Leor Manelis

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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. For more sound samples head to RecordDrums.com.

Feel free to reach out with any questions- I'd love to work on your project!

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

57 Reviews - 7 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Sergio S.
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    Loved working with Leor

  2. Review by Eric N.
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    Excellent job all around with more than enough options to work with. Leor overdelivered and I'm more than happy with the results. Excellent recordings with great tone, feel and creativity. True professional and great communicator. Will not hesitate to work with again.

  3. Review by Scott Callan
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    Second time working with Leor, and I love how much he can find the right feel that supports a song. Looking forward to building arrangements off of the excellent drum tracks he's recorded.

  4. Review by Scott Callan
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    Terrific drummer with a great ear for matching his approach and drum tone to the song. Worked fast and delivered a great performance. Definitely recommend Leor!

  5. Review by Julia D.
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    Great and fast, thanks a lot!

  6. Review by Jim H.
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    Leor went above and beyond to produce a great drum track for my project. Good communication and creative ideas.

  7. Review by Joe K.
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    Leor was easy to work with, a quality musician and finished the job quickly.

  8. Review by Ulrich F.
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    Hi Leor,
    like I just said (just in other words): It was fun working with you! :)

  9. Review by Kevin P.
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    Leor was great as always!

  10. Review by Jay S.
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    Leor is quick and consistent, always delivers

  11. Review by Mike Vermeil
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    Repeat user - Leor does great work.

  12. Review by Prajwal W.
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    Leor is an amazing musician who understands your creative needs and creates something that you will love. He played drums in one of my song and just in a day he was able to send me something amazing. He had great attention to details on each of the parts of the song and brought dynamics with each fills and rolls. I see myself coming back for more project with him.

  13. Review by r.percoco
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    Delivered exactly what i was looking for in a timely way and was very sweet to work with!

  14. Review by Raimond Dagfjäll / RN Music
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    It was a great experience working with Leor. Good communication and he quickly delivers professional drums for your project.

  15. Review by Matt G.
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    This was another quick project for a songwriter executed quickly and excellently by the amazing Leor.

  16. Review by Tim G.
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    Leor is super professional, provided exactly what I hoped for and was very quick on the turn around. I will definitely work with him in the future.

  17. Review by Matt G.
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    Leor is a quick, high-quality, and very attentive drummer. He's done excellent work for me on a few projects now. I'll be sure to come back for more drums when the opportunity arises!

  18. Review by Damian R.
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    Leor was just the artist I was looking for! Everything about working with him was great. He was timely, professional and extremely creative. I will definitely be coming back with future projects without a doubt.

  19. Review by Kevin P.
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    Another great experience with Leor. He's absolutely amazing!

  20. Review by jeremiah.act
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    Super speedy delivery with different versions delivered, can't wait to send over my next song!!!

  21. Review by Jeff May
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    Leor is a great drummer, very intuitive and I look forward to working with him again soon!

  22. Review by Michael D.
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    Definitely consider working with Leor! I knew from his profile & preferred genres that he'd be a good match for my song. But even then I was pleasantly surprised by a few things - it's a drum part that required creativity rather than just a steady backdrop, and he incorporated a welcome looseness to his playing; and he was generous, giving me a few takes to work with, which actually contain quite a variety of approaches and even multiple set-ups.
    In short - great, a pro, and he'll listen to any constructive feedback to make sure you're satisfied.

  23. Review by Floyd
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    Leor understanded right away what sound I needed. Did a superior job & nailed the drums for my track. Definitely work with Leor again.

  24. Review by Kevin P.
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    Another home run with Leor. Never disappoints, always impresses.

  25. Review by Kurtis S.
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    Leor did a fantastic job! The track turned out great! Punctual and easy to work with

  26. Review by Kris K.
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    Super quick turn around and incredibly easy to work with. Provided lots of different sound options for me to pick and choose from, and the drums sounded great.

  27. Review by Kevin P.
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    Leor was quick and communicative. His drumming blew me away and quickly became the best part of the song! Would highly recommend getting him on your project.

  28. Review by Gavin P.
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    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!

  29. Review by Isabella Uhl
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    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!

  30. Review by Jay S.
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    Leor always delivers and gets right to work, no delays, no messing around, another satisfied customer here!

  31. Review by Gavin P.
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    Beautiful recording from Leor once again. Couldn't recommend him enough. Thank you!

  32. Review by Gavin P.
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    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!

  33. Review by Mike Vermeil
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    Leor got it done and went above and beyond - great sound - great skill - all around professional. Will be coming back for more.

  34. Review by Isaiah Blickenstaff
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    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.

  35. Review by Justin K.
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    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!

  36. Review by Giovanni Traverso
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    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.

  37. Review by 김유한
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    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.

  38. Review by Jay S.
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    Leor always brings it, on time, no messing around!

  39. Review by Justin K.
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    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.

  40. Review by Justin K.
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    Leor knocked out a fantastic track almost immediately. His tracks sound absolutely great -- a pleasure to work with again.

  41. Review by L J.
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    Professional, musical and quick with turnaround. Great to work with! Would definitely work with again.

  42. Review by Jay S.
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    Leor always delivers, always on time, great feel and recording.

  43. Review by Justin K.
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    Leor has wonderful musicianship, is tremendously communicative, and turned around this track way faster than I expected. Highly recommended.

  44. Review by Jay S.
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    Always on it, always creative and always engaged, love working with Leor!

  45. Review by Jay S.
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    Quick and Smooth, easy to work with. Another great project!

  46. Review by Ben P.
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    Leor is timely, takes great feedback and produced a stellar result!

  47. Review by Jay S.
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    Leor,
    Awesome to work with , super fast and very creative.Great communicator.

  48. Review by Eric Peterson
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    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.

  49. Review by Steve V.
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    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.

  50. Review by Charles Goran
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    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!

  51. Review by Sarah Colomina
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    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.

  52. Review by Julian Peterson
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    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.

  53. Review by Ryan Dart
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    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!

  54. Review by Steve Jones
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    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!

  55. Review by Taylor Tuke
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    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!!

  56. Review by Dougy A.
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    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.

  57. Review by Steven E.
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    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

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

  2. 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.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. 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.

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

  6. A: I promise you will be happy with the final product or it's free.

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

  8. A: I am addicted to the creative process and love working with new artists. Coming up with ideas that

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

  10. 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?

  11. Q: How would you describe your style?

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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.

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

  20. A: The most common work is live drum tracking either for recording sessions or live gigs.

  21. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  22. 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.

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

  24. 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.

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  • Aaron Sterling
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Gear Highlights
  • Ludwig Drums (various series
  • vintage and new)
  • Zildjian cymbals (various series and sizes)
  • Snares (various types & sizes)
  • High end mics and pre-amps
  • Royer Ribbon
  • Rode
  • sE Electronics
  • Miktek
  • D112
  • Empirical Labs
  • Big Fat Snare Drum
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