Brian Griffin

Americana/Rock Session Drummer/Percussionist

25 Reviews (15 Verified)
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Recording credits include Lana Del Rey, Brandi Carlile, The Black Crowes, Alessia Cara, The Wallflowers, Iggy Pop, Dolly Parton, Dionne Warwick. Los Angeles based session drummer available to help you with your music! Great touch, feel, sounds and ideas.

Hi I'm Brian Griffin and I am a versatile Los Angles-based session drummer. In addition to my NYC background in Jazz, I've toured/performed with Brandi Carlile, The Black Crowes, Richard Marx, David Gray, Patti Smith and many others. I record drum and percussion sessions for profile aritsts as well as television and films scores. Great recording equipment and a wealth of great drums and percussion instruments. Stylistically I have worked in Jazz, Brazilian, Punk, Pop, Americana, Soul, Rock, Blues, Latin, Afrobeat, and many other styles.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.


Discogs verified credits for Brian Griffin (4)
  • Opsvik & Jennings
  • Moira Danis
  • The Revelations Feat. Tre Williams
  • Jamie McLean Band
  • Brandi Carlile / The Lone Bellow
  • Jack Henderson (6)
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Brandi Carlile
  • Sandra McCracken
  • Dolly Parton
  • Katie Toupin
  • Licity Collins
  • Broken Baby
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Fee Waybill
  • Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche
  • Michelle Gurevich
  • The Wallflowers
  • Azure Ray
  • The Black Crowes
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Lana Del Rey

25 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

Endorse Brian Griffin
  1. Review by Wes H.
    by Wes H.

    Brian always comes in great sounds and ideas. Love working with this dude and will continue to do so!

  2. Review by Tom Rado

    Talented drummer, with just the sound we were looking for!

  3. Review by Wes H.
    by Wes H.

    Brian is not only a world class drummer, but he's very easy to work with which does not always come hand in hand. He worked with me on this cover to help take it to a whole new level! I will be using him ALOT for future projects!

  4. Review by Steve Vickers

    5/5 one of the very best - Nothing else needs to be said

  5. Review by Steve Vickers

    In the very top 2% or drummers in my opinion.

  6. Review by Steve Vickers

    You need drums you need Brian.
    Super talented and super creative.

  7. Review by DM_Electronic

    Brian is really great and professional to work with. His kit sounds rad and he’s super fast. You won’t regret it.

  8. Review by Steve Vickers

    One of THE best.
    Creative, attention to detail and of course superior musicianship. Recordings are on the money and if you want to work with the best, a true pro AND a really nice super cool dude. Look no further ✌️

  9. Review by Patrizio

    Great sound and performance!!!! Thank you!!

  10. Review by Serah
    by Serah

    Brian is professional, talented, kind, and understands how to create a feel. He posed questions that are helping me inquire more on translating my sound for my audience to be open to listening. I appreciate the opportunity to work with him and look forward to collaborating more in the future.

  11. Review by Donald T.

    Want a great drummer , Brian is your guy . Professional and relaxed . Just do yourself and your music a can trust him. Highly recommended .

  12. Review by Michael L.

    Brian is a true pro! Enthusiastic, great drum and percussion sounds, and most importantly, the performance and execution of what we wanted was better than we hoped for. Totally recommend!

  13. Review by Michelle G.

    Perfect interpretation, performance and sound. Just wow!

  14. Review by Jonah S.

    I've admired Brian's playing for years and have seen him perform live with everyone from Brandie Carlile at the Hollywood Bowl to sweaty Rock & Roll club shows with Broken Baby. It's no surprise that he's just as good in the studio setting as he is on stage. His pocket is great but he also listens to feedback and responds with new ideas. His drum sounds are great and easily tweaked. He spent the time with me to get the arrangement just right. I highly recommend him to anyone that needs drums.

  15. Review by Toyroom

    Brian did some very specific percussion bits for me. He delivered very quickly and has a great time feel. I will definitely use him for more percussion and drum stuff on my next project.

  16. Review by Randy Funke
    by Randy Funke

    He is the man... that is all...

  17. Review by Brandon walters
    by Brandon walters

    Brian is one of my favorite drummers around!

    We’ve played in a number of groups together and I’m always inspired by his musicality and touch.

    In this time of Covid he’s been hitting remote drum sessions for me and he brings the same level of professionalism and enthusiasm that he would if we were actually making music together.

    His tracks are always exactly what I’m looking for (way better actually) and he’s especially easy to communicate with.

    His feel is impeccable and he always comes prepared.

    I absolutely love working with hm!

  18. Review by Tom Polce - Producer
    by Tom Polce - Producer

    Brian is a world-class drummer and incredibly easy to work with. Do you know what you want? Just communicate it to him. Are you not sure what you want? Let Brian interpret the song and do his thing - it will be perfect. Aside from being technically proficient drummer and great human being - His FEEL is why he's so good. This is the single most important aspect of a drummer, for me - And I'm a drummer! Just hire Brian and you'll see for yourself.

  19. Review by Rachel Eckroth

    Brian is super versatile, always has an excellent feel. His home studio sounds amazing, he's a high end drummer, love working with him because he's fast and also a great guy!

  20. Review by Christine Baird

    I hired Brian a few years back for a single I was releasing and his professionalism and groove made such an impression that I hired him recently to track the drums for the entirety of my EP of original music. Not only did he send the takes back with an incredibly quick turnaround period, but he tracked super tasteful, tight, and soulful drums for each of my songs. I had a request for one change to be made and Brian, without fail, sent back a perfect edit in a matter of hours.

    Thank you so much, Brian! Can’t recommend his kindness, professionalism, and talent enough!

  21. Review by Jon S.
    by Jon S.

    I been asking Brian to record drums for many years on songs I've produced. He always delivers with great sounds and clever parts. Without giving him direction, he can make a song sound complete, a producers dream.

  22. Review by Wes H.
    by Wes H.

    I have used Brian on multiple albums I have written and produced. Hands down one of the most tasteful drummers I've worked with over the years. Brian serves the song with his drumming and on top of that always comes in with a unique angle on percussion and the sounds he brings to your track!

  23. Review by Tim Lyons TLOVER
    by Tim Lyons TLOVER

    I've worked with Brian on a variety of projects, and he's delivered amazing results every single time. Not only does BG deliver tracks with truly fat & well-recorded drum sounds, he also has an amazing ability to capture and extend the feel and vision of a song to the "best version of what it could be" regardless of what stage in the process he's involved. Brian has chops, feel and musical vision, AND he's an easy, pleasant, professional and SUPER fun person to work with. Can't recommend him highly enough for any project that needs acoustic drums, percussion or drum programming.

  24. Review by Rob Calder

    I've worked with Brian a lot over the years and he is a superb drummer who knows how to capture great drum tones and deliver the perfect feel and pocket. You will love working with him.

  25. Review by Jay Foote

    I have used BG on 3 different albums I've produced with a range of artists. I can't recommend him highly enough if you need to give a song soulful, groovy drums with a dynamic range and is always tastefully supporting the flow of a song. He's my very favorite to work with in the studio and remotely.

Interview with Brian Griffin

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Whatever sounds great!

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

  4. A: Sensitivity warmth groove dynamics. Song-specific / unique sonic palate.

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

  6. A: Artist sends me a demo of a song, and if there’s time scheduled together, I will quickly shoot back a rough mp3 while I'm working to see if the artist likes the sounds and approach. Then I record upwards of 3 takes with some variation - quieter louder, more fills etc. I also record some percussion if appropriate- shakers hand drums tambourines etc, and then I upload it all for the client to download. I will allow one revision at this point, but it is rarely needed.

  7. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  8. A: Various modern and vintage drums of all flavors. Stacks of cymbals. Cases of conventional and exotic percussion. Various ribbon, condenser and Dynamic mics. I typically record through neve-style pres ir API pres into apogee converters.

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

  10. A: T Bone Burnett, Jim Keltner, Jay Bellerose, Victor Indrizzo, Shawn Pelton, Buddy Miller, John Leventhal, Tchad Blake, James Gadson and many others

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

  12. A: Live drum and percussion tracks for artists’ songs as well as soundtrack music for film and TV

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

  14. A: Songwriter music.

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: Listening.

"Pretty When You Cry" by Lana Del Rey

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    "Pretty When You Cry" by Lana Del Rey
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    "Honey" by Austin Plaine
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    "Mainstream Kid" by Brandi Carlile
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    "Move The River" by The Wallflowers
Terms Of Service

Turn around time 7 days max. 1 revision allowed.

GenresSounds Like
  • Jim Keltner
  • Jay Bellerose
  • Kenny Aronoff
Gear Highlights
  • Ludwig Gretsch Rogers drums. Neve/Vintech
  • API Preamps. AEA AKG Beyerdynamic &SHURE Microphones. Istanbul AGOP
  • Zildjian CYmbals. Various handmade and world percussion.
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