Ryan Michael Tant

Custom Live&Mixed Drum Tracks

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Ryan Michael Tant on SoundBetter

Hello! I'm going to keep this simple. My passion, actually my obsession, is creating masterful sounding and masterful feeling live drum tracks! I have spent a significant amount of time making sure my drum sounds, from top to bottom, are nothing short of incredible.

I have been a professional touring and recording drummer for over 15 years now. Since arriving in Nashville, TN over 10 years ago, I developed a wealth of knowledge and a wealth of experience creating music with humans. As you already know, creating music with people is one of the most amazing experiences you can have in life. I have already put in my 10,000 hours and I'm wanting another 10,000, 20,000, or 30,000 hours! Putting really great live drums tracks on a song can and will add so much depth, emotion, and feel to a song that it can do nothing but elevate that song to an entirely new level. THAT is what I promise to deliver to each and every song I am tasked with. I am very well versed in many different genres such as Country, Rock, Funk, Blues, and Pop-Rock. Cheers!

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 Joshua J Schmidt
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    Always a pleasure working with Ryan. He delivered top notch tracks as expected, ready for mixing.

  2. Review by Joshua J Schmidt
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    Michael is fast and knows exactly what the song calls for. I barely had to give him any directions and he nailed my Country track within hours of my request. I honestly hope we can play live together someday.

  3. Review by Ryan Kinder
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    This guy just gets it. Everything he has played for me in the past is absolutely on point and raises the song to a new level. His drum sounds are always what I want and sound amazing. I highly recommend Ryan for your drum needs.

  4. Review by Brandon Ray
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    Ryan is the kind of drummer who knows exactly what a song needs. His approach is tasteful, professional, and radio-ready! ALSO, his pocket is better than any drummer I've ever worked with! Hire him for your next project whatever the genre - you'll be glad you did!

Interview with Ryan Michael Tant

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

  2. A: I worked on my band, Badland Sons, first 5 song EP that we released a couple of months ago. I am so proud of this because it sounds and feels amazing. I recorded all drums on this EP.

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

  4. A: I am working on original tracks with my band, Badland Sons, as well as working with a few different producers/songwriters by putting live drum tracks on their songs that used for film/tv/commericals.

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

  6. A: Yes I do; Brandon Ray and Ryan Kinder

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: I run digital because it's more efficient and it also sounds great when you are running 8 microphones at once to record only drum tracks

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

  10. A: I promise to deliver a fantastic sounding live drum track that brings your song to the level, or even higher than the level you were hoping it would become

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

  12. A: I honestly love just creating music with other humans. It is my favorite thing in the world to do.

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

  14. A: The most common one is "What sets you apart from every other drummer out there?" My answer is a lot of drummers have not studied song structure and the building blocks of a song. I have had years of experience with playing with many different artists and bands and most drummers play with no plan or consistency.

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

  16. A: A lot of people believe that having live drums on their songs will be "busy" and "over the top" - I stray away from those unless that is what is asked of me

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

  18. A: I always ask what they're looking for as far as the "feel" of the song is concerned. The best way is asking them what 3 different artists/songs it compares to.

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

  20. A: If you are looking for live drum tracks that feel great and sound amazing, I'm your guy.

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

  22. A: kick, snare, hi-hats, and ride/crash cymbal. ( I only need 4!)

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

  24. A: My career path has always been and will always be drumming. I have been a touring and recording professional for over 15 years now. I have provided myself a great living by playing music and I am grateful every single day to be able to do so.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: My style is groovy, greasy, and swampy but I will absolutely push it when it needs to be.

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

  28. A: I would love to work with Marc Broussard or Allen Stone because their music is so incredibly groovy and funky and it just absolutely makes me feel so good

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

  30. A: Each studio space is completely different, so your microphone positioning should 100% reflect THAT space and how sound works within that space.

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

  32. A: I usually work on country, rock, funk, R&B, and blues.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: My strongest skill is simply to play for the song and not for myself.

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

  36. A: What I bring to a song is strong pocket and space. A song needs to breathe and it has peaks and valleys and my decades of experience with playing with humans has absolutely prepared me for this.

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

  38. A: My work process is to start by listening to the song without playing a note. I believe that is one of the most important aspects of being a drummer; listen! Once I have listened to the song to get the right feel of the song, I do several passes and incorporate different patterns to each pass and then listen back to each pass and determine which pattern fits. I do a new pass with all of those chosen things and there it is!

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: My setup is solely for recording drums! My studio has treated walls and sound baffles, as well as the best drums, cymbals, microphones, and interface you can find.

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

  42. A: I am inspired mainly by drummers that are "Pocket Drummers" such as Steve Jordan, Steve Gadd, David Garibaldi, and Vinnie Coliauta, just to name a few.

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

  44. A: The most common work I do is provide a live drum track that I also fully mix if the client chooses to do so. Clients are looking for a certain FEEL to their song and I have been able to successfully interpret what they are trying to convey through the song - and also providing a very wonderful sounding drum track

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Can't Look Away by Badland Sons

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GenresSounds Like
  • Allen Stone
  • My Chemical Romance
  • Keith Urban
Gear Highlights
  • Top professional gear such as Mapex Drums
  • Remo Drumheads
  • Sabian Cymbals
  • SE Electronic Mics
  • Golden Age Project Mics
  • Pro Tools
  • Yamaha Studio Speakers
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