Session Drummer/Percussionist

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17 Reviews (5 Verified)
Nik Hughes on SoundBetter

I am currently the drummer for Bush, but I have toured and recorded with Andy Grammer, Bishop Briggs, Youngblood Hawke, Puddle of Mudd, Emily Osment, Iglu & Hartly, Ty Taylor and many more. I love tracking drums at my studio, doing what is needed for each song, with high quality tones and sounds crafted specifically for each track.

I am originally from Virginia, but I currently reside in Los Angeles where I have been a full time studio and touring drummer for the last ten years.

I began studying drums at the age of six, and went on to perform in orchestras, marching bands, and jazz bands all throughout school. He has a degree in music from George Mason University with a focus in orchestral and jazz music. He has also studied Congas and Bata in Cuba with Cutumba folklorico de Santiago.

Since moving to LA, I have been fortunate enough to perform countless tours across five continents and over thirty countries. I have performed on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel, The Conan O’Brian Show, The View, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and countless festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Austin City Limits, Reading & Leeds, and more.

I endorse DW Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vater Drumsticks, and Evans drumheads, although for sessions I have a wide variety of kits, snares and cymbals to create the right sound for each track.

My studio features API, BAE, Neve, Avedis MA5 Pre's. A wide variety of AKG, Shure, Sennheiser, and Audix microphones.

I love the process of creating, and connecting with new musicians. I always try to serve the song, and put every once of energy and emotion into whatever music I'm making. I look forward to working on your tracks.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Nik Hughes
  • Bishop Briggs
  • Bishop Briggs
  • Youngblood Hawke
  • Youngblood Hawke
  • Youngblood Hawke
  • Margot MacDonald
  • Bush
  • Kevin Miso
  • Kevin Miso
  • Margot MacDonald

17 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Jared Hopkins
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    Nik is great! Gave lots of options and was attentive to requests. If you need drums with energy, Nik is the man.

  2. Review by Eric C.
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    Great musician! awesome person, and really fast turnaround. I would recommend Nik to anyone in the industry!

  3. Review by Barry K.
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    Nik did a great job! He is great to work with.

  4. Review by Sotela
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    Nik is gifted drummer, and a top professional, he had plenty of patience with me, and managed without doubts to get the sound I was going after, look no further! Will work with him again soon!

  5. Review by Barry K.
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    Nik is the finest musician I have had the pleasure of working with. He is an A+ drummer, an A+ artist and an A+ person. Every time I messaged him with a need he was right there to help me. For files, he sent me more than I needed and even explained how to use them so I could mix them. He is the drummer for the most important song I have written and he made that song even more important. I don't want anyone else to be the drummer for my songs.

  6. Review by Zeal Levin
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    I have had the pleasure of performing with Nik Hughes in my own group as well as other group performances and recording sessions. Nik is an excellent musician, extremely musical in his playing as he pays special attention to the melody, feel, and essence of a song.
    Nik has always been well prepared for session work and performance work in a variety of styles. I’m grateful to make music with this awesome human and would highly recommend him for your project. Great solid groove and feel!

  7. Review by Zeal Levin
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    I have had the pleasure of performing with Nik Hughes in my own group as well as other group performances and recording sessions. Nik is an excellent musician, extremely musical in his playing as he pays special attention to the melody, feel, and essence of a song.

    Nik has always been well prepared for session work and performance work in a variety of styles. I’m grateful to make music with this awesome human and would highly recommend him for your project. Great solid groove and feel!

  8. Review by Justin Panariello
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    Nik is the man! Best rock drummer. Always a positive attitude and at your service.

  9. Review by Kevin Sousa
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    I have had the privilege of working with Nik and he has been the go to drummer for my band in both live and studio performances for the last 5 years. He is a pro through and through. I highly recommend him for all your drumming and percussive needs... Nik thoroughly prepares for gigs and sessions and is open and receptive to feedback. He plays with a passion that is infectious, it permeates every aspect of his work, makes every track better and makes you want to be a better artist. On top of all that he is just a stellar human being... Go with Nik and walk away stoked

  10. Review by Corey Britz
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    Nik is the man. His playing is crushing and his tracks are clean and sound fantastic. Highly recommend!

  11. Review by Kevin Miso
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    What more can you ask in a musician? Nik is extremely talented, intelligent, and professional. He plays for the song. That's all I ever wanted/needed. If the song was more about feel than fills, his approach reflected that. If I needed a lift but couldn't articulate exactly how, he gave me a few options that all worked in context. If I wasn't feeling it, or changed my mind, he changed it up without question.

    Best of all though, I never have to explain anything to Nik. He just delivers. I've known and worked with Nik for over a decade, and he's absolutely still a go-to.

  12. Review by Anthony
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    Nik is an extraordinarily talented drummer. I had the privilege of working alongside him during a couple of studio sessions. He has a fabulous professional work ethic, and he is a blast to have in the studio. He killed the sessions and blew my mind how quickly he learned and perfectly played every song. One of the best!

  13. Review by Alex Flagstad
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    Nik is a licensed badass and one of the easiest people to work with in the world. He's a true renaissance man, and I've had the pleasure of working with him in a number of capacities. He'll play anything you could possibly want behind the kit, and chances are, he'll come up with something perfect that you couldn't even imagine beforehand. Beyond his talents as a drummer, he's a super talented music director and always seems to know what an arrangement needs to take it to the next level. Long story short, you want this man working on your project one way or another.

  14. Review by Tasso Smith
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    Nik Hughes is a monster of a player and a King of a man! Modest yet insanely talented and always hustling. I know he puts his best into everything he does and is a dream to work with. I've toured and recorded with Nik extensively and he levels up every project we are working on. He is also a brilliant arranger and musical director making him an extremely well rounded creative. I would recommend Nik for any project.

  15. Review by James Gordon
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    Nik is an excellent musician and a pleasure to work with. He has a broad range of playing styles and sensitivities in his skill set. Always super professional, and willing to go the extra mile to push a song's rhythm track to the next level. He's also an excellent engineer, who knows his way around a recording set up, and can get creative with recording techniques when needed.

  16. Review by Ken Barnum
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    Nik is an incredible musician with top-notch drive and work ethic.
    I've hired Nik in person in DC and for remote sessions when he's in LA, both with outstanding results.
    Nik has a creative vision for furthering a song and nearly perfect timing.
    I highly recommend Nik for your next session if you want precise, yet energetic and creative drums and more added to your songs!

  17. Review by Travis Ference
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    Nik is my favorite drummer to record. His playing is exciting to listen to and he brings a great energy to a recording. He's my first call for kit and percussion.

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GenresSounds Like
  • Josh Freese
  • Matt Chamberlain
  • Dave Grohl
Gear Highlights
  • DW & Ludwig Drums (various series and sizes)
  • Zildjian Cymbals (plenty of options/wide range of sounds)
  • LP Matador Congas & Bongos
  • Vintage API Pre's
  • BAE Pre's
  • Avedis MA5 Pres
  • High End Microphones including AKG-Shure-Sennheiser-and more.
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