Dario Esposito

Session Man - Studio Drummer

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Hello, I'm a drummer with a 25 years experience and with many influences. I love to use modern, vintage, electronic sounds to find the best drums for your song

Hello My Name is Dario Esposito and I am a professional drummer, experienced in different musical generes and with a costant creative research in sounds and stilistic contaminations.

During my life I played with many projects, since I was 15 year old. I did a lot of recording sessions for different artists around the world, developing a great experience along the years and recording from Italian studios to the Village Studios in Los Angeles. I had also the pleasure to play in very big gigs and with famous artists.
I'm official endorser of Ludwig drums, Paiste cymbals, Remo drumheads and Vic Firth drumsitcks.

I always like to serve the music and to give great drum sounds, groove and music solutions in all the songs I'm involved in. I also love contaminations and mixing electronic and acousitc instruments, obtaining unusual sounds in the most commercial or experimental projects.

In my studio I have a great acoustic natural sound with an amazing room sound, with multiple room sound choices.
I also have Ludwig Black Beauty 14"x 6.5", Ludwig Supraphonic 14"x 5"(1966) and many other snare drums. 3 Ludwig drumkits of different sizes with 20", 22", 24" bass drums, modern and vintage drums, always with new Remo drumheads. Great cymbals collection of Paiste, from 2002Black Big Beats to Masters series. Neumann, AKG, Shure, Sennheiser mics and all Class A preamps.

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

15 Reviews

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  1. Review by mariano s.
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    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.
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    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 Paolo C.
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    I have known Dario for a long time. We played together when we were very young. After many years, I asked him to play the drums for the soundtrack of the docufilm "Tizzo - History of a great champion". It was a pleasure to work on it together.

  4. Review by Stefano Switala
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    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.

  5. Review by Federica Baioni
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    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.

  6. Review by Stefano
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    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!

  7. Review by COLOSSEUMSOUNDFACTORY
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    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

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

  9. Review by Marco B.
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    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.

  10. Review by Ludovica
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    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! :-)

  11. Review by Asi
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    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!!

  12. Review by Alessandro Gregori
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    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.

  13. Review by Roberto Vitelli
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    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

  14. Review by Paolo Camerini
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    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!!

  15. Review by Paolo Carnevali
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    Amazing drummer, stunning equipment, great sound

Interview with Dario Esposito

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

  2. A: I,ve just finish a beautiful upcoming library project for a film soundtrack maker Stefano Switala with acoustic and electronic sounds. My project Deelay, experimental music in between on post rock - electronic and prog atmospheres, coming out soon with the second album. The production of the second album the jazz singer Federica Baioni. My blues trio, School Mates Blues. Pop recordings for other artists, I.ve just finished a recording for the Austrian artist August Grabher.

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

  4. A: 10 years ago I was in the Village Studios of LA for the production of an italian artist. I was the drummer and the artistic producer and I was very proud to be there with that role. It was an amazing experience and it was wonderful to record and producing music in one of the most famous studios in the world and where albums like Breakfast in America was made! So grateful of that

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

  6. A: When I was a child I started singing and taking piano lessons. I always listened a lot of beautiful music, my parents also play piano and guitar and my granparent was a professional classic guitar player. At 13, in 1991 I falled in love for drums. I started emulating the drum lenguage of my drum heroes playing on the records I had, also tacking drum lessons. I started doing live gigs at 15 years old with rock and blues bands. By myself I developed a lot of repertoires of famous rock band as Queen, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Supertramp. Later I wanted tu emulate the songs of Genesis, Police, Sting, Dave Matthews Band, and then a lot of fusion, jazz and pop songs, I was always pushed by great passion and curiousity. Then at 21 i decide to make music my life and to studing professionally in one the best schools of Italy, UM the University of Music. Later I taken private lessons from many famous pop and jazz drummers and tryed to be in all the master class of international drummers as possible. In that period I also discovered the jazz, fusion and experimental music, and I had also firsts jobs in music. I had the opportunity in my career to play many venues in the world, from clubs, to theathres, to auditoriums to big stadiums, and I recorded for many artists in different studios in Italy and abroad, including the Village Studios of Los Angeles. In parallel during the years I started doing drum recordings from my studio. I had a great room sound thanks to my building project, I had also a very carefull way to tune, to play and microphone my drums, but I was scared about audio engeneers judgment, because at the beginning I was with cheaper audio gear. Instead great congratulations arrived from different great audio ingeneers that was working on the project of my clients and they encouraged me investing on recordings, with a lot of suggestions about all microphonse and preamps to buy. Now I'm really happy about all the sounds and my work in recording is significantly increased.

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

  8. A: The music productions and musicians that inspire me are that productions where there is a research of a beatiful and real played sound, or in a precise sylistic direction, or at the opposite, that productions where contamination is the rule, and where you can find vintage sounds, modern sounds, percussions and electronic sounds. I love so much artists as Robert Plant, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Adele, Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Fiona Apple, Jaga Jazzist. But I listen and play also jazz, r&b and progressive rock, and artists as Brad Mehldau, GoGo Penguin and Becca Stevens have influenced me so much.

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

  10. A: Normally clients ask me to put drums on their tracks. Sometime they have a precise idea of what they want, sometime they ask me to give my rhythmic ideas in to the song. I choose the right setup for the song, setting microphones and sounds. Then I play on the song and when I'm satisfied I send and MP3 to the client of a quick mix made by me. If for the the client is ok, after the payment I can sent up to 18 separate tracks in the Sample Rate etabilished. If something must to be reviwed, I let all the instrument, microphones and settings the days after for any changing. For any last minute request anyone can always find a professional top drum kit mounted with top microphones and the sound always set. It's a very fast service and anyone can have real drums from 2 to 5 days.

  11. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  12. A: The room of my studio is really amazing for the sound of the drums, it maximizes the sound of my instrument! I have the privilege to be endorser of Ludwig, Paiste, Remo and Vic Firth and I have all top Ludwig drums, a modern one with 24"bass drum, a vintage one with 22" Bass drum, a Club Date with 20". Supraphonic (1966), Black Beauty, Classic Maple and other snare drums, a big collection of different Remo drumheads. Great collection of Paiste Cymbals, 2002Black Big Beat and Giant Beat for a 70 vintage rock sound, Masters and Dark Energy for a more complex and misterious and jazz sound, PSTX for experimental, and electronic sound. Many percussions and Roland Electronics, V Drums for espressive electronic drums or midi drums, TM-2 Sampler with triggers and pads for hybrid drumming . LUDWIG DRUMS: Snare Drums: - LUDWIG BLACK BEAUTY Hand Hammered Brass 14"x6,5" - LUDWIG SUPRAPHONIC Vintage of 1968 14"x5" - LUDWIG CLASSIC MAPLE 14”x8” Vintage White Marine Pearl finish - Custom hand made Maple Piccolo 10”x5” - LP Micro Snare 8” - LP Micro Snare 6” Drumkits: - LUDWIG CLASSIC MAPLE - Vintage White Marine Pearl finish: Bass drum 24"x14”, Tom tom 10”x7,5”, 12"x8", Floor toms 15"x14" & 18"x16" - LUDWIG BIG BEAT Vintage of 1977 - Black Oyster Pearl finish: Bass drum 22”x14”, Tom tom 12”x8”, 13”x9”, Floor tom 16”x16” - LUDWIG CLUB DATE Downbeat - Ruby Strata Finish: Bass drum 20”x14”, Tom tom 12”x8”, Floor tom 14”x14” PAISTE CYMBALS: MASTERS: Dark Crisp Ride 22” Dark Crash - Ride 20” Dark Crash 18” 2002 BLACK BIG BEAT: Ride 24” Crash19” GIANT BEAT: Hi Hat 15” SIGNATURE DARK ENERGY: Hi Hat Mark One14” 2002: Cup Chime 6" Cup Chime 8" PSTX: Hi Hat 16” Crash 18” Splash 10” PST5: Mini China 14” ALPHA: Swish Crash Thin 18" VIC FIRTH DRUMSTICKS: SD10 Swinger, Wire Brush, Rute, Rute505, Rute606, Steve Smith Tala Wand Slats [TW4], Dreadlocks, Fleece - Covered Felt Bass Drum Beater REMO DRUMHEADS: Ambassador Coated, Colorotone Smoke, Ambassador Clear, Diplomat Coated, Powertroke3, Vintage Ambassador, CS Clear, Powestroke77, Black X, Felt Tone, Fiberskine Diplomat WAMBOOKA DAMPERS: Performer Pads Kick Damper ROLAND ELECTRONICS: V - Drum: TD9-KX HYBRID KIT: TM - 2 Trigger Module & Sampler RT - 30HR Dual Trigger for Snare Drum, RT - 30K Kick drum Trigger, BT - 1 (x 2) Trigger Pads PERCUSSIONS: Cajon Schlagwerk & various cajon accessories - Bongos - Djambè - Darbouka - Pandeiros - Tambourines - Finger Cymbals - Rain Tree - Cowbells - Woodblocks - Shackers and many other effects. MICROPHONES NEUMANN KM184 (x 2) AKG 214 (x 2) AKG C 451 B SHURE SM57 (x 4) SHURE Super55 - Special Edition SHURE BETA 52 SENNHEISER MD 421 (x 4) SENNHEISER e901 SALOMON SUBCKICK RODE NT-1 Large diafram condenser SAMSON SADK7 7KIT 7 pieces drum set mics Antelope GOLIATH audio interface and Class A preamps

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

  14. A: Beautiful drums with great feeling and sound with a real research on any detail. Drum tracks on the beat that mostlty don't need to be edited, and my musical taste and my rhythmic ideas, that come from so many influences, wich I'm very proud of.

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: Versatility

  17. Q: How would you describe your style?

  18. 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

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I can give up to 18 tracks in the desired sample rate in 2-5 days I ask to to the client to send me first the track with or without a reference drum track. 4 revisions for free.

GenresSounds Like
  • Robert Plant
  • Sting
  • David Bowie
Gear Highlights
  • Ludwig vintage & modern drum kits and snare drums
  • Paiste cymbals
  • Remo drumheads
  • Roland electronics and hybrid kit
  • Neumann
  • AKG
  • Sennheiser
  • Shure
  • Microphones
  • Pro Tools
  • Logic ProX
  • Class A preamps
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