Thom Mills

Session Drums Remote Recording

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I’m Thom, pro drummer, studio owner & recording session drummer for Egyptian Blue, Frank Turner, Foals, Fur, Skinny Lister, Public Body, Youth Sector, Anna Rossinelli, Mechanical Bride, Nathan Gray, Ed Prosek + many more; I’m looking forward to helping you with your next project.

I work in a collaborative process, whilst ensuring professionalism and musicality to enhance your tracks, thus ensuring the drums elevate your song to its fullest potential. Simply send the files to me with tracking information and any notes and we're good to go!

After turning pro in mid 00’s I began recording and touring with Mechanical Bride, and sessioning between multiple bands. In early 2010’s I joined up with Foals as percussionist and drum tech, appearing on Jools Holland & Abbey Road sessions.
As the decade continued, I started touring the world & recording with Skinny Lister, and further developed my session recording portfolio with a range of artists, and also joined Public Body & Egyptian Blue. Building my own studio in 2020, RedDrum Recording Studio amassing an impressive résumé.

Producers I've worked with:
Theo Verney (Fur, Egyptian Blue, English Teacher, TRAAMS)
Simon ‘Barny’ Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Bombay Bicycle Club)
Adrian Hall (Tori Amos, Depeche Mode)
Christoph Skirl (The Magic Gang, Willie J Healy, Foals)
Mark Roberts (Black Peaks, Delta Sleep)
Charlie McClean (Diana Ross, Anna Rossinelli)
Iain Harvie (Del Amitri, The Maccabees)
Tristan Ivemy (Frank Turner, Alex Clare)
Nick Abbott (Keane, Foals)
Russ Junk Scientist (Larrikin Love, The Rakes)
Frank Turner (NOFX, Nathan Gray)
Jag Jago (Maccabees, Magic Gang, Jessie Ware)

Send me a note through the contact button above.

54 Reviews - 7 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by The Sound of a Spoon Drop
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    Thom is an amazing drummer to work with. After a single revision, he was able to deliver a drum take that was the missing ingredient for a song I've been struggling to finish for over a year.

    Can't recommend him highly enough!

  2. Review by Tom Agostino
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    Thom delivered a solid drum part, and was exactly how I envisioned it! I highly recommend working with him.

  3. Review by Lars M.
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    This was my third time working with Thom and the fifth song we worked on together. He turns out excellent quality drum tracks every time! I was so impressed by Thom's professionalism and drumming skill on the first track we did together that I ended up hiring him to drum on the rest of my album. I highly recommend working with him on your next project.
    Thanks a ton Thom!

  4. Review by Chris R.
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    We needed a drummer who could not only step in at the last minute, but do so with a high level of musicianship and quality. Thom was the right choice. He blew threw three alternative rock songs and absolutely nailed the vibe, energy and style. Couldn't be happier with the product. Do yourself a favor and hire him for your next project.

  5. Review by Lars Moriendi
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    Thom delivers quality work every time and I'm always looking forward to working with him. He knows just what a particular song needs and he is very professional to work with. Can't recommend him enough!

  6. Review by Aaron Hanlon
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    great drummer and perfect at collaborating to get the drums to match the direction. highly recommended!

  7. Review by Tommy L.
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    Really great experience working with Thom, super careful to everything, a true pro! highly recommended! Thanks mate

  8. Review by Jeremy M.
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    Excellent work! Professional and high quality. I definitely recommend!

  9. Review by Jeremy M.
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    Excellent work! Great to work with and delivers a high quality product. I definitely recommend!

  10. Review by Lars Moriendi
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    Working with Thom was wonderful! His excellent quality drumming greatly enlivened my tracks and brought them to a new level. Top notch attention to feedback, and a quick turnaround made for an overall pleasant experience. I highly recommend Thom for your next track, and I know I will be working with him again!

  11. Review by Wyatt L.
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    I'm super happy I reached out to Thom because he delivered the exact kind of style I was going for on this track and added some flare to make to make it stand out. 10/10 would recommend.

  12. Review by Jeremy M.
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    Excellent work! Friendly, professional and delivers a high quality product. I definitely recommend!

  13. Review by Jeremy M.
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    Great work! Friendly, professional and focuses on high quality. I definitely recommend!

  14. Review by Jeremy M.
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    Excellent work! Thom delivers a high quality product. I definitely recommend!

  15. Review by Aaron Hanlon
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    thom did a fine job with percussion for the song im working on. recommended!

  16. Review by Tom James Parmiter
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    Great, solid drum track; really gave my track a lift and provided a detailed selection of stems of the final track.

  17. Review by Elvic K.
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    Thom did a wonderful job. He got the groove and the funk. My song sounds beyond my expectation. Thank you for a very nice work Thom.

  18. Review by April
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    Thom was able to listen to my demo and then turn around and give me exactly what I wanted (and more). Very good musician =)

  19. Review by Chris B.
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    Once again Thom has been great to work with, bringing the track to life and happy to do a couple of revisions to get it perfect. Thanks Thom!

  20. Review by Ilia G.
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    Thom is a pleasure to work with - very fast in response, full of great ideas and can really take your tracks to the next level. Great skills and solid sound - perfect combo for professionally sounding drum track

Interview with Thom Mills

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

  2. A: I've playing drums for over 25 years, and professionally for 15 years. Recording has always been my first love, and now I've been running my own studio for over 3 years.

  3. Q: How would you describe your style?

  4. A: I am a Rock drummer at the end of the day, but with an ability to adapt to any musical setting.

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

  6. A: If I had to choose, Bowie as I could learn so much from the great man not just musically.

  7. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  8. A: I have a relatively small live room, 4x4m however the space as been professionally acoustically treated on all walls and ceiling. Has opposing oak veneer panels off set against the opposite walls to keep the liveness of the drums, and then pulled red & black cloth panels on walls and ceiling to deaden the sound. This means once the drums are setup before you start adding mics the drums are already sounding fantastic in the room, which makes a huge difference. Put through my high end microphones, and precision placement, and beautifully tuned drums the results are always top notch.

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

  10. A: Do it, do it now!

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

  12. A: I pride myself on delivering above and beyond and bringing your track to life

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

  14. A: Working with artists and producers remotely and hands on in the studio to create musical drum parts that add to an elevate a song and performance.

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

  16. A: Drum buses!

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

  18. A: Glorious music

  19. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  20. A: Perception

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

  22. A: Musicality and feel.

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

  24. A: Listen through, take in musical references, chart song into sections. Work through each section individually then work through the song as a whole, get the parts cooking. Lay down an initial take, listen back and consider different sound options, mic setups etc to suit the song and client brief. Then make sure parts and sound match the brief and complete a first full take to send to client. Get feedback from the client, usually after 1 or 2 revisions land on the perfect drum take, export stems and send!

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

  26. A: Dave Elitch, Dan Bailey, Rick Rubin, DEVO, too many to mention!

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Terms Of Service

I offer 3 revisions & this takes between 2-3 days to complete and then deliver the stems to you in 41/48/96KHz.

GenresSounds Like
  • Jon Bonham
  • Ginger Baker
  • Dave Grohl
Gear Highlights
  • Gretsch 1961 Round Badge drum kit
  • Audient ASP880 & id44
  • Ludwig Supraphonic 400
  • 402 & Copper Phonic
  • C&C
  • Tama Mastercraft
  • Sabian Artisan cymbals
  • Neumann KM184 (x2)
  • Audix D6
  • i5
  • Audio Technica AT4047
  • Beyerdynamic M201
  • Sennheiser MD421.
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SoundBetter Deal

Percussion discount on tracks which I've recorded drums on

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