Experienced and creative drummer / multi-instrumentalist with my own studio. Artists and labels choose me for sessions because of my musical versatility, attention to detail, service and reliability. I've worked with Grammy-winning producers and bands, and regularly work at Abbey Road in different capacities, and other world-class studios.
Your songs are important to you, so they should feel and sound just right. I understand this as, being a composer and producer myself, I feel the same way! Inevitably, the drums play a massive role in this and need to create/support the vibe you’re trying to convey.
As such, I like to work closely with artists, bands, and producers to get exactly what they’re after, so I’ve set up my studio and remote session schedule to best achieve this. As a remote session drummer, I aim to make this process hassle-free!
I love making artists happy with my craft, so you can rest assured you songs are in good hands with me!
Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Interview with Nick Schlesinger
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I do a lot of singer/songwriter stuff, as well as Rock and some Pop. Oddly enough, as a Metalhead and Rocker myself, I really love laying down a great-feeling groove for quirky artists.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Musicality. I have a good ear for what a song requires. I also tend to think that less is more, so keeping it simple and letting the song do its thing with a solid groove supporting it is the way to go. Of course, if a song requires madness, I'll do that, but most of the time, it's making it feel and sound good. Gotta do support and create the vibes.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I receive a brief from a client, and I'll listen to the reference tracks as well as their demo (with and without drums). I also always ask for lyrics where possible because this invariably helps in translating emotion into the track. I then like to map out what I'm going to do an run through the track a few times til I'm happy with the parts... I'll also tune the drums to match the vibe of the song. Then I'll do a few takes... I tend to prefer whole takes rather than comps, so I like to nail the whole thing in one go.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is a small, acoustically treated room. I use a Focusrite 18i20 interface, which is great to give clients clean, useable sounds... I use AKG C214 OHs, Sennheiser MD421 on toms, Shure SM57 on the snare, Beta52A on the kick and an SM58 as a wurst mic. Also, I like to use a Soup Can mic as a dirty room mic, which is great fun for texture. I try to keep everything simple and straightforward, so I run all this into Logic X where I have a bunch of Soundtoys plugins. The latter are simple, and just sound immense!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Matt Ingram is an inspiration as well as Aaron Sterling. They're great drummers, musicians and producers.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I record drums for artists. Given my musical experience, drum tech work, and teaching, I can cater to a large variety of styles with tasteful sounds and playing.