McQuiston Bowes

Session Drumming, Engineering

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Live and recording session player in Kansas City with over 10 years of performance experience.

Drummer, guitarist, and engineer based out of Kansas City. My primary focus is based on drums and percussion with emphasis on getting great sounds before they even hit the microphone.
I am able to help you complete projects that may need acoustic drumming for genres that include pop, indie, alternative, rock, hard rock, and country.

I record tracks in my 800sqft basement which I have built out to be a treated live room. 2 custom made fabric walls to help control sound and 2 traditional walls to keep some life in the room. I love working on drum sounds from fat and dry to clean and pristine.
Please reach out with any and all questions you may have!

Rate is set for up to 5 minutes. Dollar amount increase for every minute over 5.
Client will receive individual raw .wav files. (44.1, 24 bit)
Tracks will be sent within 7 days (depending on availability)

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Interview with McQuiston Bowes

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: Recording and more recording.

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

  4. A: Belle Loux for female vocals.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: As long as it sounds great out the speakers- It does not matter. But- I like turning physical knobs.

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

  8. A: We're gonna work together to get what you want.

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

  10. A: What drum sound are you looking for? Modern? 70's? Are there any mics that you need to be there? Room? Hi-hat?

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

  12. A: Be as explicit in detail for what you want out of the performance.

  13. Q: How would you describe your style?

  14. A: Not a drum machine.

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

  16. A: The Chicks (FKA "Dixie Chicks")

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

  18. A: Everything below 70hz is basically useless. Don't worry about it.

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

  20. A: It's hard for me to turn down drumming gigs- but I get most excited to work on pop and country.

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

  22. A: Serving the song is most important. Drums can do so many different things going from genre to genre, but they always need to be logical and serve a purpose.

  23. Q: What's your typical work process?

  24. A: Head selection and tuning to start things off. Getting the right sound out of the drums before they hit the mics is always the #1 sonic goal.

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. A: 800sqft finished basement with two custom made fabric walls and sound treatment. The UA Apollo is the heart of the studio which gets fed an additional 8 inputs from my Focusrite Clarett. Monitoring is thru Event 20/20 Bas V3's and a 10" KRK Sub. 2018 27" iMac i5 running Big Sur with Luna and Logic Pro X.

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

  28. A: Thomas Hedlund (Phoenix) Abe Cunningham (Deftones) Ronnie Vanucci (The Killers)

  29. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  30. A: Raw drum tracks, engineering

Raw Drums

I was the Drummer, Engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

2 Revisions. Must include detailed list of song info (time signature, tempo, hits)
Drum sound references (albums)
Due Date

GenresSounds Like
  • Tennis
  • The Chicks
  • Phoenix
Gear Highlights
  • C&C Drums
  • Istanbul Cymbals
  • Universal Audio Apollo
  • Focusrite Clarett
  • Event V3's
  • KRK 10" Subwoofer
  • 2018 iMac 27"
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