Martyn Barker

Session Drummer/producer

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I am a session drummer and drummer with my 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

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

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  • Marc Almond
  • John Harle
  • Goldfrapp
  • Jack Omer
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  • Juju
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  • Mark Nevin
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  • Hafdís Huld
  • Hafdís Huld
  • Leo Abrahams
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  • Sarah Jane Morris
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  • Alain Bashung
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  • Division Kent
  • Fred
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  • Monstrance
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  • Pauline Croze
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  • Ray Davies
  • Ray Davies
  • Billy Bragg
  • Billy Bragg
  • Hafdís Huld
  • Salvatore Adamo
  • Salvatore Adamo
  • Matt Backer
  • Shriekback
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  • Tube-Tech
  • Juliette Gréco
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  • Khaled
  • Sarah Jane Morris
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  • Billy Bragg
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  • Billy Bragg
  • Alain Bashung
  • Alain Bashung
  • Alain Bashung
  • Beth Gibbons
  • Rustin Man
  • Beth Gibbons
  • Rustin Man
  • Typewriter
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  • Yat-Kha
  • Matt Backer
  • Sarah Jane Morris
  • Sarah Jane Morris
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  • Sarah Jane Morris
  • Shriekback
  • Shriekback
  • Andrew Weatherall
  • Shriekback
  • Hank Dogs
  • Cloning Einstein
  • Shriekback
  • The Alarm
  • Alarm & Mike Peters
  • Mike Peters
  • Alarm MMVI
  • Alain Bashung
  • Alain Bashung
  • Joseph Arthur
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  • Sarah Jane Morris
  • Sarah Jane Morris
  • Branch Manager
  • Fluke
  • Carmen McRae
  • Suzanne Rhatigan
  • Shriekback
  • King Swamp
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  • Carmen McRae
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  • Cutting Crew
  • Grant Peeples

10 Reviews

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  1. Review by Jaguar S.
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    Martyn absolutely NAILED IT! exactly what I wanted. Perfect sound too!

  2. Review by Andrew L.
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    Martyn is a fantastic drummer and was wonderful to work with.

  3. Review by Leonardo
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    Touch.Martyn has touch. I had no idea his drums would make such a difference. His sound is unique and fetching. You simply don't get tired of his sound.
    Great communication and very pleasant to work with.
    We are lucky to have Martyn on SoundBetter. Martyn is a find!

  4. Review by Steven J.
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    Martyn is very professional and a great drummer. He has a great sounding kit and mics. I especially love his high hat work which contribute to the great feel he has. Really nice stereo field also. Things went well technically in that I sent him a Logic X project, he recorded into that same project, and sent it back so it was super easy to integrate into my mix. I highly recommend him and plan on using him in the future.

  5. Review by Eric E.
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    Martyn is the man. Totally pro and great to work with. Excellent prompt communication not to mention an awesome drummer who understands tone and vibe. 100% would work with again!

  6. Review by Steinar Karlsen
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    I will definitely recommend Martyn for your next project. Top level of professionalism from playing to communication!

  7. Review by George K.
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    This was my first time working with a professional producer and Martyn delivered exactly what I asked for. He brought my song to life, created the right sound and atmosphere and it flowed brilliantly. Very happy with the result.

  8. Review by Philip Clemo
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    A truly great drummer - very musical and versatile. As soon as he does his thing music comes alive. It's always great to work with Martyn on projects.

  9. Review by Jo Young
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    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!

  10. Review by Ian Caple
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    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: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

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

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

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

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

  6. A: Simon Edwards Bass player

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

  8. 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.

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

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

  11. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  12. 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

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

  14. 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.

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

  16. A: Personality, Colour and hopefully Soul!

  17. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  18. 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.

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

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

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

  22. 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.

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

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

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

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

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

  28. A: 34 years

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  42. 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.

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

  44. 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

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Talitha rise The Lake

I was the Drummer co writer producer in this production

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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