One of western Canada’s most in demand players, Brendan is extremely versatile and has played with a wide range of artists all over Canada including Aaron Goodvin, Andrew Hyatt, Shawn Austin, Gord Bamford, Classic Albums Live, Celeigh Cardinal and Jojo Mason. He can engineer and perform/program drums to suit your exact specifications.
My name is Brendan Lyons. I'm a full time professional musician based in Canada. I've spent the last few years freelancing with some of Canada's top acts including:
Sons of Daughters
Classic Albums Live
I consider myself extremely versatile stylistically having attended MacEwan University where I received a Bachelor of Music degree in drumset performance. Though if you're looking for a shredding double kick metal drummer or virtuosic jazz drummer, I may not be your guy!
I have a home studio that is well treated and a selection of amazing instruments and microphones to capture the sound you hear in your head. From the understated tones you hear on Dave Cobb produced records to the shiny interplay of huge real drums and programming a la Dann Huff, I'm sure I can put together exactly what you're looking for.
Select gear includes:
1960s Rogers drum kit (20 kick, 12, 13, 16, 18 toms)
1973 Ludwig Butcher Block drum kit (22 kick, 12, 13, 16, 18 toms)
1978 Ludwig Supraphonic
1978 Ludwig Acrolite
1965 Ludwig Pioneer snare
Craviotto Maple Unlimited snare
4x15" Beier 1.5 Steel snare
1959 WFL School Symphony snare drum
Cymbals from Murat Diril, Zildjian
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Interview with Brendan Lyons
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I recently started an online series called Musicians In Basements Drinking Coffee with a few of my friends. It revolves around our lives as professional freelance musicians as well as music that we write with our friends who are also in the music industry full time. We attempt to write a piece of music in under 30 minutes - from the genesis of the idea to final recording/filming. Check it out on YouTube and Facebook!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I typically work in country music but have experience with all kinds of genres. Musical theatre is a passion of mine (through my fiancé) and I thoroughly enjoy playing in the pit for productions around the city.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I find I bring a different energy to songs than some of my peers. Though I consider myself very clinical in my approach to recording music, I have no problem playing looser or more bombastic if the occasion calls for it. I also consider myself a very positive person and am willing to do whatever it takes to make the client feel comfortable and happy with the final product.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically after receiving the project from the client, I will record a rough pass of what I’m hearing for the song and send that back to the client to see if I’m on the right track. After approval, I track three passes of the song and edit them if need be - strip silence, time alignment, etc. Then I either package up the stems only, or I send the entire ProTools/Logic/Live/etc session to the client.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My setup is simple. A purpose built soundproof room in the basement of my home. I use ProTools primarily but I’m comfortable using a number of DAWs - Logic, Live, Mixbus. I use a Focusrite Safire Pro40 and an Octopre MKIII as my AD and have a wide selection of microphones appropriate for recording drums. Audix D series mics, Shure beta52 and SM57, Sennheiser 441, and many others to choose from. I’ve treated the room appropriately and it sounds amazing for what it is!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I’m inspired greatly by a number of master studio drummers - Jeff Porcaro, Chris McHugh, Nir Z, Vinne Colaiuta, Carlos Vega and Todd Sucherman to name a few. I am also deeply inspired by certain recording engineers and producers - George Massenburg being first and foremost, Dann Huff, Brendan O’Brien to name a couple more. Also, drummers and engineer themselves out of their home studios and appear on award winning albums - Aaron Sterling, Ash Socan, etc.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most commonly I am approached to record and/or program drums and percussion remotely for producers and singer songwriters. This also involves editing the final drum part if need be. (Strip silencing, time alignment, etc) I take extreme care in the way I engineer each session as not only are the drums tones themselves often unique to a song, the engineering is as well. Mic placement, gain structure and often times processing in the box are all things I have been asked to do before delivering the final product.