I'm a music man, I looove music. I'll scan your song like it's mine, and lay down the drums with the bird's ear of a producer. I can offer different sounds & approaches. When I jammed with the bassist of The Smiths & Sinead O'Connor, Andy Rourke, he said, I gave him goosebumps. I'm a songwriter myself, I will feel you!
"The world that gets created exists between the Kick and the Snare!"
I run a recording studio and I'm quick. I'm an endorser of BOSPHORUS from Turkey, the best cymbals between here and Saturn. I studied with Keith Copeland, who was the drummer in Stevie Wonder's first touring band, and some of the heaviest jazz drummers in NYC. My work as a drummer is documented on over forty official releases on more than ten different record labels. I believe you'll hire me again! (Levon Helm, Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Ferrone, Jay Bellerose, etc.)
I also program beats, do beat replacements and doublings. Tambourins, Shakers, Bells, etc.
Don't hire me for so-called gospel-chops and/or metal jobs. Hire me for anything right on the money and/or out of the ordinary.
My favorite challenge is recording drums to songs that weren't tracked to a Click Track; but CT and I are certainly best friends as well. Feel is everything.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
Interview with Joe "Stone" Hertenstein
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: In 2012 Keith Fredrickson released his album The Handshake, a Brooklyn power trio at its best, incredible songs!!! Man should be a star. We put so much time and love into it, his lady got pregnant and he took a job as accountant for Merrill Lynch. The band played a few local gigs and died. I miss them! The album is on Spotify. Oh, Rock'n'Roll!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: We just mastered a pandemic remote album with SPACEPILOT, a NY jam band out of the Nublu scene with electric guitar, synth/rhodes, and drums, which improvises freely. Guitarist and I jammed in a studio in Berlin and sent it to our keys man currently in Argentina. It worked amazingly, bafflingly.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Friedrich Stoermer is an incredible mixing engineer, producer, song writer, master bassist - trust him! But I'm brand new here...I'll add to this as I learn the community...stay tuned.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Click track or not? - I don't like these discussions. The music is what matters. Listening means forgetting the name of the sounds one hears. It's way more important what happens in front of the microphone.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You'll hire me again.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That music I'm part of gets released into the world.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Who's your favorite drummer. Milford Graves!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I'm not the best drummer on this forum, but I'll make you happy, you'll hire me again.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How was your day? Anything else develops from there...I don't have a set way about things.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Look no further.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MacBookPro, pair of speakers, interface, Townsend Sphere L22 microphone, midi keyboard, acoustic guitar...ok, that's 6.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started with weekly drum lessons at age six. Studied music in seven cities. Looking back on 14 years in NYC.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Style is pretentious.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: You. Because you found my profile here and are reading it.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: You can only get out of it what you've put in.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Music that moves me.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Playing drums.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Love and experience.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Learning the song and lyrics, probably strumming and singing along, contemplating its form, its peaks and valleys. Imagining and finding the best snare sound for the vocals to lean against. Committing to the most driving kick drum pattern. Fitting in the simplest but most effective drum fills. You know, making music.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Great drums and mics, great sounding room, Bosphorus cymbals.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Rick Rubin, T-Bone Burnett, Daniel Lanois, Levon Helm, Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Ferrone, Ringo Starr, Beck, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, JJ Cale, Tom Petty... Everyone current, that moves me.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I make their music feel good.