Darrell Nutt

"I Play For The Song"

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Hello! I'm Darrell 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 examples at the bottom right of this page. Thanks!

"I play for the song!" As a producer, I want what is best to convey the message of the song - instrumentally and lyrically. This is very important to my musical concept! My services are rendered from my studio located in Southwest 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 Pro 11 is my main DAW but I can 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 hundreds of songs for artists that I haven't met in person - only via Soundbetter and social media and almost ALL of them have been repeat customers! I am proud of that!

Let's work together! Please attach your demo to the job offer so I can send a fair proposal.

Here is a Spotify Playlist of songs I have played on: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3H39UeOmOIwOEfAMNvsAf7?si=cb608fe591c14eb8

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

Credits

Discogs verified credits for Darrell Nutt
  • Margaret Cerniglia, Darrell Nutt, Willie "Mix" Correa*
  • Willie* And Darrell*
  • Kat Epple, Chuck Grinnell, Ted Myerson, Nathan Dyke, Darrell Nutt
  • Ascension / Willie Mix & Darrell Nutt
  • Willie "Mix"* & Doc Roc
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  • John Beltran
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  • Zen Experience
  • The Muzic Den
  • Willie "Mix"* & Doc Roc
  • DJ Mondo
  • Various
  • Nearfield feat. Anthony Williams (2)
  • Father Jerry Kaywell
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  • Zen Experience
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  • The Muzic Den
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  • Electro Body Rockers*
  • DJ Doc Roc*
  • Willie "Mix"* & Doc Roc
  • The Electro Body Rockers Featuring Willie "Mix"*, K-OBA & Tony Tomei
  • Willie "Mix"*
  • Emir & Frozen Camels
  • Dave London
  • Father Jerry Kaywell
  • Various
  • John Beltran vs. Fantasista
  • John Beltran
  • Father Jerry Kaywell
  • John Beltran
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  • John Beltran
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  • John Beltran
  • Victor Samalot*
  • Essra Mohawk
  • Sol Set
  • Nearfield feat. Anthony Williams (2)
  • Various
  • DJ Sandy
  • PK*
  • Dave London
  • DJ Mondo
  • Various
  • Eric Berretta
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  • Infiniti*
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158 Reviews - 28 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Bryan Daste
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    Nailed it again! Darrell goes above and beyond!

  2. Review by Jay S.
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    Darrell always delivers, always communicates well, always creative.

  3. Review by Nicholas P.
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    Amazing drummer! Super friendly, responsive, and pay careful attention to exact requests. 5/5. Won't hesitate to work with Darrell again!

  4. Review by Jay S.
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    Darrell nails it every time, I just send the tracks, no need to give direction because its always good and its always right.

  5. Review by Patrick M.
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    Darrell is truly the best drummer I’ve ever worked with. He cares about every single note. His skills are almost out of this world. Hire him!

  6. Review by Matt P.
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    Darrell is a fantastic drummer.
    He has played on three of my songs now, and I couldn't be more pleased.
    Very kind and a true professional.

  7. Review by Brad B.
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    Darrell understood what the song needed right off and proposed a clear plan . I liked that he didn't stick to the drum ideas in the demo mix that was sent to him. Turn around on the first review sample was very fast. The final multitrack drum tracks sound good and were well documented. The tracks should be easy to work with as we progress to finalizing the song/mix. Darrell had a positive attitude and was easy to work with during the process.

  8. Review by Mark G.
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    Always an easy understanding with Darrell and he truly
    Feels what is best for the track, professional and confident in the service he provides.

  9. Review by Jonathan V.
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    Darrell has played on 6 of my tunes now... he always gets it right the first time. Highly recommended.

  10. Review by Jay S.
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    This guy gets it every time. Thanks Darrell for always being available!

  11. Review by Jamie R.
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    Darrell is super easy to work with and gave me the drum track I wanted. Highly recommended!

  12. Review by LaRae T.
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    I asked Darrell to add drums to my original song and then mix and master. What an awesome experience it was working with Darrell! His drum track was fantastic right out of the gate. No edits necessary! He was quick, professional, and a true joy to work with all around. If you want it done right, just hire Darrell! Why would you look further?

  13. Review by Donovan F.
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    Donovan F.
    Once again….Darrell is SPOT ON!
    This is fun.
    Every time he records a song for me, I’m amazed how truly awesome he makes this process of writing and recording..
    He is a a true badass!

  14. Review by Jay S.
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    Darrell is a Master at his craft!

  15. Review by Becca R.
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    Darrell is incredibly talented on the drums and is patient and easy to work with! I would highly recommend him.

  16. Review by Donovan F.
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    Always astoundingly great!
    The dude is seriously plugged into my mind….

  17. Review by Donovan F.
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    There just aren’t enough words to describe how good Darrell is…
    ALWAYS ON POINT! Always a true pro..
    I recommend him to everyone I know that needs “the real deal”

  18. Review by Matt P.
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    Darrell is an incredible drummer, with an incredible attitude to match.
    I recommend him highly to anyone looking for a drummer/percussionist.

    Matt Penson

  19. Review by Donovan F.
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    Just stellar!
    I actually have a tear in my eye, its so beuatifully on point!
    Thank you Darrell for lighting the fire in my writing again!

  20. Review by Donovan F.
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    Always a pleasure !
    Darrell is a true pro!

Interview with Darrell Nutt

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

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

  3. Q: What's your strongest skill?

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

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

  6. 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 to be able to add to the mix via percussion or keys and fx when necessary to complete a song or mix.

  7. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  8. A: I use Cubase 11 Pro on iMac with Slate Digital and Waves plugins. Preamps are Focusrite Clarett 8PreX and Clarett Octopre. Sennheiser, AKG, Shure mics.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  15. Q: Analog or digital and why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  30. 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.

  31. Q: How would you describe your style?

  32. A: Grooving, funky, and soulful.

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

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

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

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

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

  38. A: Singer songwriter, Rock, Country

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

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

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

  42. 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.

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

  44. 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!

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Terms Of Service

Drum tracks come with one revision in a 24 hour period. If you want two full drum takes of your song, I'll have to charge for the second take. Let's make some great music!

GenresSounds Like
  • Steely Dan
  • AC/DC
  • John Mayer
Gear Highlights
  • Dynaudio
  • Avantone
  • Warm Audio
  • Earthworks
  • Neumann
  • AKG
  • Sennheiser
  • Focusrite
  • Octava
  • Presonus
  • Shure
  • Waves
  • Slate Digital
  • Audio Technica
  • Mackie
  • Digidesign
  • Yamaha
  • Steinberg
  • Amedia
  • Paiste
  • Zildjian
  • LP
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  • Buffalo Music Hall of FameNov 14, 2022

    In October 2022, I was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. It is a big honor to be recognized by your peers in your home town! Other Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductees are: Goo Goo Dolls, Ani Difranco, Aretha Franklin, Rick James, Brian McKnight, Natalie Merchant, Lucky Peterson, Billy Sheehan, Spyro Gyra, Take 6, Grover Washington, Jr., and Tommy Tedesco.

  • 1400+ drum tracksApr 19, 2021

    I'm excited to announce that I have surpassed 1400 drum track sessions in my career! A few hundred of those were directly through SOUNDBETTER.com! Thank you!

    Darrell