Joshua C Green has been playing drums for 25 years. You can hear his work with artists such Infradig, The Distribution, and Josh Garrels. Currently, working on sound and light sculptures with Summer Dregs.
In addition to various drumming projects spanning over 20 years, Josh Green just completed the Permanent Record Drums project, a 365-day creative discipline wherein daily drum sample packs were created, recorded, edited, and published.
Each daily drum sample pack contains a primary groove, several variations on the rhythmic theme, and many accompanying drum fills in the same BPM. There are anywhere from 40-90 drum samples within a given daily installment.
In the wake of this project, Josh is now available for custom drum tracks.
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Josh is a stellar drummer and easily adapts to a variety of styles. I've used his drum samples and his custom-made tracks alongside cello, guitar and other instrumental parts. He delivers solid stems that are quality recordings and easy to mix. He can bend to any genre (folk, funk, jazz, rock, hip-hop, world etc), works diligently, communicates quickly, and has a passion for music that shows.
Interview with PERMANENT RECORD DRUMS
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am most proud of my year long drum project- www.permanentrecorddrums.com - I was the creator, musician, engineer, etc. for the entire year-long project.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Theorizing and visualizing more in-depth, calculated, and themed drum sample libraries.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Most recently, SoundBetter artist Jade Alger used some of my work for his Kinora record.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, because it is what I have, what I have learned, and what I am good at.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I LOVE to record. So much so that I spent 365 days recording, editing, and publishing full drum sample libraries (www.permanentrecorddrums.com). I love the challenge of finding a new and unusual approach to a composition.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I get asked about turnaround times, and my answers will always vary based on the complexity of the work.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Perhaps the biggest misconception about what I do is that I push the envelope too far. As I do constantly strive to create unique and unusual beats, I always seek to ultimately compliment.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you want?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Trust in the fact that I can and will do whatever it takes to make you happy.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My custom dark Zildjian K ride, my 10" popcorn snare, my homemade Brazilian hardwood xylophone, my 34" Ludwig marching bass drum, and...probably some brushes.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been playing drums and percussion for over 25 years. The intensity with which I have been musically busy has varied according to how many babies were being born in my family. I have toured the country with my reverse engineered, real time electronica band, Infradig; I have recorded remotely in my home studio for Josh Garrels, I have recorded countless records over the years for all kinds of projects.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is a combination of gritty, unbridled, and thoroughly unorthodox drumming, juxtaposed with a healthy attention to palatable aesthetics.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Sam Beam- I thoroughly enjoy and admire his songwriting abilities and find him to be one of the most prolific songwriters of this era.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Occasionally, a lack of oxygen will yield new creative soundscapes.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: A strong and optimistic commitment to mutual creative satisfaction.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: 25 years worth of very diverse musical experience combined with a very unorthodox and unusual creative mind. A listen through my work will underscore such diversity.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I approach each session with extreme attention to satisfying my clients. I will usually drill tracks in my mind in various contexts (listening while working, exercising, etc) to solidify ideas in my mind. I then will go to the studio and begin drilling ideas until I find the most appropriate manner of complementing a track.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a relatively simple setup, but I am very happy with the results I am able to achieve with it. I use a Scarlett 18i20 interface, ProTools 11.3, and have a slew of various mics (AKGs, Shures, MXLs). Also about one million drums.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am a huge fan of anyone that is forging their own path, regardless of rules and standards. My tastes are quite varied; Iron and Wine, Bjork, Aphex Twin, Josh Garrels, Squarepusher...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most often, I communicate via email regarding my client's specific hopes and dreams for their tracks. Once I have a clear creative path, I work to dig deep into the garden of my mind to execute the musical direction we have set forth.