Dillan Wheeler

Drummer, Producer

19 Reviews (13 Verified)
Dillan Wheeler on SoundBetter

I am a Drummer/Beat Producer based in Los Angeles who accents and adds to the uniqueness of your track with a solid, in-the-pocket groove. Live, programmed, or hybrid drum tracks are delivered via email as high-quality stems or midi fles, mixed on request. Drum edits are included with initial purchase at no extra charge.


1. You send me the demo with specifications (dynamics, transitions, fills, desired feel). Recommend tracks by other artists, if needed.

2. I record my take and send it to you for notes on possible changes. This step repeats up to 3 times.

3. You release funds, I send bare stems (WAV). I mix drums on request for an additional fee


Recording Pre-written Drum Parts as Live or Hybrid drum tracks:

I charge $150 to record drums tracks that you have already roughly written, which includes minor changes in feel and fills at no extra charge. Those who seek this option already have the drums demoed out as midi drums or have a live rough recording that I am to base my session on. I will suggest minor changes and slight embellishments, but I am not making creative decisions or composing the overall drum track.

Writing and Recording Live or Hybrid Drum Tracks:

If you want me to write and record drums from scratch to your track, I charge anywhere from $200-$300. Price is determined in my proposal. I quote you the price based on the complexity of the song and the amount of time and consideration I believe it will take me to deliver a polished drum track.

Disclaimer: There are no "hidden fees" and you will not be charged for something you do not agree with.

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

19 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Brianna A.

    Dillan is awesome! Super efficient and patient. He added live drums to a track for me and the blend of his ideas with what I was envisioning went beyond my expectations from my original demo. Would definitely recommend working with him!

  2. Review by Brian Squillace

    Dillan is awesome! He is quick, professional, and nails the parts every time. The stems he sends over are well organized and easy to drop in to my project.

  3. Review by Brian Squillace

    Dillan is a pro! He recreated my programmed drums and gave them life and feel. Really elevated the track. Quick turn around, too.

  4. Review by Marius F.

    Dillan is very service minded, eager to meet the needs of his clients, and really cares that you are satisfied. Had a prewritten song, and he nailed pretty much all of it without any further guidance. His focus on communication is something that makes him stand out from the rest. Professional attitude all the way!

  5. Review by TheBlueGuy

    Talented, patient, and professional. What else could you ask for?

  6. Review by The L.
    by The L.

    Dillan is very dedicated and efficient, he works quickly and is enthusiastic and gets behind your project, highly recommend him for anyone looking for a great drum track for their song!

  7. Review by Jay S.
    by Jay S.

    As always, great work, easy to work with, talented ear for what the song needs!

  8. Review by Jay S.
    by Jay S.

    Dillan delivers every time, very professional and creative

  9. Review by Marco M.

    Dillan did an awesome job and went more than one extra mile. Fantastic drummer! Highly recommended! A+++

  10. Review by Jay S.
    by Jay S.

    This guy kills it every time. Dillan asks all the right questions and puts in the time and effort to deliver a great performance.

  11. Review by Jay S.
    by Jay S.

    Dillan has done it again, with little to no direction he played drums and percussion that lifted this song to where it needed to be. Looking forward to working together again soon!

  12. Review by Jay S.
    by Jay S.

    I just picked Dillan out of all the drummers seen on this site. As it turns out, it was a good choice. I try not to dictate to folks I have play on my music, so I don't stifle creativity and let them play to the song . Dillan did just that. He was professional, timely and creative. We'll be working together again soon.

  13. Review by Sai S.
    by Sai S.

    Quick turnaround and very professional quality stems

  14. Review by J. Taylor
    by J. Taylor

    Dillan is incredibly professional and responsive. He takes the his role in the song seriously and creatively augments anything you give him. Highly recommended.

  15. Review by maryssa
    by maryssa

    Dillan is an amazing drummer and he is very easy and fun to work with! He has a great style and a nice attention to detail. I would definitely love to work with him again in the near future!

  16. Review by J Nelson
    by J Nelson

    Dillan is such a great musician! The rythym that comes out of him when brainstorming and tracking blows my mind. He delivered perfect results in a short amount of time

  17. Review by Duke Graves
    by Duke Graves

    Dillan is innovative and creative. Always came up with beats and rhythms that have blow me away. Super unique and wildly talented.

  18. Review by Michael Barker
    by Michael Barker

    Dillan is a great guy with a great heart. Musically creative and fun to work with.

  19. Review by Brad Owens

    I've hired Dillan over a dozen times over the past couple of years. He is creative, a fast learner, shows up on time, and better yet, plays in time. He's got great pocket and taste, which is something you just can't teach. I highly recommend using him for your next project.

Interview with Dillan Wheeler

  1. Q: How would you describe your style?

  2. A: My style has been a little bit on the funky side, incorporating that feel into different genres. I keep it conservative unless explicitly asked to play busier with fills and groove syncopation. Even if I am playing for a rock band, I like to find a way to make the groove something you can move to rather than just hammering it out. That being said, I have done my fair share of hard hitting, only when it is called for.

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

  4. 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, or R&B vibe. I have also tracked for a few Americana tunes.

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

  6. A: I listen to the track several times over to see what I hear in it. 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. Then, I send the track over and await notes from the artist.

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

  8. A: ALIVE: Frank Black, Rufus Wainwright, D'angelo, 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.

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

  10. A: Meeting other people who love music.

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

  12. A: Drum sessions from my studio in Los Angeles, Drum Programming, Beat making, and live performances. Artists send me song through email and ask me to record live drums to it from my studio. Some ask me to program drums and beats for a certain modern feel with a hybrid kit (acoustic and digital triggers).

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

  14. 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).

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

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

Perfect by The Black Suns

I was the Co-writer and Drummer in this production

Terms Of Service

Live drum tracks (Me playing & recording your pre-written drum parts) = $150 (Two revisions max)
Write & record drum parts for your song = up to $300 (Four revisions max)
Mixing drums (opt) = $25

GenresSounds Like
  • Interpol
  • Paramore
  • Modest Mouse
Gear Highlights
  • MPC One
  • Scarlette Octopre
  • Scarlette 18i8
  • AKG P170 Condenser mics (overheads)
  • AKG D112 MKII mic
  • 1968 Ludwig Hollywood Kit
  • 1980's Rogers
  • '69 Ludwig Suprafonic Snare
  • '69 Ludwig Acrolite Snare
  • 1942 Leedy Snare
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$190 per drum track