Kyle Brian

Session Drummer & Engineer

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Hard Hitting Session Drummer for hire! My go-to style is great for most contemporary music in rock, pop, and metal, but I also have experience and can cater my playing to country, jazz, reggae, and others.

Session Drums - $125/song - Includes stems mixed and raw.
Remote Mixing Engineer - $400/song
Male Vocals - $150/song - Give me some lyrics and I'll sing something for ya!
Recording Engineer - $300/day + discount on mixing.

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.

Languages

  • English

29 Reviews - 7 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Andy Faunch
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    Kyle's the best. I love his playing and the attitude he's brought to my tracks- definitely has become part of 'the sound' of the album I'm working on. Also his stems are always top notch; well recorded and organized. Highly recommend. 5 Stars all the way..

  2. Review by CC G.
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    As expected Kyle came through again like a pro, can't wit to work with him again.

  3. Review by CC G.
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    Kyle did an awesome job. He's a 5 star pro, very easy to work with, you won't be disappointed. Can't wait to work with him again.

  4. Review by Mario Borgatta
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    Awesome music. Great communication. Highly recommended!

  5. Review by Casey H.
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    Great drums, had loads of cool ideas for my track. Would work with again

  6. Review by Kara Greskovic
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    Kyle is a joy to work with! It never takes us more than 1 to 2 takes to get exactly what I'm looking for. Amazing experience!

  7. Review by Nick C.
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    The pearl is in the river and the whooping crane flies at dawn.

  8. Review by Kara Greskovic
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    Awesome experience with Kyle as always!! Attention to detail and always delivers

  9. Review by Nelifedo
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    Great, reliable work. Will absolutely work with Kyle again (and again)

  10. Review by Kara Greskovic
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    Amazing experience with Kyle! Creative, fast, and friendly. Def will be working with him again!

  11. Review by Nick C.
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    Outstanding to work with. Talented and professional

  12. Review by Nelifedo
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    What a solid job, was happy with the first take! Would definitely consider Kyle for a heavier, progressive, feel. Thanks!

  13. Review by Andy F.
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    It was fantastic to work with Kyle! Great player, great sound and he immediately 'got' what I was looking for and totally delivered. Highly recommended and I'll absolutely be going back to him for more drum tracks in the near future.

  14. Review by Maximilian
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    Awesome drumming! Kyle nailed the drum track on one of my songs on the first take and recording he did! Could you believe that? I've never had any drummer nail it like that spot on the first time around. I'm very happy with the results. Kyle's drums has lifted the song to the next level.

  15. Review by Abel S.
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    Punctual, productive, and comes prepared for the recording session with all the tracks mapped out. We tracked 8 rock songs in an afternoon with some tricky drum parts. Coolest guy!

  16. Review by Jon l.
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    This has been an amazing experience! I started off with an out of the box request for Kyle and he completely nailed it. Plus I got to hang out with my idol! Kyle is an amazing musician and an awesome dude. 10/10 would recommend and will be going through Kyle again in the future!

  17. Review by Joel D.
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    its been great working with Kyle, the song I hired him for is a 10 min song ! kinda long, but we were able to talk about the song before he sat down to record - and that was extremely helpful, we got one great take and a tiny revision, song well done - I will be working with Kyle again :)

  18. Review by Jonathan Y.
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    Working with Kyle is inspirational. He takes direction well and brings new ideas that bring the song to life! Would love to continue working with him as long as he's doing this!

  19. Review by Jonathan Y.
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    Kyle is the best drummer I've worked with. He brings your tracks to life!

  20. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios
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    Great Muse flavored drums from Kyle!

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 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 type of music do you usually work on?

  4. A: I get hired often time to record drums for rock, pop, and metal projects, but most of my production work comes from rock artists.

  5. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  6. A: I'm a drummer at my core, and while I've been playing guitar and singing and doing everything else for over a decade at this point, more than anything I'm a drummer.

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

  8. A: Generally, I will listen to the demo sent over to me and chart out the structure. I then play along to the song a couple of times and begin to record several takes. I then comp between the best 2 or 3 takes to get the performance I like the most.

  9. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  10. A: I have a large mic collection of various Shure, AKG, Blue, and EV microphones. My typical drum recordings are 16 tracks. 3 kick mics, 2 snare mics, stereo overheads, stereo rooms, and single close mics on all toms, hi-hat, and ride. I use two Focusrite Saffire Pro 40s with a UA 710-d connected via ADAT to the main Focusrite with my Lunchbox routing through the UA into the ADAT as well.

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

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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 will 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.

  15. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  16. A: Why not both??? I use real mics and real outboard gear going into the box...but once it's there, there are so many invaluable tools at our disposal that trying to re-reroute it back out afterward doesn't create any inspiration for me.

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

  18. 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.

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

  20. A: I set my own hours.

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

  22. A: How many songs are you looking to do, what is your time frame, how married to your midi drum parts are you?

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I work with artists until the project is complete. As long as I am in town, I can generally finish within 1 week.

GenresSounds Like
  • Axl Rose
  • Perry Farrell
  • Scott Weiland
Gear Highlights
  • UA 710-D. Avedis MA5
  • Portico 611
  • AKG C414
  • Blue Baby Bottles
  • Sennheiser 421
  • Pearl Session Custom Drum Set
  • Pearl Masters Maple Snare
  • Sabian HHX and AAX Cymbals
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