Darrell Nutt

Drummer, Mixer, Producer

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Hello! I'm Darrell Nutt and I have been a session drummer, producer, and mix engineer for 20+ years. I provide high quality Drum Tracks and Mix and Master music for artists and songwriters all over the world. My top clients are members of Steely Dan and AC/DC. Check out the other drum samples at the bottom right of this page. Thanks!

My services are rendered from my studio located in Fort Myers, Florida. A friend once said to me, "It's not always the gear, but it is ALWAYS the EAR!" My studio rig is mostly in the box. I use Waves, Slate Digital, and Izotope plugins. Cubase as my main DAW but will export audio tracks to your specifications. I use high quality Focusrite RED preamps and interface. I proudly endorse Amedia Cymbals and use Yamaha drums and Goodwood drumsticks. As a drummer, my specialty is recording drum tracks for singer/songwriters for their songs. I have worked with members of Steely Dan, AC/DC, Yes, The Moody Blues, Bad Company, Goo Goo Dolls, Parliament, Rickie Lee Jones, and many other hard working, lesser known artists. I also really enjoy mixing material that I didn't record. I have mixed over 150 songs for artists that I haven't met in person - only via the phone and online and almost ALL of them have been repeat customers! I am proud of that!

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89 Reviews - 18 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Jan Ove Fjeld
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    Darrell is one of the best drummer I had the pleasure of working with. Second time working with him, I dont need to tell him do this or that, just send him my track and let he do his thing, follow the vibe and it sounds fucking great... Worked with many musician through soundbetter, and Darrel is someone you won't to work with. He does that extra thing for you that you want and expect anyone you hire to to... He is extremly talentened drummer and great guy to work with, Recommend him to anyone

  2. Review by Peter N.
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    Me and Darrel just finished our 7th job.
    Darrel delivered multi track drums for my song and he nailed it in one take, Darrel know exactly what I like and how to build up drums for my songs.
    There is only one word I can describe this... EPIC!!
    Thanks Bro, I'll be back :)

  3. Review by Jonathan V.
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    Darell is a super nice guy who is extremely talented and knowledgeable in his craft. He gave me some great input regarding my song and did a killer drum performance. Highly recommended!

  4. Review by Jan F.
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    Darrel is a very nice and cool to work work with. He is very skilled at drums and he helped me a lot in editing some parts that was out of time before recording drums. The drums he did on my project sounded great.. Wery skilled as musician/drummer.. And it sounded very good.. Will use again for live drummer... Recommend him to anyone..

  5. Review by Jan F.
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    Darrel is a really cool and friendly guy to work with, been working on a drum parts for a song and he has have been very helpful in the producing part around the drums and gave me a lot off helpful tips, Since me original drum was out of time and not in sync. Darrel is a extremely good drummer/produser and is very easy to work with, and very skilled at what hes doing. Already hired him for a new job.. Recommend him 100%

  6. Review by Peter N.
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    6th job with the amazing Darrel Nutt.
    Darrel delivered an epic drum multi track and Darrel take my music to the next level.
    Darrels Yamaha drums sounds amazing and the details Darrel put in each groove and fills are pure magic! So pleased to have Darrel as my drummer! Darrel really know what I need for my music!
    10 stars out of 10!!

  7. Review by Peter N.
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    5th song with Darrel on drums.
    Darrel delivered multi drum tracks for me and the quality and sound of Darrels drums are amazing. Darrel is so easy to work with and we have really connected!!
    Darrel is my drummer and to have him onboard my project is amazing!
    Thanks Darrel!! 10 stars out of 10!!!

  8. Review by Cyrilia L.
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    Cyrilia L.
    Darrell NEVER EVER disappoints . I have never had to explain the direction I wanted to D. This musical genius just gets it !!! Very professional and most importantly consistent!!

  9. Review by Patrick M.
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    I've said it before and I will say it again: Darrell is the best drummer I have ever worked with. Period. Also, he is the nicest, most professional, most patient person in the world. He is so talented and cares so deeply about his craft and everything he gives you reflects that.

  10. Review by Andre G.
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    Professionalism A
    Quality A
    Sound A

  11. Review by Peter N.
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    4th job with Darrel!!
    He delivered multi track drums for my song and he took it to another level! Darrel has great ideas building up drums and to take the music to another level, HE IS AWESOME!!
    Darrel is my drummer and he will play drums on my next coming album! Thanks Darrel, 10 stars out of 10!!!!

  12. Review by Peter N.
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    3rd time I work with Darrel and he delivered multi track drums for my song. Darrel communicate so well and bring his a-game everytime!
    10 stars out of 10!!
    Thanks Darrel, looking forward to next song!

  13. Review by Patrick M.
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    Darrell is actually the best drummer I have ever worked with. (And I worked with quite a few in the last 20 years.) Darrell is highly skilled, very committed, easy to work with and, last but not least, such an awesome person. I will be back for more projects with him soon.

  14. Review by Lee K.
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    Always happy with Darrell’s work

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    Darrell is reliable and brings creative ideas to each piece

  16. Review by Lee K.
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    Darrell always delivers stellar work

  17. Review by Lee K.
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    Great work, creative with a unique voice

  18. Review by Peter N.
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    2nd time I worked with Darrel and he did multitrack drums for me. Darrel really got into it and made suggestions how we should build up the drums.
    He is so professional and a delight to communicate with.
    Darrel also added an ”Epic” bass drop, really awesome!!
    Thanks Darrel, I will be back for more!!!! You are Awesome!!

  19. Review by Lee K.
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    Great work

  20. Review by Jeffrey J.
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    After pouring through tons of drummers on this site and others, I chose Darrell. Trust these reviews and ratings - he earned every star. His parts were perfect for my project which had a wide variety of styles.

  21. Review by Lee K.
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    Love working with Darrell

  22. Review by Lee K.
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    Love working with Darrell

  23. Review by Lee K.
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    Love working with Darrell, we've done many songs together

  24. Review by Zolton Z.
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    Darrell is a true pro, a drummer who plays with feel and technique. He went above and beyond for the track I sent him and delivered even more than I had requested. Highly recommended.

  25. Review by Peter N.
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    1st job with Darrel and he delivered awesome multitrack drums for my song. Darrel really understood what I needed for my song.
    Can't give enough credit to Darrel!!!
    I will come back for more.
    10 out of 10 stars!! Thanks Darrel!!

  26. Review by Lee K.
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    I loved working Darrell. I gave him some of the most complex and difficult work you could ask from a drummer and he nailed it.

  27. Review by Patrick M.
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    Darrell is the one of the best drummers I have ever worked with. He is highly skilled and more than committed to the project. He almost read my mind actually. It's a great pleasure to work with him!

  28. Review by Marty F.
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    Darrell is a most excellent professional his drums are exactly the inspiration motivator I was needing and being he is first an foremost a drummer then I have confidence they are right.
    I am thinking in order to speed up workflow to ask him to produce mixing as he does this as well.
    Also because at important points of a song we think similarly about key aspects.
    Wish I had made the decision earlier rather that spending a lot of time trying to make something right.
    Thanks Darrell

  29. Review by Will T.
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    Darrell was great to work with and I highly recommend him to everyone. The song came out fantastic, and the drums sound great

  30. Review by Patrick M.
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    Just awesome! I will be back for more.

  31. Review by Ernie E.
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    Great chops, pro-mic situation (really clean, bleed-free stems) and enthusiastic about the project. Highly recommended.

  32. Review by Andre G.
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    Darrell did a great job again, like he reads my mind and gave me much more.... thanks.

    Andre Collin Glen

  33. Review by Cyrilia L.
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    Another FANTASTIC Session !!
    Darrell never lets me down.

  34. Review by steve k.
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    Darrell is the one of the most professional musicians I have ever worked with. His attention to detail and constant communication makes him a pleasure to work with!

  35. Review by Stephane B.
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    I usually have specific ideas of what I'd like hear on the drum track. However for our last song we wanted to give Darrell more space to express his own style even more. The result is amazing and way better that we imagined it'd be. It flows really well, it goes hand in hand with the melody and it makes the song even more special. It's just perfect! Thanks Darrell!

  36. Review by Stephane B.
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    Darrell is an amazing drummer and a wonderful guy! He's super pro and I love working with him. His drumming puts a big smile of my face every time I discover his tracks. I often come with a ton of instructions but he always nails it. It's our 3rd song together and can't wait for the next one! Thanks man!

  37. Review by Ricardo S.
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    Darrell brought to my composition a new breath, a very good new energy. He worked very fast and was able to really create what I was looking for. I recommend this great drummer to anyone who seeks technical and artistic quality. It is without doubt a great professional. I'm sure I'll work with him on the next projects.
    Bravo Mr. Darrell !!

  38. Review by Marco P.
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    I really like how Darrell works fast and well. These are the two main things that costumers nowadays need. I'm sure my next drums session will be with him. Thank you.

  39. Review by Marco P.
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    Darrell is a great drummer. Very good sound, fast and reliable. He gives suggestions and helps to create the perfect drumming for your track. Thank you.

  40. Review by Austin B.
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    Darrell. What can I say... What a talented individual. Someone mentioned he's there "go to" guy. Same here! He sends me great well recorded drum tracks. He has a stellar ear for my songs. He does a great mix and master that you can trust. Any of his production tips, have been on the money. Trust this guy with your song children!

  41. Review by Philip B.
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    Darrell was super easy and flexible to work with. I have no drummer lingo but he took my preferences and my vision and absolutely nailed it. Thank you Darrell. I look forward to working together again in the future.

  42. Review by cyrilia l.
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    Waw, is all I can say . Darrell is absolutely professional and listens and gives great feedback . I am and will work with him on any given day .My track sounds exactly how I envisioned and the delivery and communication was excellent! Thank you.

  43. Review by steve k.
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    Once again Darrell has delivered a beautifully played Drum track recorded pristinely! Always a pleasure to work, I consider Darrell a highly valued and trusted member of my team!

  44. Review by steve k.
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    Amazing musician, Darrell is my go to guy!
    Super talented and easy going, he gets it right every time

  45. Review by Steve M.
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    I am back again that says plenty,,, wonderful.

    Steve

  46. Review by Harreson M.
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    Darrell is fantastic. He is extremely patient & willing to make changes.
    He also has a tremendous sense of what to do with a song. I strongly recommend him.

  47. Review by Andrew L.
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    Look no further...

  48. Review by Andre G.
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    I have to thank Darrell for a job well done. He found the vibe of the song and delivered in one take. What more can I say, he has quality and is a real pro, great experience!

  49. Review by Harreson M.
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    Darrell brings so much to a song. I originally recorded the song using Logic's drummer, but it doesn't even compare to the "true" feel that Darrell brings to the song. I highly recommend him.

  50. Review by Harreson M.
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    If you are looking for a rock-solid drummer to make your song groove, Darrell is the man. I highly recommend him!

  51. Review by Andrew L.
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    I consider Darrell to be part of my band :-)

  52. Review by Harreson M.
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    Darrell is fantastic...he gives you want you want, but also brings his creative input = a great groove!
    I HIGHLY recommend him!

  53. Review by Harreson M.
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    Darrell is a fantastic drummer! I thought that my programmed drums were fantastic, but once I heard his live track, I realized how much better my song sounds. He is prompt, communicates clearly and always has a great attitude. I strongly recommend him.

  54. Review by Stephane B.
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    It's our 2nd time working with Darrell and it's been amazing again. He's really thorough in regards to our instructions and works really fast. I also love what he comes up with in the parts where we need his personal touch. It's always a nice surprise. The audio quality of his recordings is always awesome. I honestly can't wait for the next song!

  55. Review by Mark Corradetti
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    Darrell is a wonderful musician and has a great pocket. He makes it easy as a bass player. Top notch..watch out for this guy ! He listens to your needs and fulfills them like a champ ! More than happy !

  56. Review by Andrew L.
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    Awesome on every level !

  57. Review by Andrew L.
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    Darrell delivered a great performance!

  58. Review by Steve M.
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    Truly an outstanding musician, person, totally blown away and satisfied with Darrell's work.
    Magic with a big "M"

    Steve Maitland, New Zealand

  59. Review by paulo a.
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    Great guy, honest man and a brilliant drummer! Thank you Darrell

  60. Review by Wallace G.
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    Great drummer, super nice guy, easy to work with.

  61. Review by Vetra T.
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    Great experience, thank you Darrell!

  62. Review by Stéphane B.
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    We're so glad Darrell accepted to record the drums for our new song. We had some pretty intricate funk-ish/rock MIDI drums that we manually tweaked for hours and we needed the human touch and groove on it. Darrell learned it, added his magic, respected all our extensive instructions and the result is simply amazing. He was spot on in just one pass!

  63. Review by steve k.
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    Darrell is the man! Great drummer, musician, engineer... you name it! Easy going and an all around great guy to work with!

  64. Review by Ben R.
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    Darrell was great to work with. Friendly, good at interpreting instructions and makes some very nice drum tracks. Would recommend to others.

  65. Review by steve k.
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    What can I say, great guy to work with! Darrell is an excellent drummer and such a pleasure to collaborate with! He's a true perfectionist, highly recommended!

  66. Review by steve k.
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    Darrell has been fantastic to work with!! He is extremely professional, reliable and keeps you in the loop during the entire process!! His drumming is intense with a style and nuance that really enhances the song ... he makes everything sound better than it was before... Highly recommended !!

  67. Review by steve k.
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    Darrell is a hell of a player and a hell of a nice guy! He uses top notch gear, delivers an amazing performance and gives you so many separate tracks that you can really hone in and get the exact drum sound you want for your song! Highly recommend!

  68. Review by Sami H.
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    A great drummer and a great sound. Professional drum tracks. High quality.

  69. Review by Bar B.
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    Darrell i just love working with you i love your brilliant drums
    and i truly recommend to everyone who's looking for honest man and brilliant drummer to contact you !!

  70. Review by paulo a.
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    Working with Darrell was easy and he is an excellent Drummer! 100% professional! We will return for more. Highly recommended!

  71. Review by steve k.
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    Very professional and easy to work with! Darrell is a great drummer and really works hard at doing whats best for your songs! Highly recommended!

  72. Review by Neill MacCallum
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    Darrel did a great job and was easy to communicate with. Highly recommend. Thanks Darrel!

  73. Review by Bar B.
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    What else can i say

    Super patient , good heart person
    and a brilliant drummer !
    He is the man you want for your next job !
    If you're reading this

    Don't think twice

    Thank you SO SO MUCH dear Darrell !!3 more tunes to finish the album :)!!!

  74. Review by Victor S.
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    Once again Darrell did a great job for me on drums!! Followed my notes and gave me want I wanted!! Professional! Thank you Darrell!

  75. Review by Bar B.
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    Here we are once again i t was a pleasure working with Darrell I love his style and sound and i will def work with him again soon !!! Because he is a brilliant drummer !!

  76. Review by Victor S.
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    I hired Darrell to record drums on my latin rock song. Excellent job!!! I gave him some notes to follow and he was right on target on what I wanted! Great communicator too! Will work with him again! Thank you Darrell!

  77. Review by Shay H.
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    Magnificent drummer! True Professional. VERY easy to work with.
    Highly recommended!

  78. Review by Michael D.
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    I found Darrel very easy to work with and he did as he said and worked quick. I failed to tell him exactly what I was looking for before he recored the first take After the delivered, I told him that it wasn't what I was thinking so he agreed to redo the track for free and gave me exactly what I was looking for on

  79. Review by Bar B.
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    Wowww so once again i gave Darrell a track
    and got back a pleasant surprise !
    He really nailed it this time
    my song now is perfect and unique cuz of his brilliant drums !!!

    He works super fast
    You get a natural clean tight drums sound
    He have passion patience and a good heart you can talk to and go over some changes
    Amazing person !!

  80. Review by Bar B.
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    Once again ..just PERFECT !!!

  81. Review by Bar B.
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    wowww it was a pleasure working with you
    Darrell is super professional drummer he gives you what you need (the sound you're looking for the groove etc ) and he pay attention to what you have to say and go back and fix it.
    A good heart person and we're just starting a new one together :)
    Massive tnx Darrell

  82. Review by Jon M.
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    Wonderful job, easy to work with, quick turnaround. I would recommend Darrell very highly!

  83. Review by Jeffrey J.
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    After pouring through tons of drummers on this site and others, I chose Darrell. Trust these reviews and ratings - he earned every star. His parts were perfect for my project which had a wide variety of styles.

  84. Review by Steve Reynolds
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    I've had the pleasure of knowing Darrell Nutt for about a decade. His friendliness and good nature are matched by his skills behind a kit. Recently I've had the pleasure of working with him on my upcoming EP. Darrell is a pro, his drum tracks are perfectly recorded, his instincts are great, and his turnaround time is excellent. Thanks amigo!

  85. Review by Tim Griffin
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    One of the most tasteful and dynamic drummers and percussionist I've ever seen. Of the many styles and genres I heard him perform and record, he always plays the best feel, and groove. He adds occasional outstanding embellishments that ad a "final touch" quality to the performance.

  86. Review by Donovan Fraser
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    Watching Darrell in various bands in our area, I drooled at the prospect of ever playing with a drummer like that. Later in life, I had the opportunity to do so. His talent is endless. I've tracked 3 songs with him so far, and he has an uncanny ability to hear what's in your head and track EXACTLY what you'd want, but better. highly recommend!

  87. Review by Chris Milano - Kelly NeffBand Bassist and Solo Songwriter
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    I've worked with Darrell Nutt on a few projects in the recent past, and I am currently working on a project as we speak. He gives you what you want, and has a Nack/Talent of putting down exactly what the song needs, very creative. I will continue to work with Darrell Nutt on future projects because he's great, and easy to work with. I'm sold!

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    Darrell was a pleasure to work with. I recorded drum tracks for an upcoming release. Three takes with the first take being the one. Great Vibe, and comfortable environment. Definitely returning.

  89. Review by David C. Johnson (Bassist w/Aaron Neville, Solo Artist)
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    Darrell Nutt is a world class drummer and artist that I've had the pleasure to work with in numerous situations for nearly 20 years. He has a great sense of groove, always gives you what you're looking for in a song and his drums always sound amazing! Most importantly he's a great guy and east to work with. What else do you need?

Interview with Darrell Nutt

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

  2. A: First and foremost, I am a drummer. I play most types of music live and in the studio. I have a drum kit ready to record at any time. Over the last 15 years I've been producing releases for clients, artists and record labels. I love it all!

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

  4. A: I am influenced by the technical recordings of Steely Dan and Roger Nichols, the vast artistry of producers Tommy LiPuma, Russ Titelman, Quincy Jones and many others.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: I use Cubase 10 Pro on iMac with Slate Digital and Waves plugins. Preamps are Focusrite Clarett 8PreX and Clarett Octopre. Sennheiser, AKG, Shure mics.

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

  8. A: As a drummer cutting a drum track, I like to know the direction the song will go in. Specific genre or samples of styles that are similar. Well, then sometimes - we just go for it! As a producer or mix engineer, I like ti be able to add to the mix via percussion or keys and fx when necessary to complete a song or mix.

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

  10. A: Over 30 years of drumming and 20 years of producing.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Producing, editing, time aligning, and mixing. Okay, that is more than one...

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

  14. A: Singer songwriter, Rock, Country

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

  16. A: Always pull OUT the "bad" frequencies in a track or mix.

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

  18. A: Jonny Lang. Because he was a prodigy and he has matured in his last few albums.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: Grooving, funky, and soulful.

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

  22. A: I started early in my family band at 14 playing clubs. From 18-26 I toured the US and Europe with country artists and played the Opry and many country tv shows. I settled in florida at 26. At 35 I started my own studio producing artists and recording drums for people all over the world. 36 years in the business.

  23. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  24. A: iMac, Generator, Steely Dan cd's (x3)

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

  26. A: I work quick. Try to understand what the client wants. I tend to hear the final mix in my head - as a drummer and producer.

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

  28. A: I can usually tell what they need from their inquiring questions.

  29. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  30. A: Public persona because I'm always in the studio.

  31. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  32. A: Most of my clients have let me just play on their track and we make subtle adjustments as needed.

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

  34. A: The journey of a recording project. Beginning to end.

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

  36. A: Do the best I can for you time after time!

  37. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  38. A: A little of both. Analog for the traditional reason. Digital for the modern benefits.

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

  40. A: Steve Reich, Victor Samalot. Pretty much anyone I've worked with with good reviews.

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

  42. A: Just finished a release that is heavily influenced as if Steely Dan meets broadway.

  43. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  44. A: I wrote a music cue for Oprah's Next chapter tv series and played drums on the theme song.

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Darrell Nutt INDIE Drum Reel

I was the Drummer in this production

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Drum Track Pricing is based on song length. 0:01-3:00=$75, 3:01-5:00=$100, 5:01-7:00=$150, 7:01-10:00=$200 Percussion Tracks are based on song length. Similar Pricing up to 4 tracks/overdubs.

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  • Steely Dan
  • AC/DC
  • John Mayer
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  • Dynaudio
  • Avantone
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  • Slate Digital
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  • Yamaha
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  • Amedia
  • Paiste
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