Dan Ince

Session Drummer/Mixer

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I am offering affordable drum sessions on industry standard equipment and mics. I have been recording for 8 years from my home studio, recording music spanning many genres, and have fulfilled the ideas and creative desires of many MD's and producers.

Link to spotify playlist of previous work -
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4zSDMG1681XEdAPh0MGLIC?si=03fe8f0d13274571

I can provide you with industry quality, session drummer standard drum recordings. Whether you have ideas you want played or you want drum parts made from scratch, I can help fulfil your musical vision.

I'll happily work with you to make sure the drum parts recorded, fit your music in the best way possible and help elevate your songs.

You will receive between 10 and 12 multitrack acoustic drum stems, with all the drums close mic'd as well as two overhead and two room microphones. Often, if there is space in the track and it is musically appropriate, I add layers of shaker, tambourine and cymbal washes, along with some other percussive elements to provide as much as I can. I will happily offer revisions, and can also mix the stems into s stereo track if that is also wanted.

For the last 3 years I have predominantly been doing remote recordings through various online platforms, recording over a 1000 songs in that time. I really do have a good understanding of what people are going for and what they want to achieve when it comes to the drums within their music.

Please do feel free to ask me any questions directly.
Thanks
Dan

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13 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Thomas D.
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    Fantastic once again. Met the needs of the track completely and gave it all the feel and groove we could ask for.

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    fantastic drumming as always.

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    Fantastic as always. Great drumming and superb communication and attitude to the job.

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    Brilliant and professional as always.

  5. Review by Craig J.
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    I've worked with Dan quite a few times now, and each time he delivers on point. Really plays for the song, but adds the pro touches too. Thanks again!

  6. Review by Thomas D.
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    Can't recommend Dan enough. This was a really tricky track to drum along to, both timing wise and style wise. It called for quite an unorthodox and specific feel and flow, and being the perfectionist that I am I was worried that I might be asking too much. But I wasn't. Dan absolutely nailed it after only a couple of takes. He did everything I wanted and more, adding filthy ghost notes that I never could have imagined. So happy with Dan's drumming, can't wait to work with him again.

  7. Review by Craig J.
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    Top job from Dan again! Great feel on the track, recorded really well with good mics and room. Awesome work.

  8. Review by Craig J.
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    Once again Dan did a terrific job on my track. Percussion layering was very professional along with solid kit grooves. Well recorded and delivered fast. Thoroughly recommend.

  9. Review by Craig J.
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    Brilliant Job. Worked to what I asked, and added his own touches to bring the track alive. Well recorded, couldn't be happier. Would definitely work with Dan again. Top man!

  10. Review by Vesa P.
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    I contacted Dan, because I needed a shuffle beat for a song. I had only vague idea and not so good guide e-drum track for it, but remarkably he nailed it at first try. He seems to understand very well what song needs and play that way. Dan also seems like a very nice person and it was very easy to communicate and work with him all along the way. Long story short: What we got was professionally played track that fits the song very well and with really good sounds. Highly recommended!

  11. Review by Thom
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    Dan recorded all the drums for my solo EP. Having a pro record drums remotely and send me the tracks was exactly what I needed. Highly recommended!

  12. Review by Gregory L.
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    I’ve been recording with Dan for over 6 months now and he was just what I was looking for. He’s a great drummer and also knows how to get the right sounds you’re looking for. Really genuine guy too who’s always willing to go the extra mile.i would definitely recommend him to anyone who’s looking for quality playing that’s very well recorded.

  13. Review by Tobi Tikare
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    by Tobi Tikare

    I have been playing in an afrofunk band with Dan for about 4 years and he has been fantastic since he joined the band. Previous drummers for the band have struggled to consistently provide what was required for the music. He had to get to grips and master complex West African grooves that are highly syncopated with unusual placement of notes and he has been successfully bringing to life the compositions in a way that has made us all very happy. From my experience, he will be able to listen to what you want and bring it to life comfortably and at the very least match your vision

Interview with Dan Ince

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

  2. A: Generally the only things I need are a version of the track without drums, a version of just the guide drums only (if there are any), both cut from the same starting point, and then just let me know what the speed of the track is. Other then that if there's any specific reference songs or any other info you as a buyer are wanting me to know, then I should be ready to rock and good to go.

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

  4. A: My Ludwig drum kit, Bosphorus cymbals, Audient interface, Audix kick mic and Neumann overhead mic. There's ya desert island studio right there.

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

  6. A: I started playing drums age 7, progressing through numerous projects, artists and bands, until eventually working full time as a musician through a combination of recording, working in functions and a small bit of teaching. For a good few years though, recording remote sessions has been my main source of income.

  7. Q: How would you describe your style?

  8. A: A complete fusion of funk, soul, rock and jazz, with elements of indie and world music genres. I'm a groove orientated drummer, but I never underestimate the power of a well placed fill, played at the right time and with the right orchestration.

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

  10. A: I would love to of played with artists including Steely Dan, Led Zep and King Crimson as well as current artists like Tom Misch, Lianne La Havas and Nubyia Garcia.

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

  12. A: Workflow is key. After spending so much time in my DAW of choice (Reaper), I've come to realise that refining a workflow and creating your own process for doing things in an efficient manor, is the most important thing when working day in, day out in audio production.

  13. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  14. A: My ability to listen to the music that is in front of me, supporting the music in every way I can. If there's a guide midi drum track to work off of for example, I will spend the time to getting to grips with the subtlties of what has been presented and what people have put effort into creating. I really do have a lot of respect for songwriters and the amount of time that has to go into creating any sort of work.

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

  16. A: Once I recieve the guide track I'm recording too, I mark out the various sections of the track in my DAW, labelling what section is what. After experimenting with some ideas and sounds, as well as getting the tuning of the kit right, I start working through the project in small 8-16 bar sections, really exploring all the options for fills and grooves. This process also makes dropping in and redoing any sections super easy to do, even months after the initial recording.

  17. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  18. A: I have a two room setup with a small and seperate mix room as well as a live room. I run Audient Pre Amps which are high quality and clean sounding, as well as mics from AKG, Neumann, Shure, Audix and Cascade.

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

  20. A: Over the past few years online, remote recording has been my main source of work, recording over 1000 songs since the start of 2020 alone. I have genuinley recorded music in all genres, styles and to all sorts of different needs and requirments.

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

  22. A: I have spent a lot of time working in weddings and funtion bands, typically playing all the soul, motown and disco standards. I grew up playing rock music, for the last 5 years I've been playing in an afro-funk project as well as reggae music projects in the past, but as previously mentioned jazz fusion has been a big influence on me. Singer songwriter music seems to of become my speciality for recording but truthfully I am comfortable in all styles.

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

  24. A: That at points people tend to believe that like a seller on Amazon, drums can just be churned out and without much thought, when in fact, getting the percussion to fully realise what is required for a song can and does require time and effort.

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

  26. A: I love the work of bands as varied as Rage Against The Machine and Queens of the Stone Age, artists such as Kendrick Lamar and Anderson Paak as well as projects like Steely Dan, Snarky Puppy and Hiatus Kaiyote. I am also directly inspired by drummers such as Richard Spaven, Yussef Dayes, Vinnie Colaiuta and Nate Smith.

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

  28. A: I aim to accompany and support the music. Playing the song is the most important thing to me, not overplaying and not pulling attention away from everything else that is happening within the track. I also like to add layers of percussion, whether that be shakers and tambourine, cymbal washes or subtle mallet style tom sounds that can help really add some rythmic ambience on top of the core drum part.

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Terms Of Service

For songs over 4 minutes long I usually charge an extra $10 per exrtra minute. I'll happily drop in and change anything for free but for a full song redo I ask for $25.

GenresSounds Like
  • Stealy Dan
  • Tame Impala
  • Hiatus Kaiyote
Gear Highlights
  • Ludwig Maple Classic Kit
  • Gretsch Renown Kit
  • Collection of snares including a Ludwig Black Beauty
  • Neuman Cascade AKG and AUDIX Mic's
  • Fireface
  • Focusrite and Audient Preamps.
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