll get it done.

  37. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  38. A: Digital, cheaper and easier.

  39. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  40. A: Lindsey Buck

  41. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  42. A: AWAY by Lindsey Buck. Has a combination of many elements and sounds great on 11. :)

Lindsey Buck "AWAY"

I was the Producer and Drummer in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • Lindsey Buck
  • Big Wreck
Gear Highlights
  • Neve Neumann AKG BAE imacpro
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