Joost Hendrickx

Drums and Beats with Character

4 Reviews
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If you're looking for drum tracks with a creative edge as well as the head-nod factor then look no further. Drummer for Abstract Orchestra, The Sorcerers, Kefaya, XOA and more.

I treat every artist as an individual and every project as an opportunity to learn and collaborate with others. I really enjoy the process of understanding an artist's vision for their music and then helping them to realise it with an open mind. I love creating hooky drum parts and sonic textures that add just the right amount of character for the track.

I've been working in the industry as a live and studio drummer for over 20 years and maintain a busy schedule with a wide variety of artists from Jazz, Hip Hop, Funk and Rock to Indian Classical and Experimental/Avant Garde. My drumming has featured on tracks with artists like Slum Village, Illa J, MF DOOM, Gardna, and Kefaya to name a few. I take pride in my work and aim to deliver music at a high level - which I hope is evident from my showreel.

If you want to work to together I'd love to hear from you so please get in touch!

Showreel track listing:
1 - The Sorcerers "Opening Titles"
2 - The Magnificent Tape Band ft. Rachel Modest "Black Tiger"
3 - Abstract Orchestra ft. Illa J "New Day"
4 - Abstract Orchestra "ALL CAPS"
5 - Abstract Orchestra x Slum Village "Jealousy"
6 - Shiver "Blutey Shiney"
7 - Ed Begley "Uproots"
8 - XOA "Program Change"
9 - Kefaya ft. Nicki Wells "Symphony"
10 - Kefaya & Elaha Soroor "Gole Be Khar"

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

4 Reviews

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  1. Review by Rob Mitchell - Abstract Orchestra
    by Rob Mitchell - Abstract Orchestra

    Without a doubt one of the UK’s greatest drummers and musicians. I’ve worked with Joost for many years and on many projects, and his beats, style and flair never cease to amaze me - he’s the number one choice!

  2. Review by Giuliano Modarelli
    by Giuliano Modarelli

    One of the best drummers I’ve worked with! Technically incredible, super creative and versatile. A really special artist!

  3. Review by Domenico Angarano
    by Domenico Angarano

    As a composer/producer I need musicians that are reliable, quick and able to support me creatively. I was lucky to meet Joost a few years ago and always rely on him for my productions. Cannot recommend highly enough.

  4. Review by Nicki Wells
    by Nicki Wells

    Working with Joost is such a pleasure. He is professional, efficient and always open to exploring new creative ideas.

Interview with Joost Hendrickx

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

  2. A: I started playing drums at roughly 10 years old (25 years ago at the time of writing) and quickly began gigging regularly from around age 15. I went on to study Jazz at Leeds College of Music and became immersed in the hugely diverse music scene there for several years before moving to London.

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

  4. A: Get it right in the room first.

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

  6. A: I usually work on music that has a very distinctive groove element such as Hip Hop, RnB, Soul or Afrobeat. Coming from a Jazz background I feel very connected to these styles and tend to get asked to work in these areas. I also work quite frequently with producers who make music for dance and theatre, providing more soundscape and textural parts.

  7. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  8. A: My strongest skill would be my range/stylistic knowledge. I can draw from a very large pool of personal experiences and inspirations to conceive the perfect drum part for any tune. My years of experience as a recording artist have given me a solid understanding of what does and doesn't work in a recording context.

  9. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  10. A: My studio set up is a small and acoustically treated room, perfect for capturing a clean and dry drum sound to enhance with effects in post. I use some handmade Russian ribbon mics as overheads which provide a similar quality to the Coles 4038 as well as a range of dynamic mics and some other choice microphones such as the Beyerdynamic M160. I run these through a UAD Apollo 8xp (with option for more channels) and utilise various plugins such as the API vision channel strip, Pultec and Neve EQs and Studer A800 tape saturation. In the studio I use various drums, mostly Ludwig classic maple but also Craviotto, Premier and George H Way. I have a big selection of Istanbul and Zildjian cymbals which can cater to any style.

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

  12. A: I work with a very broad range of clients in terms of style and approach, however, my role tends to be quite similar from project to project. Mostly I am required to provide the perfect groove to either underscore a vocal feature or be the main feature and hook of a track. I am quite often given a fairly blank canvas to throw ideas onto and see what works best, and then I take time to capture these ideas with the most appropriate mic set up etc. More often than not, the artist's I work with trust me with my contributions and end up using my suggestions for the final mix. I work closely with my clients to gain an understanding of their vision for their music, taking on board their comments and also researching their own particular influences. I provide my clients with very high quality drum stems, ranging from anywhere between 1-10 channels, all recorded using a combination of ribbon and dynamic mics in tandem with a UAD Apollo 8xp interface.


Terms Of Service

2-7 day turnaround, 1 revision included.

GenresSounds Like
  • The Daptone Family
  • Radiohead
  • The Roots
Gear Highlights
  • Vintage Ludwig/Premier drums
  • Craviotto and Ludwig snares
  • big range of Istanbul and Zildjian cymbals. UAD Apollo x8p
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