Steven Wolf

Multiplatinum Rhythm Maker

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I've played drums and programmed on hit records for Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, etc. Modern Drummer Magazine calls me a "Modern-Day Hit-Making Machine". The drums are the foundation of a record. Let me help you make your record sound better.

Steven Wolf is one of the world’s most in-demand studio musicians.
His discography includes numerous #1, Gold, Platinum, and Grammy winning records.

A virtuoso drummer and world class programmer,
with an encyclopedic musical vocabulary spanning every musical genre,
his distinctive skill-set and versatility have made him the "go-to" rhythmic solution
for a long list of the world's top recording artists and producers.

Wolf’s credits include: Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, David Bowie, Miley Cyrus, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Annie Lennox, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Celine Dion, Cher, Johnny Cash, Grover Washington Jr, Oz Noy, The SNL Band, and countless others.

Producers Wolf has worked with: Dr Luke, Max Martin, Mark Ronson, Sam Hollander, Kerry Krucial Brothers, Boots, Swizz Beats, BabyFace, Swagg R'celious, Kool Kojak, Yaron Fuchs, Dan Wilson, etc.
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I love working on records...any genre...drumming, programming, or both.
It's all rhythm...

For programming, I use my home studio.
For live drum tracks, I work out of world class studios with world class engineers.
(The same studios and engineers I work with for major label sessions)
It costs more than a home studio, but the sound is worth it.

I'm credited on AllMusic as multiple Steve/Steven Wolf profiles...but I can only link one here.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Steven Wolf
  • Alicia Keys
  • Alicia Keys
  • David Bowie
  • David Bowie
  • David Bowie
  • David Bowie
  • Steve Grand
  • Jason Miles
  • Ingrid Jensen
  • Jason Miles
  • Ingrid Jensen
  • David Garrett
  • Miley Cyrus
  • David Garrett
  • Katy Perry
  • Kesha
  • Kesha
  • Kesha
  • P!nk
  • Grover Washington, Jr.
  • David Garrett
  • Al/Capone
  • Al/Capone
  • Al/Capone
  • P!nk
  • P!nk
  • Katy Perry
  • David Garrett
  • Katy Perry
  • Megan McCauley
  • Megan McCauley
  • Sugababes
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Avril Lavigne
  • The Local Tourists
  • The Local Tourists
  • Holly Cole
  • Holly Cole
  • The Veronicas
  • P!nk
  • Leona Lewis
  • Leona Lewis
  • Leona Lewis
  • Leona Lewis
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Lil Mama
  • Lil Mama
  • Patrick Doyle
  • Patrick Doyle
  • P!nk
  • P!nk
  • P!nk
  • Ashley Parker Angel
  • The Veronicas
  • P!nk
  • Jason Miles
  • The Veronicas
  • Walter Duda
  • Walter Duda
  • Bo Bice
  • Maximum Grooves
  • Maximum Grooves
  • Marlo Thomas
  • Marlo Thomas
  • Marlo Thomas
  • Stacie Orrico
  • Stacie Orrico
  • Life of Agony
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Jason Miles
  • Elvis Presley
  • Tonya Mitchell
  • Nina
  • Teddybut
  • Nome Sane
  • Deb Bowman
  • Infinity's Song
  • Lisa Maxwell
  • Imani Coppola
  • Ray Angry

2 Reviews

Endorse Steven Wolf
  1. Review by Larry Dvoskin
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    Steven Wolf is one of the world's best session musicians
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    Whether I need live drums or programming, or both, he always makes my songs sound and feel great. He is easy to work with, and he makes my productions sound way better than I could imagine them.

    Plus- he is really a superstar in his field. He's worked on TOP HITS for artists like Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Miley, Beyonce, etc.

    Its amazing to have him avail here for hire on Soundbetter. I highly recommend him.

    Larry Dvoskin
    Grammy Nominated Songwriter & Producer
    -MGMT, Robert Plant, Bad Company, Meredith Brooks, (etc)

  2. Review by Larry Dvoskin
    starstarstarstarstar

    Steven Wolf is one of the world's best session musicians
    .
    Whether I need live drums or programming, or both, he always makes my songs sound and feel great. He is easy to work with, and he makes my productions sound way better than I could imagine them.

    Plus- he is really a superstar in his field. He's worked on TOP HITS for artists like Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Miley, Beyonce, etc.

    Its amazing to have him avail here for hire on Soundbetter. I highly recommend him.

    Larry Dvoskin
    Grammy Nominated Songwriter & Producer
    -MGMT, Robert Plant, Bad Company, Meredith Brooks, (etc)

Interview with Steven Wolf

  1. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  2. A: Yes.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Both have their place.

  5. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  6. A: I always give 100%. It's all about honoring the music. Whether it's for a big budget session with a major label artist, or a low budget session with an indie artist, I always bring my A game.

  7. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  8. A: I love the process of making records. I enjoy producing on occasion, but after having done a decent amount of production on a high level, I've found that I actually prefer being a session musician...helping producers and artists achieve their sonic vision, by creating (or enhancing) the rhythmic foundation of the tracks. I also love the hang. I'm very fortunate to be at a level where I can be selective about the projects I work on, and a big part of what makes me choose to work on a project, is who's involved. Nothing is more fun than making records with great friends.

  9. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  10. A: I'll ask: -What they're interested in having me do on their record. -Depending on what they need, I'll ask specific questions re the types of drum sounds and parts they're looking for. -How much input they want to have. (some producers/artists are very hands on, and others prefer to let me make all the creative decisions re the drums) -What the budget is. -When they need it. -What format they want me to deliver my parts in.

  11. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  12. A: The more clarity you have of your vision for the production, the better. (especially for remote sessions) If you can give me specific examples of things you're looking for (i.e., referencing certain records), that's always helpful. If you're not sure what you're looking for, and you're hiring me to help you figure that out, that's cool too.

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

  14. A: I studied privately as a kid, and was classically trained. I played in school bands and orchestras, and was gigging with local bands in Philly (where I grew up) in my teens, and did my first recording sessions. I went to Berklee after high school, and was gigging and recording in Boston at that time. I got my first tour with a major label artist while at Berklee, and dropped out to go on the road. I got my first drum endorsements at that time too. I spent the next decade touring internationally and performing on TV with jazz, pop, rock, and R&B artists, while being based in NYC. I was doing session work in between tours, and once I played on a multi-platinum record, my name grew in the session world, and I eventually stopped touring, so I could devote all my time to session work. As I picked up more and more work in LA, I became bicoastal. I rarely play live anymore, except for occasional local (NYC/LA) gigs with friends, or for TV performances. To put it on a timeline, my first major label gig was in 1989...so I've been working with major label artists for over 30 years.

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. A: Versatile and authentic.

  17. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  18. A: I've worked with most of my favorite artists. The favorites I haven't worked with, are either dead, or are known to be unbearably difficult to work with. The artist I'd like to work with at this point, I haven't heard of yet. Until then, I enjoy working with pretty much every artist I work with.

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

  20. A: Fewer, Better Ingredients.

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

  22. A: I've worked on pretty much every genre...from pop to jazz, and everything in between. That being said, I mostly work on Pop, Rock, and R&B.

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: Making the rhythm sound and feel good. There's a saying: "A band is only as good as their drummer". The same goes for records: A record is only as good as the drum tracks.

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

  26. A: Whatever serves the song. Over the years, I've learned to take my ego out of the recording process. I do whatever helps the production, no matter how big or small the parts.

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

  28. A: Honestly, I don't have a typical work process. Every session is a bit different...depending on what I'm hired to do. Some records, I'm involved from the beginning...other records, I'm brought in as a "fixer" for existing drum tracks. Some records, I'm playing acoustic drums, some I'm programming, some I'm overdubbing percussion parts...sometimes a combination. On some records, I go beyond just rhythm tracks, and I do production. I have major label credits on drums, programming, percussion, production, remixing, and writing. That being said, my favorite thing to do is to focus on rhythm...drumming and programming.

  29. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  30. A: I'm bicoastal, so I have home studios in my NYC and LA apartments. I used to program with a room full of hardware, with an MPC at the center of it...but these days, I program 100% "in the box" (all software). My home setups are now pretty simple...a pimped out MAC, a class-compliant interface, and good monitors. I have midi keyboard controllers and pad controllers, but I rarely use them anymore. I mostly mouse everything in. For tracking live drums, I work in studios all over the world...wherever a producer wants to bring me. I mostly track in NYC and LA though...and I have a go-to studio for tracking drums on both coasts. In NYC, I mostly track out of "Mission Sound". In LA, I mostly track out of "Ultimate Studios". Both studios have exceptional drum and cymbal collections, plus I keep some of my own gear at each. Both studios have state of the art mic collections and outboard gear. Both studios are owned and operated by world class recording engineers.

  31. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  32. A: I generally do a combination of drumming and programming. With some clients, it's strictly live drum (and percussion) tracks, and with some clients, it's strictly programming. It's mostly a combination of both. I'll do rhythm tracks from scratch, or I'll be called in to tweak/fix existing drum tracks.

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