Martyn Barker

Drummer /Percussionist

2 Reviews
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I am the drummer/percussionist with the band Shriekback. I have co written and played with Billy Bragg, Marianne Faithfull, Goldfrapp, Robert Plant, Alain Bashung, Ray Davies,Shriekback,

I can offer drum/percussion and gtr sessions from my own studio.
Live drums and Electronic!
I have been a professional musician/drummer for 34 years.
I also co produce and co write
I've been in Shriekback 1983 and have performed with many bands in the studio and live around the world
I focus on atmospheric sounds, chill out grooves, soul grooves and rock along with my hang drum and exotic percussion that includes an udu,darabouka, Gtrette, cajon and djembe.
Also another of my specialities is Folk, Blues, Soul and Funk.
I get a great retro sound from my Kit.
The acoustic gtrs I use are nylon,high strung (Nashville tuning), normal acoustic,gtrelle,mandoline and Turner

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

2 Reviews

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  1. Review by Jo Young

    I've been lucky enough to work with Martyn over a period of several years. Not only is he virtuosic in his skills as both a Drummer and Percussionist, but he is a great Producer, Composer and Multi Instrumentalist. He's a richly skilled and experienced musician who takes the time to really listen to what is needed. His attention to detail is fabulous and his ability to convey emotion in all he does is rare and wonderful. Just look at his track record and you can see this is someone who's highly inventive with their wonderful and unusual rhythms. He is also just a wonderful person to work with!

  2. Review by Ian Caple

    Martyn is a phenomenal session drummer & percussionist. I've worked with him on many occasions either face to face in the studio or by sending him the tracks remotely & the results have always been amazing. His feel & timing are second to none , his drums instantly sound good & bring a wonderful groove to any song that he plays on.. highly recommended.

Interview with Martyn Barker

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

  2. A: Alain Bashung a French Artist. An incredible album called fantasie millatre that was voted the most influential french album in the last 50 years. shriekback oil and gold and my project mini album called Blue by Talitha Rise

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

  4. A: Ive been working on my own project called Talitha Rise. I have also been co producing an Artist from Brighton called Haley Ross and I have recently done some concerts with my band shriekback.

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

  6. A: Simon Edwards Bass player

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Analog really makes drums sound better if you are going the retro route.

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

  10. A: i will work as hard as i can to get them happy with what they want.

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

  12. A: I love getting inside a song and making come alive.

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

  14. A: They usually email me about what style they want and stops , dynamics ect..

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

  16. A: I don't know what misconceptions people have about me.

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

  18. A: obviously what kind of style they would like and sound.

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

  20. A: be prepared for some surprises allow the rhythms to be part of the character of the song.

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

  22. A: snare drum, acoustic gtr ,hang drum, piano lap top

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

  24. A: 34 years

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: my style is me. listen to shriekback Funky and very percussive.

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

  28. A: so many really, David Byrne? Paul Macartney? but i have been lucky enough to have worked with so many brilliant artists

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

  30. A: always have a focus and don't try and find the answer. if the rhythm is working then everything will latch on to it like a family.

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

  32. A: Folk, Rock, pop, soul, funk. chill out, Afro rhythms, rock. jazz vibe.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: I bring a creative originality to the piece music. I think the rhythm tracks not only have to groove but also have to have character.

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

  36. A: Personality, Colour and hopefully Soul!

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

  38. A: I listen to the tracks and do different takes very quickly, send them back to the client to see if they like where i am going before i really work on the track.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: logic x with cardiac pre amps genetic speakers, universal audio compresser that i mainly use for my overhead pics for drums. sure 57 mic for snr

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

  42. A: peter gabriel,brian eno, david byrne.

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

  44. A: mainly drum tracks with a kind of retro sound. lots of exotic type percussion. hang drum also some electronic hip hop chill out sessions. i also use instruments like the gtrett and psaltry.


Terms Of Service

I like to discuss and agree a price that will allow for 1 revision/ revisit. Once the job has been funded, I will provide an mp3 rough mix and after approval the full quality WAV files will be sent.

Gear Highlights
  • Gretsch Drums
  • Hang Drum
  • World percussion .udu
  • darabouka
  • gtrett
  • calabash
  • 12 string gtr
  • acoustic gtrs
  • Moog Bass Pedals
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