Hello! I'm Dan I specialise in recording custom drum tracks from my studio in London. My goal is to get you the drum tracks you've dreamed of, giving you a solid foundation for your music and helping convey the message of your song to your fans, all without having to leave your house!
My focus is making your song the best it can be, no matter how long it takes. This is all because I want to be part of something you are proud of.
I will need any guide tracks you have. Once I've heard the song we will discuss what you're looking for and how I can achieve this for you. From mic placement to snare drum choice, to electronics to mixing techniques, we'll make sure everything is just how you want it to be.
Once I have all the information I need, I'll get tracking. Once the drums are recorded, I'll send over an mp3 that same day so you can take a listen and get any revisions together. (I offer unlimited revisions) I'll then record your revisions, please allow a week for this to happen.
When you're happy, I'll send you the raw stems and get mixing (I send mixed versions as standard) Done! You're
ready for the next stage of your recording!
Vintage Beverley Drum
Yamaha Oak Custom
Vintage Rogers Powertone
DW Collectors series
Tama Superstar (with Yamaha vintage wooden hoops)
Various Zildjian and Sabian cymbals
Presonus Studiolive 32R
Audio Technica AT2031 pair
Shure SM57 x 2
Sennheiser 604 (x2)
Little Blondies (Pair)
Logic Pro X
Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.
3 ReviewsEndorse Dan Garcia Drums
This was my first experience with SoundBetter and it has been really great. Dan understood perfectly what I needed and executed it brilliantly. He sent me two options and both fitted perfectly. I choose the one where he played more freely. The track now sounds twice as good with his contribution. Totally recommended.
Dan plays drums very well and is committed to excellence, both in producing a quality drum track and outlining what is needed for best results. He communicates generously and easily, making it a pleasure to work with him.
Dan is a talented drummer who delivers exactly what he promises. I learned so much from working with him! Great with communication as well.
Interview with Dan Garcia Drums
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is laidback, solid and in the pocket.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is in North London where I share with a producer. I have access to a wide range of microphones and drum kits!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working with a producer on some tracks for one of their artists.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Customers usually ask me about my studio space, the gear I track with or where I live. My answer is always honest!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently worked on a soon to be released album with producer and he has so many incredible players on it that I'm honoured to feature on three of the songs!
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 you to get the best drum take and sounds possible, no matter how long it takes.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to play music every day, work with incredible artists and help them realise their music to its full potential!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always ask what the song is about and what they're trying to convey. I want what I play to be in line with the message the artist delivering.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this for 10 years. I started at The Leeds College of music and have been touring and recording professionally since I left in 2013.
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 a bad sound.
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, gain staging, 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 for that reason, 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 we have agreed that, I request the necessary files to begin recording, I track the drums and then we go through the revisions process until the artist is happy with it (I offer unlimited revisions) If the artist is happy after that, then I send the dry stems the same day and then get to work on mixing the stems. These are usually available within 3 days of recording.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I record and mix custom drums tracks
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Sticks. Metronome. Kick. Snare. Hats. I presume I can have all the hardware thrown in right?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with Grizzly Bear. They're so creative!
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 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: 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 other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Drummers I love are Aaron Sterling, Ringo Starr and Steve Jordan!