Hello! My name is Kyle and I am a touring/session drummer and producer based out of Nashville, TN. Check out www.kylewmay.com for samples of my work!
I will record high quality drum tracks from my home studio for your song! All I need is an mp3 or wav of your song with any instruction and I will deliver tracks to you within a few short days! Recording to a metronome is preferred, but if not I will still play my best to bring your song to the next level! Here's a list of my gear. You can also find more info about me on my website at www.kylewmay.com.
Gretsch USA Custom Drum Kit
Craviotto Ash Snare (the go-to snare)
Ludwig Black Beauty Snare (the other go-to snare)
Ludwig Acrolite Snare (classic dry sound)
Pearl Masters Maple Snare (super low and dead for the perfect "buzz" sound)
Gretsch Maple Snare w/ Walnut Hoops (awesome "crack" for pop/country)
Vintage Wood-hooped snare (has a great, dirty, wide open ring)
Meinl Byzance Cymbals
1. Kick (beta 52)
2. Snare Top (sennheiser 421)
3. Snare Bottom (ksm141)
4. Hi Hat (akg 451)
5. Rack Tom (ksm27)
6. Floor Tom (ksm27)
7. OH L (Coles 4038)
8. OH R (Coles 4038)
9. mono room (Neumann U87)
Midas, API, Focusrite ISA, and Manley preamps
-You will receive individual tracks and stereo mix within 2 days of request
-Please send .wav or mp3 of track w/o drums
-I'm most comfortable with the genres of pop, country, and singer/songwriter demos
Send me a note through the contact button above.
Reviews (18)Endorse Kyle May
Very professional in every aspect of the word!
I won't trust anyone else with providing my drum tracks...period!
Best drummer on SoundBetter!!!
What a great experience! Amazing drummer, did a great job incorporating my rough drumming ideas with his exceptional talent. Added a lot of personality to my song, which is exactly what I was looking for. The top it off, his kit sounds amazing! Went beyond expectations to accommodate my unique musical style, and did so in a very timely manner. Looking forward to some more songs with him. Thanks Kyle!
Kyle is the absolute man. He got back to me immediately and had my authentic and real drum tracks ready to go in under 3 hours. I was so amazed at how great they turned out. I definitely hope to work with Kyle again in the future. Five stars all the way to this stud of a drummer.
Kyle did a great job with my drum track! He's a quick and clear communicator, he followed my notes thoroughly and made sure I got exactly what I wanted out of the part. And the tracks came very quickly, which is always a plus. Highly recommended.
Kyle' s service is unbeatable. Great value for money ! Great drummer with obviously a lot of experience and a broad range of music he can play.
Great comminicator as well. We will 100 % sure know where to find Kyle for the next track !!!
Best drummer on SoundBetter hands down! You want him for your next project & I won't work with any other drummer!
Kyle has played on every song I have ever written. His sound quality is amazing and he provides the best drum mixes on SoundBetter...hands down. Will work with him as many times as I possibly can moving forward!! If yo7 want a better sounding mix...pick Kyle like I have!!!
Best drummer on SoundBetter in my opinion. Won't go with anyone else, and I highly recommend him for your project.
Excellent drummer. A true pro with a great feel & sensibilities.
Phenomenal live drummer. Great feel + excellent recording technique.
Great job, and very quick. He somehow always figures out exactly what each song needs, and nails it. I won't work with any other drummer from SoundBetter...period, and why should you??? He's the real deal, and I've worked with MANY drummers here, and numerous other places as well! 5 STARS
I am sooooo happy for Kyle's drum playing! So cool and so much energy.. He hits the spot... I can only give Kyle roses for his work.. thanks man!
Great job, & great addition to my project!!!
Great drummer, works till youre happy thanks again :O)
He nailed it yet again!!! This guy amazes me more every time he joins the team. An asset to any project...period!!!!!
Kyle SERIOUSLY elevated my body of work. Great communication and GREAT drummer. I highly recommend you add Kyle's talents to your mix!!!!!
Interview with Kyle May
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Producing a project for Cece Hetrick. It's an amazing EP and I'm so stoked to finish it and release it.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Just be as clear and concise as possible in terms of what you need from me! I'm very flexible and always willing to work until you're happy.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been playing drums and producing for at least a decade now. I've been on the road with Billy Ray Cyrus for a bit now and have recorded on many demos for artists like Michael Ray, Adam Sanders, April Kry, and many more.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually import the song, chart it, lay out markers, and then figure out what type of feel the artist or producer is going for. Then I'll choose my snare drum and cymbals and start tracking.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I currently have a Protools Rig with all UAD and WAVEs plugins. My mics include shure condensers, coles, akg, and neumann products. My drums are a USA custom kit from Gretsch with an assortment of snare drums from Craviotto, Gretsch, Pearl, and Ludwig.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm really inspired by drummers like Aaron Sterling, Paul Mabury, Nir Z, and Chris McHugh. My producer inspirations are Busbee, Jay Joyce, and Dan Huff.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my work is recording drums for demo sessions. My other income is producing demo sessions for songwriters and publishing houses.