Craig N.

session drummer / percussion

Craig N. on SoundBetter

I am a very agile, tightly groove oriented drum set player. I enjoy playing blues, rock, and jazz as well as hip/hop / R&B drumming. My main goal is to make the song or music feel great as well as utilize any creative ideas I can produce from the track into my drumming.

I have studied about 8 years or so from several accomplished jazz artists. I have also been involved in countless open mics and lots of recording sessions from at home tape based recordings with a single mic all the way through the studio tracking with engineer mixing.

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Interview with Craig N.

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: Taking my playing to the next level in terms of technique and dynamics

  3. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  4. A: I started playing drums in high school, playing with friends and recording as well as being in several bands. I then progressed onto playing open mics when I turned 21 and began playing open mics even when I was on vacation I found myself in bars or clubs listening to music live.

  5. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  6. A: All the complexities of technology can choke the sound and feeling of the playing

  7. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  8. A: classic rock

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: groove melody

  11. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  12. A: I bring a strong sense of style and back-beat to the track so long as I can feel its general structure and time

  13. Q: What's your typical work process?

  14. A: Listen to the song, record and play over to draft some ideas, then elaborate on my initial feeling as well as gain any feedback from other people

  15. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  16. A: Gretsch drums, Paiste / Sabian cymbals, 2 snare drums, double bass and single bass-drum pedals, 2 floor toms

  17. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  18. A: Danny Carey, Bernard Purdie, John Bonham

GenresSounds Like
  • TOOL
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Erykah Badu
Gear Highlights
  • Taye drums
  • Grestch drums
  • paiste and sabian cymbals
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