Lean Alem

Session Drummer/percussion

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The drummer/percussionist you need.

I can record different styles with a wide range of instruments such as drum, djembé, congas, udu drum, bombo legüero (argentinian drum), didgeridoo, cajón drum, octapad and a lot of different accesories. I have my own home studio to be able to record at any time.

I also can record some rythm guitar (nylon and metal strings) and back up voices.

My gear.
Drums: Sonor Jungle 3007, Gretsch Catalina Jazz. Snares: Gretsch full rage maple (wooden rims), Yamaha Steve Gadd signature, Black Phanter 13"x7" maple. Cymbals: Istanbul Mehmet

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.


  • English
  • Spanish

Interview with Lean Alem

  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 proud to have been the lead singer and percussionist of the international company Fuerza Bruta with which I toured the world with live performances.

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

  4. A: I recently finished recording drums for two neo soul/pop songs. I'm in the editing, mixing and mastering stage of the tracks.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: I prefer analog over digital. I feel that I can trust more in something concrete than in something ethereal. But I can always adapt.

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

  8. A: Try the best of my self and my music.

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

  10. A: To create.

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

  12. A: A drum set, a music player (with spotify premium please), a portable recorder, an acoustic guitar, and a shaker, always carry a shaker with you. :P

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

  14. A: I have been studying, playing and recording since 2001.

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. A: Correct. Just what the artist needs.

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

  18. A: I would like to work with José González and his group Junip. For the affinity with his music, his artistic sensibility and his songs.

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

  20. A: Always listen carefully.

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

  22. A: Usually with folk music, pop, rock, world music, trival, funk and a little jazz.

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: Being able to understand songs and styles easily. Even with difficult arrangements.

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

  26. A: My musicality of 15 years of career. Good taste and good sound.

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

  28. A: I listen to the song first. I read what the client wants. I try various ideas, then record them. I choose the best shots, edit them, and then submit the best ideas.

  29. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  30. A: I have my own well-equipped home studio. Prepared for the jobs I'm used to doing. Ready to record!

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

  32. A: I find inspiration in artists like Jorja Smith, Tom Misch, Erykah Badu, Björk. The Beatles, John Mayer and Finneas among others

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

  34. A: I usually record drums and percussion on demand. I also record rhythm guitars (with nylon strings and metal strings). People also call me for live shows.

Demo of drums, percussion and rhythm nylon guitar

Terms Of Service

Generally I work with two revisions. If you want one more revision $10 is added to the final price. But everything is talkable ;)
I usually reply within the next couple of days.

GenresSounds Like
  • Jorge Drexler
  • Aca Seca Trio
Gear Highlights
  • Istanbul Cymbals
  • Sonor Drums
  • Gretsch Drums
  • Yamaha Snare
  • Black Phanter Snare
  • Gretsch Snare. Custom percussions (various)
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