I am a Drummer, Mix Engineer, & Producer based in Nashville, TN, and I have been delivering high-quality multi-tacked drums and big mixes to satisfied clients for years.

I would love to help bring your record to life. Let's make something awesome!

I have been a music lover for as long as I can remember, and I have been fortunate enough to call my passion my career for over a decade. Everything about making records, I love. From producing and songwriting to art direction and branding, if it is part of the process, I'm in.

A quick highlight of some of my pertinent professional achievements: I've been signed to Lava / Universal Republic Records by industry legend Jason Flom, recorded with Josh Abraham, Ryan Williams, & Chris Lord-Alge and drummed for, toured with, and/or band led on behalf of artists on Atlantic and Warner Bros. Records. I have performed for crowds ranging from one to 30,000, sharing the stage with some of the highest-selling acts in modern music along with some of the best musicians in the world. And I have produced, mixed, and played on hundreds of recordings to date.

I aim to provide excellent communication and pay strict attention to detail. And I will do all I can to make sure you get exactly what you want for your project.

My credits include

AllMusic verified credits for Tom Dupree III:

  • 3 Pill Morning

Gear highlights

  • Ludwig Classic Maple Drums
  • Zildjian Avedis & A Custom Cymbals
  • Multiple Snare Drums
  • Cascade Fatheads
  • Sennheiser MD421s
  • EV RE20
  • AKG D112
  • Shure SM57s
  • Shure SM81s
  • Shure SM7bs
  • Focusrite & RME Preamps
  • Logic Pro X
  • 92 kHz / 24 Bit AD Conversion

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

I will deliver projects within five (5) business days.

Reviews of Tom DuPree III

  • Listing_thumb_1008140001about 14 hours agoby Verified Review

    Tom DuPree III is a national treasure on this site. Here's what my experience is like: I have a song. I send it to Tom. Tom inputs the song into his supercomputer brain and delivers exactly the right feel...the right groove...and the hardest part is choosing which take to use!

  • Default-avatar10 days agoby Verified Review

    Tom was an absolute pleasure to work with! Communication was a breeze and he delivered the 3 drum takes with quick turnaround. Tom's playing has a great groove and he brought some great creativity to my track.

    I will definitely be working with Tom on some future tracks!

  • Listing_thumb_cam1cropedit14 days agoby Verified Review

    If you're wondering who to hire to play drums on your tune, hire Tom!! This dude is a seriously musical drummer, and extremely professional. Will definitely be working with him more in the future!

  • Listing_thumb_christophereades-006216 days agoby Verified Review

    Tom was great to work with! I asked him for a last minute job and he delivered in record time with several different options for me to choose from. He was a pleasure to work with and I'm looking forward to working with him again on future projects.

    Great setup and sound was stunning!

  • Listing_thumb_gvn22 days agoby Verified Review

    Always great to work with, professional, great communication, will work with again.

  • Default-avatar27 days agoby Verified Review

    Tom is a top notch and versatile drummer, specially if you need hard hitting rock drumming. He’s got great attitude and amazing communication skills. Turnaround time is quick and costs are very affordable. If you want great pocket, tone, technique, and style, then Tom is your guy. I couldn’t be happier. Highly recommended!

  • Listing_thumb_andi_kinley_pen_profile_burnt_tiled_500about 1 month agoby Verified Review

    I got 3 killer takes back the same day I sent payment. He nailed exactly what I wanted right away in regards to both the groove / timing and sound / style. Will be using him as my go-to session drummer.

  • Listing_thumb_10481860_10204486789303992_3982341057691300643_oabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Once again I got some insanely good drum tracks for my song! Tom is just an incredible drummer and without a doubt one of the best professionals I've met on SoundBetter so far. Your tracks can only benefit from his input.

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Tom has done 3 songs for me and all of them have sounded so good. I mean wow I cant believe how good your drums make my song sound good. I plan on working with again and hopefully soon.Tom is definitely a top level pro in my book.

  • Listing_thumb_8344_10154145273264359_4018275659265201908_nabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Tom recorded multitracked drums for a rock song I am working on. He worked from my guide track and made the performance work really well with the song. He also provided three takes so I could comp the perfect drum track. Thanks man!

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Again, stand out drum tracks, who filled out my music with life

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    I spent hours trying to find the best drummer on the site... and I quickly figured out... Tom is the most skillful/most professional drummer available.

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Tom is one of the most professional musicians I've worked with. He came up with exactly what I wanted. He gave me 3 incredible takes and the rest is history!
    Thank you so much Tom!

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    A great drummer with a good sounding recording setup. I came to him with a song but with just programmed drums and told him to do what sounded good. He came back with something that really completed the song. Plenty of mics with all the essentials covered, and fast turn around. He also went the extra effort of mapping the parts onto the wav stems

  • Listing_thumb_oapeteabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Tom is an amazing musician / drummer. He has a great ear and knows how to play for the song. The audio files he provides sound great! He is now in my band!! (Even if he doesnt know it) :) As I said in my last review.....This Guy!

  • Default-avatar2 months agoby Verified Review

    Such an amazing talent, Great service, very quick turnaround.
    I will definitely work with Tom again, I could not imagine anyone better for my songs. ******

  • Default-avatar2 months agoby Verified Review

    All I can say is that Tom is gifted and delivered big time. Drums sounded absolutely fantastic.

  • Listing_thumb_gvn2 months agoby Verified Review

    Exellent Drummer! More than I expected, beyond the price i payed. Quality tracks, great professionalism. 3 different ideas hard to choose, all great! Would love to work with again. Thank You!

  • Default-avatar3 months agoby Verified Review

    Tom was a pleasure to work with--great communication, quick delivery, and even another take when I asked for a different type of sound. Highly recommended and I hope to work with him again!

  • Listing_thumb_10081400013 months agoby Verified Review

    I think Tom is psychic because he seems to inherently know exactly what I want for my songs. His approach to playing the drums is inspiring me to take a much closer look at my songs. Re-tracking has never been so much fun before.

  • Listing_thumb_10081400013 months agoby Verified Review

    Ok, let me put it this way, Tom provided platinum level service and made this tracking process EFFORTLESS. Tom is patient, a superb communicator and played drums in a way on my song that I was inspired to re-track my guitars and bass to match his killer groove. I am so grateful that Tom is part of my project!

  • Listing_thumb_jraw13 months agoby Verified Review

    Great working with Tom, excellent drummer with nice chops!!!!

  • Default-avatar3 months agoby Verified Review

    Great musician, great communication, and very fast turn around. Highly recommended!!! He does NOT disappoint. Seriously raised the bar on project.

  • Listing_thumb_oapete3 months agoby Verified Review

    This Guy! Simple as that!

  • Listing_thumb_me5 months agoby Verified Review

    Tom is the most amazing drummer I've ever met. He keeps surprising me with incredible drum tracks that end up evolving my song, and influencing the remaining instruments to create a much better overall project. Very creative and professional. He completely nailed it with the initial three takes. You made my day again, thank you very much Tom!

  • Listing_thumb_10481860_10204486789303992_3982341057691300643_o6 months agoby Verified Review

    Once again, Tom delivered an incredible performance!

  • Listing_thumb_image6 months agoby Verified Review

    Awesome drummer. Listened thoroughly to what I wanted and then delivered. Also, cut me an awesome deal for doing multiple songs with him. A definite dedicated pro. Thanks again Tom.

  • Listing_thumb_me7 months agoby Verified Review

    Working with Tom was an absolute pleasure. The quality of his work was stunning. He ensured I was 100% happy with the results, and even went beyond and delivered over expectations.

    I'll definitely reach out to him for my next projects, since the songs wouldn't be the same without him on the drums.

  • Default-avatar7 months agoby Verified Review

    Great :)

  • Listing_thumb_image7 months agoby Verified Review

    Tom is will give the result you're looking for. Just like any musical relationship, you have to be patient and understand the other person might not know exactly what you're looking for or feel your groove right away. Give Tom the chance and he'll take the time to understand your song and drum the heart out of it. Thanks for a rockin' drum track!

  • Listing_thumb_img_20150721_0033169 months agoby Verified Review

    Brilliant experience working with Tom. He is professional, service-oriented, friendly and knows his stuff as his mix of the drums I outsourced came out sounding slick and professional. Will use him again on future projects.

  • Listing_thumb_blackwhitexxr9 months agoby Verified Review

    What can I say, Tom was super easy to work with, I look forward to working with him again soon!

  • Default-avatar9 months agoby Verified Review

    Once again, Tom has worked his drum magic, we couldn't be happier and will be lining up track 3 shortly to finish our new EP. Do your music a favour and book Tom Dupree III

  • Default-avatar10 months agoby Verified Review

    Tom DuPree III is our new hero!
    We had struggled with Local drummers and couldn't find anyone with the vision or talent to help us finish our tracks, but once we signed up to SoundBetter and found Tom everything changed.
    Tom gave us the drums we couldn't get anywhere else, totally professional and right on the click...A true star...Thanks Tom

  • Listing_thumb_samos_neil_210 months agoby Verified Review

    It is always a pleasure to work with Tom!
    This time he mixed some drums for me. Nice !
    His Presence,always positive & ready to go : )
    I love it!

    Irene

  • Listing_thumb_10481860_10204486789303992_3982341057691300643_o10 months agoby Verified Review

    It was an absolute pleasure working with Tom. He is a fantastic drummer and he pays great attention to detail in order to deliver exactly what you need. His drum tracks sound absolutely amazing and your tracks can greatly benefit from his drumming and mixing experience.

  • Listing_thumb_img_20160830_22352210 months agoby Verified Review

    Tom is a really natural drummer with a great sense of time and what the song needs. He is now my drummer of choice.

  • Listing_thumb_samos_neil_211 months agoby Verified Review

    I will have to say that Tom
    Is very proffesional !
    He is So Easy to work with !
    And a Good Drummer !
    ; )
    Hi five

  • Listing_thumb_img_20160830_22352211 months agoby Verified Review

    Awesome drummer and nice guy. Had the drums recorded in only a few hours.

  • Listing_thumb_samos_neil_212 months agoby Verified Review

    It is easy to work with Tom !
    He is really professional,helpful & on time !
    And a great drummer of course !

    Irene ( Norway )

  • Listing_thumb_samos_neil_212 months agoby Verified Review

    I`ve just started to play with Tom in Cyberspace
    He`s a cool guy & a very good Drummer !
    Easy to get in touch with , correct ,nice : )

    On time !
    Cheers from Norway ..irene

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby

    I'm not good at reviews...but I just want to thank Tom so much because he took my tracks to a level that I could have never gotten to. I didn't give him any instruction and he came through with his experience and skills to give drums that I could of only dreamed of...I recommend Tom so much and I will be working with him from now on. Thank you Tom!

  • Listing_thumb_img_20160830_2235223 months agoby

    Great drummer and person!

  • Listing_thumb_bladestudios2about 1 year agoby

    Great Working with Tom. He is very knowledgable and efficient in all aspects of his work. He can produce very creative tracks while still being able to do so in a timely fashion. Gets great drums sounds and is a pleasure to work with.

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Interview with Tom DuPree III

Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I was the drummer in a band that got signed to Lava / Universal Republic under the direction of Jason Flom. For that record, we recorded with Josh Abraham, Ryan Williams, and Chris Lord-Alge. The experience of making that album probably did more to inform me about making a great recording than anything else has in my career. It also gave me a huge boost of confidence to have guys of that level compliment my playing. I will carry that experience with me forever.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am consistently turning out multiple drum sessions and producing EPs and LPs for bands and artists in Nashville, TN.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Nick Scallorn. He is an excellent guitar player and an even better guy. I work with him on an ongoing basis in my studio in Nashville and could not give him a higher recommendation.
Analog or digital and why?
Oh man, both. Each for their own very different reasons. I prefer a combination of the two. A good hybrid produces great sound quality and a much more manageable workflow.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will do my very best to deliver exactly what you want and need for your project. And I will keep a consistent, open line of communication throughout the entire process.
What do you like most about your job?
I get to do what I love for a living. And I am in charge of my own schedule. Not having to ask anyone for time off is my version of success.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That because I do what I love for a living, and because I work for myself, I can do anything anytime in the middle of the work day. I am the only one responsible for the work getting done for my business, so, more often than not, I have to work twice as hard!
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
My favorite one is, "If everything worked out perfectly and you had the career of your dreams, what would success look like for you? What kind of artist would you be?" That answer can tell you a lot about the kind of record someone wants to make.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Trust your gut. If someone feels shady or doesn't get back to within a reasonable amount of time, don't work with them. There are far too many people of integrity and skill in this world to waste your time on those simply looking to turn a quick buck at your expense.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Kick, snare, hi-hat, iPhone (with the Garageband App installed), and some sort of solar charger so I could keep recording stuff!
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
This has been my career for the entirety of my professional life. Music is what I have always done in some form or fashion. I used to tour a lot more, but I have gravitated more toward the studio the longer I have been in business.
How would you describe your style?
I am definitely a rock drummer, first and foremost. Groove, feel, and consistency are the most important things to me. And I mix and produce from a rock and pop perspective. No doubt about it.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I think Muse would be a ton of fun to work with, or a band like them. I would love to be a part of making a record that has no rules.
Can you share one music production tip?
Less is more. Don't get bogged down in parts. It takes just as much talent to make a song huge with minimal parts as it does to create a slew of really great individual pieces.
What type of music do you usually work on?
My focus is generally on rock, pop, and country. I also really enjoy working on metal but don't get to do quite as much of that as I would like.
What's your strongest skill?
I do my best to be a great communicator. In my experience, the better the communication, the better the final product and the happier everyone is throughout the process.
What do you bring to a song?
I believe I am good at helping to guide a song along its way to becoming what it wants to be. As a drummer, I try to lay a solid, consistent foundation for the band, create special moments, and accent the lead vocal. As a producer and mix engineer, my job is to make the song the most impactful version of itself that it can be.
What's your typical work process?
For drums, I will usually listen to the song several times through to get all of the finer points of it internalized. Then I will track 3 takes in a row and come back into the control room and review them to make sure it all works well for the song. If I am happy with the parts and performance, then I will compress and post the files to Dropbox and send the link on its way! As a producer and mix engineer, the process is more complex and varies from client to client. In a nutshell though, I do my best to communicate well and make the client as comfortable, encouraged, and inspired as possible. I believe a relaxed environment is key to making great music.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I built my entire studio myself. It is isolated, tuned, and treated. And it is super-comfortable and vibey. It's a great place to create music. I have a big drum room with 40 channels, industry standard microphones–Sennheiser 421s, SM7bs, 57s, 81s, Fatheads, RE-20, AKG D11, some really great RME and Focusrite preamps, and I am running Logic X and Ableton Live 9. I have a great Ludwig kit and a bunch of snare drum and cymbal options as well. It's the kind of thing I've dreamt about having my entire life, and now I do!
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
As a drummer, I draw a great deal of inspiration from Josh Freese and Kenny Aronoff, guys who have the ability to truly play for the song, and whose work has spanned many genres over the years. Like them, my goal is to be someone who can add value to any piece of music that is put in front of me. And as a producer and mix engineer, I believe Rick Rubin, Andy Wallace, Butch Vig, Butch Walker, Chris & Tom Lord-Alge, and Neal Avron are at the top of the game. If I could be put into the same category as any one of those guys, it would be an honor.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The thing I do more than anything else is provide high-quality drum tracks for my clients. I have worked very hard over the years to cultivate a collection of top-notch recording gear and to hone my skills as a player, in an effort to provide the most seamless and rewarding experience possible.