I'm Alex, and I'm here to produce rock and record hard-hitting drums! I've been a drummer for two decades, specializing in high-energy music. I'm partial to the heavier side of things, and adept at writing grooves that compliment distorted guitars and quick tempos, as well as producing and mixing songs to their fullest potential.
I've recorded and produced full length albums and EPs with my bands, played multiple live shows across several US states, and recorded 350+ songs with other artists and songwriters online.
After graduating in 2012 with a degree in Audio Technology, I've worked in commercial recording studios, a record label, and my own audio business, so I know what's expected of the modern musician and how to help in achieving that sound.
Over the years I've accumulated pro level recording equipment to give you the best sounding results, which are fully competitive with industry standard quality. While I specialize in all types of rock music, I'm certainly comfortable with other genres and always interested in getting involved.
I always work hard to get you the sound that's perfect for your music, and go to great lengths to make sure that you get exactly what you are looking for.
Shoot me a message with any questions, and I look forward to working with you soon!
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
24 Reviews - 7 Repeat ClientsEndorse Alex May Drums
Once again. Great Job Alex!! You knocked it out of the park and sent a rather plain ordinary song to the next level! and with a fast turnaround.
Rocked out another saucy track, thanks Alex! Looking forward to the next one
Another solid performance! Enhanced the track rhythmically, bringing the idea to new life. Adaptable on the sticks, able to handle variety. Quick turnaround, thx Alex
really thorough and professional. included a text info document and also single shots in addition to 4 takes
Solid performance, great sounding recordings.
Alex was pro with that as well communication. Looking forward to working together.
Alex did not disappoint! His creativity and sound are on point and exactly what I was looking for. Can’t wait until the next one!
Alex is a fantastic drummer. His performance added the right amount of punch into the track. He understand right away, what I needed. Very fast and good communication, delivered very fast and quality work! good lad! I'll work with him again for s ure.
Alex was super fast, efficient, and most importantly his drum parts sounded fantastic! Highly recommend for a more pop punk and metal style. 10/10 will work with him again! Cheers!
Total pro, great sound quality and great communication
Once again Alex delivered above and beyond. Great work, great to work with!
Fantastic!! Alex tracked just the sound and vibe we were looking for!
Considering it was right smack in the middle of the Holidays the turnaround time was quick!!
"Great Job Alex"
Alex did a great job and was responsive to feedback. A few rounds of revisions and we got right where I wanted it to be. Thank you!
Fast turnaround, I got great tracks on the first pass. Professional!
Again great work!! Absolutely reliable and professional. Always satisified with the results.
Very professional and on point. Exactly what I expected and I already prepare another track where I need his outstanding skills. Thanks!
Always a good experience working with Alex, he seems to be able to tune in very quickly, and flexibly to the mood of a song, and of course the playing and drums sounds are always top notch. Thanks again!
Alex delivered the goods again on this one - no surprise since I worked with him previously on another song, but this time he even nailed it first time around. Bearing in mind the files I sent him were little more than basic, incomplete sketches, it's very impressive work.
Alex's work is top-notch. The kit sounds brilliant, his playing is excellent and his flexibility and ability to tune in to what I was looking for was absolutely on the money. He communicates quickly and effectively - this was an excellent experience and I strongly recommend Alex.
Alex is an excellent and talented drummer who is really easy to work with. His high energy playing style is just what I was looking for and I will definitely be seeking his collaboration in the future. Thank you Alex.
After having Alex create drums to go with this track, I wanted him to mix and master it as well and it sounds great! I’m super excited about this song and can’t wait to work with him again soon!
Interview with Alex May Drums
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I would say that it's my ear for what to play. Working with heavier rock and quicker tempos, there is a lot of opportunity for adding extravagant fills and technical parts, but it's more important to know when not to play these and just stick to a beat that accentuates the melody of the song. That way, when a great fill is placed in the song, it has a much larger impact, and doesn't feel out of place.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: After receiving a song, I'll map out the structure, and note any parts that the original demo version may have that need to be kept in the song. After that, I'll go through the sections and write ideas that complement the melody and groove, until finding the one that I think fits best. When the parts are all written, I'll record multiple takes until I feel that I've captured the best performance, compile these together, and send back to the artist for approval.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To deliver a final drum performance that fits the song perfectly, and is exactly what the client is looking for.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love that I can interact with and record for people all over the world from my own studio. It lets me work with a bunch of different styles of music, learn new compositional techniques, and meet new people!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: First, I ask if the artist already has a drum part in mind, or if I will be creating one from the start.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't be afraid to make radical changes when processing audio! One of the best things I've learned was watching a video for a song I like, and seeing the drastic EQ and compression moves that were involved in making the final sound. Prior to that, I was afraid to make changes like that, convinced that I was doing something wrong at the recording stage.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: On August 19, 2017, my band Flashback Flash released our first album that was recorded, produced, and mixed all by ourselves. I recorded the final drum tracks in my studio after laying down some initial rough tracks, and the rest of the album was recorded in an apartment through a Universal Audio Twin Duo, Axe FX II, and a Miktek C7 and AKG 214 microphone. After it was mixed, we had it mastered by one of our friends, a great local mastering engineer, and I couldn't be more excited with the results. In my opinion, it's a perfect representation of what artists can do in the current music climate; you no longer need to have thousands of dollars to book a few hours in a commercial studio just to get professional sounding results. If you're willing to put in the work and the time, you can absolutely get your music sounding great without having to rely on loans or a label, and maintain complete creative control over your vision.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working on a video series about modern recording techniques as it pertains to recording and editing drums, as well as playing out with my band, Flashback Flash, and promoting our newly released CD.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: You need both, but I would actually say digital. As long as the analog sound is great prior to being captured by the microphones, the freedom and flexibility that digital audio offers once it's been captured by the recording software has changed the workflow for modern music production. Provided that you don't over-edit things and lose the feel of the initial recording, the benefits of being able to recall sessions, add additional effects processing, and share your music worldwide without having to own a $100K recording console have let many more musicians share their creative gift than ever before. ...although I certainly wouldn't mind having a smaller format SSL or Neve console!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Big sounding rock drums with fast and more technical fills and beats when the song calls for it. I grew up listening to classic rock (Zeppelin, Rush, Aerosmith), really got into pop-punk when I first started playing, then later on more advanced prog rock. As a result, I can lay down the appropriate groove for the song, while being able to add in extra flavor when there's room for it in the context of the song.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Muse without a doubt! They've been my favorite band for well over a decade, and everything about their music makes sense to me. Not only are all three members amazing musicians, but they do a majority of their production work, and are all very hands on in the studio. If you watch any of their "Making Of" documentaries from their albums, it's clear that they take artist creation very seriously, and want to be hands on in the process from start to finish, rather than just recording their part and letting someone else take care of the rest.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing the drums at age 13, and realized that I wanted this to be my career after my first live show! Self-taught initially, I took lessons shortly after, and went to school to learn how to record, mix, and produce myself so that I can work with others.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have my own studio that I've acoustically treated and picked some of the best gear to get great results from. I have a Tama Superstar drum set with a variety of cymbals, Universal Audio and Focusrite audio interfaces and preamps, and an assortment of Shure, AKG, Sennheiser, and Rode microphones. Most of the time I record myself in Ableton Live 9 or Logic Pro X, but do a consistent amount of sessions in Pro Tools 12 as well. For post-processing and mixing, I use a wide assortment of plugins from Universal Audio, Waves, Soundtoys, and more to get a sound that's appropriate for the final song.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I perform and record live drum tracks for artists and bands.