Professional musician / drummer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I always do my best to serve the music. I communicate both in English and Español.
Professional on-demand drummer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
I've pursued a career in music 17 years ago, since then I have focused mainly on Jazz music but developed in different musical genres. Studied with Mark Guiliana, Greg Hutchinson, Daniel "Pipi" Piazzolla, among many others.
You can check my work on iTunes / Spotify / YouTube with "Olvide San Telmo", "Perceptual trio", "The Soho Rentals", "Macarena Robledo", "Kanu", "Ankar", "Belen Iglesias", "James Dawkins", etc.
I'm a very responsible artist who will hear what you need and deliver in a timely matter, always serving the music and doing my very best to exceed your expectations.
"Matias is an amazing drummer who has a very great feel to his drumming." - Ken Chow for James Dawkins album.
"He's a one of a kind drummer with a mixture of precision and humanity in his work that adds endless dimension to whatever track he's a part of" - Farahd. W.
"His playing was stellar on my tracks and I would highly recommend him to anyone!" - Pete M.
"5 stars all the way. Very professional,responsive, patient and pleasure to work with" Yvonne C.
"Matias is a true pro and all round good human, an excellent drummer who can lay the foundations of your project, or come in at the end and tie it all together in style." - Bav.
"Matias was a true pro who turned around what I asked for in 24 hours!" - Greg Johnson.
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26 Reviews - 5 Repeat ClientsEndorse Matias Menarguez
Again...delivers quick, clean and with lots of aloha and feeling for the music. Will keep coming back!
Always a pleasure to work with Matias, a now regular collaborator. An excellent drummer who works well with whatever style of project you put in front of him.
Matias is an amazing drummer who has a very great feel to his drumming. It was a pleasure working with him and communicating with him was a breeze. I gave him directions and influences of drummers and songs and he gave it the flavor and much more with his own style which I like! Thanks Matias!
PS the drums recorded were of great quality as well!
I've worked with Matias twice now and it's been a continuing pleasure. He's a one of a kind drummer with a mixture of precision and humanity in his work that adds endless dimension to whatever track he's a part of. The recordings he sends back emanate a warm, rich texture that makes them a joy to work with in the post-production stage as well. You owe it to yourself to work with him if you're seeking singular, artisan drumming for your track.
Matias is a consummate professional who did an incredible job for my track. His drumming has technical skill with an intuitive sense of artistry that is rare to come by. He's also a very warm, personable collaborator and that shined through even in our brief interactions here. The turn around was quick and the results were perfect. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone looking to take their tracks to a higher plateau.
Matias did a great job of turning an idea i had into something real, and brilliant. A true professional, and talented drummer.
Matias is a true pro and all round good human, an excellent drummer who can lay the foundations of your project, or come in at the end and tie it all together in style.
Matias is a joy to work with, great professional and always delivers top quality work.
2nd time working together and such a pleasure. Totally different kind of song this time and he nailed it again. And the bonus of a very quick turn around. 5 stars without a doubt.
Matias is always a professional and lightning fast turnarounds. I've used him on a couple of projects and will continue to do so!
Great playing, highly recommended!!
Matias is great to work with. Excellent communication and works quickly. His playing was stellar on my tracks and I would highly recommend him to anyone!
5 stars all the way. Very professional,responsive, patient and pleasure to work with. We donʻt know drum terminology but he got just what we were after. Looking forward to doing more. Actually, onto the next one already!
Matias is a great musician providing efficient work that would most satisfy your requirements. It's been a pleasant to work with Matias! Really looking forward to anther chance to collaborate.
I've worked with Matias several times now and it's incredibly easy working with him. A very talented drummer who can take the description of what you are after and turn into something great. As always, Highly recommended.
I filtered on drummers in the jazz genre because we pictured ourselves a lot of brushes in our song Good Times and Matias was chosen for the job. His first take was ok but didn´t feel 100% right (which is normal) and I gave him feedback as detailed as I could. What we got back in take 2 was pure perfection and exactly what we was looking for. He worked fast, had good communication skills and really understood our music. What more can you ask for?
Matias was a true pro who turned around what I asked for in 24 hours! I highly recommend.
It's been awesome working with Matias on this project, and very easy too. With a brief instructions, he's able to produce some great quality work. Cannot recommend him highly enough. Will definitely be working with him in the future.
Matias has a unique sound, and he is a great drummer. He works quickly and really 'got' what I wanted - I highly recommend him!
It's been incredibly easy working with Matias on this project, talented drummer who can take an idea you have and turn into something great.
Matias always delivers great sounding work, it's been a pleasure so far working on this project with him.
Enjoying working with Matias on my current project. Great communication and excellent drum mixes.
Another stellar job by Matias, you can let him get creative with his own ideas and he'll produce great quality work. Also, his additional mixing option is great, really gets it sounding nice.
Will absolutely be working with him again in the not so distant future.
Great communication and incredibly fast at delivering the completed work. Talented drummer, would highly recommend.
Amazing drummer with a unique sound, I really recommend Matias!!
Matias is someone who i enjoyed working with very much. Great communication, very skilled drummer. You can take an idea to him with minimal guidelines & he will deliver a great drum piece for you. Also, having had some drum mixing issues in the past, his extra option of additional drum mixing was something i took advantage of, and he gets the drums sounding awesome. Can't recommend highly enough.
Interview with Matias Menarguez
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: It would be Perceptual Trio, Olvide San Telmo and The SoHo Rentals. I'm proud because they are personal projects where my rol was not only as the drummer but also as the composer and producer of various songs.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working with my jazz trio "Perceptual Trio", on a theater play called "Los Monstruos" (winner of several recognized awards in Argentina as the Best Musical of 2016), on "Olvidé San Telmo", and different session situations.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will deliver what is expected in a timely matter, and I will do everything in my power to achieve what's expected and hopefully more.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I usually get asked: "What would you play here?", "Do you think this can work?". My answer is a track with the different possibilities and an explanation on why would or would not work.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I don't think there is really a different misconception about the drummer's job than there is about a bassist's for example, but there has to be a clear message from the composer to the performers in every instrument. Usually the drummer gets directions on what to play in a non conventional way, like "play like tum tum pa" when other instruments get a music sheet with the arrangements written down.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do they expect from the drummer and the drums sound. Do you want me to record and alternative track with my own ideas?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I would say be as clear as you can about what you want, bring examples if you like so, be open to suggestions if any, and trust that I will do my job the best I can, no matter what the music is.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I'd probably take a snare drum, a bass drum and a hihat, then Brian Blade Fellowship's "Landmarks" album and something that can play that album.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been working as a professional musician/drummer for more than 16 years. I got a degree as a Professional Musician from the E.M.B.A. (Buenos Aires Music School), which is one of the most respected institutions for musical studies in Argentina, where I was also granted of a scholarship due to performance. I took private lessons with Mark Guiliana (USA), Greg Hutchinson (USA), Daniel "Pipi" Piazzolla, Carto Brandan, Eloy Michelini, Dorian Mori. I've been fortunate enough to be surrounded by amazing musicians from different kinds of music, who have trusted in me for their albums/tours/gigs, and still do. I got to play with lots of recognized musicians such as Pedro Aznar, Javier Malosetti, Richard Bona (while in Argentina), Mario Parmisano, etc.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like to hear what's happening, and then react in the most honest way to that. I'm a very versatile drummer who likes to "float" around songs as much as keeping a steady groove.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: There are many artists I'd like to work with, but to avoid giving names, I've always respected artists that know what they want but are willing to hear different opinions and ideas. This is a collaborative process between everyone that is working, being surrounded by proactivity and new/different ideas is always refreshing. Most of the composers I admire understand that.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always be open to hear what the musicians working on the song have to say, take your time to process all the information, and then proceed as you believe is the most convenient way for the music you intend to record.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on Jazz (traditional and modern) Fusion, Pop and Funk music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I believe I'm a great listener, I'm always aware of what's going on in the song, and I understand that everything I do as a musician has to contribute and serve the music, not otherwise.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I hope to bring my own voice while serving the music, I'm always open for suggestions/requests, and I can always contribute on the production of ideas or the whole song if request.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to receive the original song or idea with or without drums, and get to understand what is to be expected from the drummer. My main goal is to serve music, and achieve what is expected. I usually record several drafts to discuss with the composer until we agree on what's best. I'm extremely responsible with due dates and feedback.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I usually record at my home studio in Buenos Aires with a Gretsch Catalina Jazz drum kit (18-12-14) with a Ludwig & Ludwig Standard Deluxe snare drum from the 40s. I always use a turkish 15" K Zildjian hihat from the 50s, a 22" Crash-Ride from Ottaviano, a 21" Istanbul Agop Ottoman Jazz Series Crash-Ride with 3 rivets and a 24" Bosphorus Jazz Master Series Ride. I mostly produce and record on Logic and Reaper through a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 audio interface, with Behringer C3 conderser mics and Samson 5pc Mics.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm trully inspired by musicians I consider honest in what they do. I'm a great fan of drummers such as Brian Blade, Mark Guiliana, Jeff Ballard, Nate Smith; and musicians as Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, David Bowie, Beck, Brad Mehldau, etc.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually work as a Jazz drummer, but I've been working for more than 16 years as session drummer for different music genres such as Pop, Blues, Funk, R&B.