Professional live & studio drummer, who has worked with many international artists such as The Scorpions (DE), Firewind (GR), Helloween (DE), Joe Lynn Turner (US), Kingdom Come (DE/US), Marco Mendoza (US), Tank (UK), Ian Gillan (UK), God´s Army (IRE/UK), the Vivaldi Metal Project (IT/USA), a.o.
Hi, I am a pro studio and live musician and can record the drums for you on your album, song or production. I can fly in wherever you like or record out of my well equipped facility "The Drum Dungeon" and deliver top sounding drums for everyone upon your request, tight & dry to huge sounding drums.
You can also hire me for live work on tours and gigs worldwide.
I love being on the road and in the studio recording, making each song sound great!
I've recorded in many studios all over the world with known engineers and producers and 58 released albums.
Please send me your files, stereo or rough mixes and I´ll add my drums on top. We can discuss the vibe and sounds you like. When I´m done, you´ll get an MP3 and we´ll discuss further.
On completion I'll send you all individual drum tracks and a stereo drum mix if required.
Tama Starclassic B/B custom drums
2x22" & 2x24" Bass Drums
8" Ludwig Coliseum Maple Snare
6" Tama SLP Snare
6 ½" Tama B/B Snare
10", 12", 14" Toms
16", 18" Floor Toms
20" Gong Bass drum
Low pitch Octoban
6", 8", 10" Remo Roto toms
10", 12" Remo Valencia Timbales
Zildjian & Paiste Cymbals
Shure Beta 52, 52a, 91, 98
Shure SM57, 58, 81
Shure KSM 32´s
Sennheiser 421N, 441U
AKG 451 CK1
UA Apollo 8p
Warm Audio, Cadac, Neve pre amps
Logic, Cubase, Studio One
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
6 ReviewsEndorse Mark Cross (The Drum Dungeon)
I've been working in studio and live with Mark in several productions, he's an awesome professional musician and wonderful person to work with. Amazing knowledge and huge experience make his work just TOP level!
Mark is one helluva powerhouse drummer and pro to the bone. Groove and sound is perfect and to top it all Mark is a great person....
Mark is a pro in every respect. His vast experience is audible on everything he’s involved in. If you want your drums to sound powerful and more importantly ‘REAL!’, then he’s your man!
Mark recorded drums for my solo album's song "Fire and water". Super sound and highest level. I recommend for all!🤘🤘🤘
You cannot go wrong with Mark!
With a track record like his, you have a guarantee of a monster rock groove that ranks with the best in the world!
Mark Cross is the groove itself! I was delighted recording the Tower of Babel songs. His tracks in forms and shapes were crafted in the Rock groove. Every single hit was just perfect. Call him to get the best. As a person he's the nicest guy to work with. N I c Angileri
Interview with Mark Cross (The Drum Dungeon)
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A tin cup (sounds good and is useful), a knife, diving gear, a bottle of Rum, my guitar and a pen and paper to write. Ooops, that was more than 5 ..... .
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I've already worked with many greats, but sadly know that many of my favs have gone. I would definitely enjoy a session with Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Neil Schon, Richie Blackmore, Steven Tyler and Geddie Lee!!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: With todays technology, it is probably the most difficult question to answer and is purely a personal choice, depending on everyones pocket and how much one can afford. Recording on 2" tapes definitely sounds warmer & fatter, especially for drums. Editing and recording with todays software is of course much easier and also sounds good, If you feed them with the right signals and mix it right and not only use plugins and compress it to death. You may as well want to use vintage outboards, the goodies that sound right and you will hear the difference. Analog recorders recorded Music and digital only codes, therefore a lot has gone missing. But with a Burl Bomber the turnouts have improved up to 90%!! Unfortunately our hearing has been literally destroyed and manipulated by the sound of MP3´s and hard compressed low quality sound files. If you don´t know, you can´t really tell the difference of a high end recording anymore!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It is quite simple, it´s a 32sqm big room with an 11 feet high ceiling, which is also used for rehearsals. I use the best drums in the world, a Tama Starclassic B/B and a variety of selected Snare Drums, Evans drum heads and a fine selection of mic pre´s by Neve and Toft Audio, Microphones mainly Shure 52´s, 81´s, 91´s, KSM 32´s, 56 and 57´s, Sennheiser 421N´s on the toms and vintage Neumann Mics. Sometimes I also work with samples. And for ambient big hall sounding overheads or room mics, we are lucky to get that massive physical reverb from our 75 feet long Tunnel on the Neumann´s or PZM´s.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Groovy, powerful, dynamic, heavy, creative, tight, musical, progressive, pocket groove, technical
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mainly Rock, Hard Rock and Metal. Over the years I carved a stone here, although I am very influenced by the masters of 70´s Jazz Rock, Progressive and Classic Rock players. Lately I've also done a few pop songs.....
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: That what a song needs, Musical approach, tight playing, the groove, great sounding drums and great ideas. I always ask the clients expectations beforehand and try to fulfil their request.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The playing, the creativity, the communication and working on new beats and sounds, listening to new ideas and recording with new artists. Every new production just opens my mind.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: It all started in the 70´s when I was given a pair of sticks at six, I got my first kit at 9 and followed an honest and devoted path into drumming, I am self taught and played along to the records of my favourites, Billy Cobham, The Stones, The Beatles, Genesis, Rush, Return to forever, Deep Purple, Zeppelin, ToTo, The Scorpions, Maiden, Priest ..... In ´84 I got my first recording job and learned how the big boys recorded back in the day! Very interesting and very different from how it´s done today. Piece of cake with all that technology. I respect the old ways and try to avoid as much as I can the copy/paste mentality, as long as it´s not necessary, meaning being under time pressure etc... ..... Since 1987 I´ve been drumming professionally as a recording and live artist and have toured and recorded in many parts of the world with some very interesting people.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Rule I: It usually sounds right when it feels right! Rule II: Don't get too attached to what you have programmed and expect the same turnout from the real man! :) ...unless it´s really good! Rule III: Never punch in too much, unless it´s necessary and you seek the impossible.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Billy Cobham, Steve Gadd, John Bonham, Ian Paice, Simon Philipps, Neil Peart, Buddy Rich, Cozy Powell, Tommy Aldridge, Nicko Mc Brain, Pierre Moerlen, Phil Collins, Pat Torpey and the magnificent Brian Downey
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: It´s awesome to have worked with the Scorpions, I´m stoked to have been their choice in 2014 to join them on stage. I very much enjoyed the release of Tower of Babel "Lake of fire" www.towerofbabelrock.com and the second God´s Army album "Demoncracy", which was released on October 12th, 2018 on ROAR Records! www.godsarmymusic.net and my participation on the electric shows with the Vivaldi Metal Project www.vivaldimetalproject.com, what a massive gig!!!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I've just finished recording the drums for the third album with my band God´s Army, We've just released our second album "Demoncracy" available on CD, Vinyl green and black and iTunes and Amazon ...... via ROAR - Rock of Angels Records. I am also working on a production with Blues/Rock Guitarist Pete Louis from Detroit, who has been living in Hamburg for over a decade. A couple of months ago I flew down to Italy and recorded drums at www.greenriverstudios.com for former Gotthard´s Hammond player Neil Otupacca´s solo album. A few other drum recordings are being done at the moment for various people and artists in the world.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: The groove, dynamics, click tight, energetic and great ideas in playing.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Online and remote drumming upon the clients request. I also accept live work and travel to other locations to record.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Sometimes it´s just never good enough, but the greater expectations do come with higher rates, yet again, my job will be done in the best way I can.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Although I´m new to SoundBetter, I´ve had good experience working with SoundBetter clients. There are many capable people on this portal and am always happy to recommend the right player, producer or engineer for the right job.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You´ll get what you pay for and the job will always be done!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Are you available to play on my album? Hey, it'll be my pleasure!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What feel, vibe, & sounds are you looking for? Do you have a reference song that may help? Are you open to suggestions?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: You always get what you pay for! Know what you want, but also be prepared for greater turnouts.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I receive the files, check clicks and work on the arrangements and then record! When the first take is done, I´ll send the client an MP3 If there are any revisions required. We´ll discuss details and changes and then go for main recording and hope the client will be satisfied. Good communication is essential.