Drummer/Percussionist based in London, UK. I offer remote recorded drums from my home studio, and I am also available for studio and live/tour work. Happy to work on most genres, and I have plenty of experience, having played with L.A. Peach, Izzie Naylor, Abi Farrell, What The Floyd, Anthony James, and many more.
During the last 16 years, I have gathered extensive experience both in the studio and performing live in a variety of music genres and styles, which spread from classical and folk to pop, blues, jazz, indie, soul, rock and metal, among others.
I offer remote drum recordings from home, where I have a purposely-built, acoustically-treated studio, with two kits (modern & vintage), a selection of cymbals and snares, a nice (and ever-growing) collection of mics, going into 20 pro-quality Audient and Midas-designed preamps.
I offer a highly-personalised service, to guarantee that you receive your tracks exactly as you want them, in very little time. I am able to deliver three initial takes within the first 48 hours, with up to three revisions, should you want me to try different ideas out. I can also deliver the tracks mixed for an extra fee.
I am also happy to run sessions through a video call, so that you can offer instant feedback, and get your tracks done even quicker.
I focus on offering you the best possible service I can, making sure to deliver exactly what you're looking for, with the least effort, and my years under the mics have helped me build my experience with this.
I'm looking forward to get involved with other great musical minds, so tell me all about your project and ideas, and how I can help.
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10 Reviews - 2 Repeat ClientsEndorse Nuno.
Very good intuition and understanding to what the song needs! Always great to work with!
Great job and quick turnaround!
Nuno was amazing to work with. Besides being an incredible drummer, he is quick, professional, very responsive, and really invests in the song. His drums brought the song alive and raised it to a higher level. Highly recommended!
Working with Nuno is an absolute pleasure. He is incredibly talented and delivered way beyond my expectations. I highly recommend him.
Nuno is incredible! Not only does he make the process super easy, but he delivers excellent drum tracks!
Nuno sent through some amazing tracks insanely quickly.
He got the brief straight away, and his first takes were just on point!
The tracks sound incredible, too.
Will definitely work with him again, and would recommend him to anyone!
I have had the pleasure of working with Nuno in several recording situations, and I highly recommend him if you are looking for someone to record drums and percussion for your songs, whatever the style. He is professional, friendly, easy to work with and has a vast knowledge of drumming, recording and mixing. With his attention to detail, you can be sure to receive very high quality recordings to fit your brief. 10/10!
I asked Nuno to record drum tracks for 3 songs that will feature in a soon-to-be-released EP. I could not believe how quick he was (he delivered them in under 24h!), and they all sounded amazing, the drum parts he worked out were just perfect, and fit the songs like a glove. He is an unbelievable drummer, with a great insight into what drum parts, tones and mixes work in a song!
Nuno's drum tracks were clean, powerful and right on the pocket!
He was super-easy to deal with, very helpful with questions and suggestions and his drums fit my tracks perfectly, and were delivered so quickly! 100% recommend!
Nuno made drum tracking remotely a breeze! His knowledge of the instrument is superb, so when asked for specific sounds, he was able to provide. Very professional and friendly, top marks highly recommend!
Interview with Nuno.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: It was lovely to play with Izzie Naylor. She writes some amazing music, and the gigs we did together took me to explore a very interesting (hybrid) side of drumming, that went further then than it had ever gone.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on writing some of my own music, and also getting ready to organise more content for my social media channels (I am notoriously bad at posting frequently). I am also teaching drums privately, and getting ready for some new gigging/touring projects.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Pete Clark (also from What The Floyd) is an AMAZING bass player, who is bound to get you the bass sounds you need for your tracks.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both (sorry)! Analog for the vibe on compromise. Digital for the flexibility.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to deliver drum tracks that you will be happy with. Whether that means an extra revision, or a change in my recording setup, I want to make sure that you get what you are paying for.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The fact that I get to do what I love for a living.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: There isn't ONE question that comes up too much. I get asked frequently for my opinion on the customer's thoughts on what the drums should be, and I always offer my honest views on this.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Not sure! There may be a slight judgement from non-musicians at times, as it's widely believed that music is more of a hobby than it is a job, but I can't say this has bothered me much.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What sample rate do you want to work at? When do you need these tracks by? Have you got any ideas for drum sounds or feel (any references)? Have you got a drum demo that you'd like to send my way? Will you want to receive a stereo drum mix, or all of stems? And will you want it mixed, raw (or both)?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Do not be afraid to be yourself and saying what you want. At the end of the day, this is YOUR song(s) (or a song that you may have strong ideas about), so don't be afraid to ask for specifics, offer directions and request things to sound a certain way.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out in a more Symphonic/Classical/Philharmonic backdrop. Classical Percussion and Drum Kit were a big part of it. As I developed a taste for rock, metal, pop, etc, I focussed more on the drum kit. Moved to London in 2013 to pursue music, finished a BA(Hons) in Popular Music Performance (Drums), and have been teaching privately, and performing for a long time. In these last few years, I developed a taste for the studio, and recording/production techniques, so I love to be involved in those, alongside live work. And thanks to the way I started playing drums, I also became very comfortable with various percussion instruments. The pandemic drove me to build a dedicated room in my house in which to practice and record in, so this has helped me to offer a high-quality remote drum recording service, from the comfort of my own home.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: John Mayer, mainly because of the sheer compositional genius and constant reinvention in genre (and obviously incredible musicality and chops). He is an artist that went through Pop, Blues-Rock, Country, and Electro-Pop (and whatever else you'd like), so the compositional and production ideas/possibilities are endless. Also the banter.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Rest. Spend time away from mixes after working on them for a couple of hours in a home studio. Go outside, listen to the birds, people, cars, and let your ears get accustomed to real-world frequencies and dynamics. This will help when going back to a home studio that may, at times, not include the most expensive gear in the world, or even the best room setup.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Generally Rock, Pop, Indie, Electric Pop, Indie Pop, Pop-Rock, Soul and Singer-Songwriter. I have also worked on Metal, Prog, Folk, Classical, Grunge, Jazz, Big Band, and I am also very comfortable in these genres, among others.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: The usual process begins with you getting in touch with me to discuss your music and the kind of service you're looking for, and the details of your project, your ideas and thoughts on it. I am happy to work on any genre, so don't be shy! We can communicate through email, video call, or whatever way feels best to you. You can send your songs in whatever format works for you (mp3, WAV, MIDI) and include any demo drum parts that exist on your track, if you like. From then on, we will discuss specifics and other technicalities, such as when you are expecting to receive the tracks by, the sample rate of your project, how you would like to receive the drum tracks, and so on. Next, I'll start working on the drum parts for your songs in the studio and have a few takes sent back within a couple of days. Three revisions will be included for each track, so don't be afraid to ask for things to be changed! When you're happy with the drums, I'll export each track individually in WAV format and send them to you. This will normally include some basic editing, but if you would prefer to receive the raw recordings (or both), this is totally fine. Equally, if you prefer to receive a ready-mixed version of the drums, I will be happy to do so for an extra cost.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Coming up with strong drum parts for songs, and having the dynamic awareness to bring these to life in an effective way. I also have a solid knowledge about drum recording, mixing and producing, so I am confident I can get my drums to sound like you want them to on your song(s).
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I add rhythmical interest to it, while always prioritising the serving of the song, and not overpowering any of its other elements, but working with them instead. I offer a professionally-recorded drum sound, with lots of groove and feel. If relevant and opportune, I am also happy to offer any insights I might have on any other elements of the track.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: - An acoustically-treated, specifically-designed studio room - Yamaha Stage Custom Advantage Nouveau 6-piece Drum Kit (modern) - Yamaha 5000 4-piece Drum Kit (vintage) - Ludwig Supraphonic LM402 14x6.5" Snare Drum - Ludwig Black Magic 14x5" Snare Drum - Pearl Forum 14x5.5" Snare Drum - Pearl Steel Series 14x5" Snare Drum - Sakae 12x5" Snare Drum - Yamaha SC Nouveau 14x5" Snare Drum - Audient ID44 Interface - Two Behringer ADA8200 (with Midas-designed preamps) - for a total of 20 inputs - Various mics: AKG D112, Shure SM57s, SM58s, SM57A Betas, sE V3s and V7, Beyerdynamic, Aston, Behringer, Stagg and JTS condensers, and a sub - Zildjian K Hi-Hats, Ride, Splash and Crash, A Crash, Constantinople Ride, Sabian Crash, Wuhan China, and more - Kali LP6 Studio Monitors - A variety of small percussion instruments: various shakers, maracas, triangle, tambourines, rattles, sizzlers and more
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Ludwig Supraphonic snare drum, a U67, a general drum stand clamp, my Fender Strat and tape. You always need tape.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Effective and to the point. I was never one for chops, so musicality is also extremely important for me. I like to listen. Listening to the other instruments, their dynamics, and parts are normally a huge part of my own approach to playing. I also aim to sound as effortless and flowy as possible.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Too many to even be able to remember: Aaron Sterling, Gavin Harrison, Steve Gadd, Nate Smith, Alex Guarnieri, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl, Steve Jordan, John Mayer, Warren Huart, Carter Mclean, and so many more.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Studio recordings and live gigs/tours are the most common jobs I get. Occasionally I assist with track orchestrations and arrangements.