Chili Palmer

Session Drums / EMail Stems

5 Reviews
Chili Palmer on SoundBetter

I try to make parts which quietly fit the bass parts closely. I have rehearsed and continue to rehearse to ensure that what you ask for, what I think of - is able to execute without changing tempos and feel. I have rare foot speed and specialise in ghost noting in the background. I can also play 8ths with high hat creating that "feel".

Both digital and analogue drum parts, send me an MP3 - I send you back 6-8 stems. Presently, I am using the following dry combinations:

stem 1 - bass drum / no effects / no eq / can alter as requested
stem 2 - snare drum / no effects / no eq / can alter
stem 3 - hh
stem 4 - all 5 toms / no effects / no eq / can alter
stem 5 - all crash cymbals
stem 6 - ride cymbal / eq'd all low out and highs in.
stem 7 - second layer of mix
stem 8 - left open / can alter as requested.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.


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5 Reviews

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  1. Review by Roman Picco
    by Roman Picco

    Jon Kevin is a consummate pro with a great studio space and an awesome acoustic and digital kit.

  2. Review by Tony Biscardi
    by Tony Biscardi

    "My name is Tony Biscardi and I am providing an endorsement for Kevin Palmer - if you send him your files, I am quite sure you would be pleased with the results"

  3. Review by Dennis Buzzell
    by Dennis Buzzell

    I have had the pleasure of listening to and watching Chili for a few years now and as a drummer myself I only wish to be half as talented he is. He is a dedicated musician and one of the most fluid drummer I have ever heard. He is hard working and always looking for that one more tasty lick to fit in the pocket.

  4. Review by James Murray
    by James Murray

    Was with Chili Palmer on a concert trip to Armstrong Ontario - Whitesand First Nation - they rocked the house. Sound was incredible. Knows how to set up sound for a room. Incredible tunes... got the crowd engaged.... highly recommended.

  5. Review by dennis buzzell
    by dennis buzzell

    one of the most talented drummers I have ever heard. Precise and fluid. Extreme talent

Interview with Chili Palmer

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: "I can see the light" - CCR tune that we bought rights to, re-recorded - and added the Purdy shuffle over top of the back beat - came out oh so cool.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: doubles on the feet

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: I don't know, I haven't gotten a client request to do anything yet so don't know if this is all another scam or what...awaiting a request to record at the moment.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: either, don't care.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: Love my job - do marketing upstairs til I have had enough - then go to the studio downstairs make a coffee and record some facebook live drumming techniques.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Hey man, how do you get that sound. My reply, no idea. (always touring with backline drums which I tune and then play usually with a few minor adjustments, the sound is in my hands, not the drum

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: Rock drummers can't play groovy

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: how is it to end up like? similar grooves found with X artist? what tempo should it be at or around? Is it ok to not play with the click but feel it first and foremost?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: mp3 me.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: generator, electronic drums, recording gear.

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I've been playing since 9, toured for years before learning to play at 45. Today I'm proficient, have longevity and some killer chops.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: No idea.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: I'd love to play a song with Zeppelin. ahahhaha. never going to happen, but I'd plug right into that...

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: toms need 0 low mid.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: classic rock, country, tough stuff and simple stuff too.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: I am a great hooker.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: hook.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: Go over the tune 10x, listen 10x, write my parts based on bass - record stems, ship raw files. 2 hours per minimum.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: $20k digital Roland TD 20's, Presonus inputs, Studio One software, Slingerland Acoustics with a number of different cymbals, tympales as well as the usual percussion things like tamborines, bells and chimes.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Peart, Bonham, Pocaro, Vinnie, Steve Gadd

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: I regularly practise all types of smoothness exercises, play at least 2 hours per day and routinely play in a number of various types of music to stay sharp. I have good control of levels on my acoustic kit - balancing out snare loudness with the rest of the kit. My digital drums are slackened off to give me better control when switching to the acoustic kit from digital.

Terms Of Service

Up to 3 revisions, turn it around in an hour or two - send you stems via or dropbox, either way.

GenresSounds Like
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Vince Gill
  • Ry Cooder
Gear Highlights
  • Roland TD20 w/ extender kit / Presonus digital recorder / ProSound / Slingerland Pro Acoustic kit / various snares
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