Marcus Finnie

High Quality Studio Drumming

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5 Reviews (2 Verified)
Marcus Finnie on SoundBetter

I have recorded with Grammy and Stellar Award artists Keb Mo, Kirk Whalum, Taj Mahal, India Arie, Michael McDonald, Jacob Whitesides, Andy Mineo, Tommy Walker, G Love & Special Sauce and several others.

YOU CAN VIRTUALLY SIT IN ON THE SESSION!!
This way you can get what's needed the first time. (time limits apply).
Gear wise, I have a Music City Reference by Pearl
Assortment of Zildjian Cymbals both bright and dark.
Several modern and vintage snares
Meinl Percussion toys.
I will send two takes of each tune.
I record using logic.
I am using a combinations of Warm audio mics, SE mics, drum kit set, ATM 25's and D6.
I have available tracks wise
SE 8 Hats
SE 8 Ride
Warm Audio OH Pair
SE V Beta Snare top
SE V 7x Snare bottom
SE V Beta Tom1,2
ATM 25 Tom 3,4
SE V Kick In
D6 Kick out
Zoom Q2N4k

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

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Marcus Finnie
  • G. Love & Special Sauce
  • G. Love
  • G. Love & Special Sauce
  • G. Love
  • G. Love & Special Sauce
  • G. Love
  • Kirk Whalum
  • Kirk Whalum
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Ana Popovic
  • Lindsey Webster
  • Kirk Whalum
  • Julian Vaughn
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Taj Mahal
  • Smokie Norful
  • Melissa Manchester
  • Susan Wong
  • Garry Goin
  • Garry Goin
  • BeBe Winans
  • Kirk Whalum
  • Rachael Lampa
  • Eleanor Fye
  • Eleanor Fye
  • Eleanor Fye
  • Laurie Wheeler
  • Adam Nitti
  • Michael McDonald
  • Jeff Steinberg
  • Jeff Steinberg
  • Ace Young
  • Tommy Walker
  • Bryan Beller
  • Bryan Beller
  • Loren Mulraine
  • Vickie Winans
  • T.D. Jakes
  • Smokie Norful
  • Rod McGaha
  • Marcus Finnie
  • Marcus Finnie
  • Ryan Taylor Allen
  • Drea Rhenee
  • Marsha Bartenetti
  • Marsha Bartenetti
  • Kevin Whalum
  • Maurice Carter
  • Chlara
  • Chlara
  • Jimmie Smith
  • Dara Tucker
  • Kevin Whalum
  • Rick Latina
  • Markey Blue
  • The Macs
  • Eric Essix
  • Eric Essix
  • Julienne Taylor
  • Julienne Taylor

5 Reviews

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  1. Review by R.G.Deguire
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    Marcus is a total PRO drummer and wonderful musician with huge sense of artistry. He delivered 3 takes, all with top-notch quality and put magic and intelligence into the song. Superb communication and fast turnaround. Virtual session is really a great experience too. Looking forward to doing more music with him. Highly recommended.

  2. Review by Josh B.
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    AWESOME GUY TO WORK WITH!

  3. Review by DERREK C PHILLIPS
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    One of the most versatile and thorough musicians I know. A consummate professional and incredible drummer.

  4. Review by Kevin Murphy
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    Marcus is a monster player and MUSICIAN. A true great.

  5. Review by Fritz Gillis
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    He's played drums on over 10 tracks for my projects. Outstanding feel. Hits heavy; not hard. Can lock swing or play it straight.

    Trust me, you won't need more than 2 takes.

Interview with Marcus Finnie

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

  2. A: My latest project Marcus Finnie Live From Layman. The process it took to execute this was a tight learning curve. It was great to experience the live recording aspect in a studio. The ability to recut a tune and relax was a big deal.

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

  4. A: Social media content for Kirk Whalum and just daily tweaking drum sounds.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Derrek Phillips, Jordan Perlson, Hubert Payne, Lester Estelle, Keio Stroud.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both are relevant for me.

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

  10. A: That I will give100% effort in making your song feel great.

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

  12. A: Meeting new people.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Q. Can you get really tight sounding toms? A. Yes, I use bandanas and dampen the bottom heads. Q. Do you do percussion? A. I do tambourine, shaker, a timbale, a couple cowbells, woodblock type stuff, Not congas and such.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: That I only play jazz.

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

  18. A: Who is the reference or inspiration for their song? How can we make this and recurring relationship?

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

  20. A: Just be specific and or flexible with what you are wanting. We will be able to sort out parts and sounds to get the frame work of what you are looking for. I can then perform within the set musical parameters. Revisions are allowed per the service provided.

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

  22. A: 1: Kick 2: Snare 3: hat 4: Ride 5: Solar powered iphone pack (so it includes ear buds) LOLOLOL

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

  24. A: I've been playing drums over 30 years and recording and touring for about 20.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Groovy, focused, flexible, and fun.

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

  28. A: H.E.R.- I dig the Retro R&B vibe she brings. Kandace Springs- She's the perfect blend for my ear, of jazz and R&B in our generation. Incredible player and singer. Duo Lupa- The disco thing!! All day, I love playing grooves like this and I've had experience touring with the original Queen Donna Summer. Harry Styles- The retro grooves man! Bowie, 80's, great production. Anderson Paak- He's a drummer I know but the grooves are dope, relevant and incredible lyrics and production.

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

  30. A: Blues, Pop, Jazz, Rock, R&B

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

  32. A: Jazz, Funk, Pop,

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

  34. A: If you are going to layer drum programming perc loops, give that to the drummer upfront.

  35. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  36. A: Urban grooves and retro 70s-80s R&B / Jazz Fusion

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

  38. A: Support for the song. Figuring out what you'd want and what the song needs and play that.

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

  40. A: I get the song loaded in and play along to get tones for the song having listened to it first. Then (this is optional) YOU CAN VIRTUALLY SIT IN ON THE SESSION via Zoom!! This way you can get what's needed the first time. (time limits apply).

  41. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  42. A: Gear wise, I have a Music City Reference by Pearl Assortment of Zildjian Cymbals both bright and dark. Several modern and vintage snares Meinl Percussion toys. If requested I will track two takes. I record using logic. I am using a combinations of Warm audio mics, SE mics, drum kit set, ATM 25's and D6. I have available tracks wise SE 8 Hats SE 8 Ride Warm Audio OH Pair SE V Beta Snare top SE V 7x Snare bottom SE V Beta Tom1,2 ATM 25 Tom 3,4 SE V Kick In D6 Kick out Zoom Q2N4k

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

  44. A: Charlie Puth, Snarky Puppy, Quincy Jones, Questlove, Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, Toto, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Sting, James Taylor,

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Terms Of Service

I will do up to 2 revisions. You can virtually be there via zoom.

GenresSounds Like
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Earth
  • Wind & Fire
  • Wind & Fire
Gear Highlights
  • SE drum kit mic pack
  • ATM25’s
  • D6
  • Warm Audio
  • QSC Touch 30
  • Pearl Reference
  • Zildjian assortment
  • Meinl perc toys
  • Vic Firth sticks
  • brushes etc...
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SoundBetter Deal

50% off!!! First track (the trust track)!! I will do for $150 per client/project. if requested.