I am a London based Drummer and Producer with over 20 years experience playing live / touring and doing sessions. My heart lies in groove. Please excuse the Rascal Flatts cover track but it IS me on drums!!! I play for the song first and foremost!
I play with Alison Moyet and (x)Propaganda currently but have drummed for artists like Labrinth, Sigma, Don Blackman, Raf Riley, Rahsaan Patterson, Mica Paris, Spacek, Cleopatra, Tkay Maidza, and many more.
I've worked with producers Dave McEwan, Stephen Lipson, Gordon Hulbert, Livingstone Brown and Pete Waterman and also write and produce for my own side project.
A definite James Brown funk and soul lover but I developed a late interest in rock and have always had an ear for well written songs I am endorsed by Zildjian and Remo.
My studio room sound has a small amount of ambience, I work with Audient preamps and have a decent quality mic collection.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
3 ReviewsEndorse Paul Jones
I have had the pleasure of touring extensively with Paul as part of (x)Propaganda. As the keyboard player stood right in front of Paul's drums, I can also vouch that he is an amazing drummer. He brings a smile to my face mid-gig with thoughtful, sympathetic (and funky) flourishes. Incredible timing and meticulous attention to detail (and tuning snares!), Paul will undoubtedly bring your song/production to life too with a pristine and solid drum sound.
I have had the pleasure of touring extensively with Paul as part of (x)Propaganda. As the keyboard player stood right in front of Paul's drums, I can also vouch that he is an incredible drummer. He brings a smile to my face mid-gig with thoughtful, sympathetic (and funky) flourishes. Incredible timing and meticulous attention to detail (and tuning snares!), Paul will undoubtedly bring your song/production to life too with a pristine and solid drum sound.
I've worked with Paul over a number of years in the studio. Beautiful player who always adds to the music and never detracts. Beyond professional, clear and calm communicator, and delivers high quality warm audio from his amazing studio, One of a kind human as well. Jacob Wheeler Music Supervisor at Major Tom Music.
Interview with Paul Jones
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What kind of overall sound / feel are you after? Do you have any reference songs that you feel capture the type of thing you're after.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Ludwig snare drum, a bass drum, my hi hats, laptop and my Audient soundcard for production.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a fairly simple setup currently which is all centred around my Audient iD22 + ASP880. I have a medium sized room which has a small amount of ambience. I have the nice set of mics, a pair of Coles 4038, a 1950's AKG D12, my Beyerdynamic M160 and my Yamaha sub kick; are my centre pieces amongst others I use my for drum tracking. My main goal before I record anything though is to always make sure the drums are sounding great first and foremost completely dry. I have a selection of Waves (SSL channel strips and compressors plus some of the CLA range) plugins that I can use to give me to add in some subtle analogue warmth and crunch if necessary, so can print that sound to Logic if I wish. It's really all dependent on what the song requires, so I wouldn't necessarily treat each session and recording the same way. Then to the drums, I have a Sakae Almighty kit which is punchy and sort of has a naturally EQ'd sound, something like a cross between a modern sound and an old school Yamaha maple Custom. I also have a Sonor Delite kit which has an amazing tone and is very warm.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Trust in the process, because the right person will definitely be able to give you everything you want and more!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Paul Jones is a London based Drummer and Producer with over 20 years experience playing live / touring and 3+ years doing online sessions. Paul plays for the song first and foremost. Paul's early career was spent in Manchester with genre bending acid jazz band Frantic and funksters Loose Booty amongst many others. This led to his first taste of large scale touring with pop band Cleopatra, playing support to The Spice Girls on their last ever stadium tour before they split in 1998. In 1999 Paul relocated back to London and in the early 2000's started from scratch seeking freelance work in the capital. In the next few years he joined the cutting edge Soulful hip hop innovators Spacek, working alongside Mathieu Schreyer and Gary Dourdan and also sharing the stage with artist Dwele. Other artists include Mikey Graham (Boyzone), Don Blackman, Rodney P, Vula Malinga, Patrick Alan, Jennifer Phillips, Steve Spacek, Mica Paris, Alison Limerick, Rahsaan Patterson, Leee John (Imagination), Boney M, Labrinth, Tkay Maidza, Josh Milan, Sigma and most recently Alison Moyet. He has worked with producers such as Dave McEwan, Stephen Lipson, Gordon Hulbert, Livingstone Brown and Pete Waterman and also writes for and produces for his own side project. His online studio has been up and running for 5+ years and he most recently completed a Russian Rock album for artist Jake Pashkin which is in the final stages.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'd say I'm a groove player with funk, soul and rock all rolled into one, with the engine being driven by a dance music cpu!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with Rascal Flatts mainly because Gary LeVox's voice is so incredibly emotive and that's what connects with me the most when playing songs. Apart from the that, the songs are so incredibly well written and the production is flawless.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I tend to work with singer / songwriter, pop, pop rock, soul tinged music and funk influenced music. Anything that needs to be driven or needs that special touch.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is my ability to be sensitive towards the song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Always musical and I never try to overshadow the song, whilst hopefully in each and every case allowing my voice to come through.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Firstly with for any session I listen to the track and lay down that comes completely naturally. Next, if there is a drum track or I have reference songs I will then listen to those carefully and make sure that I've included the musical direction given. Thirdly, I'll go back over the song until I have all the necessary crucial bits recorded but with the all important excitement and vibe. My main aim is to end up with a drum track that works best for the song and enables it to shine through as best possible.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Andy Gangadeen, Adam Deitch, Steve Jordan, Me'shell Ndege Ocello, John McKenzie, Trevor Horn, Quincy Jones, Labrinth, Fraser T Smith.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording live drumtracks from my own studio. Live sessions on location in studios with client and / or producer. Live work and tours. Programmed drums. Have good knowledge and love for House and Drum and Bass programming.