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

Together, we can 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.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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. Three (3) revisions free of charge.

Reviews of Tom DuPree III

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_1008140001about 6 hours agoby

    Thanks to TDIII, my project has taken on a whole new feel, vibe, and color. In a nutshell, working with Tom is like working with the top translator at the United Nations. Drumming is not my background yet Tom is able to translate everything I say into his very fluent and advanced language of Drumming. I am so stoked to finish this project!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_img_4708about 2 hours agoby

    Another live drums by Tom. Excellent takes. Excellent drummer. I will be back for more songs.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar7 days agoby

    Tom always exceeds expectations. Really enjoy working with him. A++

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar7 days agoby

    Easy to work with .. Excellent work ..

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar12 days agoby

    Tom did it again - excellent parts that added a lot of flavor to our tune. Additionally, I made a rather large mistake by accidentally sending Tom the wrong version of the song, which he ended up tracking to. When I realized the mistake, Tom didn't point fingers. He was very understanding and focused on the solution. Great musician. Great guy!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_img_470812 days agoby

    First time I work with Tom. I'm glad I did. Excellent work. Excellent takes and very smooth drum takes. He sends different takes also to choose from. I'm coming back for more songs Tom. Excellent musician.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar15 days agoby

    Tom was great to work with on my tracks. His musicianship is on point for his drum skills to serve the songs and breath life into them. I will definitely be going back to Tom for future tracks!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar16 days agoby

    I submitted an original song to Tom as an experiment to compare my "programmed drums" to his real drum playing. The improvement is astonishing. In addition to fulfilling my specific requests he added many intricate and catchy hi-hat /cymbal ride parts.. and lot's of clever drum beats between chorus / verse parts. EXCELLENT! Elevated my song!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar19 days agoby

    Great quality and quick turn around. Highly recommended. Thanks Tom!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_hh27 days agoby

    Another 5 Star Rating! Thank you Tom!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar29 days agoby

    Tom did it again - this time in a completely different genre than our previous job. He displayed a great feel for parts and was extremely professional in working with us to dial in exactly what we needed. Very responsive and fast. Tom is our go-to guy for drums!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar29 days agoby

    Tom is great to work with ! I chose Tom because of his range of styles and asked him to incorporate a pop/rock style into his drumming for a country pop song. I was able to give him some general guidance on what I was looking he interpreted it perfectly into the tracks he sent me. Great quality tracks made mixing easy .

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_15107393_1812866392322066_1486315432432650061_nabout 1 month agoby

    It was a real pleasure to be able to work with Tom inside his studio. Tom is a true professional, with a top notch studio. I was able to come in and record vocals with ease, and comfort! I will be recording with Tom again very soon!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_1008140001about 1 month agoby

    Tom is simply superb. He has an acute sensibility to provide EXACTLY what the song needs. He is fast, professional, and very patient. I highly recommend TDIII.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_scan0003about 1 month agoby

    Tom did an outstanding version of a Led Zeppelin song for me. Accurate and fast! Highly recommend!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_1about 1 month agoby

    Thanks again for another Great drum track Tom. I have been reading some of your reviews, hmmm, what can I say that hasn't been said....hmmm...Hey I know, when I finally start that band again, I know who I want as my drummer lol. Good work bud.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 month agoby

    Tom is an exceptionally epic musician and a Musical Genius King while being super humble and ultra helpful. Tom will bring you musical magic with a smile and he is extremely kind, considerate, thoughtful, and most importantly amazingly passionate about making the best music possible. Tom gives maximum effort, total focus, and phenomenal support.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_1about 1 month agoby

    Go Tom! Professional, talented, polite, all round super dude. Thanks for the great drum track bud.

  • Verified Review (Client)Listing_thumb_image12 months agoby

    Tom is a great producer who regardless of the genre is always able to bring out the best in not only the artist but the performers as well. He understands where a song needs to go and takes it there while explaining his creative intentions to those around him. He understands what makes a song enjoyable and is able to replicate it. Highly Recommend.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_image12 months agoby

    Tom is a great drummer who always delivers professional, creative, and tasteful tracks. He is a very fast while still maintaining precision and thoroughness is his work. His ability to work with the artist or producer is paramount and streamlines the work flow. Highly Recommend.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar2 months agoby

    Tom Dupree III KNOWS how to record drums, on top of having incredible timing. ive futzed around with more then a few drummers online, this guy works with you not against you. he has no ego to boost he just wants to do whats best for you. his cymbals come out so clean, all his tracks do. never have to 'fix' a thing. hes the guy you are looking for

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_10081400012 months agoby

    Tom is psychic...I'm convinced now. He is able to interpret my song and play exactly what I need with the perfect amount of emotion. He is super patient, very helpful and fun to work with. His drums provide an inspiring foundation.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_cam12 months agoby

    Tom is a great drummer and very musical. He developed the drum ideas I had to really fit my song. Thank you!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_chrisburke3 months agoby

    Such a great drummer! He gives his all to make sure the drums are the best they can be!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar3 months agoby

    Tom killed it! True professional and great guy to work with - I'm sure this is the first of many collaborations. Couldn't be happier with what Tom contributed!

  • Verified Review (Client)Listing_thumb_immagine3 months agoby

    Tom is a talented drummer and excellent producer. I had a great time working with him and would love to do it again. He's quick, objective and very musical. Communication was a breeze and I had room to be creative. I strongly recommend Tom, both as a producer and session drummer. His groove is so solid you can set your watch by it.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar3 months agoby

    Tom created exactly what I told him to. He exceeded my expectations and I am definitely going to use him again

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_chrisburke3 months agoby

    Again, Tom hit it out the park! Super drummer and great guy, does his absolute best to give you the perfect drum track for the song.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar3 months agoby

    Tom is an amazing musician and a really nice guy to work with, the sound of his recordings were incredible. Really couldn't recommend him highly enough!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_hh3 months agoby

    9th song with Tom and he nailed it!!!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar3 months agoby

    Did real nice job and on a quick turn around

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_chrisburke3 months agoby

    Awesome guy to work with, fantastic results!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar3 months agoby

    Tom is a class act, both on the drums and in general. He performs an elite professional service in a timely manner, and is a pleasure to deal with. We've worked together twice so far, and I'm sure there'll be plenty more collaboration in the future.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_15541930_10210946759728019_4253028557196803328_n3 months agoby

    Another great set of drum tracks from Tom! He was quick to respond with a small adjustment when asked, too. Professional and easy to work with.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar3 months agoby

    Tom is very quick and professional! Really enjoyed hearing what he did! A++

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_15541930_10210946759728019_4253028557196803328_n4 months agoby

    Tom delivered 3 great drum tracks, was fast and professional and I look forward to working with him more.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar4 months agoby

    Tom is excellent and 100% professional powerful drummer. He is able to catch my idea and follow my preferred style to provide drum tracks. He also provided many additional tracks for me to select during the final mixing. If you are looking for a drummer, Tom is 100% a REAL DEAL. One of the best musician ! A+++++ Thanks again Tom !

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_hh4 months agoby

    As usual Tom hooked it up! Thank you Tom!!!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar4 months agoby

    Amazing work!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_10081400014 months agoby

    I think Tom is actually a psychic who happens to play drums, and play them expertly. Tom has the uncanny ability to read my mind and play exactly what I was hearing in my head. The hardest part truly is deciding which of Tom's tracks to use! He is very patient and always takes the time to make my songs come alive!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_img_02154 months agoby

    Worked incredibly quickly & gave me exactly what I needed for the track. Super impressed!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_hh4 months agoby

    Tom just nailed another 3 songs for me! I think I've done around 7 songs with him and it's been such a great experience! Thank you Tom!!!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_hh4 months agoby

    Highly recommended! He's always on point and he gives you 3 amazing takes!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_hh4 months agoby

    Tom did exactly what I needed and his drums sound fantastic! He has such a great sense of rhythm and feel. He is a pleasure to work with and an amazing drummer!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar5 months agoby

    I was really nervous coming to Tom for drums, because Ive heard so much hype before and gotten really crappy takes, or really bad recordings. This couldnt have gone smoother, I clearly have a new go to guy, as this guy is on point! I love what I got and I love the recording quality, what more could you ask for! oh yeah, impeccable timing!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_mehatedits5 months agoby

    Great musician, great guy, great communication,always creates great sounding drum tracks I'm happy with. Takes my ideas up a notch. Will work with again.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_10081400015 months agoby

    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!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar5 months agoby

    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!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_cam1cropedit5 months agoby

    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!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_christophereades-00625 months agoby

    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!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_mehatedits6 months agoby

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

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar6 months agoby

    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!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_andi_kinley_pen_profile_burnt_tiled_5006 months agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_590x5506 months agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar6 months agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_8344_10154145273264359_4018275659265201908_n6 months agoby

    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!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar6 months agoby

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

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_hh6 months agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_hh6 months agoby

    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!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar7 months agoby

    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

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_oapete7 months agoby

    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!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar7 months agoby

    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. ******

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar7 months agoby

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

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_mehatedits7 months agoby

    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!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar8 months agoby

    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!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_10081400018 months agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_10081400018 months agoby

    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!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_jraw18 months agoby

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

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_justin_stock_photo8 months agoby

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

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_oapete8 months agoby

    This Guy! Simple as that!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_me10 months agoby

    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!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_590x55011 months agoby

    Once again, Tom delivered an incredible performance!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_image11 months agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_me11 months agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar11 months agoby

    Great :)

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_image12 months agoby

    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!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_img_20150721_003316about 1 year agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_blackwhitexxrabout 1 year agoby

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

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    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

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    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

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_samos_neil_2about 1 year agoby

    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

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_590x550about 1 year agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_img_20161022_134258over 1 year agoby

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

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_samos_neil_2over 1 year agoby

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

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_img_20161022_134258over 1 year agoby

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

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_samos_neil_2over 1 year agoby

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

    Irene ( Norway )

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_samos_neil_2over 1 year agoby

    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-avatar7 days agoby

    Tom did exactly what I wanted and gave me three awesome takes to choose from. His experience and level of professionalism was exactly what I want when working with someone. I appreciated his effort and talents on this song. Fast turnaround and easy to work with. He get's it!

  • Listing_thumb_12376816_10153322805326194_7592077142997445019_n28 days agoby

    Tom is amazing to work with. He was attentive and contributed to my song passionately. He's a perfect piece for the puzzle! This wont be the last time I work with him!

  • Listing_thumb_15107393_1812866392322066_1486315432432650061_n2 months agoby

    When it comes to drummers, Tom is as solid as they come! While having incredible timing, Tom takes direction very well. He is also a very creative player, and he knows how to get just the right drum sounds for each song. Great person, great talent, and he gets it done quickly! I look forward to many more projects together!

  • Default-avatar3 months agoby

    Tom is a great musician to work with!


  • I had a great time working with Tom. He's a very talented professional and objective producer, yet warm and friendly. Communication was a breeze and things went great from the get go. I strongly recommend him and hope to work with Tom again!

  • Listing_thumb_hh6 months 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_20161022_1342588 months agoby

    Great drummer and person!

  • Listing_thumb_image1over 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.