Matt Davies

Vintage Dusty Drum Tracks

99 Reviews (94 Verified)
Matt Davies on SoundBetter

If you're looking for a drum track with a vintage, warm and characterful sound then I'm your man!

I'm a London Based drummer specialising in a soulful aesthetic, using a 'less is more' approach to recording and taking the time to get the sound that's right for the music. With well placed mic's and an ear for detail I can capture a performance with a unique and inspiring sound for your songs.

I have 15 years experience as a session drummer working with artists from all over the world. Hopefully my drumming speaks for itself on my showreel, I am confident you will love what I add to your track!

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99 Reviews - 19 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Paul S.

    Great musical understanding and thinking. Not only a great drummer, but above all a musician.

  2. Review by Michelle G.

    Matt is fantastic... expressive, precise, restrained, excellent taste. Keep coming back for more.

  3. Review by Trippy Tom

    funky + vibes = amazing tunes

  4. Review by Michelle G.

    Always fantastic sound and performance :)

  5. Review by Jeff N.

    Quick, professional, great communication, and overall amazing sounding drum parts. Very happy with Matt!

  6. Review by sherif K.

    Always enjoying our collaborations! Matt has a great unique sound that match my taste so much!

  7. Review by Demtendies

    Super professional, quick turnaround and delivered exactly what I was looking for.

  8. Review by Torran K.

    Matt was incredible- timely, and took every note to heart. Found the right vibe for each of the references I provided- I didn't even need to ask for a another take, he provided two options with all the variation I needed and nailed it the first go. Looking forward to continuing to work with him.

  9. Review by Jonny F.

    Bang on point, delivered 3 great takes real quick with offer of alternatives if needed.
    Really pleased with Matts work and process

  10. Review by Jonathan A.

    Matt nailed the part I was looking for and his drum tones are the best!

  11. Review by Henry G.

    Great drumming skills and communication. Love his sound and feel for rhythm. Got to a place I was very happy with very quickly. Will be using his services again and would highly recommend. Thanks again Matt!

  12. Review by Daniel Lamb

    Matt delivered per expectations, went the extra mile by adding some additional perc, and was pleasant to work with. Would love to hire him again!

  13. Review by William G.

    I reached out to Matt to program the drums on my track. He understood the assignment, read well the feeling of piece, did his drum magic, interacted promptly with me, and delivered on time. Highly recommended!

  14. Review by Jack L.

    Understood exactly what I was after, would definitely use again! Very pleased.

  15. Review by Dan J.
    by Dan J.

    Brilliant drums, thanks Matt! Very quick and professional.

  16. Review by Melvin Z.

    Amazing drummer! Great communication and fast delivery.

  17. Review by Sophie M.

    Was once again a great pleasure working with Matt! Great sound, quick delivery!

  18. Review by sherif K.

    Great sound! Always quick and deliver the sound I am looking for

  19. Review by Miguel Dias

    Very fast! Very good drummer!

  20. Review by Fred M.

    One of the bests drummers here, easy to work with and overall awesome!

Interview with Matt Davies

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

  2. A: Any recording by Noya Rao, has to be my favourite drum sound, really love the way the drums are mixed

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

  4. A: Recording and touring with several bands

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

  6. A: I've worked with Pezen several times, great songs and easy to work with

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: analog all day, way more character

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

  10. A: to give them a drum track that lifts their song and adds a real human feel

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

  12. A: being able to have a creative input

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

  14. A: I usually get asked to interpret the drum demo my own way, and I usually agree that this is the best approach, I'll usually have an idea as to what will work best for the track. Often Midi drum tracks aren't that easy to recreate!

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

  16. A: The drum sound is so much down to playing and feel over gear used!

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

  18. A: I usually ask for any drum references, usually a midi drum track or any references to songs with a similar feel/sound required

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

  20. A: Make sure the track fits to the grid so my click lines up once imported

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

  22. A: kick, snare, hats, sticks, hardware

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

  24. A: Been a professional drummer for almost 10 years

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Solid and considered. Bit funky too, why not

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

  28. A: All of them if i had time

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

  30. A: Simple, well considered micing is key.

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

  32. A: Electronic, hip-hop and R&B

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: I would say my varied and eclectic taste stand me in good stead to work with almost any artist

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

  36. A: Creativity, solid groove and professional sound.

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

  38. A: Play along to the track until i'm feeling it and then record a few takes

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: 3 mics usually does it, ribbon overhead, snare and kick. I use quite a dry sounding room so the results are lovely warm smoothness.

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

  42. A: J Dilla, Karriem Riggins, Taylor Mcferrin, Marcus Gilmore, Pharrell Williams, Kaytranada.. to name a few!

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

  44. A: Recording drum tracks, usually i work to a demo and put my own sound into the mix.


I was the Drummer in this production

Terms Of Service

1 revision, 7 day turn around. $50 for drum tracks to be mixed.

GenresSounds Like
  • The Daptone Family
  • Bill Withers
  • J Dilla
Gear Highlights
  • I use a range of vintage drums and cymbals. Various microphones
  • mainly vintage dynamic and ribbon mics. Nothing shiny or new
  • just bags of character!
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