Reuben Alexander

Live drums/Melodic harmonicas

17 Reviews (8 Verified)
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3xGrammy winner John Hudson, Nick Launay, Hall of Famer George Young, Ratcat, Ben Folds, Aria winner William Crighton, Shelley Harland are just a few of the wonderful artists and producers I've worked with that have taught me the importance of passion, versatility, originality and communication, on drums/harmonica, touring/recording

I strive to play for the song, 100%, no ego, to produce drum tracks that become part of the song and enhance it from within without distracting. Feel free to reach out with any questions, I'd love to work on your project..!

I’ve played many genres from precise click driven drum n bass to sweet melodic folk/soul to haunting sound effects on murder ballads to visceral punk rock.

I've played on many tours through the USA, Europe and Australia sharing the stage with the likes of Aerosmith, Sonic Youth, Elvis Costello, Stone Temple Pilots, Kid Rock, INXS, Nine Inch Nails, Violent Femmes, The Pixies, Def Leppard to name a few.

I've made records with many great producers including:
Triple Grammy winner John Hudson (U2, Tina Turner, Brian Adams, David Bowie, Pink Floyd)
Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Kate Bush, Public Image, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire)
George Young (Easybeats, AC/DC, Vanda & Young)
Lee Ronaldo from Sonic Youth
Tim Carr (Jay-Z, Flea, Julia Stone...)
Tony Cohen (Kylie Minogue, Nick Cave, Paul Kelly, Mick Harvey)
Phil Punch (Marcia Hines, Radio Birdman, The Presets)
Colin Wynne (INXS)

Check out my drumming and harmonica playing in the sample which features:
Falls-Better Way To Go
Stick Figures-Number One
Sound Casino-Marching on
Shelley Harland-Stay
Jo Meares-Birdsong Bells
Ahlia Williams-I'm Your Man
Ben Thatcher-On My Mind

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

17 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Manuel W.

    Reuben was great. I would like to work on another project with him and would recommend him to anyone.

  2. Review by Gary S.

    Reuben did an awesome job on the drums for three of my songs for release.

  3. Review by Shelley H

    Reuben is my go-to person for drums. He just delivers time and time again. He's a great listener and really nails the brief. When i'm working with a short turn around time he is so reliable. He has a natural feel that just elevates every project. Look no further.

  4. Review by Robin W.

    Easy to do business with, and great performance. Highly recommended!

  5. Review by Sam Newton

    An utmost professional. And so damn creative. Reuben didn't just add to my song. He improved it. Excellent communication too. Highly recommended.

  6. Review by Olivier Trinquand

    Gréât Job from Reuben, really enjoy the work together.

  7. Review by Michael S.

    It was a pleasure having Reuben Alexander play drums on my song. His great feel and professionalism have made this a really easy and enjoyable process.
    I’ll definitely work with him again.
    It was also my first time using SoundBetter and I found the platform straight forward to navigate and use.
    Michael Simic

  8. Review by Cammi M.

    Thanks Reuben for some very beautiful harmonica parts!Look forward to working with you again. :)

  9. Review by Paula Punch
    by Paula Punch

    It has been a great pleasure to work on my Album “Song to the Trees” with Reuben who brings not only his talent on percussion, drums and harmonica, but his sensitivity to the song.

  10. Review by Marc Scully
    by Marc Scully

    I've recorded Reuben a number of times + shared the stage with him
    He's all about the groove & feel = a super intuitive player & a wonderful human !
    Highly recommend for both drums & harmonica

  11. Review by Philip Punch
    by Philip Punch

    I have worked with Reuben on a number of occasions both
    live and in my recording studio.
    He is a terrific drummer /percussionist/ harmonic player
    who brings his innate musicality and vast playing experience to any project. His enthusiasm and easy going
    nature makes every session a pleasure.
    Highly recommended!

  12. Review by Rob
    by Rob

    I had the pleasure of working with Reuben on my latest EP. He's a versatile and thoughtful musician; whatever he plays suits the song and sets the mood perfectly. He can be a metronome if you need it, or effortlessly sit just behind/in front of the beat.

    We worked together on song structure in pre-production, and his input was gold, and most often shaped the final cut. He also recorded his parts beautifully in his home studio. They were both rich and dynamic, with lots of headroom for mixing.

    Look no further if you need a percussionist!!

  13. Review by Ted Howard
    by Ted Howard

    I had the pleasure of working with Reuben on a recording session late last year. This was a fully professional gig in a hired studio - an album worth of band tracks cut over the course of a few days.

    Reuben not only played drums and percussion great, he came along with a selection of interesting mics that complimented the tones of his kit.
    He also plays a mean harmonica!


    I'm definitely planning on working with Reuben on an ongoing basis. He is creative, easy to work with and shares ideas without a hitch.

  14. Review by William Crighton
    by William Crighton

    I’ve been playing on and off with Reuben for about 15 years. We’ve recorded together, played a tonne of gigs throughout Australia and other parts of the globe.
    He’s a creative, reliable and dynamic part of any show or session and is always fully committed to the music. Never any bullshit.

  15. Review by Colin Wynne
    by Colin Wynne

    Reuben is an outstanding musician. His technique is coupled with a deep knowledge of many styles and genres, together with the gift of knowing where and when to use them. I recommend him very highly. We have worked together on quite a few projects and he has always brought some magic (rhythmically and melodically), to the tracks that wasn't there before. Professional, friendly and a master of his craft. It is a pleasure to work with him.

  16. Review by Sean Ballenden

    I recently had Reuben at my studio Triple Three Records to record 12 tracks for an album.
    Reuben is a dedicated musician absolute pleasure to work with and has loads of studio experience.
    His ability to play for the song with awesome dynamics and groove is really impressive.
    We also recorded some incredible spaced out psychedelic harmonica with great melody.
    Reuben has a great range of gear diverse influences and sounds and was also able to record and deliver professional quality drum stems with great communication throughout the whole project.
    Absolute legend highly recomended.

  17. Review by Shelley H

    Reuben is the magic glue you need to make your track sound incredible! We have worked on various projects for years and he always brings humble sensibilities that take the music that bit further. He plays for the song with great dynamic and groove as well as great melodic ideas with the harmonica. He always delivers top quality stems. He’s a legend to work with. Friendly, great communication… a total pro. Look no further.

Reuben Alexander Audio Sample

I was the Drummer, Percussionist and Harmonica player in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • Mitch Mitchell
  • Levon Helm
  • Doug Clifford
Gear Highlights
  • I use a selection of vintage and modern gear including Ludwig/John Grey/Drouyn & Drouyn/DW/Pearl/Slingerland/Tama drums.Paiste/Zildjian/Sabian cymbals. Numerous harmonicas and analog effects. Top quality recording gear.
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