I record my beautiful Gretsch Catalina Maple drums using 7 Audix microphones to provide a professional audio recording. I will play for any project in most genres for a great price and turnaround time!
Hi! I'm Rebecca and I am a professional session drummer based out of San Diego, CA. I am currently studying audio engineering and music production at Studio West - San Diego's largest commercial recording studio - and I play in multiple local bands.
Over the past 2+ years, I have collaborated with a number of nationwide musicians and have been featured in many different songs.
I can write and/or record a drum part for any song in most genres ranging anywhere from punk & metal to funk & soul. You name it, I can play it!
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
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Interview with Rebecca Sykes
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently in the process of recording 3 different albums for 3 different artists. On top of that, I am playing live gigs weekly with multiple artists from San Diego - including Kahlil Nash, Tristan Brooks, and Erratic Impulse.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I can guarantee you will get the results you want in the end. I am very open minded and welcome any constructive criticism along the way. After all, it is your song and I want to make sure you are happy with it!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I typically work on many sub-genres of Rock (Alt, Punk, Indie, etc.) but I also love playing Funk, Soul, Metal, and much more!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am incredibly diverse when it comes to music genres and playing in different styles.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My drum tracks bring life to every song. When I write and record my drums, I like to know the story behind the song so I can understand the meaning and put my emotions into the track(s). Music is all about feel so I don't take these songs lightly (unless i'm told to do so ;p).
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I first like to discuss whatever project I am working on with everyone involved to cover any expectations/details. I then listen to the track(s) until I have the structure down, mess around with different drum ideas, and then finalize my part. Once I have memorized and mastered my drum part, I record the tracks. Before I send each individual stem, I send the drum track as a single file to confirm with my client that I have reached their needs.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a beautiful 7-piece Gretsch Catalina Maple kit (sizes 8", 10", 12", 14" and 22") and I use Aquarian Drumheads on all of my drums. I use the Audix DP7 drum microphone kit which includes 2 overheads, 3 tom, 1 snare, and 1 bass mic to provide professional, clean drum tracks. All of my microphones run through a Tascam 16x08 interface that goes into Logic Pro X or Pro Tools.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The Beatles, Radiohead, and Cage The Elephant are in my top 10 favorite bands. When it comes to drummers, Dave Grohl, Chad Smith, John Bonham, Neil Peart, Jimmy Chamberlin, and Abe Cunningham are among my super long list of favorites!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I write and record live drum tracks for any song in most genres at my home studio.