I am a session drummer and touring artist I've worked with The Chris Buck Band (Top 20 Artist & CCMA Nominee) Wes Mack (Top 10 Artist & CCMA Nominee) Swollen Members (Juno Winners) Ryan Laird (Top 20 Artist & CCMA Nominee) I endorse Mapex Drums, Amedia Cymbals, Remo Drum Heads, Cympads, Sweet spot drum dampers & Big Fat Snare Drum.
As a studio musician, I have worked with some of the top producers in the business including Ron Thaler (Alicia Keys, Ashley Simpson, Lorde, Lana Del Rey), and Brian Howes (Nickelback, Hinder, Daughtry). With just under a decade's worth of studio experience, I have performed sessions in pretty much every style, this has given me the proper tools to know how to deliver a clean take while still retaining the punch and feel that will bring a song to life.
Last year I played drums on The Chris Buck Bands major release "That's When You Know" which led the band to their first top 20 single on the Canadian Country Music Charts and their first Canadian Country Music Award Nomination. I love seeing my artists succeed, so I like to offer unlimited revisions to guarantee ultimate satisfaction. Let's work together and make your song the next big thing!
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5 ReviewsEndorse Taylor "Chopstix" Allum
Taylor performed exactly as I wanted and delivered the job really soon. It's been a pleasure working with such a talented musician. Highly recommended !!!
Taylor is a great drummer and a very nice person. He was easy to communicate with even though we were in opposite time zones and he was happy to make changes whenever needed. I definitely recommend him!
Taylor is a great player, and great guy. Ive had the pleasure of working with him live and in the studio. You definitely won't be disappointed hiring him for your next recording.
Taylor is an excellent drummer and a great guy. I've had the pleasure of working with him on the road and was very impressed with his groove, pocket, and limitless creativity. Definitely hire him for your next project!
Taylor is about as legit as they come. I have worked with him many, many times and he's really easy to work with, has great gear, is very well versed in many styles, and his groove/pocket is well beyond his years. I highly recommend hiring him for whatever job you may have!
Interview with Taylor "Chopstix" Allum
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The Most Common Type Of Work I Do Is Recording Drums, Im Also A Producer But I Spend The Majority Of My Time Recording Drums For Clients.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Im Most Inspired By Drummers Such As Tony Royster Jr. Stanley Randolph, Nate Smith And Aaron Spears. Im Also Inspired By Producers Such As Ian Fitchuk, Joey Moi, And Howard Benson
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My Studio Set Up Is A Medium Sized Room, I Use An Apollo 16, Sennheiser 421's, Shure SM7B, Shure 57, AKG D112, And AKG 414's
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My Typical Work Process Starts With Playing Song And Charting It Out, Then Finding The Right Drums For The Job, Once Im Happy With The Sounds I Have I Start Tracking The Drums, After Im Happy With The Take I Fine Tune The Sounds And Once Thats Done I Bounce The Track Off And Send It To The Client.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I Believe A Song Will Tell Me Exactly What It Needs Me To Bring, I Always Try My Best To Honour What The Song Needs In A Timely Manner.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My Strongest Skill Is To Be A Chameleon. I Get Hired To Play On A lot Of Different Style Records And Gigs, And I Pride My Self On Being Able To Step Into Each Pair Of Shoes.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Primarily I Get Hired For Country Music, But I Play A lot Of Blues, R&B, Hip Hop, Rock And Pop As Well.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: One Music Production Tip Is To Never Be Afraid To Try Something New, You'd Be Surprised Where You Can Find That Sound You've Been Looking For...
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: If I Could Work With One Artist It Would Be P!nk. She's A Rocker And An All Around Bad A**!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I Would Describe My Style As Meat And Potatoes, But Like Roast Beef, Garlic Mashed Potatoes And Yorkshire Pudding With Gravy, A Classy Dinner That Does The Job With A Little Bit Of Flair.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Ive Always Been A Musician, I Dropped out Of School In Grade 10 To Do This And I Never Stopped. Ive Been Lucky Enough To Be One Of The Few Who's Never Worked A Day Job.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 5 Pieces As In If I Took A 5 Piece Kit That Would Be All I Could Take? Or Is The Kit 1 Piece? If Its 1 Piece Id Take That, A Computer, A Generator, An Interface, And 1 Mic.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: One Piece Of Advice? Hire Me ;)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Who Are Your Top 5 Favourite Bands. What Are Your Top 10 Favourite Songs (Right Now) Who Is Your Top 5 Biggest Influences.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I Just Play Around All Day And My Job Is Easy.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How Long Have You Been Playing? "15 Years" Who's Your Favourite Drummer? "Too Many To Name" Are You Excited For The Session? "Yes"
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It Has Allowed Me To See The World. I've Even Played Drums On The Great Wall Of China!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I Promise I Wont Rest Until We Give You A Take You Are 1005% Happy With.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog. It Has A Warmth To It And A Mojo That Is Just Amazing.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Paul Kinman And Lonny Eagleton. Both Monstrous Players
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Everyday Im Working On Myself As An Artist And As A Person. Gotta Take Care Of The Machine!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My Very First Record, I Was 16 Years Old I Spent 350 Hours In The Studio With My Band. We Did A Record With Ron Thaler ( Alicia Keys, Ashley Simpson, Usher) And It Cam Out Amazing. I Was A Song Writer And A Performer On That Record I Poured My Heart And Soul Into It... Its What Created Who I Am And Really Made Me Want To Be A Musician...