Simon Miminis

Remote Drum Tracks

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20 years experience as a professional drummer, performed at Cape Breton International Drum Festival opening for drumming greats Bernard Purdie, Dom Famularo, and more. Studied with world class drummers, Larnell Lewis, Mark Kelso, Changuito, and Paul Delong among others. Recorded on hundreds of tracks spanning many styles.

As a trained freelance drummer for over 20 years I can offer professional drum tracks for any style. I have studied with some of Canada's top drummers during my time at Humber college's music program where I earned my Bachelor in Music with honors and further broadened my skill set as a composer during my time studying as a Music Composition Post Grad at York University and as a participant in the BMI Mentorship program in NYC.

I co-operate Trouble Town Records, a beautiful Recording Studio and Indie Record Label based out of Toronto. Our studio has an amazing live room with high ceilings and is equipped with industry standard mics, pres and a large variety of drum kits to accommodate any sound from Warm and Vintage to Indie and Thunderous to Modern and Present and everything in between.

I have performed and recorded with some of Canada's most prolific artists spanning many genres and worked extensively in Film and TV including on scores for "Born to Be Blue" the Chet Baker biopic starring Ethan Hawke, "Sweetness In The Belly" starring Dakota Fanning and "The Indian Detective" starring Russell Peters among others.

I am an excellent communicator and am passionate about empathically helping clients realize their vision, working with you on laying down the perfect drum track and understanding the nuances required for every project type.

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  1. Review by Nolan R.
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    Simon did a fantastic job on my surf blues rock song! With great attention to detail, and prompt edits. His skill and knowledge of recording drum tracks is shown in the work that he does. I would definitely recommend Simon to anyone!

  2. Review by Carbon Memory
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    Simon has brought to our project a rhythmic, musical and creative nuance that is truly hard to find. His incredible talent and skillset behind the drumset shines through his versatility in a wide variety of genres and moods. For these reasons, he is very efficient and effective in live and studio scenarios, without ever losing that musical touch. We are sure that Simon's musicality will elevate your next project.

  3. Review by Mike Skiffington
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    Simon has proven to be a chameleon in the times I've worked with him. He has a wide range of musical influences and it shows in his ability to adapt to many genres while making it all seem easy. Just as important though, is his positive attitude and overall approach to dealing with others. He is as honest as the day is long, and always puts in top notch effort. I've worked with him on numerous projects, and have always felt like he was technically, musically, and creatively on another level than most. You won't regret working with him. Contact him and see for yourself.

  4. Review by Santiago Moffat
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    The most versatile drummer I work with, from rock and blues to world music and modern jazz. He will adapt to your project in order to get what you need. I highly recommend Simon for any drumming or music work.

  5. Review by Michelle
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    I've had the absolute joy of working with Simon in the past. He is a consummate professional and an extremely talented drummer. He will listen and provide notes, as needed. A pleasure to work with.
    -Michelle
    Mr.Jr. and owner of Mister and Miss Productions/Punk Toronto

  6. Review by Kristina B
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    Simon is a true professional. I worked with him on my country music project, in and out of the studio. His precision, raw talent and professionalism blew me away. Playing live with him was no different. Simon's contributions to the music were always recieved with many compliments from the audience. I would highly recommend Simon to anyone.

  7. Review by Nandan Ashkaruzzaman
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    I had the opportunity to work with Simon on my previous album and I must say it was a great choice to hire him. Simon is professional, courteous and wont stop until he gives you the best takes you like. I highly recommend hiring Simon for your next project. You won't be disappointed.

  8. Review by Dave Panting
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    Hello I'm Dave Panting from St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador.
    [Figgy Duff, Rawlins Cross]
    I first met Simon around 2004 when he was a young and already talented and accomplished musician playing drums in his father's Greek music group, of which I became a member.
    I played many engagements with Simon over the years until he moved to Toronto to study music and the recording arts. He recently lent his talents to a recording of original instrumental music I put together.
    I know Simon as a hardworking and reliable and well qualified musician and audio engineer with great attitude.

  9. Review by Dave Panting
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    Hello I'm Dave Panting from St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador.
    [Figgy Duff, Rawlins Cross]
    I first met Simon around 2004 when he was a young and already talented and accomplished music playing drums in his father's Greek music group, of which I became a member.
    I played many engagements with Simon over the years until he moved to Toronto to study music and the recording arts. He recently lent his talents to a recording of original instrumental music I put together.
    I know Simon as a hardworking and reliable and well qualified musician and audio engineer with great attitude.

  10. Review by Simon Poole
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    I've hired Simon on a few occasions to replace sampled drums on a few projects and he's consistently blown me away with his performance and taste. Simon is my go to for any drum recording needs.

Interview with Simon Miminis

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Probably my work with Carbon Memory, the drum parts are rooted in tradtional approaches to the Genre but borrow from many unorthodox inspirations and sound exciting and fresh.

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

  4. A: Currently working on my solo project as well as a Ska project and other things pending the end of the Covid-19 pandemic!

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Both have their place. Eventually everything goes digital, despite the small resurgence of vinyl it is very hard to deliver and listen to a product in a fully analog domain. The answer lies somewhere in the middle, digital gear that is augmented with analog gear or Vice Versa.

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

  8. A: To bring you a drum track that completely fulfills your expectations and artistic vision.

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

  10. A: Working with and meeting new people as well as facing the challenges of creating something new. Every project is unique and requires a different approach, that is something that keeps life interesting and exciting for me.

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

  12. A: What is your song about? How do you want the song and/or the drums to make your audience feel? What are some drummers or drum tracks that inspire you?

  13. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  14. A: Have a strong artistic vision, you don't need to know exactly what you want the drum part to be for your song, just a strong idea of how you want them to make you feel. Many times examples of drum tracks or drum tones from records that inspired your writing can really help hone in on what your drum part might be.

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

  16. A: My Ancient Kauri Kit, a laptop, an interface and as many mics as I could carry.

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

  18. A: I started as a drummer, studied music at the Bachelor level and Post Graduate level, then started to teach as well as work in the film industry as a composer and music editor. To this day I'm active in all 4 of those aspects of my career and keep busy. I have been drumming professionally for the last 20 years, teaching for the last 15 and composing/music editing for the last 10.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: I like to take chances and avoid things that are idiomatic as much as possible. I try to be unique and I like to perform with finesse.

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

  22. A: Just do stuff, sometimes masterpiece syndrome can kill what would otherwise be a great idea. Don't be afraid to go with an idea and see it through. At the very least it will eventually lead you closer to the sound you were looking for. This applies to everything, composition, production, performance, everything. If applicable take a day to come back and listen with fresh ears and a fresh mind. That perspective can really make your path clearer.

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

  24. A: It ranges, I've done, Country, Rock, Jazz, Funk, World Music of all sorts, Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Ska, many things really.

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: My ability to communicate and understand my clients musical vision. I strive to best express the main artistic vision of the track which I believe is an essential skill in creating a drum part that really completes a song.

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

  28. A: The booms and the smacks! Ha ha honestly all I hope to bring to a song is the satisfaction and impact that only a live drum part can bring. Some music just needs the real deal, don't get me wrong programmed stuff can sound fantastic and some styles call for it (i.e. hip hop loops) but some times you just can't replace the intention of a live musician. The emotion that a live player can express can really add to the emotional impact of a song in a way that is completely unique and unlike anything else. This is all I hope to achieve with my work.

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

  30. A: Generally I start by listening to the clients demos and discussing the artistic vision of the project. What do they want their listeners to feel, what inspired each song, what types of grooves or artists were they hearing in their minds when they were composing? All these questions allow me to hone in on what my parts will be as well as what instruments I will use to bring them to life and how I will mic them to telegraph those emotions and performances appropriately.

  31. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  32. A: I work out of Trouble Town Records, we have multiple tracking rooms along with a main tracking room that has a gigantic ceiling (over 25 ft) so we can really get a monstrous drum sound if we need to. That type of real estate is hard to find in Toronto so we're pretty lucky to have access to it. We run a Pro Tools HD/Logic X setup using Apollo 8p interfaces along with our beautiful ATC 25 monitors which have absolutely pristine detail and allow us to really get our mic position just right. We have a great selection of microphones such as our KM 184's which are just absolutely killer as overheads along with your standard arsenal of 57's, D112's and some tasty ribbons that we drizzle in for some amazing room tone. We also carry around a M-147 tube for special mono applications. We have a great selection of drums that we like to use, whether it's our Stage Customs for a present and modern birch sound, or our warm Ancient Kauri kit which is made out of Ancient Kauri that is over 50,000 years old (the only one of it's kind in existence) or our Vintage Ludwigs which sound great for Indie Rock we have a kit to get you there.

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

  34. A: Too many to count but off the top of my head in the drummer world some of my favourite would have to be Mark Guiliana, Nate Smith, Marcus Gilmore, Anderson Paak, Billy Kilson, Larnell Lewis, Mark Kelso, Dafnis Prieto, Willie "Mean" Green, Chad Smith, Bill Stewart, Bernard Purdie, and Steve Ferrone among many others. As a film Composer I love Bear McCreary, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Don Davis, Mark Isham, John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans to name a few.

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

  36. A: Typically remote drum tracks but I am also a competent mixer and a professional film composer. I'm also a Music Editor and have worked on numerous Hollywood productions such as the SAW franchise and many primetime shows for CTV/Global/CBC/CBS, etc.

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Gear Highlights
  • Apollo 8p (X2)
  • ATC 25's
  • Pro Tools HD
  • Logic X
  • Mics: KM 184
  • SM57
  • D112
  • 210
  • M-147 Tube Drums: Yamaha Stage Customs
  • Ludwig Vintage Jazz Kit
  • Stanbridge Custom Drums
  • Yamaha Manu Katche Drums
  • Mapex Black Panther Snare
  • Sabian/Bosphorus Cymbals.
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