15 + years professional experience. Grammy-nominated JP Saxe, Colbie Caillat, Brandon Heath, Sovereign Grace Music, Keith and Kristyn Getty, Rotana, Jade Hendrix, and over 200 LA artists.
Hey. My name is David Zimmer. Born in Washington. Raised in Los Angeles. Residing in Kentucky.
I am a professional studio/touring drummer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and instructor. I have shared the stage with some phenomenal artists and can't believe I get to work in this industry. I love music. I love story-telling. I believe we all have an opportunity to share our own unique voice with the world, but there are so many barriers in the way of doing that. That is why I joined SoundBetter. I'm really stoked to meet you.
So let's get connected.
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Interview with David Zimmer
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: MD/Toured with JP Saxe who just got nominated for a grammy.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My own music
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes. Andrew Capra, Denny White, probably 80 other LA musicians I toured with over the year. Let me go find them
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both cause it's 2021
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will like it. If you don't lets figure out what's really wrong with you
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creativity, relationship, flexibility
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: it's easy and everyone else is cheaper because quality and experience don't really matter
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you trying to communicate through your song? Who or what are your influences? Why do you want to make music?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: DO IT
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: desert island or dessert island
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing drums when I was 7. I started playing drums when I was 13. I picked up a guitar when I was 18. I have been playing music professionally for 15 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Exciting, jazz-influenced,
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Daniel Lanoise cause obviously
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Whatever you think you should do in the creative process, try the opposite of that
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Folk, R&B, Rock,
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Drumming, songwriting, singing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: 15+ years of drumming/multi-instrumentalist experience a songwriters perspective a singers perspective
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If you send me a track- I'll play drums on it. If you need help with the music or lyrics: we chat.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Beautiful treated studio in the backwoods of Louisville, Kentucky. Your pick of DW, Ludwig, or Yamaha Drums (depending on your taste) Your pick of unique cymbals (to match your project needs) Professional Shure drum microphones going through tasty Phoenix Audio DRS Mic Preamps (think Aaron Sterling) And a beautiful Neumann U-87 picking up room.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Theo Katzman: drummer/singer/songwriter Phil Collins: drummer/singer/songwriter Ringo Starr: ...../...../......
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: drumming, percussion, songwriting (or editing pre-written songs)