Greg Ohlback

Drummer & Audio Engineer

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Straight up drumming with hi quality audio stems, and a strong ability to follow your brief to a tee.

I have been drumming, and recording my drums for 50 years, and a highlight was to play drums with Julian Lennon on Australia's Midday Show in 1997. My main influences are Steely Dan and anything with a clean solid sound.
I have drummed and toured with many artists/shows including Julian Lennon (The Midday Show 1997),
Pearl - The Janis Joplin Show, The Life and Times of Stevie Wright, ELVIS - The King in Concert with David Cazalet, as well as playing many local shows with various Blues & Sixties style bands.
In 2013 I was awarded 'Producer of The Year' for my wife and I's album "Trouble Goin' Down",
with me drumming, recording, mixing and mastering the entire album. I have my own YouTube channel with several of my clips which I have recorded and mixed.

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

Interview with Greg Ohlback

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I think our (Liza Ohlback) first album Trouble Goin' Down which won us the 3 Chain Awards - Best Vocal -Best Song - Best Producers. To start from scratch, with all original songs - record, produce, engineer, master, create album cover/artwork and produce accompanying video clips - that was a big one for us. Check it out !!!

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

  4. A: Liza Ohlback - upcoming album. An album by The 12 Bar Dudes. Mixing tracks for Sam McNally (Stylus). Jo Elms finalising some original tracks.

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

  6. A: Rick Melick. Keyboard player, artist in his own right. Played for Joe Bonamassa and with several of the biggest names you'll hear. Check him out.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Digital. So much work - so little time!

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

  10. A: At least, what you were hoping for.

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

  12. A: It's not a job!

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

  14. A: Could you do this for free?! What???

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

  16. A: We all (think we) know what each other is thinking? hmm that's a tricky question...

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

  18. A: Do you have a cross reference? What style - approach are you looking for?

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

  20. A: Check out the previous work - not just the claims

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

  22. A: Kik, Snare, Crash cymbal, guitar, Solar recording unit

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

  24. A: Age 12 = guitar. Age 13 = brother brought home drum kit from school - the rest is history. A lifetime of playing and recording - including recording 3 original albums with my wife Liza Ohlback. All of which have maintained a high profile in Blues Charts across the world - including 3 Chain Awards for Australian Blues.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Clean, solid, subtle.

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

  28. A: Donald Fagen.....he understands the drum track like no-one else.

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

  30. A: Keep It first.

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

  32. A: Mainly popular blues, funk/rock.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Interpretation

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

  36. A: Years of drumming and listening experience, with the ability to replicate what the artist is trying to portray, in a very quick turnaround time.

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

  38. A: Receive the track, have a listen, discuss client requirements - give it a go! Bounce back off client until mission accomplished.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I am co-partner in Cannon Sound Studios and have unlimited access to record. We have a great little Live room and control room, all professionally designed with all the latest equip. Presonus, Peach Audio, Midas pre's.

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

  42. A: Steely Dan, Toto, Foo Fighters, Snarky Puppy

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

  44. A: Lay down drums for partly completed songs or tracks. I also mix and Master if required.

Liza Ohlback - 4 song snippets

I was the Drummer, Engineer in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • Steely Dan
  • Bernard Purdie
  • Steve Gadd
Gear Highlights
  • Pearl BLX kit with 20" kick
  • plus 22 and 24" kick options. Pearl 13" Piccolo snare
  • Pearl Masters Snare 14 x 5.5" Toms 10;12;13;16" power
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