Being someone who has been in countless bands throughout my 16 years of playing, I have learned how to adapt to different sounds, collaboration styles, and artistic visions. I believe a good ear for matching a particular style is key. I love collaborating on all types of music so let's make something!
First and foremost, I am a total music nerd. Playing everything from jazz, to R&B, to pop, to rock, to indie, to doom metal and prog, I love offering a diverse perspective on songs to fit the "vibe" of any artist or producer. I am willing to play exactly what you want or come up with my own parts from scratch.
I have played drums and percussion for 16 years and have formally studied both jazz and classical music, participating in school music programs as well private lessons, jazz combos, percussion ensembles, and more. In college I studied Music Business and Audio Engineering while taking private drum lessons and playing in several bands at a time. Since graduating, I have toured the country and done session work around Nashville for years, all while working on my home-recording set up.
I specialize in tracking, programming, and editing drums and percussion. I love building songs, so I’m also available to collaborate when it comes to song arrangement. I have a wide array of drum kits and percussion items that will allow me to match any sound an artist or producer needs. I can also program drums using a wide array of hip hop/drum machine samples I have or by creating custom samples to fit the song.
Recently I have been making video game music, so if you need video game songs or sound design let's collaborate!
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2 ReviewsEndorse Austin Hans Seegers
Hans has quickly become one of my go to drummers in Nashville. He's one of the most versatile musicians I have ever worked with, and more importantly than that he's just a great hang! Plays pretty much any style of music, learns songs quickly, takes notes incredibly well, and always has great ideas on how to make the song better. Great feel & pocket behind the kit, a great ear for drum tones, and a deep knowledge of what it takes to make a great recording. You will not regret hiring Hans to play drums on your tracks!
Seriously one of the best, most versatile drummers I know... Absolutely killed it on a packed studio day. Super prepared, upbeat, and professional! Hittem up with any genre!
Interview with Austin Hans Seegers
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Do what feels good and don't be afraid to try something new. Often the best songs come together like a puzzle, using multiple creative inputs and influences to try and make something unique.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My set up is an array of microphones running into an 8 channel Focusrite Scarlett. I have a pretty big selection of drum sizes and types, an array of percussion staples like congas, more obscure items like an udu or tabla, and countless drum accessories to get any sound I can imagine. I also have a vast sample library for drum programming.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes! I love Max Helgemo and Andrew Goldring. Max is an amazing songwriter and can totally help you finish a song or sing/play on your tracks. Andrew is one of the best mix engineers I know and I am constantly blown away by his work ethic and ability - he is also a multi-instrumentalist and insane guitar player.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both have totally different advantages. The portability and versatility of digital is unbeatable. But the warmth and feel of analog is also unbeatable.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I am easy to communicate with, so bouncing ideas back and forth is encouraged!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love collaborating with other people. For me, music has always been collaborative and to play so many different genres of music is one of the biggest joys in my life.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: A lot of people think that drumming is just about keeping time, but actually there is way more sound/tone crafting that goes into things before tracking so that the drums can feel right. Then also, yes, you have to be able to keep good time lol.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have a specific part in mind already? Do you have references for a type of sound you want?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A midi keyboard, a laptop, kick, snare, and ride cymbal. (what good is other gear if you're on an island?)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been playing drums since I was a little kid in the school band. Since I came up in classical music and then jazz, I learned a lot of music theory as a teenager. Then went to college for Music Business and Audio Engineering and started playing in a lot of rock bands. I started playing professionally only a few years ago, but I have been playing drums for over 16 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: In a few words I would say: I was trained in jazz, have toured in punk/rock bands, and listen to a lot of world music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with someone like Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes because I really respect the intentionality that goes into the songs that he's made.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I generally get called for indie singer/songwriter sessions and lo-fi pop sessions. In practice and band settings I work on a lot of modern jazz and prog-rock, as well as making video game music in my spare time.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Most importantly, I listen to a LOT of different styles of music. So I think my ability to listen and adapt my playing to a particular style is my strongest skill.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I think my most valuable addition to the songs I play on is a feel that comes from my eclectic influences. Finding what part fits the song is often the hardest thing to do in a session, and it's the thing that gets me excited the most.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I use my knowledge of drum tuning and mic placement to sculpt sounds before tracking begins so that there is little work to be done on the back end. I like having a vision of what I want to hear before I start, so that I know what to play and (more importantly) what not to play. Often, I find myself creating loops out of several different parts and fitting them together like puzzle pieces.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My current favorite musicians are players like Mark Guiliana, Brian Blade, and Yussef Dayes. But as far as producers go, I love the styles of lush lo-fi mixed with hi-fidelity tracking, like Tom Misch or Nnamdï. I also love experimental stuff, I've been listening to a lot of Aphex Twin and Cornelius.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most commonly, I track drums from my home studio or in a rented studio space as a session drummer and percussionist. When tracking from my own spot, I will usually take references from a client and provide a couple different takes of raw drum stems for the client to mix to their song.