As a drummer I aim to provide the highest quality, most musically appropriate take. As a producer I love to get the best out of someone and for them to realise their music. If you need remote drum tracks, a project that needs a producer or just an engineer to help you record some vocals in a few hours then I would love to hear from you.
I am a professional, freelance drummer with 8 years experience working in London amongst the best musicians in the country. I’m available for remote sessions, using the highest quality drums and recording gear. From my London studio I have produced, engineered and co-written for some fantastic artists and have well over a million streams for my work. Get in touch!
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Interview with Alexander Iddin
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I played drums and co-produced Tina Boonstra's second collection of singles: 'Underrated Animals'. She's notching up close to a million plays and I'm so proud of the results. I got to work with some of my closest friends on one of the most authentic and heartfelt projects I've ever been involved with!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My wife's EP! She is an incredible singer and writer, it's a bit like Bon Iver crossed with The National crossed with HAIM crossed with Thomas Dybdahl crossed with Nick Drake! Coming soon!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Chuck Sabo, he was my drum tutor at college and is a fantastic player who is featured on SoundBetter's first page for session drummers!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital recording but with analog instruments (acoustic instruments and actual keyboards rather than plug-in instruments) purely because I don't have access to any analog recording gear! I'd love to work with it in the future.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We will challenge each other and push each other to get the best results we can. It might be uncomfortable but creating music should be at times!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with people who get the best out of me as well as the other way around!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: 'Can I do another take?' Yeah!! When you're happy we'll stop. Sometimes I will have to say "we've got a great take now, lets not carry on" even if you disagree but I appreciate this is your music under your name not mine so we go until you're happy! But remember moral is important and I don't mind putting my foot down sometimes!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That collaboration is not important. When we work with people that make us feel great then we get great results! Working alone is great and important but have people around you who push you and don't let you stay static.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Where do you want this project to go? What do you need from me? Who else is going to be involved? Do you want a coffee?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Go with someone who sounds like they have similar ideas on music and an approach that would suit you and how you work. Don't just go for someone with the most impressive credentials. Connections are of course important but having an authentic final product that you are proud of is far more important. You won't just click with everyone and that's okay so go with someone who gets the best out of you!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A kick drum, a snare drum and a hi hat. I need to play drums! Plus my laptop and my headphones.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I studied music performance in one of London's top colleges for 3 years before becoming freelance. I've been playing drums for 15 of my 26 years and have been producing music with artists for around 3 years. I was lucky enough to shadow and learn production techniques from a top London musician who now works from LA and that helped me to decide and work on my approach and how I love to work.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Creative and experimental but grounded in accepted musical style.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Bon Iver because the creativity and ideas are so fresh and relevant, they are unlike any other artist.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Simple is great. Convey the song's emotion and stay away from whatever production technique is over used.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop and Rock, Indie, Atmospheric
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Ability to create musically appropriate ideas. Drums and percussion especially!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My own unique understanding of music with an openness to learn for myself from artists I work with. A desire to craft a song to the vision of the artist, making it the best
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For drum takes: Listen to the track several times, run through some ideas. Record 3 takes, check over and comp if necessary. Add percussion if necessary. For production with an artist: We would chat through the vision for the project, influences and references. We'd decide on a sound and direction sonically. We would lay down a simple vocal and piano/guitar demo and work from there building the track. You can be involved as much or as little as you want.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: 16 channel UAD with API and Neve pre-amps. Cole, Beyer, Vintage AKG, Shure, SE microphones. 1968 Fender Jazz Bass, Fender Tele, Rickenbacker electric, Martin acoustic, upright piano, 1980's Roland Juno-6, DSI Prophet 6, Arturia Brute. Isolation booths.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Daniel Lanois, Mike Crossey, Brian Eno, Justin Vernon, Steve Jordan, Aaron Sterling
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Remote drum recordings and freelance production/engineering.