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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Jon Kevin is a consummate pro with a great studio space and an awesome acoustic and digital kit.
"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"
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.
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.
one of the most talented drummers I have ever heard. Precise and fluid. Extreme talent
Interview with Chili Palmer
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: doubles on the feet
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
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.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: either, don't care.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
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.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
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
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Rock drummers can't play groovy
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
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?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: mp3 me.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: generator, electronic drums, recording gear.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
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.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: No idea.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to play a song with Zeppelin. ahahhaha. never going to happen, but I'd plug right into that...
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: toms need 0 low mid.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: classic rock, country, tough stuff and simple stuff too.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am a great hooker.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Go over the tune 10x, listen 10x, write my parts based on bass - record stems, ship raw files. 2 hours per minimum.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
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.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Peart, Bonham, Pocaro, Vinnie, Steve Gadd
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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.