Luke O'Kelley

Session drummer

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I've played drums live, on the road, and in the studio for the past 7 years. I have experience playing mostly rock, pop, country, and folk/singer-songwriter music. Artists I've played with include: Son and Thief, Matt Papa, The Welcome Home, The Tuten Brothers, Zach Seabaugh, and many more.

Want to give it a shot?

A full list of my equipment is available on request.

I typically record in 24 bit at 44.1 khz, but can change this if needed.

I do not charge you until you are completely satisfied with my performance. I will give you up to 2 revisions with no charge.

Send me your track in an mp3 file along with any specific directions you have for me: style of playing, intensity, dynamics, drum tones, breaks, specific fills or anything else. The more direction you can provide the better!

Once you send me all this info, I will send you a draft within 3 days and we can discuss what you like and what you would like me to change.

Have questions or concerns? Let me know and I'd be happy to answer them!

Thanks for your interest!

- Luke

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Interview with Luke O'Kelley

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

  2. A: To put their needs and preferences first. While I have my own voice and tastes, those are secondary to the needs and preferences of my clients. In everything, I'm not happy with my performance unless I have exceeded the expectations of my clients.

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

  4. A: The ability to create something lasting. Recording drums is more than just a performance, it's creating art. This is both challenging and rewarding. Studio drumming requires a high level of skill and focus to be able to create art that is lasting and meaningful, but when I'm able to make a drum part that I'm proud of, it's incredibly rewarding.

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

  6. A: What are artists/musicians that inspire you? What ideas and desires do you have for the drums on your song? What's the bpm of your song?

  7. Q: How would you describe your style?

  8. A: Supportive, creative, and groovy. My goal is to make your song come to life. In everything I do, I try and balance unique voicings, with appropriate playing.

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

  10. A: Pop, rock, folk, singer-songwriter, country, indie, alternative

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Commitment. I'm absolutely committed to offering my best possible performance on every single track that I play on.

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

  14. A: A diverse set of experiences, a deep skill set, and an open mind. I've played with a lot of different artists and projects across a lot of different styles of music. I've learned something from every one of my experiences, and have developed a deep skill set over the years. If I've learned one thing, it's to never quit learning and to approach each new experience with humility, and curiosity. I never assume I know exactly what to play, until I've internalized the song.

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

  16. A: Too many to count. Off the top of my head: Coldplay, Haitus Kayote, Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon, Josh Garrels, Mutemath, Led Zeppelin, John Mayer, Darren King, Nate Smith, Mark Guliana, Ash Soan, Daru Jones, and Aaron Sterling.


Terms Of Service

I will give you up to 3 revisions if needed. I will get you the finished product within 5 days.

GenresSounds Like
  • John Mayer
  • James Brown
  • Kings of Leon
Gear Highlights
  • Gretsch USA Custom
  • Ludwig Supraphonic
  • Zildjian and Istanbul cymbals
  • Ksm32 overheads
  • Beta52A
  • Unidyne 545
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