Kyle May

Drummer, Mixer and Producer

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Hello! My name is Kyle and I am a session drummer, producer, and engineer based out of Nashville, TN.

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! I play on many sessions and tour professionally. I have appeared on Good Morning America, The TODAY show, CMT's Hot 20 Countdown, Pickler and Ben, and many more.

I can also remotely mix, edit and master any song or podcast. I mix with Eve, Neumann, Dangerous, Universal Audio, Waves, and Soundtoys gear.

Drums:
Gretsch Broadkaster Drum Kit
Gretsch USA Custom 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 & dead for the perfect "buzz" sound)
Gretsch Maple Snare w/ Walnut Hoops (awesome "crack" for pop/country)
Vintage Wood-hooped snare (dirty, wide open ring)
Meinl Byzance, Zildjian, & Sabian Cymbals

Mics:
1. Kick in (beta 52)
2. Kick out (miktek c7)
3. Snare Top (sE7)
4. Snare Top (km84)
5. Snare btm (km84)
6. Snare Side (sm57)
7. hat (akg451)
8. tom 1 (414 b-uls)
9. tom 2 (414 b-uls)
10. ORTF Overheads (miktek cv4s)
11. Spaced Overheads (Coles 4038s)
12. Mono Room (AEA R84)

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

74 Reviews - 16 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Ryan
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    Kyle nailed it again and in record time!

  2. Review by mattcainmusic@gmail.com
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    Once again... Kyle May made my day! He nailed it and gave me plenty to work with for arranging/mixing with with a revision and percussion loop.

  3. Review by Josh T.
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    Kyle exceeded my expectations; he recorded drums over my track in less than 2 days and it was exactly what I envisioned for the song. I will definitely be working with him again!

  4. Review by Ryan H.
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    Kyle is very talented and has great knowledge of his gear. He was able to get the exact drum sound I was looking for in a very short amount of time. Really easy to work with, hope to do it soon in the future.

  5. Review by Kyle D.
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    Kyle’s played on 2 projects I’m currently working on. I’m blown away with how good he is!

  6. Review by Kyle D.
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    Nailed it!!!! Exactly what I needed for my recording.

  7. Review by Hannah W.
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    Honestly one of the best experiences I've had working with a producer. He knew exactly how to take my song from the idea in my head to real, quality sounding music. 10/10 would recommend to anyone wanting real talent in the business.

  8. Review by mike b.
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    I have worked with Kyle on a handful of tunes now and to sum it up, if you are shopping around, stop now and hire Kyle immediately!

  9. Review by Sean G.
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    Kyle put simply, is the Best!!!! He laid down this amazing groove, that is addictive in itself!!! He brought so much life to the song. I will never use any other drummer. He should be everyone's go to drummer,. Not only are the drums played perfectly, but the recording is top notch!! Thanks for everything Kyle!!!

  10. Review by Alfie M.
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    Extremely professional, extremely helpful, extremely friendly, and most of all extremely good. 10/10. Quality.

  11. Review by Jeff S.
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    Working with Kyle was a dream. The tracks sound fantastic and he didn't get annoyed with a few rookie questions. I'll be back! A+

  12. Review by Jameson T.
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    Kyle is the real deal. We have done 3 songs together and ive only had him revise one. absolute killer preformances. 5 star drummer

  13. Review by Zac
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    I worked with Kyle on the first tune of a project...then immediately asked him to finish out the remaining tunes as well. He is a total pro! His playing is powerful, super tight, and deeply musical. You can hear that he is the rare breed of drummer who goes beyond the "parts" to learn and serve the song. Every snare sound in his arsenal is top-notch, and (as other reviewers have noted) his stems mix themselves. Thanks Kyle!

  14. Review by Amal L.
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    Excellent work, very high quality and speedy service. highly recommend!

  15. Review by mike b.
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    Kyle is very easy to work with, an amazingly talented drummer, and hands in tracks that sound so good they basically mix themselves. Hire Kyle!!!

  16. Review by mike b.
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    I am blown away. Besides being a monster drummer and super quick to respond and communicate, Kyle gets amazing sounds out of his studio. He took our track to a new level. Thanks, Kyle!!

  17. Review by Sean G.
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    Kyle never ceases to amaze me!!!! He always does an excellent job!!! He's done numerous songs, and he always goes above and beyond to make sure its what I'm wanting!!!!! I highly recommend him.

  18. Review by Jameson T.
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    Absolutely killer tracks. Drum tone is amazing. Got them back to me + a revision in less than a day. will use again for sure

  19. Review by mattcainmusic@gmail.com
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    Kyle is super professional and very talented. I can tell he has top of the line gear and knows how to use it because the stems he sends sound amazing. He's more than just a drummer. He's an excellent and tasteful drummer that produces a sound that will lift your song.

  20. Review by Richard G.
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    Kyle does a great job, in time and on time, and when I had a slight revision, he was quick to get that done. Highly recommended.

  21. Review by Daniel M.
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    Got back fast and did a great job expanding on my idea!

  22. Review by Richard G.
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    Kyle was a breeze to work with my first time and I expect it'll remain that way. Thanks much, Kyle!

  23. Review by Justin H.
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    Top notch results every time!!! Very professional, great communication, and quick turnaround!

  24. Review by Daniel M.
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    Kyle did a great job! I sent him some scratch tracks and he sent me back nice polished tracks. The grooves were great and the sound quality of the recordings were legit. He also has a really fast turnaround! Will definitely work with him again!

  25. Review by Sean G.
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    Kyle continually amazes me!! He is great to work with, and is always concerned with you getting the sound you want! He's my go to for great drums, and recorded brilliantly.

  26. Review by mattcainmusic@gmail.com
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    Kyle was done within hours and nailed it the first time. He sent me the files immediately. I was thinking a few days turnaround was good. His work exceeded my expectations and I will use him in the future. Great experience for my first time on SoundBetter.

  27. Review by Nolan McGraw
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    Kyle is an amazing drummer and collaborator. His first draft required no revision and he was easily able to elevate the entire song. The tracks were great quality and you can tell Kyle takes pride in delivering a high quality performance and level of sound. His prices are also extremely reasonable. Can’t wait to work with Kyle again soon!

  28. Review by Gordon M.
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    I never realised that I had swuch an exacting drum formulation/pattern in my head which is not the easiest thing to convey.
    Kyle stuck with me through the many amendments that I detailed and eventually arrived at exactly what I had envisaged.
    Never once made a murmur as to time it all took. That in itself was worth the very competitive fee charged.
    I have several other songs lined up and will definitely be reaching out to Kyle, why wouldn't I.
    Well done Kyle, great job.
    Gordon.

  29. Review by Amal L.
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    Excellent work, high quality, quick responses. would definitely work together again!

  30. Review by Sean G.
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    Kyle did an AMAZING job!!! Great recording, and tasteful drums. I'll be using Kyle for many more songs to come. I highly recommend.

  31. Review by Patrick G.
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    Great working with Kyle. Easy and quick communication. The drums sound fantastic. They are just what my project needed. Hope to work together again!

  32. Review by Robert M.
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    Great drummer - great sound.
    His play really adds a lot to the songs. Thank you

  33. Review by Drew N.
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    Kyle is a Jedi master of the drums. Great instincts, great communication, professional-recording skills & a phenomenal player. Nuf said.

  34. Review by Jesus C.
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    AMAZING JOB as always, Kyle is one of the best dummer that I ever know, I highly recommend him for record the drums of your song, I will be hiring him again very soon.

  35. Review by Jesus C.
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    Top Drummer, this is my second time working with him, I highly recommend his work, he put a new sound and new and fresh ideas to my songs, he definitely put my songs in a new level, for sure I will hire him again very soon.

  36. Review by Jesus C.
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    What a Great Drummer, I highly recommend Kyle, he did such a great job on my first song that I hired him for more songs, you will have an A1 drummer in your song. For sure I will be working with him again very soon.

  37. Review by Sean G.
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    Kyle did an amazing job!!!!! Great communication, he really listens to what you are wanting ! I will def be using him again!

  38. Review by Drew N.
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    Phenomenal player. Always a pleasure to work with

  39. Review by Monterey
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    Kyle is very flexible with his time, and is always willing to learn more about what he can do for your project. I definitely recommend him.

  40. Review by Drew N.
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    Phenomenal drummer & a pleasure to work with. Also Kyle's recording skills & ability to capture great live drums sounds is top notch. A+

  41. Review by Justin H.
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    Great drummer for any genre!!!

  42. Review by Justin H.
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    OVER THE TOP GOOD! His tracks always tastefully fit any and all projects he is presented with. There is a reason that in "a sea" of professional studio drummers I have chosen to work with him 20 times. He communicates great, and is as CONSISTENT as they come.

  43. Review by Drew N.
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    Kyle is a pro. Great chops, recording technique & feel. I’ll definitely be working with him again.

  44. Review by Justin H.
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    I have had nothing but great experiences with Kyle & his work proved it every time we have collaborated. He is a professional through and through and will truly elevate your track, as he has mine several times. Won't work with anybody else. Again...BEST DRUMMER ON SOUNDBETTER!!!

  45. Review by Leif A.
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    Kyle has a really good vibe. He totally gets what the song is about.

  46. Review by Justin H.
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    Great job as always!

  47. Review by Justin H.
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    SPOT ON...AS ALWAYS!!!

  48. Review by Justin H.
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    The best value/bang for your buck on SoundBetter! His drum set & setup sound AMAZING & top notch. He has played on over 20 of my songs, & I've never asked him to change a thing. He evaluates my notes for each project, and in turn gives EVERY SONG EXACTLY WHAT IT NEEDS! No matter what the "feel" is for your song or project Kyle will nail it. No matter the genre...Kyle will nail it! Above all, if you express all your wants & needs for your project to Kyle effectively, he will deliver...period!

  49. Review by Tony R.
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    10 STARS, The Best Experience with great communication, results that will BLOW Your MIND. A+++ and a joy to work with. Honestly, I can not say enough about Kyle's skill and the professional level of service he provides. Looking forward to many more projects with Kyle and if you can get him...HIRE HIM

  50. Review by Justin H.
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    He has done over 20 songs for me & never once have I had to ask for even a small revision.

  51. Review by Tony R.
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    This was by far the most amazing experience of my music career. Working with Kyle was A++++, a true professional that goes way beyond expectations

  52. Review by Justin H.
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    Great work no matter the genre.

  53. Review by Justin H.
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    Great addition to any song or genre!

  54. Review by Shawn @ Studio Envy
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    Amazing drummer, always leaves me impressed. He is an essential part of our sound these days and look forward to each new drum session.

  55. Review by Justin H.
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    Great job as always!!!

  56. Review by Justin H.
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    Great job as always.

  57. Review by Justin H.
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    Very professional in every aspect of the word!

  58. Review by Justin H.
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    I won't trust anyone else with providing my drum tracks...period!

  59. Review by Justin H.
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    Best drummer on SoundBetter!!!

  60. Review by Shawn @ Studio Envy
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    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!

  61. Review by Philip B.
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    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.

  62. Review by BackBrain Audio
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    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.

  63. Review by Jan V.
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    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 !!!

  64. Review by Justin H.
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    Best drummer on SoundBetter hands down! You want him for your next project & I won't work with any other drummer!

  65. Review by Justin H.
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    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!!!

  66. Review by Justin H.
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    Best drummer on SoundBetter in my opinion. Won't go with anyone else, and I highly recommend him for your project.

  67. Review by Drew N.
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    Excellent drummer. A true pro with a great feel & sensibilities.

  68. Review by Drew N.
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    Phenomenal live drummer. Great feel + excellent recording technique.

  69. Review by Justin H.
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    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

  70. Review by Leif A.
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    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!

  71. Review by Justin H.
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    Great job, & great addition to my project!!!

  72. Review by Strata. Male singer.
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    Great drummer, works till youre happy thanks again :O)

  73. Review by Justin H.
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    He nailed it yet again!!! This guy amazes me more every time he joins the team. An asset to any project...period!!!!!

  74. Review by Justin H.
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    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

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I am working on sampling all of my drums. They'll be released in a package for use with Trigger, Native Instruments, Logic and ProTools samplers and many more. I'm really excited because we got to do some of it at The Tracking Room Studio in Nashville that is going to be torn down soon. It's one of the best rooms in town and I'm so grateful to have recorded so many amazing sounds there.

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

  4. A: I'm cutting drums on a few projects that I recorded from my home studio and it'll be exciting to hear them on the radio.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Both. No explanation. This is the world we live in.

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

  8. A: That they'll be 100% satisfied. I can back it up too with every review and money back guarantee as well as my flexibility when it comes to revisions

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: That it's different every day.

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: They ask how many tracks they'll get. Its typically around 12-16 tracks. I have a mic or 2 on every drum, 2 pairs of overheads in different configurations as well as room mics and I'll print my drum bus compression so they can use it if they like.

  13. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  14. A: That I'm rich.

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

  16. A: I typically ask for references so that I can have a clearer understanding of their background and what they're looking for.

  17. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  18. A: Neumann KH120's, Apogee Duet, MacbookPro, and a U87.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: My style comprises new music that I love to listen to mixed with what I grew up on from Jazz to Soul to Soft Rock.

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

  22. A: I've always been a fan of John Legend

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

  24. A: Get your mix to the best spot it can be, then treat that best mix as if you were starting from scratch and improve from their.

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

  26. A: Country, Pop, Singer/Songwriter

  27. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  28. A: Communication and timeliness. Professionalism is nothing without being punctual.

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

  30. A: Familiarity. Artists always have an idea of what they're looking for even if they can't describe it and I try to find that reference and make it feel like it's their own.

  31. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  32. A: I currently have a Protools rig with all UAD, Soundtoys, Native Instrument Komplete Ultimate 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.

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

  34. A: I'm really inspired by drummers like Aaron Sterling, Jerry Roe, Paul Mabury, Nir Z, and Chris McHugh. My producer inspirations are Busbee, Jay Joyce, and Dann Huff.

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

  36. A: Most of my work is recording drums for demo sessions. My other income is producing demo sessions for songwriters and publishing houses.

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

  38. 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.

  39. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  40. 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.

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

  42. 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.

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  • Gretsch Drums
  • Meinl Cymbals
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