Drums, Studio, Live

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Drummer/Percussionist based in London, UK. Anything from philharmonic and symphonic bands, to function, tribute and original bands/artists in a wide array of genres. Now available for studio and live/tour work.

Throughout the last 15 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, soul, rock and metal music, among others.

Some of the names I've played drums (and often BV's) for include Anthony James, Elliott Millman, Izzie Naylor, Abi Farrell, I Talk To Strangers, RESET Function Band, more recently What The Floyd, among others. I was also a key percussionist in the Philharmonic of Arrabal as well as in the Leiria Symphonic Band.

I love pretty much anything between, and including, Extreme Metal and Classical music, but I find that I am really at home with Rock, Prog, Pop, Folk, RnB, Funk and Soul.

Between these, I like to write and produce my own music, compose film music, and teach drums.

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.

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

Interview with Nuno.

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

  2. A: My Ludwig Supraphonic snare drum, a U67, a general drum stand clamp, my Fender Strat and tape. You always need tape.

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

  4. 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. More recently, I started to develop 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.

  5. Q: How would you describe your style?

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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/possibilites are endless. Also all the craic.

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

  10. 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 will likely not include the most expensive gear in the world, or even the best room setup.

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

  12. A: Generally Rock, Pop, Indie, Electric Pop, Indie Pop, Pop-Rock and Singer-Songwriter. I have also worked on Metal, Prog, Folk, Classical, Grunge, Jazz, Big Band, among others.

  13. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  14. A: Coming up with strong drum parts for songs.

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

  16. 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. If relevant and opportune, I can offer any insights I might have on any other element of the track.

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

  18. A: I get handed over a song (or more), with or without programmed drum ideas. If without, I listen to the artist's thoughts, and develop some matching instinctive ideas, that add interest to the track(s) while serving the song, and not overpowering any of its other elements. If the track already has some programmed drums, I aim to bring a human touch to those ideas, sometimes ending up mixing these with my own. I roughly record any ideas I have from my practice space for revision, and then generally meet at the recording studio.

  19. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  20. A: Very minimal at the moment, as I have only recently began considering remote recordings, but this includes: - Small Focusrite Interface - Good pair of Tannoy monitors - A variety of small percussion instruments - A few dynamic and condenser microphones

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

  22. 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.

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

  24. A: Studio recordings and live gigs/tours are the most common jobs I get. Occasionally I assist with track orchestrations and arrangements.

Existence by Anthony James

I was the drummer in this production

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