Oli Friedrich

Session Drums in own Studio

4 Reviews (1 Verified)
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Recording the perfect drums, percussions and sounds for your record! Ready to make music with you - find the right sound and groove to bring you songs to life!

I'm a session drummer based in Berlin and working in my own studio. I have a wide variety of drums, cymbals, percussions and recording gear to find the sound and groove you need to push your record forward!

After graduating university with a diploma degree as jazz-musician, I moved to Berlin and started working as a session drummer for live as well as studio sessions. I recorded with artists like multi-platinum selling singer Sarah Connor and toured with international bands like Mighty Oaks.
Besides that I was always writing, recording and producing my own music and therefore developed a very good sense to hear and play what a song requires. With a background in rock music as well as improvised music, I will be able to find some creative approaches and sounds fitting the needs of your music and lay them down straight!

I record drums in my big recording room in Berlin. Vintage gear as well as new gear just a handle away, ready to chose whatever is needed to achieve the outcome the music requires!

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

Find further information on www.olifriedrich.com! or on my instagram page!

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

4 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Liam S.

    Great work!

  2. Review by Jan P

    Oli Friedrich is an incredible drummer and an extremely talented musician. He manages Pop/rock/jazz Styles as well as experimental stuff! I compose music for theatre mostly and know exactly what I want, but I am really bad at communicating this to other musicians, especially to drummers! when working with Oli it feels like he is reading my mind. He is not only delivering exactly what I am looking for, he also has really good ideas to make the music better! I can totally recommend working with Oli Friedrich! I am glad I met him!

  3. Review by akkerbouw

    Oli is a fantastic drummer, he is versatil,e has a lot of feel, but also knows everything about the technical side of playing and recording drums for the required style and genre. He provided great sounding Multi-Tracks with everything you could wish for as a mixer. Including additional tracks with more experimental mic placement to add even more character to the sound. Hope to work with him again soon.

  4. Review by Hidden Notes

    oli is not only an excellent drummer who masters all kinds of styles but he is also an excellent musician who knows how to play songs.he seems to have an endless repertoire of ideas,the appropriate equipment and the right drum kit for every case.over all, he´s got a great attitude is always open for any solution to serve the production.highly recommended and I´m looking forward to further projects in the future!

Interview with Oli Friedrich

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

  2. A: We will come up with something great together!

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

  4. A: I started playing the drums at age of 10. From 2006 on I studied jazz and pop music at a german university and graduated with a diploma. After that I started to dive deeply into drumsound, tuning and recording. A journey I'm still on and enjoying every day!

  5. Q: How would you describe your style?

  6. A: I grow up as an indie rock drummer, but got also deep into jazz, bigband and funk music.

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

  8. A: Mostly it's some sort of Indie Pop or Rock Music with straight forward grooves.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: Play simple ideas in a way the sound interesting.

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

  12. A: Energy and life. Sometimes this can mean to hit hard and play a lot, but more often it's the exact opposite.

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

  14. A: First I listen to the song to get an overall feeling and decide which way to go soundwise. After that I set up the gear I need and play to check the sound. After recording I send a stereo track to the client to see, if he/she likes it. If yes, I send the multitrack stems or do a mix of the tracks first, depending on what is required. If not, we discuss what to change and repeat the process until everyone is happy with the outcome.

  15. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  16. A: First I look for the right drumset and snare, decide weather I want my room to be open and wide or dry and small sounding and look for the mics I need to achieve the sound needed. I record with API Style Preamps into Logic.

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

  18. A: Eric Valentine, Tame Impala, BadBadNotGood, Parcels, Steve Albini, Greg Wells

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

  20. A: Mostly clients have finished songs with ideas of drums they programmed or with a drumloop and they want real drums on it.


Terms Of Service

Turnaround usually 3-5 business days. 3 Revisions free of charge.

GenresSounds Like
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • The Strokes
  • John Mayer
Gear Highlights
  • Endorser for Pearl Drums and Sabian Cymbals
  • Vintage Ludwig and Slingerland Drumsets and Snares
  • API Style Preamps
  • Coles 4038
  • Beyerdynamic M160
  • M201
  • Cascade Ribbon Mics
  • Audix D6
  • Warm Audio Mics etc.
More Photos
  • Platinum Record with german artist Sarah Connor!May 03, 2020

    Sarah Connors latest album "Herz Kraft Werke" reached platinum status. I played on several tracks including the first single Vincent which sold more than 400.000 copies!