Hello there! My name is Bas Janssen and I am a Drummer and Percussionist. I have been involved with music my entire life with all kinds of genres and types of percussion.
I am an alumni of Berklee College of Music majoring in 'Performance' and 'Music Production & Engineering'. In my time at Berklee I worked with a variety of performers and projects ranging from Pop to Brazilian music to Classical to Motown and everything in between. This includes drum set and any type of percussion you can think of.
Creating art with people is my passion and I aim to bring out the best in any project no matter if my role is the musician, mixer, or engineer. I can do it all and help bring your music to life!
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4 ReviewsEndorse Bas Janssen
I've worked with Bas multiple times throughout the years. Using his skills as both a great session player and a brilliant engineer, this guy knows music. 10/10 would recommend! Hire him, you won't be disappointed!
Bas worked with me on several personal projects both as a drummer and recording/mixing engineer and he went above and beyond in both aspects. When conceptualizing and recording my music, he did an incredible job of bringing out my vision through his playing and engineering. When playing my originals and covers, he displayed his versatility and responsiveness to direction and vibe. Great guy!!!
GREAT DRUMMER! Really captured the intensity of my music and just brought it alive! If you need a live drummer look no further, you need this guy on your tracks!!!
One of the best people I've worked with!
Interview with Bas Janssen
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most commonly I have been a drummer for artist's live shows, gigging around the local area.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by a large range of musicians in many different ways, but when it comes to Pop/R&B drumming, drummers I mostly look up to are Josh Foster, Chris Coleman, Devon Stixx Taylor and John Blackwell Jr.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio set up consists of a pdp x7 kit (10,12,14,22) with DW 14x6 snare. Complete set of microphones for close micing into PreSonus interface. This is all set up in a professional rehearsal space for a clean, controlled sound.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical work process consists of listening to the song a few times by itself to learn the form and listen out for nuances in the track. Then I'll take it to the kit and practice a couple more run throughs to refine my parts and how I want to make the song breath and build. Then sound check everything and record!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: What I bring to a song is a versatile background that can find the right sound for the song, no matter the style and build with the song accordingly to bring the song to an exciting close!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is that I can give you a full professional product from drum sounds and drumming to engineering and editing/mixing drums.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on music between the Pop, Rock and R&B genres.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always add live drums ;)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Top 3 artists to work with are Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar. Their music is all very revolutionary while remembering where they came from.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is a blend of old school R&B pocket with fat Rock energy and power. Underlying Brazilian swing and fills based on the melody.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been drumming for 15 years now and I am a Berklee College of Music Graduate recently moved to Los Angeles to take my career to the next level!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Does 'drum kit' count as 1 piece of gear? Then 2, laptop (w/charger), 3, plug socket, 4, internet router, 5, endless money!!!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Are you ready for your song to kick ass? ;)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have a demo? Do you have a time deadline? Do you want me to mix the drums also?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: You can't polish a turd! So underestimating drum tuning or how to record the drums can easily be too difficult to fix after the fact.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Getting to play the drums!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: A product they're happy with! I will take constructive criticism or any changes and redo the recording until the client has exactly what they're looking for!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital... I don't have enough money for analog yet!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Dan Gleyzer and Cory Stearns are both great producers!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on mixing the recording of my senior recital at Berklee. I was very proud of the show, so I'm making sure the mix does it justice so I can post it on YouTube.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The project called 'Juice and Candy' by Arnetta Johnson, which I engineered, mixed and mastered, was a really inspiring project for me to be a part of. Arnetta is a great friend and artist I admire very much, her work ethic and her approach to her music is very revolutionary. This song brings a jazz combo to a trap beat. Virtuosic musicians on top of a beat that knocks!