Joachim Alfheim

Session Drummer / Engineer

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"Less is more." It's about the song and what I can do to lift it that is important, nothing else. I'm keen to build up my profile so at the moment 1st TRACK WILL BE ONLY $50!

I offer Remote Recording / Live Drum Tracking.
Professional session drummer who is pretty new to recording side of things but have a diverse background playing in projects/bands in various genres like pop, soul, blues, folk, singer-songwriter, jazz, funk and alt-country.

I work/record "in the box" using Logic Pro X and Audient Interface + Preamp. I can offer a 12 channel close-mic + room mic setup of the whole kit or if you like a smaller, more organic mic set up eg. mono OH + Kick mic, Glyn Johns Technique, Recorderman Technique. I'm happy to send you raw multitracks or a lightly mixed stereo stem.
Please check out my tracks on the soundcloud link.

I have a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary/Jazz Performance. My musical focus is listening, groove/feel and striving to play for the song and finding what's right for you and your project.

I love to connect to and meet new people. I'd love to play on your song(s) so hit that Contact button and let's get started!

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

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  1. Review by Edward W.
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    What's great about Joachim is his ability to listen -- to listen to the tracks he's going to accompany, and your rough ideas about where you would like the song to go, and use his own creativity to make drum tracks that really work with the song and sound great. Not everybody with chops (he's got those too) can do that. He's also highly professional in terms of communication. So the significant time difference between us did not prove to be a problem.

    Highly recommended.

Interview with Joachim Alfheim

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

  2. A: I've been playing drums for about 30 years.

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

  4. A: Hats, snare, kick plus an iPod full of music.

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

  6. A: Engineers; Steve Jordan, Warren Huart, Blair Sinta. Musicians; Steve Jordan, Jason Isbell and the 400 unit, John Mayer, Henrik Freischlader, Fiona Apple, JJ Johnson, Irma, Thomas Dybdahl, The Beatles, Nate Smith, Joni Mitchell, Katie Pruitt, Miles Davis, RATM, Sting, Adam Deitch, Peter Gabriel, Abe Laboriel Jr., Portishead, Sarah Blasko, Ryan Adams, Pat Metheny, Gary Clark Jr., Roy Hargrove, Feist...

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

  8. A: Currently working on my skills, trying out new mic placements (and new gear) and enjoying the process.

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

  10. A: What are you looking for? Do you have any reference tracks that illustrates what you're looking for, both in terms of feel and sound?

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

  12. A: Creating something beautiful with other people.

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

  14. A: Live, I have worked on various types of music eg. pop, singer-songwriter, blues, rock, folk, jazz, alt-country...

  15. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  16. A: My drum studio is my practice, recording and teaching space. I "mix in the box" using Logic Pro X, Audient iD44 Interface plus the Audient ASP800 Preamp. I run a mix of mics from SHURE, sE Electronics, Lewitt Audio, Sennheiser, AKG Acoustics and Cascade.

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

  18. A: I'm new to SoundBetter.

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

  20. A: I will try my best to capture and create what you're looking for.

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

  22. A: Drumming is easy.

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

  24. A: Think of what you like from me, be specific. If you have sounds and grooves/feels you like please send them through for reference. If possible please record your own tracks to a metronome and have the tempo in the file name, it makes the process so much easier.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Dynamic, "less is more", groove and feel based.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Too many..

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

  30. A: Don't be afraid to try out new things, move mics and listen for what you like.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: Listening.

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

  34. A: Feel/groove, creativity, dynamics.

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

  36. A: Honestly, I'm very new to remote recording. As many others around the world I found love for this new skill during heavy Covid-lockdowns here in Melbourne. I'm a drummer that love songs and hooks so recording for other artists seem like a perfect fit for me particularly now that live gigs are sparse.

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Gear Highlights
  • Ludwig Classic Maple Drums / Impression Cymbals / Gretsch
  • Ludwig
  • C&C
  • Pork Pie snare drums
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