Kyle May

Drummer, Producer, and Mixer

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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 Neumann, Dangerous Music, Lynx., 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 (m60)
5. Snare btm (m60)
6. hat (akg451)
7. tom 1 (414 b-uls)
8. tom 2 (414 b-uls)
9. Overheads (miktek c5s)
10. Mono Overhead (AEA R84)
11. Rooms (ksm141s)

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

136 Reviews - 32 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Simon Z.
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    BEST

  2. Review by Guy Grogan
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    Kyle's a real pro--responsive, highly competent, and gets some killer drum sounds!

  3. Review by Andrew J.
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    We had Kyle put down some drums for us on a country/pop track and are very happy with the results! The part brought a really good dynamic to the track, giving it life and motion. This is the second time we've had Kyle on a track and both times have great experiences, would highly recommend!

  4. Review by Mike R.
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    Crushed again

  5. Review by guygrogan
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    Kyle captured exactly what I was looking for both in terms of style and substance. Super quick and responsive, too! I'm looking forward to more collaborations in the future.

  6. Review by Simon Z.
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    BEST

  7. Review by Caleb
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    Kyle was quick, but—most important—he was absolutely professional. Great sound and did an excellent job of serving the song with his choices of parts. Couldn’t be more pleased. Thanks Kyle!

  8. Review by Mike R.
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    Kyle was great, quick, and just gets the job done to what you need!

  9. Review by Simon Z.
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    BEST dummer period

  10. Review by Hunter Kerr
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    Kyle was able to deliver some incredible drum tracks in amazing lead time. This guy is the real deal! will be using Kyle in for future projects.

  11. Review by Guy G.
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    I've had Kyle on three tracks now and I can honestly say he's TOP-SHELF. Pocket - perfect. Sound - superb. One of things that's brought me back to Kyle is that I can tell he's a real arranger when it comes to his craft. He's treated every track with intentionality at each part of each song. I've requested a couple ideas on a couple tracks and he has been responsive, totally happy to go back and try the ideas and get me exactly what I'm looking for. He's got a return customer here for sure.

  12. Review by Israel
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    Kyle May is a wonderful guy. He listened to my song and just knew the drum style it needed. It took him less than two days to do a perfect work. He is a real professional.

  13. Review by Guy G.
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    Kyle shattered my expectations in the best way possible. He was fast and professional. His sounds were so ON. Seriously not overhyping his work. Thanks, Kyle.

  14. Review by Sean G.
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    Kyle is the man!!!!! Amazing feel for the drums, and everything is so tasteful!!! The recording quality is also great!!! I won't get anywhere else. Kyle will never disappoint!!!

  15. Review by Jeff S.
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    Every time I get tracks back from Kyle, I tell myself "this is why I work with this guy." He's an incredible drummer and a super nice guy. Can't say enough great things. I've been back time and time again

  16. Review by Sam J.
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    I you need it done fast and accurate call Kyle. Kyle added just what was needed and was willing to make adjustments which we didn't need any but I think thats pretty important. Thanks Kyle for your help!

  17. Review by Kathryn K.
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    Kyle is such an intuitive and impressive musician. Always so impressed with his drumming. He nails jazz, rock and country drums. Outstanding tracking and tone quality plus quick turnaround and high professionalism. He’s the real deal. Honestly quite glorious! Thanks Kyle!

  18. Review by Jonny Born
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    WOW! How amazing does it feel to have someone know exactly what your song needs.. and why... and then just land right in the pocket first time out. Super fast turn around.. stems slid right into the project and LITERALLY needed no tweaking. Super happy.. can't wait to work together again!

  19. Review by Jacquelyn Owens
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    This was my first time working with Kyle and it was an absolute pleasure!!! I needed drums added to my acoustic pop song and he knocked it out of the park. Kyle followed notes perfectly and provided a lightening fast turnaround. Incredible talent and professionalism. I'll be back again and again!

  20. Review by Dan S.
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    Kyle is the GUY! Knows how to capture the right sound and mood for your projects. Definitely will be working with him again!

Interview with Kyle May

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

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

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

  4. 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

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

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

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. A: That I'm rich.

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

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

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

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

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. 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.

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

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

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

  20. 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.

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

  22. A: Country, Pop, Singer/Songwriter

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

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

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

  26. 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.

  27. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  28. 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.

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

  30. 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.

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

  32. 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.

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

  34. 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.

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

  36. 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.

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

  38. 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.

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

  40. 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.

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

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

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Terms Of Service

Drums: Almost unlimited revisions. Fast turn around.
Producing: Minimal revisions. Fast turn around.
Mixing: 1 revision (½ rate per revision after 1) Fast turn around.

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Gear Highlights
  • API 2500
  • API 5500
  • Tube Mics
  • Ribbon Mics
  • BAE Preamps
  • Manley Preamps
  • Gretsch Drums
  • Meinl Cymbals
  • Craviotto Snare
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