Marito Marques

Grammy Nominee Session Drummer

8 Reviews (2 Verified)
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Marito Marques is renowned drummer, producer and a Multi Grammy, Latin Grammy and Juno nominee (Canadian Grammy) award musician. Marito is also the owner of the world class GMP Recording Studios in Toronto and have worked with Donna Grantees (Prince) Jeff Coffin (Dave Mathews Band), Jesse Cook, Sony Music, Universal Music, Warner Music etc

Hi, my name is Marito Marque and my priorities are simple: deliver a unique, custom and world class drum tracks that serves the artist/producer’s vision, all recorded in one of the greatest recording studios in Toronto.

I have worked with the Multiple Grammy Winners, Helik Hadar, Donna Grantees (Prince), MARO, Jeff Coffin (Dave Mathews Band) Anna Maria Jopek, Jesse Cook, Sony Music Canada, Portugal, US and Poland, Warner Music, Universal Music etc

My recording studio is dedicated to the highest possible standards in music recording when it comes to track drums or percussion. The studio includes a variety of world class gear such as PREAMPS: Avalon 737, NEVE 1073DPX, AMS NEVE 1081, AP, EQ: API 560, API 550b COMPRESSORS: Distressor EL8-X, DBX 160, LA-2A, MICS: Coles 4038, Neumann U87, U47, KM 184, USM69, AKG C12vr, Royer 121 and many drum sets!

I’ve worked as an online or in-person session drummer for more than 15 years and recorded more than 150 albums from Pop, singer/Songwriter, Folk, Jazz, World Music, Electronic, Rock, etc I’m also an international artist for Yamaha, Zildjian, Pro-Mark and Evans.

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8 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Kaiwen C.

    This is the best drummer you can find!

  2. Review by Ben S.
    by Ben S.

    Incredibly professional and creative, the drum setup and engineering alone is worth it, but the calibre of drumming, intuition and responsiveness to feedback takes it to the next level. Cannot recommend enough!

  3. Review by Guillermo Subauste

    Marito is one of the most humble people I know. On top of that he has great ears and musicality. I've worked with him wearing different hats and and in all I've always been amazed by his performances. You can't go wrong with this guy!

  4. Review by Quique Escamilla / Toronto Producer
    by Quique Escamilla / Toronto Producer

    I've had the pleasure and fortune to have recorded sessions and toured with Marito. In the literal sense, he is a top level, one-of-a-kind, multi-genre MASTER of the drums. He's capable of playing anything one could ever need on a session of any genre. He's a true professional. No ego, no bullshit, no drags. He's always open and to try any ideas that serve the music best—both musically and tastefully. Anyone will be beyond satisfied and blown away with the results they'll get from Marito's playing, his efficiency and the super high-quality drums sounds he records at his studio. 10 stars!

  5. Review by Tafari A.

    Nothing brings me more joy than working with Marito! Not just an amazing drummer and producer, but an overall great human being. Easy to bounce ideas off of and always receptive to trying out my ideas and will often suggest even better ways to improve on the ideas. He always takes notes well and without ego. 1000% recommend hiring Marito for any of your projects!

  6. Review by Sam
    by Sam

    Marito is a world class drummer with an amazing feel and creative sense. He also has some of the best gear available and recording/mixing knowledge to pair with. He's very organized in his work and a wonderful person to work with. I absolutely recommend him!

  7. Review by KHAY (Karen Andrew)
    by KHAY (Karen Andrew)

    Marito is an extremely accomplished and talented world class musician. Selling out venues as a headliner in Europe and abroad, his drumming and percussion skills are second to NONE! Not only are his drum and percussion skills incredible, but his engineering and production skills are also world class. Using the latest equipment, his studio has captured the work of hundreds of professional musicians all nurtured by his patience and willingness to do everything and anything to get the best possible sound quality in every production. I HIGHLY recommend Marito for all of your recording needs!

  8. Review by Josh G. Bowman - Mix Engineer

    Marito is an incredible drummer, and has a really well equipped studio with tons of a-list gear, amazing pre amps, compressors, mics etc. Large selection of drums, great at tuning them, and is also a crazy percussionist. I highly recommend him for any of my clients who need drums or percussion added to their songs. He's also super nice and easy going.. and a versatile player. A+ would recommend!

Interview with Marito Marques

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: There's a lot but a fun one was the album Between Colours from The Wilderness of Manitoba. it was a big budget album where they hired three awesome drummers to track the full album - I end up being on 9 of the 11 songs of the album (only 10 with drums).

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

  4. A: Recording this week the new albums of Saya Gray, Ian Janes and a few more singles. Touring with Jesse Cook in Canada and USA. Producing two upcoming Canadian artista

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

  6. A: Helik Hadar, Josh Bowman, Tafari, Guillermo Subauste.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: both! It's like Yin and Yang

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

  10. A: A great sounding drum track with a unique performance!

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

  12. A: Creating and comunication with people

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: What DAW do you use to track - Pro tools

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

  16. A: Any references and inspiration for their music!

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

  18. A: Be professional!

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

  20. A: Kick, Snare, Hi Hats, portable track recorder and an akg 141 (not the best mic ever but works on most things)

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

  22. A: Playing live since I was 5 years old. First studio experience with 8 years old and being a session drummer since I was 18. I've been touring around the world since I was 20 and physically recorded albums in 7 different countries.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: Versatile but with a strong and unique voice.

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

  26. A: I've been very fortunate to work with the musicians and artists I'm working at the moment! But if I could add another artist to my list I'd say John Mayer.

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

  28. A: Get inspired and surrounded by the best professionals - Collaboration can be key on your music.

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

  30. A: Most kinds - From Pop to Rock to Jazz, R&B/Soul or World Music

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: Versatility - I've been nominated for grammy and Latin Grammy with a Afro Peruvian project, nominated for Junos with jazz and world music, IPMA (Portuguese Grammys) with Pop music. I also play with artist from the most various genres - Donna Grantis (From Prince), Jesse Cook (Flamenco / Electronic), Saya Gray (Pop / experimental) and many others

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

  34. A: A unique and great sounding drum performance with humanized that can created from scratch or inspired / similar to the guide drums (if there's one). In every take I do I do my best to bring passion and fire to the song with my playing.

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

  36. A: Knowing the client / artist / producer. Ask what's the sound, playing and approach they are looking for and any references. Then match that with my own playing and sound so I can deliver something inspired on what they are looking for but also unique. With my busy schedule I have to be extremely organized so I can deliver my product without taking too much time.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: It's a world class recording studio - The main recording room has 23 feet by 16 feet and the studio has some of the best gear in the city of Toronto - Only world class mics, pres, EQ, compressors - AMS Neve to Tube tech and API

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

  40. A: Any production or playing with a great sound, unique performance and catchy grooves! And there's not a lot out there.

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

  42. A: Unique drums Tracks with a fast and professional deliver with a world class sounding drum sound.

Wilderness Of Manitoba, Leave Someone

I was the drummer, percussion and kalimba player in this production

Terms Of Service

2 revisions for drums and percussion
4 revisions for mixing

GenresSounds Like
  • The Roots
  • Amy Winehouse
  • John Mayer
Gear Highlights
  • Avalon 737
  • API
  • Neumann U87
  • U47
  • KM184
  • Coles 4038
  • Endless Drum Sounds
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