Hey! I'm Nate Onstott, a professional drummer in Music City Nashville TN. I have 17 years experience performing live and recording drums since moving to Nashville. I record drums out of my home studio and want to play drums on your songs!
Nashville Session and Live drummer with 17 years experience in Nashville. Graduated from Nashville's Belmont University with a degree in Music, 2007. Experience performing all Styles. I love all types of music.
I will record drums for your song in my home studio. I can provide raw audio or stems with my processing. I track in Logic Pro X. Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 with additional PreAmps to add color. My processed Stems sound great and can be used if you aren't comfortable mixing drums yourself. If you are i can give you raw audio. Whatever you need!
Shure Beta 52 , Solomon LoFreq "subkick", Beyer M201TG, Shure sm57 (4), Beyer Dynamic M201, sE V Beat (2), and AKG C214 (2)
I track a Barton Drums Beech kit (I have 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 20, and 22). I also have an Anchor kit in Maple/Poplar and a smaller tighter custom OCDP kit (2002). I have 8 different snares including Sugar Percussion, DW, Ludwig, Yamaha, Tama, and more. A large collection of versatile Zildjian Cymbals. Lots of shakers, tambourines and other percussion stuff to add to the vibe of your track. I love adding layers of percussion if that's what you need!
I would love to help take your song to the next level and help create your musical vision!
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
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Interview with Nate Onstott
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is solid and supportive. But I also like to add fun elements and hooks. Basically i'm a product of listening to every kind of music mixed with music school precision.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I played on two records in the same month. The first was with Boys On the Radio (a pop band fronted by Lovedrug singer Michael Sheppard) we tracked 11 songs in a day and a half to fully produced tracks and had to match pre-wrtitten drum parts, but add a real feel. It was an incredible challenge but I'm proud of what the final product sounds like. The next recording was the opposite. I tracked a record (Mean River) with my friends Lulu Mae at Welcome to 1979 Studio in Nashville. We took four full days and tracked everything together, no click, all in the same room and created a vibe together. That was a challenge because their was no way to punch in. We had to work together and play a full song. It's my favorite record i have ever played on because it has a soul that i feel every time i listen to it.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on my new business "The Sunday Drummer" which is a video resource for drummer's playing worship music at church. So i'm building video content and courses to help teach my method for playing at church every week. Also creating drum samples and a podcast that tie into The Sunday Drummer
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All styles, but lately lots of Pop, Worship Music and Rock. I love layering drums for TV and Film.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I track drums in Logic Pro X. I keep my drums miked up and ready to record at all times. I have a large selection of drums and cymbals to make each song unique.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: i've been recording and performing out of Nashville TN for 17 years. I would like to record drums and do music creation full time.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Sugar Percussion snare, a few Zildjian cymbals and my laptop.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because its convenient, but Analog for overall vibe and performance.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will give you 100% on ever track i record. I'm loyal and want you to get the best drum recording for your song.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love helping others bring new life to their music with drums.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Give me a chance to make your musical vision a reality.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening. I have a good ear for what will make the song better.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I like to play drums with the song and lyrics in mind first. I love to support the song. I also like to provide a feel that elevates the track overall. I have an ear for interesting drum parts that still support the whole performance.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I love to get songs in and listen through a few times while charting out the form. After that i record a bunch of ideas and comp them down into a final performance. I like to track a range of ideas and takes to have options for the final track.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Aaron Sterling is my current drum recording influence. I feel like our styles are similar. Also Paul Mabury. He is a local Nashville drummer who is incredible. Also Darren King from Mutemath.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I record live drums and percussion for all styles of music.