Providing high quality drum recording and mixing. Professional studied musician from Pop and Hip Hop to Rock, Jazz and many more. You call, I play it and send over a master-ready drum mix. Also need Percussion tracks or programmed drums? Pre-edited Multi-angle videos? I got you. Let me hear about your music project!
Peer Bothmer is a professional band-, sideman- and studio drummer, born in 1997 and based in Hanover. After graduating high school, Peer went to Hanover in the north of Germany to study "Popular Music" at the "University of Music, Theater and Media" and also got invited to the well known "Eventim Popkurs" in Hamburg in 2020.
Being home in both Pop and Jazz music, he brings a lot of versatility to the table, which quickly made him a well booked musician in the local scene. You'll will find him on stage with the alternative-rock band "VOLARA" beating the sh** out of his drums one day and playing a big band gig with suit and tie the next day. Peer also played with Indie-Pop and Reggae band "Slinky Crystal Tunes", Hamburg-based Fusion collective "Ground Effect", legendary Soul band "Caliber 38" or Soul and Funk band "B.K. and The Trailblazers" just to name a few.
Besides that Peer has started working as a recording engineer, producer, mixing and mastering engineer for his and other peoples bands and projects in the past few years. While taking classes with Peter Weihe, one of the most successful and experienced studio musicians and producers, Peer is both familiar with analogue recording and digital DAW workflow.
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Interview with Peer Bothmer
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was hired for five days to record and produce two singles with a rock band last year in a quite big studio all by myself and the recordings turned out great. I wasn't quite sure how well it was gonna go and really put my skills to the test, but everyone was really happy about the results.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently doing a lot of mixing for a couple of live sessions I did this and last year. On the drums I am preparing for a Progressive Rock / Metalcore project at the time.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not on SoundBetter, but I know a bunch of really talented musicians around here who also do studio work. So if you need any other instrument or singer, I am sure I got someone to recommend to you!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Since I got introduced into the world of studio production, mixing and studio playing in a really old-school fully analogue one, I really appreciate the advantages of analogue sounds. Digital is changing rapidly, while some analogue sounds are timeless and never reached. So it's analogue for me surely.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: It's gonna be as easy as online shopping. You call me and you will receive a drum mix that you don't need to change or worry about anytime. It's done, off the checklist. Simple and effective.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love creating and being around creatives every day. And that I can do what I love for a living.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception is about the time that goes into it. If I am preparing for an album production, I will roughly spend about 50 hours learning the songs and organizing the studio session and another 8 to 10 hours of setting up the drums and recording situation in the studio before the first bar is even being recorded. It's not like I am walking into the studio, playing one take for each of the 12 songs and be done in two hours.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: We will run through all sorts of questions in advance to ensure my vision fits the clients vision. Also if there is a producer involved or the client already knows who will be the mixing engineer, I will also get into contact with them and chat about the sound and technical details. It's all about the client's sound and song!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Just go ahead and contact me, don't worry about the pricing, I am sure we are gonna find a solution for every budget. And don't worry about if I am the right one to hire - if I feel like I don't fit your song or think I can't technically play it, I will be open and transparent about it, recommend someone else and not charge you anything.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Well that's the downside of being a drummer, right? I'd go with kick, snare, hats, sticks...and a cowbell of course (because we all need more cowbell).
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have started working as a freelance musician when I was still in high school and just kept growing my network and musical vocabulary constantly. Since graduating in 2016 I put my whole time and energy into this career.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is musical, groovy, dynamic and punchy. I am trying to find the right balance between serving the song and adding a little bit of flavor here and there to keep it interesting for the listener.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: What really catches me is working with unique artist who write original music and know how to deliver good songs. Of course I'd like to play on big stages, but I also really enjoy small club gigs if the music is good and the singer puts his / her heart into every word.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Pay more attention to the recording process! I see a lot of people buying expensive plug-ins and trying to do 90% of the sound in post-production. But if you work more on choosing the right instruments, room, tuning, microphone, mic position, pre-amp and analogue signal chain your signals will already sound 90% of how you want them to sound in the end.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Oooff, that's a tough one, because I might have played something in pretty much every genre there is. I find myself playing Pop, Soul, Rock and Funk music mostly, but I always work on expanding my vocabulary.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: For a long time I didn't really know what my trademark is, but after talking to a couple of my musician friends I discovered that my personal "sauce" is my versatility. I have been exposed to so many different styles of music and had to adapt both sound and playing wise that this has become my biggest strength.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My goal is to make the listener move emotionally and physically. That's all on the groove and on the drummer, that's what I have been doing all these years and that's what I am doing with every song. My love for the music has to shine through in every beat.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First I listen to the music and talk to the client about the sound the song needs. Then I usually write a sheet, because I am horrible at remembering songs. After that I call the sound engineer I want to work with on the track, book the studio, pack my stuff (and usually too many snares that I won't even use) and record a few takes, review, record a couple more, edit the tracks and start mixing back at my place.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I don't just go and record in my little home studio, I am friends with a couple of really good engineers around the city and book the studio depending on the sound I want to achieve. Recording rooms play a huge roll in creating the perfect fitting drum sounds for every individual production.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Since I have been digging deeper into production and mixing recently, I get most inspired by other producers and mixing engineer's work. I love producers who put the delivery of the music first and also those who are open to experiment and try new things in the process.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: In most cases I get send a pre-production with a click that I should add drum tracks to. After exchanging thoughts on the sound and groove the client wishes, I get into the studio, record the tracks and send back the master-ready stereo mix as well as unedited multi-tracks / stems in case my client or his producer want to change something afterwards.