Joachim Alfheim

Drum Tracking, Session Drummer

1 Review (1 Verified)
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"Less is more & play for the song." *In these Covid times I'm keen on staying creative and moving forward. I'm currently offering 2 x FREE (cannot do free minimum SB fee is $20) drum tracks for the first 3 artists that contact me. All I ask in return is to be able to showcase it (use the final track to build my portfolio on my website/soundcloud).

I offer Remote Recording / Live Drum Tracking.

I have a diverse background of playing in bands in various genres like pop, blues, folk, singer-songwriter, jazz, alt-country. I have a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary/Jazz Performance. My musical focus is listening, striving to play for the song and finding what's right for you and your project.

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  1. Review by Edward W.

    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 are you working on at the moment?

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

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

  8. A: I'm new to SoundBetter.

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

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

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

  12. A: Creating something beautiful with other people.

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

  14. A: Drumming is easy.

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

  16. 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?

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

  18. 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.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

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

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

  22. A: Too many..

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

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

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

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

  27. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  28. A: Listening.

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

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

  31. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  32. 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.

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

  34. 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...

  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.


Gear Highlights
  • Ludwig Classic Maple Drums / Impression Cymbals
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SoundBetter Deal

2x FREE (sorry minimum SB fee is $20) drum tracks for the first 3 artists that contact me.