Nikola Dušmanić

Session Drummer / Producer

8 Reviews (8 Verified)
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Welceome - my name is Nikola and I am professional drummer with 20 years experience perfecting my craft behind the drums and with around 6 years of experience in the studio business!

If you are in need of a versatile session drummer who can properly handle most genres, then you are at the right place!

I have 20 years of experience playing drums, with several years dedicated to being a session drummer and producer. Over the past few years, I have recorded hundreds of songs and numerous albums, released both digitally and physically (CDs, vinyl, and cassettes) via bigger labels.

It's a pleasure to offer you session drum recording services on my fully custom W.odd Custom Drums (endorsee), powered by a variety of high-end cymbals, microphones, and preamps. These are located within my Ezoterik Studio, a space designed to create a big, natural, and open sound with custom panels, diffusers, and wooden walls.

If you are looking to learn more, simply contact and chat with me! When you work with me, you will receive personalized attention and collaboration throughout the process. I will work closely with you to understand your vision and bring it to life!

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

8 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Monumental R.

    Very professional approach, easy to work with, delivered the recordings in due time. 100% recommended session drummer.

  2. Review by Sergio C.

    session drums + mix. Incorporated good ideas that improved the song. All great!!!

  3. Review by Sergio C.

    Nikola is am awesome drummer, has all the necessary gear and a lot of experience in extreme metal (black/death/doom). His drum sound is great too, acoustic, yet powerful. No need to explain anything, he just dived right into the songs. Mixing the tracks was great too, he made all the necessary adjustments and corrections and the tracks turned out great. 100% recommended.

  4. Review by Sergio C.

    great session drums and great mix! all went smoothly!

  5. Review by Sergio C.

    Great drummer and producer.
    It's a pleasure to work with such talent.

  6. Review by Sergio C.

    Great job on the mix and master of this track. Was looking to do something slightly different to what I'm used to and Nikola was super cool about it, we worked together on getting the proper sound. Recommended!!

  7. Review by Sergio C.

    Nikola is great!! fast delivery, good communication and solid drummer!

  8. Review by Tristan Kneschke (Metamyther)

    Nikola worked quickly and efficiently, first sending over some demos before editing and quantizing his parts. Tons to work with with 11 separate stems - work with him on your next project!

Interview with Nikola Dušmanić

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

  2. A: When conversing with potential clients, I inquire about the inspiration behind their music/project to align my drumming with their vision. Additionally, I discuss their future plans for the project and its release timeline, as well as the artists who inspire them, to understand their preferred style and tailor my drumming accordingly.

  3. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  4. A: My strongest skill lies in playing various styles of blast beats and utilizing the double bass pedal to create powerful and hard-hitting rhythms.

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

  6. A: I bring an energetic and hard-hitting drum performance to a song infusing it with a unique style. All my song recordings are as perfect as possible, ensuring that edits are made only where necessary.

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

  8. A: As a session studio drummer, my most common work involves recording drums for clients' music projects, including songs, band albums, and collaborations with labels. I also take on additional roles like producing, mixing, and mastering for the bands I record drums for, ensuring a high-quality musical outcome.

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

  10. A: I usually work on various subgenres of metal, including Black Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, as well as Modern Metalcore sounds. Additionally, I also work on various genres of Rock!

  11. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  12. A: My studio setup consists of equipment that I take great pride in. For drums, I proudly play on a Serbian brand called W.Odd Custom Drums, which provides me with exceptional sound. I use a diverse range of cymbals from renowned brands such as Meinl and Istanbul. In terms of drumheads, I rely on the reliability and quality of Evans Drumheads, which consistently deliver the sound I desire for different recording projects. I utilize a collection of professional-grade microphones from Shure, Audix, AKG, and Rode with Focusrite Preamps.

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Terms Of Service

As many revisions as you desire, as long as I can produce the content you envision. The turnaround time will depend on the complexity of the project, ranging from 3 to 7 days per song.

Gear Highlights
  • W.odd Custom Drums
  • Istanbul & Meinl Cymbals
  • Focursite preamps
  • Shure PGA52 Kick
  • Shure PGA56 x3 Toms
  • Audix i5 Snare Top
  • Shure PGA57 Snare Bottom
  • Shure SM57 Ride
  • EV PL37 HiHat
  • Rode M5 x2 Overheads
  • RB 100 Ribbon x2 Rooms
  • AKG P120 Mono Room
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