Session Drummer, Mix Engineer, Producer
Hi, I'm Johnny. I'm a drummer, mix engineer and producer, and I want to help you achieve your musical vision. I aim to make music an enjoyable creative and collaborative process. For me that starts with great communication. I'm easygoing, open to feedback, and happy make revisions until we get what we're looking for.
A little about myself:
I've been fortunate to perform, mix, and produce music for a living over the past decade. As a drummer I've recorded and performed with everyone from internationally touring pop/rock bands to jazz big bands to singer/songwriters. I can read charts, play to loops, follow a programmed part, or create a completely original drum part.
Performance rates start at $100/song. Send me a drumless track and within 3-5 days I'll give you unprocessed individual WAV drum stems plus a processed, stereo drums-only mix that you can use for reference or drop right into your track. I can also provide processed stems + samples for an additional fee.
As a mixer and producer, I've always loved making records come to life. Between touring and teaching music I earned a degree from Berklee College of Music with an emphasis in mixing and audio production. I've worked with clients from around the world on records of all genres.
Check out the demo reel to hear tracks that I've drummed, mixed and produced. Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch.
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3 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Johnny Syn
Maaaaaaaaan!!!! This is FIRE! He pushed it over the edge with that soul track. Thanks man. I was speechless.
Johnny was GREAT!!! He does exactly what he says. Very talented and you can tell he cares about what he is delivering to you. He ask questions that lead you towards a finished product that I couldn't have been happier with. I think I have found a go to drummer! Thanks.
Johnny is professional and extremely talented. He knows how to make the song move and breathe without over playing. I would highly recommend Johnny for everything from Indie Rock to R&B. His knowledge of production and integrating electronic elements set him a part from the pack.
Interview with Johnny Syn
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The Step Rockets song "Kisser." We produced, mixed, and released the song independently. It just hit 10,000,000 Spotify plays and has allowed me to follow my dreams for the last decade.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Recording new material with Step Rockets and mixing a number of records that I'm very excited about!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Joshua Schmidt. I've recorded and performed with Josh for over a decade. He's talented, passionate, and gives 100% with all things music.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, but I'll send your stems digitally because it's much easier than mailing tape.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I won't half-ass it.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Hearing the creativity of others and being a part of that creative process.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Customer: "Can you make the track sound like ______.?" Me: "I'll certainly try."
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I suppose some think making music isn't real work.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your budget? How many revisions?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know that I'll always try my best to help you get what you're looking for.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Assuming there's power, a Macbook stocked with all the goodies, Apollo Interface, Midi Keyboard, AKG C414 and Ultrasone headphones.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Drummed for 20+ years, toured for 10+. I was the guy that everyone went to to make a record in high school and I never looked back.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Ravyn Lenae. Her vocal style would push my drumming/production and vice versa.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Experiment. Just because you wouldn't try something live doesn't mean it won't work in the studio.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Rock, EDM
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Groove & Style. As a studio nerd I excel in processing sounds, especially drums, to create sounds that are unique, yet serve the song in a musical way.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I'll listen to a track several times, jotting down ideas and checking out reference tracks for inspiration. I'll run by any questions with the artist before laying my part. I'm always happy to revise a part if it's not working for any/all parties.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Brand new studio in Minneapolis, MN. Equipped with all sorts of musical instruments and a vast array of outboard gear.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Max Martin. He looks at the as a whole, blurring the line between songwriting, production, and mixing. Joey Waronker. He's like a chameleon with his drum style and sounds. His playing always serves the song in a groovy, musical way.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I take the song over the finish line. That can mean anything from recording live drums, to programming MIDI parts, to mixing a song where all the parts have been recorded.