Denver based musician with 20+ years of touring/session drumming, producing and writing. What is most important to me when recording is listening to the artist and making sure I play the best feel for the song. My best genres are singer/songwriter, Americana, dry 70's style, rock and indie rock.
Hello and welcome! I have been playing drums professionally for 20+ years and I currently live in the Boulder/Denver area. I am available for studio (live or online sessions) and live gigs.
I have recorded and played with Gregory Alan Isakov, Reed Foehl, Hello Kavita, Kid Reverie, The Paper Stars and many others. I have opened for national acts such as The Lumineers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Flobots.
I record my drum tracks at my own in home studio and the room is acoustically treated and features high end preamps and mics. My best genres are singer/songwriter, Americana, dry 70's style, rock and indie rock.
Feel free to reach out with any questions- I'd love to work on your project!
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30 Reviews - 3 Repeat ClientsEndorse Leor Manelis
Leor is the perfect collaborator - communicative, detailed, and creative. I'm extremely grateful for all the work he has done to help bring my music to another level. Couldn't recommend enough. Thank you again!
Leor is very receptive, flexible, supportive and skilled! I’m so happy to have had him bring my ideas to life! Hope to be sending him more projects in the future! Thanks Leor!
Leor always delivers and gets right to work, no delays, no messing around, another satisfied customer here!
Beautiful recording from Leor once again. Couldn't recommend him enough. Thank you!
I had an excellent experience working with Leor. His drumming is tasteful and his tones are gorgeous. On top of that, he is detailed, responsive, and works extremely quickly. Definitely recommend!
Leor got it done and went above and beyond - great sound - great skill - all around professional. Will be coming back for more.
Leor Manelis is an excellent drummer. He is a great communicator, speedy worker and stellar player. He knows exactly what drum parts are needed for each song and plays them superbly. I would highly recommend Leor Manelis for anyone looking for a drummer for their next project.
Leor put together a fantastic sounding track that was performed and recorded impeccably, with great little subtleties in his playing that bring the song to life. It's always a pleasure to work with him!
The sound of this drummer is what I am looking for: you know that kind of '70 snare and full ripen toms etc? He makes it! Very nice taste, excellent technique and also kind communication.
Leor is kind and professional who tries his best to fulfill my intentions. After working with him for about a week, I received a satisfactory result. His drum skills and recording quality are beyond question.
Leor always brings it, on time, no messing around!
Leor took the part I had sketched out and made it SO much better; he serves the song so well and turned around great sounding tracks on a dime. Always a pleasure to work with him and see what he comes up with.
Leor knocked out a fantastic track almost immediately. His tracks sound absolutely great -- a pleasure to work with again.
Professional, musical and quick with turnaround. Great to work with! Would definitely work with again.
Leor always delivers, always on time, great feel and recording.
Leor has wonderful musicianship, is tremendously communicative, and turned around this track way faster than I expected. Highly recommended.
Always on it, always creative and always engaged, love working with Leor!
Quick and Smooth, easy to work with. Another great project!
Leor is timely, takes great feedback and produced a stellar result!
Awesome to work with , super fast and very creative.Great communicator.
I grew up going to shows where Leor drummed in one of my favorite local acts. When I reached out and asked him to play on a few tracks, he brought the same high-level of musicianship, consistency, and vibe that I remember from the shows. Really brought my tracks to life. A super solid dude and super solid drummer.
I've had the pleasure of working with Leor a number of times, and he has become one of those musicians I completely trust. He truly learns the song, has his own ideas, and graciously accepts criticism. Can't ask for more.
What an amazing and professional artist! Leor has the ability to immediately understand the right soul, and vibe of a track. His contributions have taken the tracks we have collaborated on from okay, to amazing! The quality of the tracks he has provided have been very well recorded, making it a breeze to mix them in. Honestly can't say enough great things about him!
Leor is not just incredibly talented, but what a fantastic collaborator. We have given Leor several tracks that already had drums, but we just weren't loving them yet. We asked Leor to take a fresh listen to our music and provide drum tracks. He did not disappoint. He has an incredible ear. We have several other tracks we are currently prepping to send his way and can't wait to hear what he comes up with.
Besides being a solid player and great guy, what hit me about Leor is his professionalism. He does his work, studies, and shows up to gigs or recording sessions prepared. That’s a dime a dozen these days so it goes a long way. Thank you Leor for what you do, and for the way you show up.
Leor is a great drummer and has that special calm vibe that helps everyone lock in and ride together. I sure hope we get to play more music together as the days roll by!
Leor has that rare combination of three elements that make for an ideal musical collaborator:
1) He's an excellent player
2) He's got a great sense of vibe
3) He's a good person
I can't recommend him enough!
Leor is always a pleasure to work with. He is not only a great drummer but also has a knack for providing valuable insight for songwriting, instrumentation and collaborations. His home studio is set up to provide you with high quality drum tones with plenty of options and variety. If you need it done well, and fast, give Leor a call!!
Just finished our first record together. Can’t wait to record the next 100 brother! We’ll be playing together for years to come. People, stop right here, this man is the real deal. So much love for this guy.
Leor not only did an amazing job on our project , he gave 110% with incredible options and variations in drumming style . It is rare someone speaks so musically with the drums. The subtle understanding of swing and micro timing has helped us move our project to a professional and truly musical place . That’s what music is about , communication , understanding and groove. Leor has is it all and I don’t say that lightly . Thanks my friend .
Interview with Leor Manelis
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on 5 separate Albums and EP's with various artists. Paul Kimbiris and the Dark Side of Pearl, Taylor Tuke, Steven Eli, Hello Kavita and just finished the debut album for Doug Ahern.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Can't choose and shouldn't have too. It really depends on the band/song. With Hello Kavita, we wanted a vintage warmer sound so we recorded analog (2" tape) and then converted it to digital for mixing. Both can sound great if everyone knows what they are doing.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise you will be happy with the final product or it's free.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I am addicted to the creative process and love working with new artists. Coming up with ideas that
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your timeline? Are you going for a certain sound or style? Have you ever worked with a remote musician before and if yes, were you happy with the result?
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: First I listen. I listen for dynamics, pauses, emotional moments and ask myself if how can drums add value to each part. As I mentioned above, I like to be the back beat and look to practice restraint. I want to create something that will add to the song and not take over the song.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Andrew Bird. I love his music and the other members of his band currently. His last album, "My finest work yet", is inspiring because it was recorded mostly live and you can tell they all tried to compliment each other.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening & dynamics. I think listening to the artist is the most important part of the creative process. When you listen, you can hear all the nuances of the song and figure out what fits best for the song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I tend to work fast and am highly communicative during the process. Send me the Logic session or the wav file, tell me the BPM and I can get started. If you have any ideas around the beat or sound, just let me know. I am drummer and father of 2 little girls so I am used to being told what to do. I take direction well and want you to be happy. I like to send you 2-3 versions using different snares and cymbals and you can choose what you like.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work is live drum tracking either for recording sessions or live gigs.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use an 8 mic setup with a hybrid Glyn Johns method when I record. A D112 inside and Royer ribbon outside on the kick, 57 on the snare, Miktek PM-10’s on the Tom’s, RODE overheads and a single AKG room mic. I tend to work in Logic mostly and have 2 recording spaces to record in. Small and dead or a larger room with wood floors.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am a firm believer in less is more and I really try to practice restraint in my playing. I love to have 1-2 tasty fills in a track if it calls for it and not take over the song. It's not about me, it's about you and your song. I love the drumming of Aaron Sterling,Ted Poor and Darren King. Bands like Andy Shauf, Gregory Alan Isakov and Leif Vollebekk are some of my favorite singer songwriters. Of course these the obvious bands like Radiohead, The Beatles, RATM, and Nirvana that were all huge influences for me.