Anthony Lopez

Remote Drum Recording + Mixing

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Hey all, I've been a music professional for over 10 years here in Los Angeles. While drum & percussion performance is my primary trade, my other professional skills include audio engineering, music production, sound design, commercial composition, audio post-production, and more.

At the age of seventeen, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my career in music. Since then, having near a decade of experience, I've been hired as a drummer and percussionist in a wide variety of musical genres in both live and studio environments.

My home recording studio, a co-ownership under the name Block Of Joy, features pro-quality recording capabilities with a focus on an intimate vibe that's nonintrusive towards artistic expression. This means I can meet my clients' needs from the comforts of my own home, whether it be recording drum tracks for a new hit or an ADR session for the next blockbuster.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Interview with Anthony Lopez

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

  2. A: Currently working with my good friend and go-to guitarist on his solo project - I'm producing, performing, engineering, mixing.. the whole nine-yards. The songs are absolutely killer; very Leonard Cohen meets 90s Brit-rock songwriting. Very exciting stuff.

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

  4. A: Two singer-songwriter projects, and one passion project... really love the songs on all of these.

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

  6. A: Todd Bergman, Nick Mayburry, Mike Avenheim...

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both - there is no single right answer for every project.

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

  10. A: No bad vibes, ever. I'm here to facilitate your vision.

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

  12. A: Working with really, really talented folk! You make my job easy.

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

  14. A: "Do you have any Michael McDonald lyrics tattooed on your body?" To which my answer is, "I keep forgetting..."

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

  16. A: That I'm anti-social! I'm just always working, yo!

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

  18. A: I like to hear references - that goes for mixing, drumming styles, etc.

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

  20. A: Reach out! I'm happy to do what I can to make your project be the best it can.

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

  22. A: UA Apollo, Computer, U67, power generator, and an OP-1 maybe?

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

  24. A: I started in a band that quickly toured, signed, and was dropped before I was 18. From there, I learned many ins and outs of what it was like to be a player, engineer, you name it. From there I've been trying new things, including being in a band, acting as a hired gun, working for large companies, and starting my own.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Emotionally-centric logic.

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

  28. A: I've fantasized working with Ryan Adams on occasion.

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

  30. A: Always, ALWAYS play to the song. The song is everything.

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

  32. A: Pop, singer-songwriter, and rock.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Drumming, engineering, and production.

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

  36. A: Myself, what else.

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

  38. A: I try to communicate as much as possible with the client before any tracking or production work is done. As artists, our songs can mean everything to us, so I try to be sensitive to that while also diligent in working towards creating the best possible end-product.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I use a UA Apollo rackmount as my interface with Seventh Circle Audio mic pres (Neve, API, and Jensen) through a Lucid 88192 converter. The live room is about the size of a two car garage, treated with custom sound panelling and diffusers. I mix through NS10s and a homemade pair of monitors and 2x10 sub. Protools 12 and Logic X capable.

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

  42. A: For drumming: Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Gadd, Mark Guiliana.. the list goes on. For music production: Sir George Martin, Nigel Godrich, Andy+Glynn Johns, Ethan Johns, Mick Gazauski... another list that can go on.

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

  44. A: I primarily work as a drummer and recording/mixing engineer.

Terms Of Service

I will deliver at 24/96k unless otherwise specified by the client. Mixing includes 3 revisions. Drum tracking revisions are $75 per song, up to 2 revisions each song.

Gear Highlights
  • 1960s Super-Ludwig 400 COB
  • 1950s 3-Ply Gretsch Round Badge Snare
  • 1960s Gretsch Round Badge 3-piece kit
  • Kumu Custom Birch 4-piece Kit
  • Seventh Circle Audio Preamps (Neve
  • API
  • Jensen..)
  • Universal Audio Apollo
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