I´m a professional drummer, percussionist and studio owner based in Colombia-South America. I have recorded in many records. Also I have been nominated twice for a Latin Grammy Award and once for a Grammy Award. I´m versatile in many genres. If you are looking for excellent quality, in unbeatable time, at affordable rates: I´m your man!

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My credits include

Gear highlights

  • Yamaha Hybrid Maple drums
  • Meinl cymbals
  • AKG414
  • Shure mics
  • Gold Mike SPL preamp
  • Joemeek preamp
  • Protools10

Genres I specialize in

Reviews of Juan Aguilar

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_jade_alger_music6 days agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar3 months agoby

    Juan did an amazing job for us and went above and beyond!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_studio_jed3 months agoby

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

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_scan00037 months agoby

    Juan is an amazing percussionist and an extremely talented musician, it was a pleasure working with him!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar7 months agoby

    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!!!

  • Listing_thumb_andres_f_quiroga_fb_share10 months agoby

    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!

  • Default-avatar11 months agoby

    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.

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

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Interview with Juan Aguilar

Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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.
What are you working on at the moment?
mostly in my studio, recording for people in Colombia and other countries in the world.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Camilo Silva
Analog or digital and why?
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
If they and I are not happy, we must record again.
What do you like most about your job?
Help people to achieve the dream of having a good song.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
¿How much is a drum recording? Well, usually around 100.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
People think I'm too busy playing, but I´m really at my studio creating.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
¿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?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Be clear on what you want.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Kick, snare, hat, drumsticks, stool.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
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.
How would you describe your style?
modern, creative and tasteful.
Can you share one music production tip?
sometimes I record with the stick backwards to get a big snare sound.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Latin (salsa, bolero, bachata, reggaetón), Pop, Rock, Funk, Country, Fusion, World.
What's your strongest skill?
versatility, creativity.
What's your typical work process?
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.
Tell us about your studio setup.
The studio is equipped with a variety of percussion instruments, excellent gear for professional recording, two high-end drum kits that allow multiple configurations, and a versatile cymbals set that enables the recording of different musical genres.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I record drums and percussion for many genres.