My name is Dan Garcia and I'm a drummer with over 10 years touring and recording experience. I'm based out of London, England working from my home studio where I record high quality drum stems for artists around the globe.
I always record with a minimum of 11 microphones to capture the broadest picture of the drums so when you send the stems to your mix engineer they have maximum control of the sounds. I offer two revisions as standard, but more can be purchased if you're not satisfied. I also offer mixed or unmixed stems.
Vintage Beverley Drum (1974)
Vintage Rogers Powertone
DW Collectors series
Tama Superstar (with Yamaha vintage wooden hoops)
An array of Zildjian cymbals
Allen and Heath QU-16
Audio Technica AT2031 pair
Sennheiser 604 (x2)
T Bone CD 55
Logic Pro X
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Interview with Dan Garcia Drums
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My most proud project is with my band, Depression, Baby. I'm involved in every process and it's the project where I can express myself. My job here is to work for the client, so I leave my ego at the door and play for their music.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment I'm working with an artist on their EP which is in the classic rock vein! I get to try and be John Bonham!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Sadly no, hopefully that can change soon and I can meet some other great artists!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: It depends what kind of music you're producing. For me and the music I make, I would love to have a studio with all analog gear and the most beautiful pre-amps etc. But I think for most applications, the digital emulations that are available now can keep up and unless you're recording at Abbey Road studio 2 or somewhere similar, it's not worth it.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is that I will treat your music as if it was my own and I will work with them to get the best drum take and sounds possible.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love that I get to work with so many creative people and play such a variety of awesome music day in day out. I'm never bored by my job and there's always something in a track that I learn from.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Customers usually ask me about my studio space or where I live, strangely. My answer is always honest!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception? I'm not sure!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always ask for a reference track - it makes my process much easier when I know what I'm aiming for.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Choose someone who cares about your music as much as you do. You've spent a lot of time getting it to the point where you're ready to record. Make sure you choose someone who is going to get the job done the way you want it. You're employing them after all!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Sticks. Practice pad. Kick. Snare. Hats. I presume I can have all the hardware thrown in right?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this for 10 years. I've been touring and recording professionally since I started and have taken the plunge into running my own studio!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is laidback, loose and in the pocket.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with drummer Ash Soan, he's a beast.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: One tip? Take your time and get the source sound good. You can't plugin you way out of being rubbish.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on Indie-pop music, but I have a lot of experience playing many genres.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is making sure that the source sound is right and that I pay attention to all the small details, right from mic placement, to signal flow to how and where I'm striking the drum.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring simplicity, focus and musicality. No one is listening your song to hear my drums. They want the narrative, so my drums are a foundation for you to build everything else on top of and they serve the song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical process is to first and foremost talk with the artist to see what they want from the music and what they want the drums to do. Once I have the necessary files to begin recording, I track the drums until I get the perfect take, I usually find it treads the line between the 'perfect part' and the part with the best feel. Once the track is recorded I run it by the client. They suggest some changes and I repeat the process of recording. If the client is happy after that, then I send the dry stems the same day. If they've asked me to apply some processing to the stems I get on with doing that, but my turnaround time on that is usually a week.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup is fairly basic. I record out of my home studio in North London. I have a equipment list available if you'd ike to know more!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Drummers I love are Aaron Sterling, Ringo Starr and Steve Jordan!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I record drums for clients. I also mix those stems.