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Enrique Lara is a Los Angeles based drummer and producer.
Growing up La Paz, Bolivia, his passion for music stemmed from listening to his dad's favorite bands on blast every day. Naturally drawn to the drums he embarked on a journey that took him through tours with Bolivian Rock band Llegas, performances at Jazz Festivals in La Paz, to eventually complete a 4 year study at Berklee College of Music. Straight after graduation he moved to Los Angeles to work with Casey Abrams (American Idol), Adam Lasher (American Idol, The Voice), Grammy award winning Lucky Diaz & The Family Jam Band, Ghost Lion and others.
In 2020 he made his debut as a producer with Evelyn Cools's "Misfit Paradise" EP.
I know how to achieve particular sounds with the equipment I have while recording drums, and I am savvy with editing and processing if needed. Don't hesitate to reach out for any questions.
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Interview with Enrique Lara
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A new record with Adam Lasher
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Nicolas Essig for mixing and mastering, Kiel Feher for drums (great for Singer-Songwriter and Rock), Jonathan Sosin or Adam Tressler for electric guitar (both highly recommended), Nick Klingenberg or Nick Campbell or Joe Ayoub (all three are major players in the scene)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: A white kid from Bolivia you ask? Yes, I am German :)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Showcase only 2-3 elements at a time for the listener to appreciate. I also love the songs where I can always discover new things happening with every listen, sneaky but tasteful!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I think that in every song the drums play a specific role. Whether it be a subtle layer that supports the main rhythmic elements in the production, or a driving force that represents the foundation of the song, I believe that I can provide the appropriate drum part to fit the vibe of the song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I always like to ask my clients for a guide track of the songs, as well as specific references they might have for drum sounds or beats, and any other specific ideas they might have. The more information I can get in advance, the better I can choose the right drum parts to record. I will provide three different takes for them to choose from.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I do almost everything in the box: Apollo 8p coupled with a Audient ASP 800, Shure SM57s, AKG 414s, Sennheiser 421, Warm 87s and 47 Jr
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I can definitely say I listened to a lot of Vinnie Colaiuta growing up, his sound and virtuosity is unmatched. Steve Jordan, Aaron Sterling, Brian Blade, Steve Gadd and the usual suspects of course, I aspire to become as musical and efficient when working in the studio. Kevin Parker's production I really like, so I do Danger Mouse.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Live drum tracks, editing and programming. I have also done some light percussion