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Interview with RemoteDrumRecordings.com
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: During lockdown I got a bunch of musician friends together to raise money for the UK’s national health service, with a tribute song, there were 28 of us in total... I arranged the song & recorded the drums, then sent parts out to everyone... I received their audio & video and mixed, mastered and video edited it all together. We raised thousands, I really am so proud of it! You can find it by searching NHS thinking of you by nextlevelmusic
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: An album for the very talented singer songwriter Paddy James. I’m playing drums & percussion on it, and I’ve also sung some backing vocals, played some keys & organ parts too,
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I’m brand new to the platform, so not yet! I do have access to some world class session musicians & singers though, so please ask if you need anything! Horns, strings, band members, lead or backing vocals of all kinds... I know loads of incredible players.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog on the way in, where possible... then digital all the way for mixing.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to serve the song, leave my ego at the door and give my all to the project. I’ll be honest and diligent and do my very best for you.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The creative process, from start to finish. Getting to know an artist, hearing their vision, recording my parts & hearing the end result come to life, it’s so rewarding.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Before the recording clients don’t tend to ask me much, that’s more their time to tell me what they want. After the recording, they often ask how I managed to find a part that fits the song so well. My answer is listening to the song & the artist and feeling what’s right.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I try to avoid misconceptions through communication, I feel like clarity is key. That said, I’m not going to chew your ear off - once I have enough info, I’m happy to crack on and turn the project around quickly & efficiently.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What’s important to you in this song? What kind of energy are you going for? What does the song mean to you? Who are your influences? What are 3 songs you’d like this song to sound like? What are some things you definitely DON’T want in the song?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: It’s always worth a phone call before booking in with someone, get to know each other first and see if you click. If you don’t, don’t force it.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Assuming fresh water and food are readily available... my DW kit, my Ludwig 400 snare, my interface, computer, earthworks mics.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I’ve been working as a drummer for around 20 years, from wedding bands to touring & recording with artists to playing for royalty at private events to TV commercials & feature films. It’s been a varied and rewarding career so far!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Passion for great songs, particularly with a soulful feel. Anything that carries a lot of emotion, I’m in!! Also a huge lover of high energy rock & drum & bass grooves under great songs, they bring me joy!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Corinne Bailey Rae. I absolutely love her songs, particularly her first album. Amazing feel, such an incredible vibe!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: You can’t polish a turd, ever! Get it right at source and things will be great!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most contemporary music with a backbeat: Soul, Pop, Rock, Indie, Folk, Singer Songwriter, Hip Hop, RnB, Dance, Funk, Disco.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Serving the song. People often comment on how well the drums are sitting, how well the part fits the song etc.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Through 20 years experience in the industry as a drummer, I’ve learnt to find what’s important to the song and enhance it through my playing. I understand that my role is to leave space for the vocal & other instruments, a solid foundation for the song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to hear the demo, talk to the artist about their influences, inspirations and aspirations. Then I’ll ask for a few references for energy, sound, vibe to make sure we’re on the right track before recording, I can send either a mixed stereo file or individual stems, quantised or natural.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Purpose built home studio, acoustically treated live room. Premium microphones & pre-amps. Choice of DW and Gretsch kits, several snares and buckets of cymbals. Access to more drums & cymbals with some notice.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Questlove, Quincy Jones, Bonobo, Steve Jordan
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Interpreting a song, writing & recording a drum part to serve the song, giving it the sound, energy, dynamics and space it needs to breathe & grow.