I will record top quality Drum Tracks for your song. I'm a Master of Music Jazz Performance by the Jamey Aebersold Program - UofL and have 16+ years of experience performing worldwide both live and in studio, having as main characteristic the sensibility and skill of providing balanced and musical drum parts that works towards the arrangements.
For each song I will send you two 8-channel multitrack performance, recorded in my acoustically treated homestudio.
In my career, I’m blessed to have worked with great artist in multiple genres: In Pop/Rock, I have performed with Angra’s guitarist Marcelo Barbosa, Latin Grammy Nominee Letrux and Orquestra Petrobrás Sinfônica, with whom I have shared the stage with Latin Grammy Winners Nando Reis, AnaVitória and Vanessa da Mata. In Jazz, I have performed with Grammy Nominee John La Barbera, Brandon Coleman and Miami Sax Quartet. In Funk/Brazilian Music, I’m the leader of Funqquestra, that have featured legends like Carlos Malta, Nicolas Krassik, MARO and Sandra de Sá.
I can read sheet music, play with brushes and improvise. Send me your song! I'll be happy to work with you.
Gretsch 120th Anniversary Round Badge Kit: 8x12 Tom, 14x14 Floor, 5x14 Snare, 14x18 Bass Drum. Incredible kit! With some tweaks, it can sound like a Jazz kit, with huge overtones, or more Pop, with a low-end sound.
15 Istanbul Legend Dark Hihats
15 Ludwig Paiste Crashes or Hihat (from the 70s)
22 K Zildjian Constantinople Medium Thin High Ride
22 K Custom Dry Complex Ride II
18 Avedis Zildjian Crash/Ride (from the 80s)
16 Sabian O-Zone Crash
10 Sabian O-Zone Splash
8 Sabian A Splash
Behringer U-Phoria UMC 1820 w/ 8 MIDAS pre-amp inputs
Shure, CAD, Sterling and NADY mics
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Bruno Gafanhoto
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love to make music with different people, from different places and different perspectives. I feel this is one of the most great gifts the music provides to us and, as a drummer, it's my goal to accommodate all of those different background in a way that makes everybody comfortable and grooving.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Your song comes in the first place. So no matter who is playing, it's your song that must shine.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have 16+ years of experience in both live and studio performances. I started playing drums at the age of 11, starting to play professionally at 13 accompanying my older brother, which is also a musician. Having decided to pursue this career, my main goal was always to study the most I could and try to get a broader vision of music, going beyong only drums. At 16 I entered University of Brasilia for my undergrad in Music and at 22 I was granted a assistantship and scholarship to attend the Jazz Performance Masters Degree at the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Program in University of Louisville, KY, where I lived from 2011-2013. After that I came back to Brazil, living first in Brasilia and then in Rio de Janeiro, where I'm based now. During all of those years, I was blessed to have worked with great artists across multiple genres: - in Pop and Rock, I have performed with Angra’s guitarist Marcelo Barbosa, Latin Grammy Nominee Letrux and I'm the current drummer of Orquestra Petrobrás Sinfônica, with whom I have shared the stage with some of the most popular Brazilian artists such as Latin Grammy Winners Nando Reis, AnaVitória and Vanessa da Mata, and also having the experience to perform along with a 60+ symphonic orchestra; - in Jazz, I've performed with Grammy Nominee John La Barbera, Brandon Coleman, Miami Sax Quartet and Gene Perla; - in Funk and Brazilian Music, I'm the leader and composer of Funqquestra, with whom have featured legends like Carlos Malta, Nicolas Krassik, MARO and Sandra de Sá;
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Groovy, musical and rich drum parts.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: John Mayer, because I really enjoy how he makes super pop music, but with a more elaborated and rich take on it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Jazz, Funk, Soul, Pop and Rock related genres, besides Brazilian Music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Groove, musicality and a more elaborated take on rhythm, always with the goal to provide balanced drum parts that works towards the arrangements.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If the client sends an audio, my first action is to hear the song repeatedly so I can get acquainted and intimate with its feel. Then I reach out for any other information provided, like sheet music, text instructions, etc. After that, I play around with the song a little without recording to get the ideas together and immediately after that I record the takes.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My drumset is a Gretsch 120th Anniversary Round Badge Limited Edition Kit, with a 8"x12" Tom, 14"x14" Floor, 5"x14" Snare and 14"x18" Bass Drum, with Gibraltar Hardware. This is an incredibly great instrument with a huge and rich sound, specially because of the high end quality shells and die cast hoops. It's also a versatile kit, that responds very well to tuning. With a couple of tweaks you can make it sound like a Jazz kit, with a lot of overtones, or make it more Pop, with a "dry" and low-end sound. (Note: in June I'll also have available a 22" Yamaha Stage Custom Bass Drum) I have a variety of cymbals for different occasions: - 15" Istanbul Mehmet Legend Dark Hihats, a high pitch Hihat that is great for Rock, Pop and Funk related genres. - 15" Vintage Ludwig Paiste Hihat (from the 70's), a controlled, classy and balanced Hihat that is incredible for Jazz, Brazilian Music, Ballads and all genres that require a lot of dynamic control. - 22" K Zildjian Constantinople Medium Thin High Ride, a great and versatile ride, with balanced ping and decay. - 22" K Custom Dry Complex Ride II, an exotic and unique Ride. Although not very versatile, this Ride is great for tunes that need a dry sound, with a defined ping. - 18" Vintage Avedis Zildjian Crash/Ride (from the 80's), a powerful cymbal, great to use as Crash for Rock and Pop tunes and Ride in Jazz, Ballads and Brazilian tunes. - 16" Sabian O-Zone Crash, an awesome Crash, with a very open sound, ideal for Pop, Rock, Funk and Hiphop related genres - 15" Vintage Ludwig Paiste Crash (from the 70's). Those are the same cymbals described as hihats above, but that are also great using separately as crashes. They are super thin, high pitch crashes that work great to give contrast to other crashes. - 10" Sabian O-Zone Splash, a great and fast splash, awesome to use to accent some parts of arrangements. - 8" Sabian A Splash, a thicker splash that is great to contrast with the other splash noted above. About those two last cymbals, they also work great as a STAX, adding one above the other, which provides a fast "trashy" sound, almost like a "clap", that is awesome to Pop and HipHop tunes. I mainly use Vic Firth AJ6 Drum Sticks for Ballads, Jazz, Latin and Brazilian tunes, as I feel they provide a more crispy and balanced sound. For Pop, Rock, Funk and other genres, I mainly use 55A Drum Sticks. I also have Regal Tip Brushes and Mallet DrumSticks. For pedals, I use a Pearl Eliminator Single Pedal and a Odery Fluence Double Pedal. Odery is a Brazilian brand, known as the best national brand of this market in the country. I also have a variety of accessories and percussion instruments, like Rattlers, Cowbells, Wood Blocks and Shakers, that can be used inside or outside the drumset. (Note: in June I'll also have available a Tambourine) I record with a Behringer U-Phoria UMC 1820 with 8 MIDAS pre-amp channels, that is working greatly with my Microphones: - 1 Shure SM57, that I mainly use for the Snare Drum Top. - 1 Shure PG52, that I mainly use for the bass drum. - 2 CAD C9, that I mainly use as overheads. - 1 Sterling S50, that I use either for Hihats, Toms or Room. - 1 Sterling S30, that I use either for Hihats or Snare Drum Bottom. - 1 NADY DM70, that I use either for Toms or Snare Drum Bottom. - 1 NADY DM80, that I mainly use for Floor Tom. I'm eager to continue improving my audio setup, being aware of new opportunities to improve my gear.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Steve Jordan, Ash Soan and Brian Blade are major influences because of their skill to provide incredibly good sounding, groovy and creative drum parts, that, on the other hand, doesn't steal the thunder of the whole arrangement.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: To create or replicate pre-existing drum tracks on an arrangement, but aiming to apply a more natural, musical and unique feel that works towards the arrangement. I believe the drums are one of the most important elements on a song and my goal is always to provide the elements that can make the music reach a high level of maturity.