Live Drums, Percussion, MIDI Drums.
Brent England is a drummer, percussionist, arranger, and composer. He spent much of the first two decades of the 2000s as a recording artist on numerous records, singles and commercials. Brent toured across the Midwest performing live to support those records, rubbing elbows with the likes of Kid Rock, Staind, Cypress Hill, Barenaked Ladies, Sister Hazel, Vertical Horizon, The Samples, The Old 97's, The Why Store, Lenny Kravitz, Susan Tedeschi, Alabama, Burlap To Cashmere, Vanilla Ice and many others along the way.
These days Brent has since parked the touring van and put the road cases away. He works out of his Indianapolis-based production studio and is equipped to record and program drums, percussion, guitars, bass, and vocals for your project, no matter where you live. Recent projects include recording artist Wils Bach from Los Angeles. “Brent did an amazing job on these tracks. I sent him what I thought were already fully realized ideas, but he took them to the next level. I am also in love with some of the drum sounds he was able to get. Highly recommend”.
Brent has a Bachelor’s degree and a Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music (where he studied with pop-rock icon Kenny Aranoff) and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Ball State University.
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Interview with Brent England Music
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I was a Music Major in college, played professionally for many years, currently work in the education field as an administrator. I spent more than 10 years teaching high school jazz band, concert band and music theory. I began recording in my studio 10 years ago.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is creating the right part for the song. In many cases this involves taking a song from an artist and arranging the instrument parts, groove and form. I enjoy receiving a rough demo and turning it into a produced song, with guitars, bass, keys, drums and percussion. Most of the time these parts, or ideas, end up on the final recording.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: UAD Apollo Twin Duo, Focusrite Clarett OctoPre and 8Pre, iMac, Logic Pro X, Presonus Studio One Professional, Toontrack (EZ Drummer, EZ Keys, EZ Mix), XLN Audio (Addictive Drums and Keys), iZotope 5 and 6, a variety of UAD and Waves plugs. Drums: Yamaha DTX 532K 2015 Ludwig Signet 2009 Ludwig Epic 1963 Ludwig Club Date 2014 Ludwig Breakbeats 1962 Rogers Holiday Cymbals: Saluda and vintage A and Z Zildjian
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Kenny Aronoff, Shawn Pelton, Aaron Sterling, Ian Fitchuk
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I record live drums and percussion in my studio, but I can also use a variety of software, such as EZDrummer 2, Superior Drummer, BFD, or Addictive Drums to create loops or MIDI tracks.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Country, Pop, Singer-Songwriter