Kevin Matthews Music

Creative Session Drummer

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Recorded drums on multiple tracks for the Facebook Sound Collection with Juno award-winning folk artist Jayme Stone. Used for videos with millions of views on Facebook.

I will collaborate with you to write and record live drum and/or percussion parts to make your song complete! I work mainly as a "hired gun" and can adapt and change things quickly to meet a client or artist's needs. As a session drummer I specialize in working with singer songwriters in the Folk/Americana realm. I have extensive professional experience playing jazz, soul/r&b, hip-hop, funk, orchestral percussion and avant-garde music. I went to college for percussion performance, can improvise, and can read music.

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

Interview with Kevin Matthews Music

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

  2. A: I feel the role of the drums can be to act as a driving force that defines the character of the song, or to add just the right amount of color to what is there, or any shade in between these. I feel that I'm pretty good at working with an artist to find the right balance based on both of our experiences and tastes.

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

  4. A: I like to listen to whatever the artist sends without playing first, and I see what comes to mind (taking into account any specific instructions or reference tracks of course). Then I'll usually write out the form of the tune and go to the drums and mess around until something feels right, then do a take!

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: I am lucky to have a treated room based on a consult from a professional acoustician. I use Pro Tools, and have a bunch of different microphone and instrument options to work with. Typically 8 mics at a time on a drum kit.

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

  8. A: For this type of work, I think Jay Bellerose is my idol! He's played on some of my favorite records, particularly the ones produced by T Bone Burnett.

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

  10. A: Typically, I am hired to write and record a drum part for a song based on a scratch track sent by the artist (ideally recorded to a click).

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Home Studio Drum Sounds

I was the Drummer and Mixing Engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

3 revisions, typical turn-around time within 3 days.

GenresSounds Like
  • Sturgill Simpson
  • Gregory Alan Isakov
  • Lettuce
Gear Highlights
  • Acoustically treated room
  • Warm Audio WA84's
  • Byerdynamic M160's
  • M201
  • Electrovoice RE20
  • Unidyne SM57
  • Sennheiser MD 421
  • Audix i8
  • Audio-Technica AT4050/CM5
  • Scarlett 18i8 interface w OctoPre preamp
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