Hi. I'm Spenser, I am an session drummer, percussionist, and loop creator. I want to help you make the most of a song or record. I have delivered high-quality online drum tracks for songs and productions for clients all over the world. Let's do this!
I've had a passion for music and drumming as long as I can remember. I love being able to sit down in my studio and play creatively for a new track and find ways to compliment the song.
I've been living in Nashville for 6 years now as a Session Drummer and I love every minute of being able to work with an artist and bring their ideas to life!
If we work together, I will provide excellent communication and pay very close attention to every detail. I will do all that I can to make sure you get exactly what you want for your project.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
8 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Spenser Ward
Spenser got groove. Exceptionally talented musician, intelligent and creative. Looking forward to working with him again!
Working with Spenser was great. He has strong intuition and knew exactly how to play on these songs - and that's what he delivered. He was willing to listen to feedback, communicated well, and turned the songs around quickly. I would be very happy to work with Spenser in the future. He did a fantastic job!
Awesome work once again!
Professional and super fast! Spenser provided me with stems on a drum part that I sent him. He played it to a "t". In addition he provided me with another set of stems with his take on the song so that I had options in my production. Really nice work and great sounds. Thanks Spencer!
Spenser's instinct was right on the money and he wouldn't stop until we were happy. Great take and great recording. Will definitely hire again!
Spenser knows his stuff! I've worked with him several times. As a drummer and percussion player, he can take on anything you ask.
Spenser is a consummate professional. Having spent several thousands of hours working with Nashville's best studio drummers, he has amassed an extremely broad depth of knowledge across all areas of the drumkit--from setup/tuning to playing and recording. On top of all that, he is a great human being who can be trusted on any project you throw his way.
I've worked with Spenser for years. He's a top notch session player, and definitely will give you world class drum production for your project!
Interview with Spenser Ward
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I most commonly come up with authentic real drum parts for the client’s song or project that compliments the feel of the song. And also create loops with real acoustic drums and percussion
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Everyone around me in this awesome town I live in Nashville inspires me. For example my drummer friends that inspire me are Shannon Forrest, Nir Z, Greg Morrow, Chad Cromwell, Lonnie Wilson and many more. I’ve learned so much from being around them and picking their brains
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a full working studio with tons of gear for tracking up to 48 channels live with a live room, guitar booth, vocal booth, guitar isolation locker, a third booth for whatever we need. Also have a grand piano, and an organ and Leslie. But as far as drums go I use 15 to 16 mics. So 3 kick mics, 3 snare mics, hat, toms, side snare, crush mic, loop mic (when needed) going thru guitar pedals, over heads, stereo pair rooms and also a mono room.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If it’s remote tracking I usually get the track and read the notes if any and then listen/ chart out the song. Then I change the drums out to more fit the song and vibe. Then I’ll play a verse or chorus with my drum setup I picked out to see if the sounds are working. Then from there I do a take or 2 on the kit and then overdub percussion or effected loop sounding drums if the song would benefit from it. From there I usually bounce out a version to send to the client to see if they have any notes
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Authentic great drum tones and feel.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Adapting to the feel and sounds a song needs and giving it dynamics.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Country, Rock, Reggae, Blues
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is always more so keeping a simple pattern or form that repeats is very attractive to listeners and clients, make the singer the star. No one cares that you know complicated rudiments or licks ha they care about if the song has good feeling and portrays the story well
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: If I had to pick just one for now, I’d love to work with Keith Urban. He is so hands on with his recordings and has a great musical mind
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Grooving, authentic, a chamaeleon always adapting to the style of song and also keeping up with the times and what’s popular today
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started recording for various artists in Jacksonville Florida where I’m from and then moved to Nashville to further my career in 2012. So I’ve been session drumming for about 10 years now.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Kick, Snare, Hat, Mic, and interface. But if you mean spicific gear choices I couldn’t live without my Brady Snare or Hello Snare and also my real deal outboard SPL transient designer, my zildjian K cymbals and my 1176
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you know what you want and can communicate clearly about what direction you want your song or project to go before hiring someone
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I usually ask if they want me to follow click or the track as is on timing. And if they have any reference tracks they want the song’s direction to go
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I play live for the artist I record for. I get asked all the time if I’m playing a show with so and so artists. And then I just have to explain how session musicians and live musicians and 2 different worlds. At least here in Nashville they are.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can I recreate a drum sound they live on a certain album or song. And I usually respond insuring them yes I definitely can no problem
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The diversity and bring creative.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is that we are in this together and no matter what we will make it exactly how they want it
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I love analog and I actually track all my drums thru outboard gear. Lightly of course since nowadays younger engineers and producers and preferring untouched audio files to work with. To to keep up with the times digital is the way to go but I do love me some analog
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes I have heard some of my friends say they are on it but I haven’t seen their profiles yet since I can’t figure out how to search for them on the site. So I don’t want to suggest any names just Incase they are not actually on SoundBetter anymore
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I’m working on a rock album and also a few country singles. But thru Soundbetter I just finished up a few songs for an artist. It was old school brush oriented country blues type music
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Well as a Drummer/ producer usually my latest projects are my favorite. So the rock album I’m producing at the moment for a very talented lady is really cool. It’s very unique and the musicianship is incredible!