Alex Hoeffken

Creative Grooves&Great Sounds

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Recording top sounding drums and innovative sounds for your song tracked in a huge sounding room. I'll find the right groove to your song.

I am a session drummer & sound designer and I want to help you make an amazing record. I deliver high-quality drum tracks, percussion add ons, unique sounds and programming to bring your music to life.

You can contact me for a free in depth video insight of various drum / production sessions to see the different approaches to each song and the quality of sounds.

I have been discovering unique drumsounds for a long time now, and I have been fortunate enough to call my passion my career. I love finding just the right sound and groove and capturing the best take for the song. In my studio I search for the best sound for your song. Mostly I focus on pop and hip-hop records and record drum tracks at my facility in Berlin, Germany. It's a big room, acoustically treated and features API and Neve style preamps and industry standard microphones.

Recordings featuring my performances accumulated more than 170 million plays on Spotify.
Link to selected discography:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6kLPk9mJK1tnc8NUa2n0a4?si=k1S-JmuHSz-rkfF5fUGF5A

Hit me up for details and let's start making music!

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47 Reviews - 7 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Gfm E.
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    I launched my first song project and I choosed to work with Alex. I told him the direction I wanted to live drum to go pattern ect. He acknowledged and he offered me 1 review. After first two take I wasn't satisfy yet my 1 review was done. That's the interesting part. ALEX didn't care about the money, nor the additional time it will take to go back and make all the changes I needed. He literally said to me WE DONT QUIT THIS PROJECT UNTILL YOU ARE SATISFY. Then he killed it was hugely happy end

  2. Review by Andrej I.
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    I loved working with Alex. When I was looking for a drummer here on SoundBetter I came upon Alex and listened to his drumming on Alice Merton's "Lash out". What a great drumming, really made the song! He exceeded all the expectations and recorded really great drums/perc for my track. Will be working with him in the future!

  3. Review by Brooke Daye
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    If I could give 6 starts I would. Alex went BEYOND what I had hoped. He played brilliant drums but his sense of the song and what it needed was tops and it made me so happy I went with him for this song. His creative input as a drummer and percussionist was incredible. I highly suggest Alex on your next project.

  4. Review by Vipin M
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    Alex is a gifted musician who has an understanding of different genres as well as music production which means each song gets exactly the grooves, sound and mood that it needs! Goes without saying that his skills as a drummer/ rhythm/groove section match up to his understanding, but above all, he is genuinely interested in contributing his best to you track and comes across as a friendly person. We did a video call to discuss details and it was great to get to know him just a little bit! :-)

  5. Review by Mertkan Özkan
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    Second time working with Alex. He is cooperative and result-oriented! Commended,

  6. Review by Josh Pawley
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    Alex was very easy to work with and provided great sounds!

  7. Review by Martin P.
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    Always a pleasure to work with Alex!!! Quick response, great communication and high quality drums!!!

  8. Review by Tsuko G.
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    You don't know drums til you work with Alex.

    No Sir. No you don't.

    Alex performs on drums outstandingly, has a perfect sound quality, and delivers everything professionally to you, with all the care there is.

    More even: he advises you and gives you more to up your production beyond what you had. How about that?

    Bottom line: if you have anything drums related, give it to Alex. He's your guy.

  9. Review by Victor P.
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    Had another great experience working with Alex. He brings a lot of creativity to the table and takes direction well too. Great execution and attention to detail. The sounds and performances are always top notch. Highly recommend!

  10. Review by Matt S.
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    Very pro! Clear communication, quick turnaround, great tone and chops.

  11. Review by Mertkan Özkan
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    You know when a guy is passionate about drums. He tried some distant alternatives without hesiatiton until I'm satisfied. And we got the bullseye. Alex has the key for all your problems. Definitely work with him again.

  12. Review by Drew N.
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    Alex is a phenomenal talent. His feel & sensibility are spot on. Further more, he always goes the extra mile to serve the song. Lastly, his recording capabilities & the sound quality he is able to produce is excellent. Highly recommended!

  13. Review by Victor P.
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    This is my second time working with Alex and he always goes above and beyond, delivering more than asked for. The quality and care he puts in to his tones is spectacular and he has excellent feel. Very easy to work with and responsive. Highly recommended!

  14. Review by Shane H.
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    Alex did an incredible job on my song. Solid beat, super interesting percussion work that really made the song shine! He is an absolute Profesional and I would highly recommend him!!

  15. Review by Ananta G.
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    Another brilliant drum production from Alex. Enjoyed this seamless collaboration and drums on time! Thank u kindly :)

  16. Review by Sergio S.
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    Alex is great too work with, fast with notes and has a lot to offer. Will hire again.

  17. Review by Cone of Silence Studio
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    Terrific drummer!
    Super professional. Highly recommended.
    Really well equipped, I will work with Alex again.

  18. Review by Martin P.
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    Another amazing production with Alex! Creative unique drum tracks!Fresh and crunchy! Always a pleasure to work with!

  19. Review by Eric Sheffield
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    Super awesome drummer, producer and engineer Alex Hoeffken provided me with all I asked for and more. The ability to have excellent drumming skills with the capability to capture the record and engineer at a professional level makes Alex a world-class talent!

  20. Review by Ananta G.
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    Another great instance of working with Alex, everything is on time and to the best output. Even in the crazy times he delivers, Thanks a bunch!

  21. Review by Martin P.
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    Alex is a fantastic creative drummer. It is such a pleasure to work with! Highly recommended!!!

  22. Review by Ananta G.
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    Great production skills and vibrant communications, thanks Alex!

  23. Review by Victor P.
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    Working with Alex was great. He takes great attention to tone and was able to follow and execute direction exceptionally. Great guy to work with.

  24. Review by Ananta G.
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    Great time working with Alex. Professional and cooperative, was no problems adjusting and moving things when I asked. Fluent in styles of production and had a nice library of sounds to choose from. Will recommend and hire again, thanks a bunch

  25. Review by Martin P.
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    Alex is very gifted drummer. We worked on another song and he played once more creative and well sounded drums. It is always a pleasure!

  26. Review by ronan m.
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    Very happy with what we ended up with! Drum tracks sound great, well played and recorded. Alex was very quick with responses to queries - over all great communication and great experience. Thanks Alex and look forward to working together soon.

  27. Review by Martin P.
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    Alex delivered fantastic drum tracks for a upbeat production. Very modern sound and cool played!!! He is the man!

  28. Review by Cael
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    Alex nailed it on the first try within only a couple days of my order. Favorite drummer I've worked with and will be using him again soon!

  29. Review by Kai
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    Alex, is truly talented. He did an amazing job with my song. Gifted, professional and has a great, positive attitude.

  30. Review by Martin P.
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    Alex is a very talented and creative drummer! His Sounddesign is extraordinary! It's a great experience to work with! Highly recommended!!

  31. Review by Martin P.
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    Alex is a very creative and versatile drummer! He is a great communicator and he delivers high quality tracks. It is a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended!!!

  32. Review by Marc M.
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    Alex was a joy to work with! Clear communicator, very fast turnaround on projects, new exactly the sound I was looking for, and didn't hesitate to make any revisions or add in new percussion parts. Couldn't recommend him enough!

  33. Review by Ari I.
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    Alex is a talented drummer and insightful in regards to the requirements of the song. Delivers fast and always meets expectation.

  34. Review by Ari I.
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    Alex is top quality. Good sounds and understanding, everything delivered with ease. Recommended.

  35. Review by Will H.
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    From the moment I reached out Alex he was an absolute professional. He had extremely clear communication, made me feel like a valued artist, and played excellent pro drums! He understood the exact sound I was looking for and delivered high quality recordings to me in a very reasonably short amount of time. In addition to being a great drummer, Alex, also has some amazing ears for tone and the drums and gear to support his vision. I would definitely work with him again. Thanks Alex!

  36. Review by Drew N.
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    Really creative player. Loved the percussion work he did in addition to the live kit. Great sound.

  37. Review by Mark G.
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    Alex was great to work with - vey patient, creative, and great drum tones. He came up with sounds and rhythms I wouldn't have thought of.

  38. Review by Tom R.
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    Makes my music better every single time. Alex is the best!

  39. Review by Tom R.
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    Alex not only kills it as an artist, but goes above and beyond as a professional. He understands exactly what the client wants and delivers exactly that! Nothing but positive things to say about him and his work.

  40. Review by Tom R.
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    Communicative, fast, and excellent final product. Would highly recommend working with Alex.

  41. Review by Israel M.
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    High quality drums from a great player! Super fast turnaround. Thanks Alex! See you soon for another track.

  42. Review by Hendrik Sieber
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    Alex is not only one of the most professional and creative drummers, but also one of the nicest human beings I know.
    He is a relentless worker, especially when it comes to record his vision and sound.
    I worked with him on multiple occasions and always loved his ability to play with the right feel, tone and support for the music. Huge recommendation!

  43. Review by Marcelo C.
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    Alex was fantastisc, very professional and patient! I totattly recomend!

  44. Review by Klavus
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    Very professional and trustworth person. Like to work with him again.

  45. Review by Kim P.
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    Alex was a joy to work with. He delivered great results and in a timely manner. Would hire him again any day! :)

  46. Review by Vollmer Markus
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    Great sound, style, groove and timing and a very nice guy. All you need I would say. Thank you Alex, wait, I need some drums again... ;)

  47. Review by Florian Lipphardt
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    Absolutely a world-class high professional drummer!
    Very sensitive about sound (-design) and the right notes and grooves for the song.
    Well equiped, well-considered, super reliable and versatile!
    1st call!

Interview with Alex Hoeffken

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

  2. A: Most of the time I replace programmed drumming with live drums, programm a beat and add percussion to it or to a drum track I did.

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

  4. A: Unique drum sounds, a lively energy and creative input.

  5. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  6. A: A solid groove and creative sounds.

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

  8. A: Pop, Hip Hop, Soul and some Rock.

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

  10. A: You'll get great sounding tracks and a musical approach.

  11. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  12. A: A great mix of both is the best way.

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. A: I use Logic Pro X in Combination with Universal Audio Apollo (Quad & 16) and several Heritage Audio, API, Avedis Audio, Universal Audio and other preamps im combination with Neumann, Coles, AKG, Sennheiser or Beyerdynamic Mics to capture the perfect sound.

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

  16. A: I get a demo song and ask the client about what they want to add to the song. I make suggestions for grooves, sounds and patterns or simply replace the programming.

  17. Q: How would you describe your style?

  18. A: I'm heavily influenced by great groove drummers like Steve Jordan, Steve Gadd etc. I focus primarily on feel, groove, and energy. Drumsound is VERY important to me and I try to achieve the best sound for the song by choosing from a wide variety of drums, percussion, weird sounds etc. I also run things through guitar pedals to deliver a unique sound.

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

  20. A: When do you need the tracks? Which vibe and sounds do you have in mind?

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

  22. A: I love to be creative and capture the best performance.

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I was the Drummer & Percussionist in this production

Terms Of Service

One revision per song free off charge. Typical turnaround time is 3-5 business days.

GenresSounds Like
  • Steve Jordan
  • Matt Chamberlain
  • Aaron Sterling
Gear Highlights
  • Ludwig Drums
  • Slingerland Drums
  • UAD Interfaces
  • Heritage Audio 1073jr Preamps
  • Avedis MA5 Preamps
  • Coles 4038
  • Neumann Mics
  • Sennheiser MD421
  • Cascade Ribbon Mics
  • AKG C451
  • AKG C414
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  • PLATINUM RECORD - Namika "Je ne parle pas français"Apr 05, 2019

    German artist Namika's single "Je ne parle pas français" went Platinum in Germany. I recorded drums, percussion and sounds for the production team BEATGEES again. So grateful to be part of the success.

  • GOLD RECORD - Alice Merton "Lash Out"Apr 05, 2019

    Alice Merton's Single "Lash Out" went Gold in Italy. I played and recorded the drums in my studio on the production of Nico Rebscher.