Live drum tracks recorded by NYC Broadway and session drummer, Elena Bonomo. Originated the drum book for Pulitzer winning musical, A Strange Loop. Original drummer on the 1st National Tour of the musical, Waitress. Over 25 recordings with various artists including Larry Owens, Annie Golden, The Novel Ideas and more.
My name is Elena Bonomo and I most recently played drums for SIX on Broadway. I love to sightread charts, and can also collaborate with you to create a part of my own. I love getting creative behind the kit and incorporating different sounds and layers into the tracks I record. I love working with singer-songwriters to help use the drum part to elevate their songs to levels they never thought possible. Can't wait to work with you!
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Interview with Elena Bonomo
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I work with the client to come up with a drum part that suits the track. Whether it's collaborating with them to come up with a part of my own, or reading a chart that's been handed to me, it's all about working together to find the right sound. I will usually send at least one demo recording before I record the real part, to make sure it's what the client wants. Turnaround time is quick, and you can expect the final recorded track within a week.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work with Latin Grammy Nominated recording engineer Marian Gomez Villota, who engineers all of my sessions. We have a treated room with a Yamaha Tour Custom Drum Set, and a Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple Drum Set with a selection of different snare drums. I use Sabian Cymbals, Remo drum heads and Vic Firth sticks/mallets. We use a UA Apollo x8 with an AKG 214 pair, Neumman U87, Shure SM57s and Shure Beta 52.