Troy MacCubbin and Mark Damian of GorillaBear has placed their debut single in a movie trailer through. Magnolia Pictures & CNN Films presents Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine with “Livin’ Life Now” opening the trailer. Check it out!
Mark Damian is an international touring/session drummer, multi-instrumentalist, music writer, producer, and audio engineer based in Los Angeles, CA.
Whether it’s for a high quality sounding demo, final mix, single, EP, or full length record, I will give your project the pro mix you’re looking for and work with your budget to get it there.
SESSION DRUMMER / ONLINE DRUM TRACKING
I can track drums at any studio of the client's choice or stems can be uploaded to my N Hollywood studio where my kit is always mic'd up with the highest quality mics and boutique mic preamps.
I enjoy producing artists working with them to find and capture their unique sound, style and reach their highest potential on their recording. I organize the sessions, find the right session players, and work closely with the artist to craft the song. Beyond drums I plays bass, keyboards, guitar, sing, love arranging lush vocal harmonies and scoring string parts.
I'm the audio post engineer for two national television shows and available for mixing film, tv, commercial, webisodes, teasers, trailers, indie films, etc.
FILM CUE/TRAILER SOUND DESIGN
I'm a contributing sound designer for Alloy Tracks, an innovative company dedicated to creating original music and sounds for the audio/visual world. Working with over 30 music supervisors in Los Angeles I have a vast library of sound effects for clients to choose from or custom sounds can be designed for specific projects.
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Interview with Mark Damian
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm a man of many hats and enjoy the process involved in all of them. As a drummer hired for recording sessions I get to play so many different types of music. Whether it's a huge, historic studio in LA or tracking at my own studio in N Hollywood the process of putting together the right drum kit, dialing in the sound, executing a part that serves the song, making the producer and artist happy is very gratifying. Producing an artist is a whole other type of gratification. So many artists with so many great ideas with so little knowledge on how to execute in the studio and get it "on tape"... The teachable moments are endless. And the moments that you draw a performance out of someone they didn't know they had in them?... priceless. As a mix engineer in today's industry I find myself contacted to mix projects that were recorded at the artist's home studio. More often than not, I'm contacted first to track drums at my studio for a project and then end up hired to also mix it. I've always had a fascination with the recording and mixing process, especially the challenging task of getting live drums to sound great, and the marriage of art and science, i.e. getting a beautifully written song to reach it's sonic potential. Living in Los Angeles, you find yourself doing things you never really thought about doing like Audio Post. I started mixing a couple national television shows a few years ago. That turned into other post jobs that include webisodes, teasers, trailers, corporate training videos, indie films and more.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Lots of drum kits, tons of snare drums, a boat load of cymbals, racks full of choice boutique mic press, an arsenal of high end mics, my bass, my electric guitar, my acoustic guitar, a silly amount of software synths, a maxed out mac, a pair of killer monitors, and Logic, my preferred DAW (I do use Pro Tools but really dig Logic for it's ease of work flow for the writing process, MIDI, and stock libraries for getting ideas down efficiently).
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: This list could very long but the first names that come to mind are Butch Vig, Trevor Horn, George Martin, Trent Reznor, Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Peter Gabrial, David Sylvian, Elbow