Creative and versatile drummer with experience in a wide range of styles.
Hi there. I'm Chris and I'm a native of Melbourne, Australia currently living in Nashville. I have been playing and recording drums for 20 years and have great experience performing a wide range of styles with a variety of artists and bands.
I enjoy recording and adding tracks to people's projects, and I'm fairly creative with what I play. I come from a jazz and jazz-fusion (or jazz-rock) background - something that no doubt flavours what I do and adds a different dimension to the music.
Aside from jazz and jazz-related musics, I also specialise in country, pop, rock and groove-based styles, and I aim to add exactly what any client or producer would like to have added to their track.
Feel free to contact me to discuss what you might be after drum-wise on your project.
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
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Interview with Chris Broomhead
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Generally, adding drum parts for their song/s and/or production.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Drummers getting grooves and sounds in studios is something I find quite inspiring. I like hearing the end product of what they do, especially when you get to see how they putting it all together behind the scenes. I also like working with recording engineers and picking up tips from them along the way.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Usually I'll listen to and learn the track in question, and then find out what type of groove and/or sound the client might want, if there's no example on the track already. Then for recording I'll do a few takes potentially with a few variations of the groove too.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The ability to add a great sounding feel with my own flavour to any given track.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Touch and sound. Coming from a jazz background I've been able to develop a sensitive touch so that I can play intricate grooves but also be able to play louder if necessary too.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Jazz, country, pop-rock, rock, funk, and worship styles (worship stuff is pretty much pop-rock most of the time!).
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Old cut-out drum heads on top of snares and toms make the perfect instant change to the sound of the kit!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: There's probably many but someone like John Mayer would be great because he writes great songs which usually have enjoyable drum grooves that go along with them.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Straight up time and groove with a slightly jazzy swagger.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been recording music, including drums, since I was a kid so I've been on the journey for some time.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Umm. Not sure. Certainly my iPad...
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I can always come up with something for their track from scratch however it often helps all concerned if they have some idea of the type of groove they might be after and the type of sound as well.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I'll do the best job that I can with what I have!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, because I don't have tens of thousands of dollars to do otherwise.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: An EP/album with another Australian friend who lives over here. He's a country guitarist and we're putting together something that encompasses all the different musical styles that we both like.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My Australian jazz piano trio's recent released fourth album, called 'The Outsider'. The trio is called Refraction and we recorded this new release in a church back in Melbourne. I was aiming for an ECM (German jazz label) type of sound and I think we got reasonably close. I also feel that being our fourth album our playing has evolved together and the recording has a much surer sense of unity and purpose. If you feel like checking it out, it's on BandCamp (as well as iTunes/Apple Music and the rest) here - https://triorefraction.bandcamp.com
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Pretty much as above: "What type of groove are you thinking?", "What type of sound are you thinking?" And, "what's your desired turn around time?"
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a relatively simple studio setup in my basement which consists of a large room that you can get full sounds in as well as being able to treat the room to get drier sounds.