Taylor "Chopstix" Allum

Session Drummer

17 Reviews (9 Verified)
Taylor "Chopstix" Allum on SoundBetter

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!

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

17 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Bob P.
    by Bob P.

    Taylor has been great to work with. He put down deep pocket drum beats with some creative fills. The stems sound amazing and his drumming is exactly what my project needed.

  2. Review by Bob P.
    by Bob P.

    Taylor has been great to work with. He really put down the perfect vibe for the tracks I sent. Great sounding stems. I'll definitely be working with him again !

  3. Review by PRESTON

    Taylor was quick and very easy to communicate with. Will be back for more!!!

  4. Review by Jess Edo

    Taylor is so professional and was able to easily reach the deadline I had in mind. I loved his ear for production and although I am usually super hands-on, it was nice to relax and trust that he was able to finish the project with a great sound and quality. If needed he has options for live drums or programmed. I love that he has a studio available for use and will defiantly call on him again! Thank You SoundBetter!!!

  5. Review by Zachary T.

    Taylor is a true professional, an exceptionally versatile drummer and a very kind person. He has the skills and knowledge to write, perform AND produce drum parts that will compliment any style. Whether you're looking for polished, radio-ready drums or a roots, raw feel, he will get it to you! Taylor went above and beyond to make sure I was happy with the drums he gave me for my 5 song EP. He was happy to discuss with me, bringing clarity to my ideas in every step of the way. Taylor is your guy!

  6. Review by Ben M.
    by Ben M.

    Great guy and great talent to work with! Fast turnaround and collaborative!

  7. Review by Dana M.

    Amazing drummer!!! So lucky to have found him on this site :)

  8. Review by Ronald C.

    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 !!!

  9. Review by Nadège O.

    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!

  10. Review by Jon Tucker
    by Jon Tucker

    Awesome player! Great groove! Fun hang! Solid. Been fortunate enough to play in multiple bands with Taylor over the years.

  11. Review by Jonny Wiebe
    by Jonny Wiebe

    One of the west coast’s most professional and diverse drummers. Tay delivers for any required session gig both on stage and in the studio.

  12. Review by Ryan Stead

    The kid has chops, great time and a very quick turn around time! A pleasure to work with and a great hang.

  13. Review by Anthony Fiddler
    by Anthony Fiddler

    Taylor is my go to hire for all live and studio applications. Comes with his homework done, and continues to be efficient, and a great personality to have on your team. He’s your guy!

  14. Review by Matt Genereux

    Taylor Allum is one of the very best drummers I've had the pleasure of working with. Any time I've worked with him live or in the studio he's always professional, efficient, creative and kind. Definitely a great choice for your next drum recordings!

  15. Review by Georgia D.

    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.

  16. Review by Lonny Eagleton

    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!

  17. Review by Paul Kinman

    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

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

  2. A: Paul Kinman and Lonny Eagleton. Both Monstrous Guitar Players. As Well As Matt Di Pomponio- Phenomenal Mix Engineer

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

  4. 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...

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

  6. A: Everyday Im Working On Myself As An Artist And As A Person. Gotta Take Care Of The Machine!

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Analog. It Has A Warmth To It And A Mojo That Is Just Amazing.

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

  10. A: I Promise I Wont Rest Until We Give You A Take You Are 1005% Happy With.

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

  12. A: It Has Allowed Me To See The World. I've Even Played Drums On The Great Wall Of China!

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

  14. 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"

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

  16. A: That I Just Play Around All Day And My Job Is Easy.

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

  18. A: Who Are Your Top 5 Favourite Bands. What Are Your Top 10 Favourite Songs (Right Now) Who Is Your Top 5 Biggest Influences.

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

  20. A: One Piece Of Advice? Hire Me ;)

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

  22. 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.

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

  24. 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.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. 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.

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

  28. A: If I Could Work With One Artist It Would Be P!nk. She's A Rocker And An All Around Bad A**!

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

  30. 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...

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

  32. A: Primarily I Get Hired For Country Music, But I Play A lot Of Blues, R&B, Hip Hop, Rock And Pop As Well.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. 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.

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

  36. 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.

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

  38. 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.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. 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

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

  42. 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

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

  44. 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.

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Terms Of Service

Turn Around: 1-2 days
Up to 6 Major Revisions.

GenresSounds Like
  • Rich Redmond
  • ?uestlove
  • Steve Jordan
Gear Highlights
  • Multiple Drum Kits
  • Sabian AAX
  • HHX
  • Artisan & Zildjian Avidis
  • Multiple Snare Drums
  • Shure SM57
  • Shure SM7b
  • Focusrite Preamp
  • Yamaha DTX 750k
  • Superior Drummer
  • Multiple Sample Packs
  • Logic Pro X
  • Yorkville Ysm5s
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