Malik Temple

Percussionist | Music Producer

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Dove Award Nominated Drummer. I Prioritize The Pocket over Fills.


My name is Malik Temple and I am a freelance percussionist, music producer, and arranger. I am a band director by day and performer by night!

My main instruments are drum set, concert percussion, marching percussion and midi programming. I can provide minimal support with other rhythm instruments like bass, electric guitar, and piano.

With arranging, heavily in the wind and percussive applications, and I have some experience with strings.

I have 10+ years of experience in playing drumset and percussion for Pop, Ska, Jazz, Neo-Soul, CCM, Rock, some Latin percussion rhythmic vocabulary, some West African rhythmic vocabulary, Hip-Hop, Blues, Reggae, Rock, Folk, and Americana.

My most notable work is percussion composition and arrangement for "Still: The Life and Artistry of Fanny Crosby Reimagined", which was nominated for "Best Long Form Video" at the 2021 Dove Awards.

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Malik Temple

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Interview with Malik Temple

  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 especially proud of my first solo release "Don't Forget to Breathe" because I did everything from the instrumentation, the recording, the album work, and I pitched it to a large list of outlets for indie music. It was the first think that I could call my own, I fought through depression and self-worth to get it done, and it has inspired people to persevere.

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

  4. A: My 5 song EP that is a collection of autobiographical tone poems.

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

  6. A: No.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Doesn't matter; make people care by what you communicate through your music.

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

  10. A: That I will be the least of your worries.

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

  12. A: I get to work with other musicians instead of working by myself.

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

  14. A: Customer: "Can you make this part more busy?" Me: "Sure."

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

  16. A: That I'm a Gospel drummer by just looking at me.

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

  18. A: What do you want the listener to feel during and after your song? What do you want me to do specifically? What don't you want me to do?

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

  20. A: Be able to communicate why you believe in your music and why anybody else should believe in your music.

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

  22. A: drum set guitar hang drum tuba Marimba

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

  24. A: My career path is music production and I have been doing this for over 4 years.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Appropriate yet warm and comforting.

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

  28. A: Jon Bellion because his ideas are fresh, he's humble, he works hard, and his focus is to get better as opposed to getting bigger.

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

  30. A: Less is more.

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

  32. A: Neo-soul and pop productions.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: My strongest skills is the ability to quickly adapt.

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

  36. A: I bring a understated but supportive element to a song that makes the artist say "THAT'S WHAT I WANTED"!

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

  38. A: My typical work process consists of artists sending me an idea, I compose a complimentary percussion part 9possibly background vocals, synths, and so forth), the client advises what elements should stay or leave, and I send the stems when the client is satisfied with the product.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: A small, typical setup with a few mics, a few guitars, acoustic drums, a soundboard and midi controllers. Board: PreSonus StudioLive AR12 DAW: Logic Pro X Drums: Tama Imperial Star 4 piece Meinl Byzance Series Cymbals Evans Heads (EC2s on toms, Genera HD Dry on Snare, and EMAD2 Clear on Kick) Guitars: Fender Jazz Bass MIM 2010 Yamaha Electric Guitar SE603MA Monitors: M Audio Bx5 Pair Mics: AKG C452 EB AKG 112D Audio Technica ATM 23H3 Rode NT-1a Shure SM 57 (4) Midi Controllers: M Audio Keystation 49 Key M Audio Mini Mk3

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

  42. A: Jon Bellion Monte Booker Tyler, The Creator AbJo Tom Misch Kanye West

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

  44. A: Most of my work is creating beats for singers to record over or drums on a record.

"Paper Cranes - LaLa

I was the drummer in this production

Terms Of Service

Contract is required for work
Typical Turn-around - 2-7 days
Additional costs are negotiated in contract
Typical revisions allowed - 3

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