Drums, ethnic percussion, classical drums and percussion, or anything you hit, bang or drop. I can record it for you and your budget!
My primary services include tracking drums and percussion from my home studio or traveling to record in your studio (depending on location). I'm comfortable with almost any style, I can read charts and time signatures, and I'm very comfortable with a click track. I'd love to make your music the best it can be!
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2 ReviewsEndorse Andrew Bennett
Andrew is a fantastic drummer/percussionist to work with. We worked on one song that needs a combination of non-rock percussions and rock drums. His approach fits the song very well.
In terms of communication, he is very responsive and clear on what he needs up front. I had some questions after the tracks were finished. He was patient to explain the details for me as I am inexperienced in engineering/music production.
Working with ACBennett has been fantastic. His progressive rock/metal influences are very close to my own and his playing certainly demonstrates that. His performances on each song were skillful and original and ultimately proved to be the perfect sound for my music. Not only were his skills insanely impressive, his work ethic and dedication were nothing short of outstanding. I threw a lot of songs at him and he continued to produce excellent results. I look forward to working with him again!
Interview with Andrew Bennett
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Oof, what a tough question. I would probably just take my current kit minus a few pieces. Kick, snare, one tome, ride cymbal and a hi-hat. That's all I would ever need!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been a musician since I was a young child, but I didn't realize you could do it for a living. Even though I spent hours a day working on music and playing in various bands and orchestras I thought I was going to be an electrical engineer (I had the scholarships and internships to back me up!). Finally, my senior year of high school I told my parents I wanted to go all in for music and get a performance degree. I did it, moved to Atlanta, and never looked back. My "day job" is teaching music lessons, and I love it. It gives me a chance to explore so much music and ways to approach my instrument that I never would have imagined.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I am definitely a rock guy at heart, but I love jazz, progressive rock, fusion, metal and more. I think this gives me the power and punch of a rock drummer, but with some tasty tricks up my sleeve!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Big Wreck, because they're an amazingly solid rock band that still has a lot of artistry. They write great songs and all of the tones and fantastic.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: This might sound silly but I learned the hard way that you need to get the best sounds before the microphone that you can. "Fixing it in the mix" is never a good choice, which is why I take time to get my drums sounding just right and practice my touch and feel on a daily basis.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: The most common type of music I'm used for is modern rock and country/singer-songwriter. I've also done a lot of drum tracking for metal bands in my past so I can easily dust off the double pedal and put it to work!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am very open-minded and adaptable, so I will take whatever steps necessary to reach your goal.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I have studied, recorded, and gigged a lot of different musical styles, and I believe that that gives me the option to either recreate a sound in your head or bring my own sound to the table. In general I go for a very "real" sound, meaning your music will be able to breathe with my drums.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start by listening to the song and usually creating some sort of chart, whether it be music notation or just basic notes. Then I like to get a first take and use my DAW presets to get a "mixed" drum sound to share with the artist. Once you approve I either do a final take, or if you like the first take I will just spend time getting the tracks polished. I repeat the sending/approval step when needed or requested from the artist.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a large finished basement where I record and teach. I have several drum sets, cymbals, extra drums, percussion, and microphones, so I can create a lot of different sounds here!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Keith Carlock, Shannon Forrest, Jerry Roe, Jeff Porcaro, Simon Phillips and Gavin Harrison are heroes of mine, both on the drumming side and their involvement in recording and production.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: People hire me to track drums from my home studio, saving them time and money! I do as many revisions as we need to get your desired result. Sometimes I am also asked to create the final drum mix, but that is up to the artists discretion.