Rich DaSilva

Live Drums, Mixing, Mastering

12 Reviews (7 Verified)
Rich DaSilva on SoundBetter

Hey, My name is Rich! I've been playing professionally and recording for over 15 years. I have toured Canada, the United States and Asia with Juno Award winning Pop and Country artists. I Produce, Engineer, Edit, and Mix, Master and record Live Drums.

Hey, My name is Rich! I've been playing professionally and recording for over 15 years. I have toured Canada, the United States and Asia with Juno Award winning Pop and Country artists.

I Produce, Engineer, Edit, and Mix, Master and record Live Drums in my own studio.

I have Performed/ Recorded with:

jess moskaluke, ariel posen, the reklaws, jade eagleson, brett kissel, karl wolf, jason blaine, dwayne gretzky, high valley, raghav, shawn hook, deric ruttan, gord bamford, beverley mahood, the abrams, kris ulrich, josh the band, graham scott fleming mike ruby, bobby wills, nicole rayy, alessia cohle, david james, ccma house band, ccma paquin party house band crystal shawanda, leah daniels, gabriel palatchi, jeremy ledbetter, magna hoedown house band, fito blanco, and many more.

Protools, Ableton
UAD Apollo 8p Interface

16 Channels of high quality Neve, UAD, API outboard preamps
Mics from Neumann, Shure, Royer, Sennheiser, Cascade, etc.

1969 Ludwig Drum Kit (22, 13, 16)
Pearl Masters Maple Drum Kit (20, 22, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16)
Snare Drums: Black Beauty, Supraphonics, Acrolites, Bronze, Slingerland wood and Metal drums, 1920s Field drum, Modern Maple Snares, Piccolos, Timbales, etc.

Vintage Zildjian Cymbals, Istanbul Cymbals. Many hihat, Ride, Crash and specialty cymbals.

Large assortment of hand and world percussion.

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

12 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Jochem Broersen

    Great working with Rich, as always.

  2. Review by Jochem Broersen

    Awesome as always :)

  3. Review by Jochem Broersen

    Great working with Rich again. After a short break, I started working again on several projects, having Rich drum the programmed parts. He perfectly gets the feel of the songs, uses the programmed drums as basic but adds the power of live drums which bring the songs to live!

  4. Review by Jochem Broersen

    I've been working with Rich for a good while now. We have developed a real nice work routine, even though we work across continents. I highly appreciate him and our way of working.

  5. Review by Ocabo Music

    Rich is my go-to guy for drums; I love working with him. He really gets the essence of the song and adds drums accordingly. Highly recommend working with him!

  6. Review by Ocabo Music

    Rich is a joy to work with. He perfectly connected with the song and provided a fitting drum part based on my input. I highly recommend working with him and am looking forward to working with him again on another project.

  7. Review by Joshua M.

    Rich was awesome to work with. He gave me a tight groove that fit the song perfectly. I'd definitely recommend working with him.

  8. Review by Dylan Bradley Tinianov

    I worked with Rich while making my debut record. He came up with fantastic drum parts and ideas for all of my songs, which really helped improve the energy and emotion. Rich is very professional and able to get finished drums with in a few takes of a song. As a drummer he has a lot of control over his dynamics, and always sits in the pocket.

  9. Review by Kevin Dietz

    Rich is one of my favourite drummers to work with: great sounds, great feel, and very musical! Rich knows how to play for the song and give it what it needs. Nothing beats live drums on a song, and Rich is your guy!

  10. Review by Mark Rynkun

    You definitely want this guy to drum on your tracks. Plays amazing, has great sounds and a fast turnaround!

  11. Review by Al Rowe

    I've worked with Rich for over 10 years in studio and live on stage. He is professional, punctual, and brings a positive energy to all projects he's involved in. Rich's number one goal is to serve the song. On top of all this he is an incredibly talented Drummer, Percussionist, Producer, and Mixer. Look no further!

  12. Review by Kevin Dietz

    I’ve done a number of sessions in studio with Rich: his playing, musicality, and tone are top notch. Highly recommend!

Interview with Rich DaSilva

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

  2. A: Are there any songs you can reference for parts? Song references for tones? Who do you like to listen to? When do you need the project completed? Do you want stems or a stereo mix? How much processing do you want on the drums?

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

  4. A: I've been a professional musician for over 15 years, been playing in bands for over 20 and playing drums for over 25 years. I went to jazz school but my love for recording started when I was young. After school I began playing around Toronto in bars and clubs, that allowed me to meet some amazing musicians and build relationships. I then began touring north America and parts of Asia for the last several years. I now have a production team with my 3 best friends and band mates.

  5. Q: How would you describe your style?

  6. A: An old school approach with a modern touch, feel and sound.

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

  8. A: Quarter note click with a shaker loop, helps things feel more natural and can move if you want it to.

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

  10. A: I work on a lot of pop country as well as rock, soul and RnB.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Looking at the bigger picture. I'm always trying to see how everything will fit together to make the song work.

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

  14. A: I've always thought of myself as a song drummer only playing exactly what I feel the songs needs.

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

  16. A: I usually get a scratch track or a fully produced demo and from there I'll figure out what mics and drums will work best for the project. I'll then record and ship off my stems or a stereo mix depending on what you need.

  17. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  18. A: I can record up to 18 tracks of drums, Everything runs through UAD Apollo 8's and a Twin. I have a lot of high end mics and can swap stuff out depending on the session and type of music.

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

  20. A: Aaron Sterling, Dan Bailey,

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

  22. A: I do a lot of live drum recording, percussion overdubs and some editing.

These are samples from a variety of recordings I've done in the last little while. I played drums/ Percussion on all of them, produced and mixed some.

Terms Of Service

The session fee includes a Revision, I'll add basic percussion (shaker+Tambourine) for free. Your tracks will be delivered within 3 business days unless otherwise agreed upon.

GenresSounds Like
  • Aaron Sterling
  • Jason Aldean
  • Maren Morris
Gear Highlights
  • Vintage Ludwig Drums
  • Dozens of Snares new and Vintage
  • Modern Pearl Drums
  • Vintage Zildjian Cymbals
  • Istanbul cymbals
  • Universal Audio Apollo Interface
  • High End Industry Standard Microphones
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SoundBetter Deal

Deal on Multiple songs. Drum Tracks will include Basic Percussion overdubs.