Dario Esposito


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Hello, my name is Dario and I'd like to help you to bring your song at an higher level with real drum tracks. Very beautiful sound, precise performance, and if you need, creative drum arrangiaments. With multiple top level drumkits, snare drums, cymbals and microphones, triggers and pads, I can create the right sound for your song.

Music is my life and I'm in love for what I do. I started at 15 playing drums and doing soon concerts with rock and blues bands. During the years I studied in the most impotant music school in Italy and with many drum teachers, learning different music styles. I had the pleasure to play on TV, big stadiums and great auditoriums in the world with famous progressive rock, pop, pop rock, blues and jazz bands, and experimental music. With this a great studio experience, recording also at Village Studios of Los Angeles.
Today I have my own studio, buildt by me with the right proportions between height and depth, neither too dry nor too reverberated, for an ideal Room sound. Top microphones (Neumann, AKG, Shure, Sennheiser) and only Class A preamps, Antelope audio aquisition. I'm a proud endorser of Ludwig drums, Paiste cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, Remo drumheads and Roland electronics, and to play amazing instruments, having vintage, modern and hybrid drums.
In my daily job I choose the right setup, with extreme importance in the tuning, and creating that right sound for the track. The choice and position of the microphones is also foundamental. If required I do drum arrangements for the tracks I have to play on.
I always sand an mp3, and if all is ok I send all the drum track up to 18 files.

I always try to meet the client's needs. I will be happy to work on your project!

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

14 Reviews

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  1. Review by mariano s.

    Dario is very good and precise. He also has a myriad of equipment to give you just the sound you're looking for. Highly recommended!

  2. Review by Yashveer R.

    Dario is a dream to work with, very creative and understands your project thoroughly. He also provides his own inputs and ideas

  3. Review by Stefano Switala

    As a professional film composer I need nothing but the best for my projects and Dario Esposito is definitely one of the top drummers I have ever worked with.
    He is a great musician, producer and human being.
    His creative touch and amazing sound are always a valuable resource for my projects.
    He's a real PRO, reliable and totally dedicated to his craft.
    It's always fun and very inspiring to work with him.
    Dario's remote Online Recording Service it's also an amazing tool for al musicians and producers who need top notch drums parts played by an amazing drummer for their projects.

  4. Review by Federica Baioni

    Dario Esposito batterista, side man e ottimo produttore artistico. Dotato di gusto e sensibilità per progetti che vanno dal pop al rock al jazz. Ha una grande attenzione ai suoni e una strumentazione sorprendente. Ha seguito il mio progetto discografico dalla A alla Z: dalla creazione del brano, alla pre produzione al prodotto finito e mixato. Si è occupato brillantemente dei miei lavori: Oltre Frontiera 103 Edizioni 2013 ; Rumba per Noi 103 Edizioni 2012 e La Vetrina delle Vanità 103 Edizioni 2011/Edel decretandone plauso di stampa e pubblico.

  5. Review by Stefano

    Dario is a very professional and reliable drummer, I had a great experience working with him. He is very fast in responding and understanding what you want, his sounds are very good and he is open to adjust his playing style to the producer/artist desire. Highly recommended if you're looking for great drums in your songs!


    DARIO ESPOSITO é un batterista dotato di tecnica straordinaria capace di passare attraverso svariati generi con naturalezza e credibilitá, ma ancor di piú é in possesso di un grande suono, ricco e pieno di personalitá, che rende le sue registrazioni e le sue performance live sempre al massimo livello. nel mio caso é anche un amico e una persona davvero a modo . sono certo che chiunque si avvalga dei suoi servizi non potrá che rimanerne piú che soddisfatto

  7. Review by Alessandro Orlando Graziano

    Tecnicamente preparatissimo, riesce a suonare ogni genere musicale come va suonato. Per questo cerco sempre di averlo nei miei dischi.
    Alessandro Orlando Graziano

  8. Review by Marco B.

    Già nel vederlo suonare dal vivo ero rimasto sinceramente impressionato dalla sua sensibilità espressiva e dall'efficacia di ogni suo singolo colpo. Dario è un batterista che sa e vuole capire la Musica con cui deve interagire e, prima di esprimersi, la ascolta e la studia con la massima cura. Questo approccio rispettoso aiuta concretamente e la registrazione finale fa sempre centro. Dario è un batterista creativo e molto dotato tecnicamente, ma è anche particolarmente abile nella scelta dei suoni a cui dedica molta attenzione. Sono stra-contento dei brani che ha registrato per noi.

  9. Review by Ludovica

    Dario è un musicista sinceramente innamorato del suo strumento, entusiasta e sempre pronto a recepire i suggerimenti dei collaboratori. E' sempre alla ricerca di soluzioni e ama mettersi alla prova: doti preziose e sempre più rare. Complimenti e grazie di cuore per aver lavorato con noi! Alla prossima! :-)

  10. Review by Asi

    Dario is an excellent and talented drummer and producer. I recorded a record with him and was blown away by his production expertise and incredible drumming. I am a signed Warner Brothers artist and Warner Chappell writer and I highly recommend Dario for everyone. 5 Stars!!

  11. Review by Alessandro Gregori

    Dario non è soltanto un grandissimo professionista, ma anche una grandissima persona. Ho avuto l'enorme piacere di conoscerlo alcuni anni fa per le registrazioni di alcuni brani e Il suo impatto sull'arrangiamento fù da subito incredibile per qualità ed interpretazione. Strumentazione di altissimo livello, accompagnata da un talento straordinario.
    Artista con la A dei giganti.

  12. Review by Roberto Vitelli

    Dario as well as being a friend is an exceptional drummer and his contribution to "The Ancient Samovar" on www.ellesmere-project.com was highly professional and of highest quality. Thanks again Dario, a warm hug from the heart. Roberto Vitelli

  13. Review by Paolo Camerini

    Ho lavorato con Dario per il mio ultimo cd con il progetto Traindeville ed è stata una bella collaborazione, Dario è molto professionale e siamo riusciti a intenderci e ad entrare in sintonia anche a distanza, gli ho spedito i brani da registrare e ci siamo confrontati sui possibili arrangiamenti di batteria. Il lavoro è stato ottimo, le batterie ben registrate, sono molto soddisfatto!!

  14. Review by Paolo Carnevali

    Amazing drummer, stunning equipment, great sound

Interview with Dario Esposito

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

  2. A: When I went to the Village Studios of Los Angeles, for a 10 days of recordings, I was there not only to record my drums on a pop production. I was also there as a producer, the only italian man of the band with the artist. And I had to tell what to do to the audio engenier and to the session men of LA, to reach the arrangiaments in my mind.

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

  4. A: Up to 18 drum tracks with a very very beautiful sound

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

  6. A: My project DEELAY, experimental music in between on post rock - electronic and prog atmospheres, now mixing the second album. An important italian author and songwriter, Massimo Giangrande, with a vintage and acoustic sound. My wife jazz latin project Federica Baioni 4tet. A library project recording for a film soundtrack maker Stefano Switala. An electronic experimental project with the keyboard player Stefano Vicarelli. Many pop recordings for other artists.

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

  8. A: I started singing and playing piano when I was a child. At 13 I discovered drums and I falled in love for this amazing instrument. I started emulating the drum stiles of my drum heroes playing on all the record i had, also having drum lessons. I developed a lot of repertoires of famous rock band as Queen, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Supertramp, and then Genesis, Police, Sting, Dave Matthews Band, all learned note by note. I started soon, at 15 years old to make live shows and I did it a lot, with a lot of rock and blues bands. Then at 21 i decide to do it in my life and studied a lot professionally in the best school of Italy, UM the University of Music, and then I followed privately a many famous session man drummes and jazzist for the lessons. In that period I also discovered the jazz, fusion and experimental music, and I had also many collaboration in that musical styles. So I had the opportunity in my career to play in some of the best big venues in the world, from auditoriums to big stadiums, and I recorded a lot, also to the Village Studios of Los Angeles. In parallel I started doing drum recordings from my studio, I had a great room sound thanks to my project, I had also a very carefull way to touch, tune and microphone my drums, but I was scared about audio engeneers judgment, because I was at firths with cheaper microphones and a cheap audio device. Instead great congratulations arrived from a a great audio ingeneer that was working on the project of my clients and he encouraged me a lot adwising me about the right autoboard to buy. The same form the college and other audio engeneers. So I invested a lot in top microphones, in the best audio device, with great Classic A preamps. Now I'm really happy about all the sounds and my work in recording is significantly increased.

  9. Q: How would you describe your style?

  10. A: Solid and refined. Present and sensibile at the music. Creative but always serving the music. Very carefull at the touch, dynamics and at the sound

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Versatility

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

  14. A: A really beautiful drum sound, drum tracks on the beat that don't need to be edited, and my musical taste and my rhythmic ideas if required, wich I'm very proud of.

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

  16. A: Clients send to me the track of the song describing to me how do they immagin the drums on. Somethime they have a midi drum track for having an idea, sometime they ask to me to be creative. So I build the right drumset for the song, with the right drumheads and with a specific tuning. Also the choice of the microphones and the positioning is foundamental for having the right sound. So I start creating the sound with the preamps. Praticing on the song I realize the right drums arrangiament for it. When I have the take that satisfied me, I do a stereo buonce for the client. If he needs 1 or 2 rewiews I come back to the studio for playing the changings that we decided. Then i can send all the separate drum tracks.

  17. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  18. A: First the room, the sound in it is really amazing for drums! All top Ludwig drums, modern, vintage, jazz, always well tuned with new Remo drumheads. Top Paiste Cymbals, Masters series, 2002Black, Dark Energy, Pstx. Many percussions and electronic Roland stuff for an hybrid it sampler. Only top microphones, Neumann, AKG, Shennheiser, Shure. Antelope Goliath interface is the best with his unique english sound.

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

  20. A: My goal for clients is offering great drum tracks, with a great sound and well played, at tempo and pefectly in the style that is needed for the songs. Often clients ask me also to arrange the drums for the track.

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

  22. A: I'm inspired from many musicians of different musical styles. In pop music the drumming of Matt Chamberline, Vinnie Colaiuta or Manu Katchè, productions as Adele, Fiona Apple, Sting, David Bowie, and John Mayer. In rock music: Bonzo grooves, but also all Foo Fighters productions, the vintage sound fo Lenny Kravits, the last productions of Robert Plant. In Jazz music: John Scofield, Diana Krall, Gregory Porter. In Experimental music: Jaga Jazzist, Nerve and The Cinematic Orchestra. In Progressive Rock: Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree, Genesis, Yes.

Apocalypse in Three Steps

I was the Drummer, drum recorder, mixing assistant, coauthor and coproducer in this production

Terms Of Service

If necessary 2 revisions for free. I can give one track done for 1 to 5 days. For high level productions, or particularly long and complex songs or drum arrangiaments, may apply an additional price.

GenresSounds Like
  • Coldplay
  • David Bowie
  • Lenny Kravitz
Gear Highlights
  • Ludwig
  • Paiste
  • Roland
  • AKG
  • Neumann
  • Sennheiser
  • Shure
  • Pro Tools
  • Logic ProX
  • Antelope Goliath
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