Cosobatero

Drums & Percussion recording

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Most of my life has been spent on tour or in the studio. I am a versatile, experienced drummer and percussionist. I provide high quality tracks and I want to play on your songs!

I´m a professional drummer, percussionist and studio owner. I won 4 Latin Grammy with Carlos Vives, Rubén, Blades, Kany García and Andrés Cepeda Big Band. I got my own qualified big room, It sounds great and is very adaptable for a wide range from tight & dry to fat & huge drum sounds. I'm endorsed by Yamaha drums, Meinl cymbals-percussion, Aquarian drumheads, Earthworks microphones, BoutiqueProAudio gear and Gama drumsticks. I have three drumsets, many snares and a lot of percussion instruments, all this is ready to take your song to the next level!

I´ll be able to record your song in 2 or 3 days! All I need is some instructions (vibe, type of sound you are looking for, BPM and sample rate info), then send me two files starting from 00.0 (1. Stereo rough mix of your song without drums. 2. Programmed drum track if you have it.). After I've done the recording I'll send you an mp3 with my drums, so you can listen and give me some feedback. If you consider it necessary I will record again until you are happy. After that I´ll send you each individual mic channel (12-20 total, It depends on how many toms and snares the song needs). Also if you need percussion (mainly latin: timbales, congas, bongó, maracas, güiro, colombian percussion) I will send the tracks separately.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

74 Reviews - 16 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Jonathan
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    Great communication, fast delivery, creative playing and all around great guy! Very professional. A++++

  2. Review by Ben B.
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    Excellent sense of rhythm, organic playing, and great tone to the drums - very well recorded. Very responsive to communication. Looking forward to working together again.

  3. Review by Jesse S.
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    Once again Cosobotero , despite already given us a superb track which I am sure he knew was perfect as it was, gave me a few extra percussion tracks, just so I could chase the dragon of perfection. Of course he was right. Not only a skilled player, but a real musician with great instincts.

  4. Review by Alfonso J.
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    I’m very happy to have chosen Juan! Very professional and very timely! Sounds are exactly what I was looking for!

  5. Review by Ezra Gale
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    2nd time hiring Juan for percussion on a song of mine, and 2nd time I just couldn't be happier with what he sent me. Great parts, super musical, very well recorded, look forward to working with him again.

  6. Review by Lorenzo V.
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    Juan is an extraordinary drummer, with an excellent musical sense and perfect communication, I was amazed by the dedication he gave to the song, trying to make it as close as possible to the reference I had sent him. Beyond that, very nice and available on everything. I highly recommend him, both for his professionalism, high quality and quickness, and for the passion he puts into music.

  7. Review by Alan B.
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    Excellent drummer. Very easy to communicate with and very willing. Takes the time to find the right sounds and patterns you need. Can't recommend enough!

  8. Review by Henry K
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    Cosobatero is a great talent.. He did an amazing job and delivered it fast... Very professional and highly recommended!

  9. Review by mariano s.
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    Fantastic percussionist. He delivered exactly what we asked for and it was perfect for our song. Also very fast.

  10. Review by Jesse S.
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    Juan is the best of the best. Gave me a pumping Ska beat with the classic sound, just as imagined. A very musical drummer, who mixes real power with sensitivity and finesse.

  11. Review by Thierry C.
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    Top.
    A very good job, fast and in line with my expectations. The sound recording is of quality. Really I recommend ! A real pleasure !

  12. Review by Mauricio C.
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    Excelente percusionista y baterista. La facilidad de trabajar y la disposicion a revisar el trabajo a medida que avanza es un valor agregado. Muy recomendado, gracias por tu ayuda.

  13. Review by Jesse S.
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    Once again, Juan has gone above and beyond. Stelar tracks,

  14. Review by Ron F.
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    Juan did an amazing job with drums and percussion on an upbeat Latin song. He is the go-to guy for all things Latin!

  15. Review by Jesse S.
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    Another stellar session from Cosobatero. We worked through both percussion, and then drum kit. He gave us back much very concise communication, and really went the extra mile to make sure our tracks were not only what we wanted, but really strong. I will be back with more, and highly recommend him.

  16. Review by Nick G.
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    Cosobatero did a great job of adding drum kit and percussion to a brand new song. He's got great style, accuracy and creativity - and he's open to suggestions and puts the time in doing the homework. He also coordinates to work near-realtime by providing timely updates during the customer's normal day. This speeds up the feedback cycle and improves communication and choices during recording of the project. Total professional. Great attitude.

  17. Review by Sebastian M.
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    Cosobatero's attention to detail is astounding. His recordings are top notch both in performance and recording quality. Great to work and overall a great guy. Highly recommended.

  18. Review by Jesse S.
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    HIGHLY RECOMMEND
    I am a bit new to working virtually, so my own process is not great yet. Cosobatero was very patient with me, as we explored a variety of approaches, until we hit upon some really great rhythms.
    Even when I was already happy with what we had, he came back, and suggested adding a few more percussion instruments, which in the end made the track really move.
    Only after I had loaded my wav files, into my project did I understand just how much great work he had done for me

  19. Review by Courtenay C.
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    Great work!

  20. Review by Smarts Miami
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    I've worked with Juan in many different styles and I always got great sounding drums, with great performances. My go-to drummer!

  21. Review by Smarts Miami
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    Once again Juan really helped me with my song and delivered an awesome drum track. As always I recommend him 100%!

  22. Review by Smarts Miami
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    Working with Juan (Cosobatero) has been great every time. Really great sounding drums and always trying to get the best out of your tracks!

  23. Review by mPHATic
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    An excellent drummer beautiful work including quality recording great live sound..quality STEMs with well segregated micing and ATEM management definitely one of the "greats" up there with Abe Laboriel Jnr...very nice will be back for more!! muchas gracias amazing work...

  24. Review by mPHATic
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    Amazing!! a beautiful feeling for my first Latin song! - adds the spice to the track and brings the vibe! true talent and a perfect recording with the live ambience you need to have with real drums...stunning work particularly the tonal hand slap variation on the Congas and other drums...Fantastico! thanks very much looking forward to working with you on my next track! muchas gracias Señor Juan!

  25. Review by Smarts Miami
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    Really great professionalism here. Cosobatero really took the time to get the drums & perc the track was needing. Highly recommended.

  26. Review by Gordon M.
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    Cosobatero is great to work with, nothings too much trouble to sort out and adjust to ones taste.
    He is my go to drummer every time.
    Your in good hands. 👍

  27. Review by Jeiliece
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    Amazing experience. I absolutely enjoyed working with Coso, quite dynamic in his approach to his profession. Will definitely be continue to work with him throughout the rest of my project. Hopefully career!

  28. Review by Gordon M.
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    Very polite and accommodating, More or less got it perfect first time, just needed a small revision according to my taste.
    Got the sound very much as I liked through a sample song.
    Not that I required it but it was all done very quickly.
    I have other songs that will require drums and Cosobatero will be number one go to guy.
    Top job 👍

  29. Review by András B.
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    Very attentive, friendly and professional! I was involved in the whole process of recording the drums through 3 iterations (finding the right drum tuning, acoustics, mics/positioning, dynamics, fills etc...). The drum parts we have recorded were challenging, I had a somewhat specific sound in mind and quite some unorthodox groove/fill ideas, still the end result is a nice soulful drum track.

  30. Review by Marcos R.
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    Mi segundo trabajo con Cosobatero y mi nivel de satisfacción es aún más grande que en el primero. Su implicación dentro del track y su profesionalidad a la hora de ejecutar su trabajo es de un nivel y una calidad increíble. No dudaré ni un segundo en cuanto necesite Drums & Percussion

  31. Review by Henri K.
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    Great talent!! Amazing job with super fast delivery... Highly recommended!!

  32. Review by Ezra Gale
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    This guy is awesome, he put the perfect tracks on my song- timbales, congas, bells and shakers- and he did it really fast too. Well recorded and well played, it was really easy to use them in the mix. Highly recommend him!

  33. Review by Isabella G.
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    This guys is amazing, the quality of the drums is on another level, I really love how he made the kick sound and the whole performance fits perfectly with my song. A real pro. Thanks Cosobatero!

  34. Review by Jeppe A.
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    Cosbatero recorded drums and percussion on two latin songs for me, and he did an incredible job. His tracks have taken the songs to a whole new level.

  35. Review by Kingi G.
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    Very high quality stems, impressed! 12 tracks of drums with various microphone arrangements. Awesome to work with.

  36. Review by Eli F.
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    Cosobatero is the best!!! He sent me some dope percussion tracks for my tribal house song. I highly recommend!!!!!

  37. Review by Alan B.
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    Wow!! Juan (Cosobatero) is an amazing percussionist! He's definitely the secret sauce to make my tracks crazy hot! Highly recommended

  38. Review by Peter F.
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    Juan is a consummate musician and a great person to work with. Over a number of revisions he breathed the life into the song that it needed. If your song needs the blood and backbone of live drums, he's your man!

  39. Review by Steven F.
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    My second time working with Juan, and once again I'm super satisfied with the results. Looking forward to working with him next time.

  40. Review by Jed B.
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    Juan is an absolutely killer player and great to work with! If you need to kick your drums up a notch, Juan is the person you need!

  41. Review by Ryan Lucht
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    Absolutely fantastic percussion performance- congas, timbales, guiro, bongo.... Cosobatero went above and beyond anything I could've hoped for, made the track impossible not to dance to. Fast communication, open to input and revisions, and great turnaround time. Cannot recommend enough.

  42. Review by Peter B.
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    Fantastic job and extremely helpful! Multiple file options and super back and forth messaging. I will certainly be back.

  43. Review by Christopher S.
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    This was my first experience working remotely, and this man knocked it out of the park! I asked if he could play a rather unconventional part (percussion with pens), we shot a few messages back and fourth, and in under a week I had several options provided to me which were edited exactly how I requested. Excellent communicator and an absolute blast to work with -- highly recommended!

  44. Review by Phil Karis
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    Quick to respond, fast in delivery, great performance and sound, and willing to take the time to get the best take (until Inwas happy). He picked up my feedback after the first take and step by step we managed to finish the percussion recording to one of my songs. Would work with Cosobatero again!

  45. Review by Philippe W.
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    Once again, great work from Cosobatero.
    Awesome playing, very musical and a very nice person too, making it very pleasant to work with.

  46. Review by Marcos R.
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    Trabajar con Cosobatero ha sido una de las experiencias más gratificantes de los últimos años.
    Rapidez, profesionalidad y sobretodo conexión con el track al 200%.
    No lo duden, si quieren que sus percusiones tengan vida propia, Cosobatero es su hombre.

  47. Review by Philippe W.
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    Awesome work by Cosobatero, as per always so professional.
    Great drums, great sound with a bounty of percus which give a fantastic groove to the song.
    Once again, a big thank to Cosobatero !

  48. Review by Jed B.
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    Need drums? Then you need Juan. Period. Juan is a fantastic player with great feel, great musicality, and incredibly easy to work with. Cannot recommend highly enough!!

  49. Review by Philippe W.
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    Great work from Cosobatero, very professional, with total engagement to make things possible in order to get the very specific sound I wished, and also to get the best groove for the song. (Very patient too, as I badly prepared my things before calling him).
    I have got now the perfect drums for this song, and the perfect sound.
    What else ? A fantastic percu section to enchance the song, as Cosobatero is unbeatable for this !

  50. Review by Philippe W.
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    Awesome drums and percu work by Cosobatero... once more time.
    Wonderful groove, very good sound, a bunch of fantastic percu tracks which make the song sound beautifully, I have no words.
    Cosobatero is a brilliant musician, always with great engagement in his work, very willing to help, and coming with ideas which give life to the mix. Don't miss the chance to work with him!

  51. Review by Philippe W.
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    Wonderful drums track from Cosobatero.
    As per always, completely engaged in the project, having great ideas and willing to bring the best to the song. Fantastic percussionist also, he came with a bunch of brilliant percussion tracks which gave frehsness and dynamism to the mix. Great person, great musician, great job.

  52. Review by Philippe W.
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    Beautiful percussion tracks, which contribute so well to embellish the song. Everything being absolutely perfect. Thanks so much !

  53. Review by Philippe W.
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    Amazing performance, exactly the perfect drums in the first shot.
    Exactly the right style, adding percu just to embellish the song.
    I insist, Cosobareto is wonderful. An awesome musician and a great person.

  54. Review by Philippe W.
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    Once again Cosobatero has been wonderful.
    A lot of engagement in the project, finding good ideas for getting the perfect sound in regards of the style, and of course a perfect playing.
    All this in the speed of light, and always a very nice person.
    A great pleasure to work with.

  55. Review by Philippe W.
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    How wonderful is Cosobatero !
    I asked for a single percussion on my track and I received a bounty of beautiful percussions, all what it takes to complement nicely the song, and right in the perfect style. All this in a very fast delivery time. Further more, a very nice and friendly person. I can't wait for the next project with him on my music!

  56. Review by Steven F.
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    Terrific and energetic performance! Very pleased!! I needed a mashup of different genres and he pulled it off without breaking a sweat. Excellent communication and he delivered professionally engineered recordings. I very much hope we have another opportunity to work together again soon.

  57. Review by Israel M.
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    Wow! What a knock-out job and super nice guy! Not only did he provide me with the timbale part I had asked for but a great mix of additional percussion for me to chose from. I'll be back in touch for the next track for sure! Thank you!!

  58. Review by Jade A.
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    Fantastic drummer. Stays in contact throughout the process and delivers quality stems for mixing. He is able to listen to a song and figure out the best solution. Highly recommended.

  59. Review by Nick D.
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    Juan did an amazing job for us and went above and beyond!

  60. Review by Jed B.
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    Juan is an incredibly talented percussionist, with an expertly-honed ear for how to build and propel a song forward. Very highly recommended.

  61. Review by Scott B.
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    Juan is an amazing percussionist and an extremely talented musician, it was a pleasure working with him!

  62. Review by Alan B.
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    I honestly can not say enough about Juan's work!! The musicianship he displays along with the quality of his recordings were really great. This was my first time hiring someone on Sound better and I was really not sure what to expect but Juan far exceeded my expectations!!!

  63. Review by Camilo Silva F Mastering
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    This guy's SOLID. And a great guy too ! Take it from someone with 2+ decades of experience + couple gramophone awards and a bunch of nominations.

  64. Review by Camilo Silva F Mastering
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    This guy's SOLID. And a great guy too ! Take it from someone with 2+ decades of experience + couple gramophone awards and a bunch of nominations.

  65. Review by John W.
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    Juan did a great job with only the vaguest of direction. Will certainly reach out to him again for any future projects that call for latin style percussion!

  66. Review by Jeca C.
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    Es un crack, super versátil se engancha rápido con la idea y consigue el sonido que buscas, es muy fácil entenderse con él y su trabajo es muy original.

  67. Review by David Zuluaga
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    Incredibly talented drummer, very professional, fast response, great quality!!! Highly recommended.

  68. Review by Leon Velez
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    One of the biggest musicians of my country, also he´s a warm person who can traduce your ideas on beats and songs. We did a session and we had a really nice time.

  69. Review by Jose Juvinao
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    If you want to get a very deep and groovy drums in your song, don't hesitate a second to do with Juan. He is a very professional and versatile drums & percussion player. All my recordings sessions have been and will be with him.

  70. Review by Daniel Uribe Colorado
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    Coso Batero is one of my best drummers that I´ve worked with, we have worked together in many different projects, Like we played together for NICKY JAM in his world tour and he is so professional and really passionate with his instrument and his music. Also we have worked inside the studio recording for so many artists so I really recommend him, he will just prove I am not wrong. I know his studio and is just overwhelming, incredible sound, really beautiful place and HD quality for your projects.

  71. Review by Santi Torres
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    Juan is not only a GREAT drummer and a great Percussionist, He´s a creative musician that fits on each track he does, making the song comes to live so deep! Nice guy, so friendly and easy to work with, I highly recommend Juan for future Drum and percussion session Work!

  72. Review by Andrés F Quiroga
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    Great and versatile drummer! Amazing punch and sound, one of the best drummers I've heard and recorded!
    Jazz, Reggae, Rock, Latin, Pop.... pretty much any genre!
    If you need Drum Tracks, Juan is the right for the job!

  73. Review by Diego Gómez B.
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    An amazing environment to record not only live drums but percussion tracks from world music to latin music for a great price, and the human talent there is incredible! Don´t hesitate to contact Juan Aguilar for all your drums & percussion recordings.

  74. Review by Sensus Estudio
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    Juan is the best drummer with whom I have worked. Great sound, clean and also he's a great person.

Interview with Cosobatero

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

  2. A: I record drums and percussion for many genres.

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

  4. A: SEND US 1. The pre-production or demo (complete track), the minus drum track, and the programmed drum. 2. References of the sound you’d like in the track (mp3, youtube, Spotify, etc.) 3. Information about the session (tempo BPM, sample rate, bit rate). 4. Specifications about the percussion instruments you want. WE SEND YOU (within an estimated time of two days you’ll receive) -A Protools session with edited drums, pre-mixed and recorded in 13 channels (kick in, kick out, Subkick, snare up 1, snare up 2, snare bottom, hi hat, three toms, two over heads, room). -If you request the recording of other percussion instruments you’ll also received them in their corresponding channels. -In case you use another platform different to Protools, we’ll send you the audio files. -If you need: advice about the rhythms, sounds, instruments or style to be used in the recording. You’d have the chance to follow the recording sessions via Skype or Google Hangouts, so that you can help out with ideas, give us your opinion or just enjoy watching live from where you are.

  5. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  6. A: versatility, creativity.

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

  8. A: Latin (salsa, bolero, bachata, reggaetón), Pop, Rock, Funk, Country, Fusion, World.

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

  10. A: sometimes I record with the stick backwards to get a big snare sound.

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

  12. A: I started when I was 11 in Colombia. Then I went to study in Cuba for three years and returned to my country to study the Colombian rhythms. I played with many artists and I've touring 60 times around America, Europe and Asia. As a session drummer I recorded for artists as Ricky Martin.

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

  14. A: Kick, snare, hat, drumsticks, stool.

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

  16. A: Be clear on what you want.

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

  18. A: ¿What kind of sound are you looking for? ¿Do you want me to record as you programmed or do you want me to be creative?

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

  20. A: People think I'm too busy playing, but I´m really at my studio creating.

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

  22. A: ¿How much is a drum recording? Well, usually around 100.

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

  24. A: Help people to achieve the dream of having a good song.

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

  26. A: If they and I are not happy, we must record again.

  27. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  28. A: Digital

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

  30. A: Camilo Silva

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

  32. A: mostly in my studio, recording for people in Colombia and other countries in the world.

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

  34. A: I´m so proud about everything I've done, but mostly the work of my own bands, where I participated as a composer, drummer, percussionist and producer.

  35. Q: How would you describe your style?

  36. A: Modern, creative and tasteful.

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

  38. A: Lee Levine

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: The studio is equipped with a variety of percussion instruments, excellent gear for professional recording, three high-end drum kits that allow multiple configurations, and a versatile cymbals set that enables the recording of different musical genres.

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

  42. A: Energy, pocket, sabor

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Gear Highlights
  • Yamaha Hybrid Maple drums
  • Meinl cymbals
  • Earthworks DK7
  • AEA R84
  • AKG414
  • Audient interface and preamps
  • Focal Shape65 monitors.
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Drums + Percussion: 120