Michael Chambers

Live Drums/Session Drummer

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Michael Chambers on SoundBetter

We'l discuss the vibe and sound you want. Then you'll send your files via dropbox or similar. All I need is a rough mix of your song and the BPM. After I'm done recording, I'll email you an Mp3 of your song with my drum take. We'll then talk about any changes you may want. Once you're happy I'll send all 7 tracks.

I'm an experienced drummer with a history with jazz, rock, and other genres. I've been playing for 15 years and have been recording for about a year now. I'm happy to sit back and just groove or really play out, whatever feels best for your music.

My equipment includes:
Drums: PDP Spectrum Series 5-piece Shell Pack - 20" Kick - Blue
Cymbals: Zildjian 21" K Custom Organic Ride, 16" A Thin Crash, 18" A Fast Crash, and 14" New Beat Hi-hats. I also have a pack of ZHT cymbals, but generally prefer these.
Snare/tom Microphones: Sennheiser E 604
Overheads Microphones: Sennheiser E 614
Kick Microphone: Shure Beta 52A
Interface: Focusrite Scarlett 18i20
DAW: Reaper

Tracks I've appeared in:
Tarjei Skarlund - We Had Landed: https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ0VidVTN2c&feature=share
Tarjei Skarlund - Family Tree: https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=CtjrrZUsBPg&feature=share
Matt Cearley - Which Way's Down: https://youtu.be/9UHx_XWCZn4
David Asher - Heaven Ain't Gonna: Wait https://soundcloud.com/david-asher/heaven-aint-gonna-wait
David Asher - Anyone I Want: https://soundcloud.com/david-asher/anyone-i-want-wav
David Asher - Possum Kingdom (Cover): https://soundcloud.com/david-asher/possum-kingdom

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

17 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by James N.
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    Great drummer , passionate about the project and easy to work with.

  2. Review by Bob P.
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    I done 4 songs with Michael and I couldn’t be happier. He was very easy to work with and I love the work he did with each song. I would defiantly recommend any body looking do add some drum tracks to their song to work with him. I definitely going to use Michael on my next song !

  3. Review by Bob P.
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    Second song with Michael. Great quality, easy to work with. I definitely recommend Michael to anybody out looking for some solid drums!

  4. Review by Bob P.
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    Very professional, quick to respond and easy to work with !

  5. Review by Mark G.
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    Michael hits the perfect balance with his tracks, quickly, professionally and most importantly brings the song to life with the right amount of presence.

  6. Review by Bruno Serroni
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    I had a great experience with Michael. He´s very assertive, knew rapidly what the song needed on drums, executed perfectly with great sound, either on his instrument as his microphones. Hope to work with him again soon!

  7. Review by laurence c.
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    Michael's repsonse time was phenomenal and was incredibly accomodating with revisions. He totally picked up on the vibe of the tune and was a pleasure to deal with :)

  8. Review by Mark G.
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    Michael got it all spot on.....got the feel and vibe of the track first time 5/5!

  9. Review by David A.
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    Another great drum track in the bag! Michael really helped me on this one. His extra efforts really helped me dial this song in.

  10. Review by David A.
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    Great drummer! Great recordings! Can’t get much better than Mike.

  11. Review by David A.
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    I really enjoy working with Michael. He has great instincts as a drummer. The communication was great and the performance was awesome. Will definitely be calling on him for future projects.

  12. Review by Derek
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    Michael was professional and sent over perfectly gained staged stems. His addition to my mix really created the vibe for the song! Thanks again for the great turn around time! Well worth every penny!

  13. Review by Tarjei S.
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    Wow. love the way you are drumming. I have been working with Michael on couple of projects, and he really has a great feel... Thank you, and i cant wait to work with you again!!!

  14. Review by Greg Davis Mastering
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    Had the pleasure of working with Michael on one of my latest songs. We had great communication throughout and fast turnover in getting the well recorded stems to me for my project, sounds great!! Thanks!

  15. Review by Brandon Jones
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    This guy works! Anything I send him, he sends back within 48 hours and will do as many re-recordings as it takes to get your song right! HIRE HIM TODAY.

  16. Review by Levi Townsend
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    Michael is incredible to work with. I sent him over a track on a riff of an idea and he sent back some improved ideas played live within the hour! If you’re here reading this, there’s no reason to look further. Michael is your guy.

  17. Review by Rocking Rick
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    I've played with this guy off and on for about 20 years. Knows his stuff. Give him a shot!

Interview with Michael Chambers

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

  2. A: I wrote and recorded drums for an album for Clan of Celts that has yet to be released. I believe a single and music video is coming soon. It was so cool to work with people miles away from me and the style of the music was just so cool!

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

  4. A: I'm working with someone on a couple of rock tracks, and some country music for another client!

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

  6. A: Unfortunately I haven't been on SoundBetter long enough to get to know other providers.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Digital recording, analog drums! I think that accoustic drums bring a special feel to music, and leaving the human feel in the track is important. Programmed drums are cool, and samples can beef up a track nicely sometimes but I do think it's important to have a real drummer.

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

  10. A: I will do my best to provide drums for your song that you love.

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

  12. A: Honestly there's just something about playing drums that makes me happy.

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

  14. A: What's your quickest turnaround time? Honestly when pressed I can usually get you something within a day or so. But I'd prefer to have more time to spend with the track and communicating with you so we can get it done right!

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

  16. A: That drummers aren't musicians, I took music theory and can play some piano as well!

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

  18. A: What is the bpm of your song, and did you record to a click? I also ask how loud things should be, are there any major buildups or stops that are important to emphasize, that kind of stuff.

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

  20. A: Have an idea for what you want, but don't be afraid to let the drummer be creative. They can add a lot to the track!

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

  22. A: Man 5 pieces doesn't even cover the kit! I think for the most creativity I'd bring an octopad, laptop, and some hand drums.

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

  24. A: I've been playing drums for around 15 years, everything from percussion, drum line, jazz band, to cover bands and some original work as well. Outside school has mostly just been cover band projects and some session work online.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Hard to say, I do lean more towards rock and more heavy styles, but love playing swing and getting to be more creative around the kit.

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

  28. A: Foo Fighters would be a blast to work with! The style of their music and the grooves that Dave brings to the table are just awesome. When I want to just rock out and play something high energy they're a go to.

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

  30. A: Keep things simple. The more you complicate the track the more muddy/busy it can feel. Sometimes that's what the track needs but sometimes it's best to simplify.

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

  32. A: Typically rock, but I'm perfectly happy in most styles. Just wrapped up a reggae project recently.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Keeping things simple when needed. Sometimes it's hard not to want to just go nuts with fills and ghost notes and whatever else, but a lot of the time that's not what the song needs. Being thoughtful in what I play is important to me.

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

  36. A: I bring excitement to a song. Weather that's some heavy drums for rock or something more laid back, I help emphasize whatever feel you were going for when writing.

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

  38. A: You send me a track and the BPM, if you already have an idea for the drums I'll do my best to bring that to life. Otherwise I'll spend some time listening to the song and work with you to bring the best out of my playing on your track. When we're both happy with the recording I'll either start on the mixing process or just send the stems along via dropbox or google drive.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I'm in about a 12 x 12 room, I use a scarlette 18i20 interface for my inputs. On my 5 piece kit, I have close mics on the toms, a mic inside the kick for some more thump, top and bottom mics on the snare, and a large condenser for the room.

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

  42. A: The Rev, Dave Grohl, Buddy Rich

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

  44. A: A lot of the time it's midi replacement with live drums. I get requests to write my part as well, which is a lot of fun!

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