Jon August Williams

Session Drummer, Programming

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My name is Jon "August". I'm a Nashville based drummer and would love to help bring whatever project you have, to life. I'm fortunate to have played/recorded with artists ranging from Finding Favour, Zach Williams and Building 429, to Lukr, Eric Paslay and Lee Roy Parnell. I love creating and getting that perfect sound and feel. So let's do work!

I specialize in Rock, Country, Pop and Hiphop and have over 10 years of professional experience. I have played everything from indie electronic to major label rock and country. I have toured/recorded with Finding Favour, Zach Williams, Building 429, Lee Roy Parnell, Eric Paslay and more. Currently I am touring with up and coming country star Hudson Moore as well as MDing/Drumming for up and coming alt pop artist, Lukr. I love getting live drums dialed for rock & country as much as I love making beats and tracks for pop/r&b/rap stuff. Simply put, I love creating and look forward to making some magic.

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

5 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by D.j. P.
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    Jon is a great session drummer and has a very rare talent for finding the right percussion sound to enhance a track. His playing is very modern, and he often nails the beat in the first take. His work is professional and he is very timely. I plan on working with Jon again in the future!

  2. Review by D.j. P.
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    Great to work with, timely, and graet sensibility when it comes to making modern beats.

  3. Review by D.j. P.
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    Did exactly what I outlined in one take. Amazing!

  4. Review by Hudomir
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    Great service and talent, with fast response and multiple options - very creative and thoughtful.

  5. Review by Luke R Foley
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    Yes- he has soul, super tight pocket, and powerfully dynamic feel, but calling Jon August a drummer is a useless term. He is a Pro's Pro, giving whatever towards project as though it were his own. August can excel at wearing virtually any other hat off of the drum throne, even if it's a new one: Programmer (tracks in Ableton Live, my DMX light show, SPD-SX drum pads, my website); Music director (built a live track rig, schedules rehearsal, tour mgmt, sourcing/training fill-ins); Keyboardist; Creative director (photography/film/social media). Not booking him would be a mistake.

Interview with Jon August Williams

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

  2. A: The majority of what I do is based on a deep pocket. I tend to do more pop leaning stuff but these days that covers a lot of genres. I sometimes describe my playing as a cross between John Bonham and Questlove. For the most part, what I'm providing is very professional drum tracks, but that can also involve some programming (or a lot), if that's what the client wants/what is needed. I do a lot of my own sampling and loops but also have a large library of other samples to pull from.

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

  4. A: Here's a list of some of my favorites: T Bone Burnett, Jack Antonoff, Frank Dukes, Frank Ocean, James Blake, Questlove, J Dilla, Illangelo, Rick Nowels, Busbee, Beck, Kevin Parker, Dan Auerbach, Jay Joyce...to name a few.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: I have a small drum studio behind my house, it is treated really well so I have the capabilities to get some great room sounds (especially with some UAD juice), as well as super dry sounds. I'm running PT12, with an Apollo 8 Quad and DSP Accelerator. I have multiple vintage and modern kits at my disposal to get any number of different sounds. As far as mics go (always changing and upgrading) I use a combo of SM57s, vintage 421s, Cascade ribbons, KSM27s and WA87s.

  7. Q: What's your typical work process?

  8. A: I tend to work pretty fast. I know a lot of projects can be and usually are on some kind of deadline, so I like to make sure people are getting great quality stuff in plenty of time in case there are revisions or more ideas to try. I usually like to start with notes from whoever I'm working with, play through a few ideas, get the feel/sounds right, then jump in and start tracking. I may even send some sonic references before actually tracking just to make sure we're on the same page.

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

  10. A: I think I really bring a lot of feel and emotion to a track. Even with programming. It can be locked to a grid, but still have feeling.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Deep pocket and always stretching to think outside the box. I'm not a fan of being complacent haha.

  13. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  14. A: Pop, Country, Swampy stuff (?), Americana, Rock

  15. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  16. A: Well, this isn't news to anyone, but parallel compression is super duper. I also love having my normal setup and then add in a couple trash mics that are slammed or effected in some way. It really adds a lot to a drum sound.

  17. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  18. A: I've always been a huge Beck fan.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: John Bonham, Questlove, Tame Impala, Post Malone

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

  22. A: I started off in drumline, and playing to a bunch of records. I pursued a commercial music degree but ended up leaving that to do other things in Nashville. I played in bands around town for about 6-7 years, then started breaking out and really going for the hired gun thing. In doing that, I realized that I really just love creating, maybe a little more-so than just playing shows, so I started writing a bit, and working on tracks. All in all, I've been doing this for about 10 years I guess, learning a lot along the way. It's so easy to get down on yourself as someone who is creative for a living, but looking back it's incredibly encouraging seeing the growth over time.

  23. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  24. A: Assuming there's power on this island lol. Laptop, interface, prophet 6, brushes, mpc

  25. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  26. A: I guess I would say it's best to have a fairly good idea of what you're going for. If there isn't a whole lot of direction up front, it could be really great! But it could also just muddy the waters for everyone involved and make the process not super fun.

  27. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  28. A: What's the feeling you're trying to get across? Sonic examples of what you're going for?

  29. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  30. A: Idk, I don't like to think of myself as just a drummer. I feel more like an artist/producer who happens to play drums.

  31. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  32. A: Creating!

  33. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  34. A: I'm working very hard for you. What your final product sounds like, reflects not just on you, but on me.

  35. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  36. A: Man honestly whatever works. I tend to lean towards analog, but I'm not a purist.

  37. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  38. A: Nathan Thomas (Bass, Producer), Matt Pacco (Guitar)

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

  40. A: Currently working on sampling at the studio and building live tracks for one of the artists I work with.

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GenresSounds Like
  • The 1975
  • Beck
  • The Beatles
Gear Highlights
  • Protools
  • Logic
  • Universal Audio (Plugins : Neve 1073
  • Studer Tape
  • LA-2A
  • 1176
  • etc...)
  • API 3124
  • Shure SM57s
  • Sennheiser 421s
  • Cascade Fathead Ribbons
  • KSM27s
  • WA-87s
  • Ampex
  • Gretsch
  • Ludwig
  • Masters of Maple
  • Paiste
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