Session Drummer & Engineer

Kyle Brian on SoundBetter

Hard Hitting Session Drummer for hire! I can play it all exceptionally, but I can really play the heavy stuff. Mixing and Recording Engineer as well.

Session Drums - $75/song - Includes stems mixed and raw.
Remote Mixing Engineer - $150/song
Male Vocals - $100/song - Give me some lyrics and I'll sing something for ya!
Vocal Tuning - $25/song
Editing - $50/song - Includes vocal tuning - tightening up timing and cleaning up files.
Record in my studio - $150/10 hour day. I'll mix the tracks for $100 instead of $150 if it is recorded in my studio.

For drums, all I need is your scratch track and a tempo.
For remote mixing, I need all your individual tracks. I have Cubase and Pro Tools so if you have either of those then it works great, if not then the tracks all need to be bounced down to individual .wavs and sent to me. We'll work together on this process as it can be tricky.
For vocals, I need lyrics and if you have melody ideas, that helps, if not no worries.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Interview with Kyle Brian

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

  2. A: I released a solo album in 2016 that I wrote, recorded and mixed all of the parts starting in 2012. The only thing I didn't do was mastering - and it was my first top to bottom record (again, except mastering) and it was an extremely good way to learn how to do it all. I wrote and demoed 50 songs and then picked my favorite 10 and did the real recording of them.

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

  4. A: Mixing two(about to be three) records. Recording drums on several different projects. Recording vocals for one project. Learning and rehearsing for tour in May.

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

  6. A: I need to browse on here more to be honest.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Combination! I'm in the box for my production, but I still use real drums, real microphones and real outboard gear. The real stuff sounds great - digital is really nice for the technical aspects though...So best of both worlds!

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

  10. A: I cater exactly to your needs - as no two clients I've ever had have been the same. It's a very individual personal work relationship.

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

  12. A: I set my own hours.

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

  14. A: I'm not looking to hire a drummer, I'm looking for a family member. Are you down to jam? Sorry - I'm unavailable to join any projects as a full time member right now, but best of luck. If you need any drums recorded or a producer, feel free to contact me here further.

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

  16. A: I think people have a misconception that a lot of session players are very sterile...and while that can be true - especially of music school graduates - it is not always the case. I got into session work because I'm a real drummer and I got tired of going to studios where they all use sample drums as the go to - which to me sounded way too sterile.

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

  18. A: How many songs are you looking to do?

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

  20. A: It's all about maximum quality for lowest price right? The perfect ratio of the two. There are a fair amount of people that are in the session work industry - but definitely hire people that actually do it regularly. Being a good drummer and being a good session drummer are two very different things. I just happen to be both hahaha.

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

  22. A: Do I have electricity? My guitar, computer, interface, AKG C414, 10tb external hard drive. I would have to sample drums from all my drums I have recorded on my computer I guess hahaha.

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

  24. A: Global domination is always the goal - but I've been producing and recording drums for almost a decade professionally.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Laid back but hard working. Is that what this means? Hahaha

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

  28. A: I would love to work with Protest The Hero. Killer musicians.

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

  30. A: Keep it organic.

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

  32. A: I get hired often time to record drums for metal and rock projects, but I get a lot of indie rock stuff for Mixing.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: My strongest skill is drumming.

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

  36. A: Individuality. It's very important for me that artists with multiple songs in similar styles do not drone together as a single song.

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

  38. A: When recording drums, I will learn the song and get one solid take and then punch in the parts that need tightening up. Most scenarios I can execute a song all the way through from learning to final recording in 2 to 3 hours.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have a large mic collection of various Shure, AKG, Blue, and EV microphones. I typically record 12 channels for my drums, but can record up to 16. I record through two Focusrite Saffire Pro 40s and have an API Lunchbox equipped with two Avedis MA5s as well as a Presonus Tube Channel Strip.

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

  42. A: Ken Andrews and Chris Lord Alge are two of my bigger production inspirations. Coincidentally they both worked on Paramore records - two very different sounding records that both sound phenomenal to me production wise. The drummers that influence me the most are probably Portnoy, The Rev and Bonham.

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

  44. A: The bulk of the work I do is recording drums for artists. A lot of the time, I also act as the mixing engineer for those projects. Artists send me a track - sometimes with programmed drums, sometimes without - and I will record real drums and send them a mixed version of my drums, a stereo bus of my drums, as well as the raw tracks. When I also act as the mixing engineer - we will record a scratch vocal and primary instrument take, then add real drums and start to add all of the layers.

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Gear Highlights
  • Avedis MA5
  • Focusrite Saffire Pro 40
  • AKG C414 XLS
  • Shure SM81
  • Blue Baby Bottles
  • Shure Beta 52
  • Shure Beta 56
  • Shure SM57
  • Presonus Tube Channel Strip
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