Song first, drums last
Third generation drummer. I've been delivering the big beat for over 30 years, gigging/recording for nearly as long, and teaching about 20. My job is to make you and your music shine.
There's two options for putting tracks together:
I have a V-Drum set in my place. This is definitely the quicker & cheaper option. Especially, if you're still in the demo stage. It works pretty well.
If Acoustic is a must that's fine. There's a pro-level studio nearby. I've been working with the owner/lead engineer since the mid-90's.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
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Interview with Drewblood on the Drums
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A very 70's sounding album. It ranges from Smokie, to Elton John, with a sprinkling of Bowie on the top. Much more range than most albums.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Don't think anyone else I work with is on here.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: The people that have been hiring me the last several years are doing so because they feel good about what I'm going to do for their music. If anything, I'm the one that's asking all the questions. Most typically though, they're curious about what I think of the existing drum part on their demos and how I may be hearing things differently. In many cases I prefer to take what they've begun and simply put a clear lens on it. Rarely do I say let's throw everything out and start over.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Iggy Pop - because he's Iggy Pop (Nikka Costa, Paloma Faith, Beth Hart, Bonnie Tyler or Paul Stanley would all be pretty great as well)
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: An artist asked me to completely rewrite the part his drummer had recorded. Let me stress this other drummer nailed what he played. The issue was that it was simply the wrong part for the song. He was trying to force some modern rock on top of a Motown track. It was distracting. What the song actually needed was the drum line from Be My Baby. So, I eliminated all drum fills and stripped out about 2/3 of the notes. The whole thing just came to life
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Don't matter to me. Whatever works for you.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'm really going to put myself into what I do.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Drums, music, what's not to like?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That simplicity is easy. Once you get rid of the clutter there's nowhere to hide.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your vision? Do you have anything points of reference stylistically or sonically I should be aware of? If you have worked with other drummers what was it that you did or didn't like about them? (musically, not personally)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: This is about breathing life into your creation. Any drummer here can play the notes. Take some time to get to know us and find someone who is most in synch with where you want to go. See my Nikka Costa/Lenny Kravitz reference above.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Doesn't matter. Whatever I'm being paid to play. You can't beat Yamaha drum hardware, though. Nothing else comes close.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been gigging and recording non-stop for well over thirty years. It's just in the last several years people began approaching me to play on their projects in a hired-gun capacity. Those have all gone well so now I'm just going more direct to market.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Always there, never in the way, clutter free.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Let everyone else do their job, and focus on your own.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: What I'm best known for is obviously all things rock. That being said I do have more range than that. It just doesn't get the airtime. There's a very 70's sounding album (see below) I'm working on which should display much of that in the near future.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I've been at this long enough to know how to put the song before the drums. At the end of the day though I'd rather hear a good song, or better yet, be a contributor to a good song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Clarity and drive. I like to really get down to the core of the song and go from there
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My preferred way of working is to just listen to the song for a day or two before learning it. That allows things to seep in and creates a better outcome for everyone.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: At home it's a Roland V-Drum. It works pretty darn well. The big advantage is the flexibility with sounds and editing post-recording. For acoustic I'll be using the old Ludwig kit at the studio I work with.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: You'd never know it from hearing me play, but my favorite drummer is Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden. What appeals to me in any artist is authenticity and their ability play in their own voice. Technique is useless if you can't speak. Go and listen to, "'Til I Get To You" by Nikka Costa. Lenny Kravitz plays drums. I'm not a huge fan of his, but he outplays most of those name drummers on that song. Every note he played is perfect.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: People have always asked me to contribute to their material because they know they're going to get something solid back. Recently I've had some requests to rewrite the parts that their regular drummers recorded because they weren't playing the song, they were playing the drums. I'm very effective at removing clutter.