I am a drummer/recording engineer based out of Philadelphia who focuses on creating the percussion needed to fit with your song, not with creating a flashy part that will ultimately end up out of place. I focus on feel, tone, dynamics, and maybe most importantly: vibe! Together we can sculpt a drum part that will help solidify your song.

I pride myself in the ability to work with the artist and clearly understand the artist's vision for the project, and help dial in the sounds/feel/performances that will best help goal. I'm working WITH you, and without my own agenda.
A lot of drummers spend way too much time on technique and feel hurt of they can't get their cool fill into a song; I'm here to work with you to understand the aesthetic that you as the artist are looking for, and using my strengths and as a drummer put forth the right drum part to complete the song. I'm extremely intuitive and adaptable and thorough.
I have a large and useful selection of vintage drums and cymbals that can all be modified quite drastically

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • 1960s Ludwig Drumset
  • 1970s Ludwig Supraphonic Snare
  • 1960s Ludwig Acrolite
  • 1940s Leedy brass snare drum Kildjian K Constantinoples
  • Logic Pro X
  • Focusrite Preamps/Converters
  • Sytek Preamps
  • Shure/Audio Technica Mics.

Genres I specialize in

Reviews of Stephen Robbins

  • Default-avatar11 months agoby Verified Review

    We hired Stephen to play and record drum tracks for us. He did an outstanding job: he kept true to the vision of the track, while also providing critical creative input and feedback. His recordings and mixing of the drums sounded phenomenal. I would definitely hire him again!

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Interview with Stephen Robbins

What type of music do you usually work on?
Singer-songwriter based types, or bands that simply need drum tracks.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring a lot of feel, and an unusually good ear to listen to what the rest of music is already playing and then putting down a drum part that best serves the song.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a full mic setup to capture my vintage 1960's Ludwig kit which includes many industry standard microphones. From there the signal runs into either my Sytek or Focusrite preamps, and then into Logic Pro.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Creating professional drum tracks for whatever my client's needs might be.
Can you share one music production tip?
Worry about the best performance, not obsessing over every sound!
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Daniel Lanois' production has always fascinated me.