Dillan Wheeler

Session Drummer/Percussionist

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Well thought out drum tracks to give your song that extra pop.

-Live drum kit and percussion tracking, recorded in my studio and sent back as stems. I can mix the drums into the track at your request.

-Drum programming with thousands of samples


Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.


AllMusic verified credits for Dillan Wheeler
  • Black Suns
  • The Plastic Teen
  • The Sunshine Committee

Interview with Dillan Wheeler

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

  2. A: In 2007 when I joined the pop rock band, A Cursive Memory. I gained some studio experience and toured for about 4 years. During this time I also started recording projects with several other musicians. I learned the most about production and tracking when we recorded A Cursive Memory's 2010 LP, Let Love In. Since then, I have been working on indie projects and tracking for-hire with a number of bands in Los Angeles.

  3. Q: How would you describe your style?

  4. A: My style is whatever the song calls for. I aim for my drum parts to accompany the song in every way possible AND be able stand by themselves, sounding good even if no instruments were to be added.

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

  6. A: Experimental Rock, which dabbles in many genres. Most of the projects I have been a part of have had a bit of an indie, punk, and/or R&B vibe. I have also tracked for a few Americana tunes.

  7. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  8. A: Creating and holding down the groove. "Feel" and "vibe" are important concepts to me. If you are constantly trying to stand out and showcase your technical abilities, you will miss the arguably most important aspects of the song.

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

  10. A: I listen to the track several times over to see what I hear in it, initially. Next, I'll ask about the vibe the writer aims for. I record my parts right away and sleep on it. I come back with fresh ears a day or two later and change the parts if they need changing. I, then, send the track over and await notes from the artist.

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

  12. A: Meeting other people who love music.

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

  14. A: ALIVE: Frank Black, Rufus Wainwright, D'angelo, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Tame Impala, Radiohead, Soulive, DEAD: Jeff Buckley: his vibe lends itself to very creative percussion parts. Grace still plays a big role in my development of rhythmic sensibilities.... Bowie, The Clash, Can.

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

  16. A: Jaki Liebezeit (Can), Carla Azar (Autolux), Levon Helm (The Band), Quest Love (D'angelo, The Roots), Tomas Haake (Meshuggah), Richard Mazzotta (Mewithoutyou), John Blackwell (Prince).

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

  18. A: I do a mixture of studio sessions and live performances. Some people send me song through email and ask me to record live drums to it from my studio. Others like to meet up and brainstorm prior to recording.

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

  20. A: A unique groove that adds to the song's atmosphere and feel.


Terms Of Service

I can do up to two revisions at no extra cost. Turn around time can be up to 1 week. I want you to give you the perfect parts!

Gear Highlights
  • Focusrite Scarlette Octopre
  • Motu 828 mkII
  • AKG D112 MKII mic
  • Superlux PRA-268AH condensor Overheads
  • SM57 condensor mics
  • 1968 Ludwig Hollywood Kit
  • '69 Ludwig Suprafonic Snare
  • '69 Ludwig Acrolite Snare
  • 1942 Leedy Snare
  • Shine Custom 24" Kick
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