Niklas J. Blixt
Remote Session Drummer
Are you a songwriter, band, musician, producer etc. who’s tired of using lifeless drum loops or spending hours programming drums on your songs? No worries. From my professional recording studio I can provide you with studio quality drum tracks, recorded on your song/project. Sent directly to your inbox.
The process is simple and very affordabel, and the goal is always to make your song as good as it can be! I'm here to help you, not the other way around!
To get custom tailored live drums on your song, you just have to do the following.
-Send me a rough mix/demo of your song with no drums on it and tell me if there's anything special you're looking for as far as drums goes. (You can also send one version with drums in addition to the one without, to further describe how you'd like the drums).
- Tell me exactly what BPM it is
I'll record and send you back an MP3 of your song with drums for you to listen to.
From here we'll discuss what needs to be changed for you to be satisfied with the drums. I'll record the drums again with any changes that you've suggested. (We'll do this up to 3 times if needed). When you're happy I'll send you the individual drum files for the final take so you can mix and edit to taste. If you need help with this, just let me know and I'll be happy to help.
Good to know: The more info you send me about how you want the drums the better, like charts and such. If you’re not sure what you want we can work together to create something you’re super happy with.
For more info about me and samples of previous projects please visit www.niklasjblixt.com. Send me a message if you have any questions!
Send me a note through the contact button above.
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Interview with Niklas J. Blixt
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment, I'm in the middle of planning a few bigger projects that will take place in a couple of months. And I'm also working on tracking drums for a band that I'm a permanent member of. Hopefully we'll have our debut album out later this year.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm kind of new here, so I don't really know anyone yet.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I'm kind of hybrid. I like vintage mic's and compressors etc. that's more feel to it turning a real knob than doing it with a click of a mouse. But digital is more convenient. I like to have the sound as ready as it can be before it hit's the hard drive. I try to look at the computer as an improved tape recorder.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll do everything I can to make you happy with the drums for your song.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I get to help other people with their music by doing what I love the most, playing drums.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Will I get the stems or will I only get a stereo file. My answer is always, "Of course you'll get the raw stems you you can mix your songs"
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Maybe that some people don't think they can work with me because they don't work in ProTools…
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask if they have any reference songs or so. If there's a deadline. And that sort of thing to try to understand the clients vision.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Look for someone who understands what you want. It's your song not theirs.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My kick, hi-hat's, snare, my stickbag and a throne. There's a lot of drumming you can do just with that.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started to play drums back in 1998 I think, played in bands etc. all my youth years. But didn't look at it as a possible career until like 2005 or something when I decided to start study music. I did that for a couple of years and started to do session on the side to help classmates with their projects. Then I decided to make it into my profession. Have been working as a session drummer almost full time professionally the last 3-4 years.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Hard to say… I've been involved in a lot of fun projects. Most projects are fun in their on way. But I think when I song I played on got some airtime on BBC Radio in UK is the project I'm most proud of this far. But I'm always trying to make music I'm proud of.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Less is more. I'm very minimalistic in my playing, I'm always trying to play as little as possible without sounding weak, and I'm not trying to squeeze in a fancy fill wherever there's room.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Ooohh…Tough question. I probably have to say John Mayer or Sting. That's two of my favorite songwriters of all time.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If the song doesn't feel good already when you play it on a guitar and a piano, it's not ready to start the recording. What I mean is if you don't start to imagine what instruments you want on the song only by hearing your song in it's simplest form, setting up mic's and start recording stuff ain't gonna bring it more to life.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: It's mostly pop and rock oriented stuff. A lot of singer-songwriters and pop/rock with a bluesy feel.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm usually pretty quick when it comes to learning new songs. I can usually get the structure of the song very quick.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I'm always able to give the song a good feel and groove.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: After the client have contacted me and we've discussed what the client might be looking for as far as drums. I usually start with importing the song in to ProTools and put in markers, i.e Vers 1, Chorus 1 etc. Then I listen through the song and write some sort of a cheat sheet where I chart out if there certain hits that I need to be aware of etc. It's not like everything is charted out, it's basically the structure of the song and if there's some really specific parts I write that out. When I've done that I go into the studio and rehearse the song a couple of times before I record any takes. Then I do a couple of passes of the song and save every take. I always try to nail the entire song in one pass rather than doing sections. Usually I just do no more than 3 passes. If I do more it's usually just a couple of punch ins on sections where I know I messed up. Then I listen back to the takes and pick the best parts of every take and comp it together to one ultimate take. Some times there's a lot of comping to be done, and some times very little. Like I use everything from take 1 except for verse 2 where I played that one better in the 3rd take, I.e.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's pretty simple but yet very effective and versatile and it's always changing. But for now I have my drum kit which is a Premier Artist Birch. I have a couple of different mic's that I use depending on what sound I'm going for. I don't have a lot of mic's. I rather have a few mic's that I really know and use them the best way possible. I have some "studio standard" mic's like SM57's etc. I run everything into a M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R that's connected to my MacBook Pro and I'm running ProTools on it.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by a lot of people. But if I have to name a few it would probably be people like Steve Jordan, John Mayer, Benny Greb, Sting, Ed Sherhan, Jost Nickel…well the list goes on.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Usually I either replace programmed drums or create completely custom tailored drum tracks for people who wants real drums on their songs.