Gideon Berger

Rock / Punk / Indie drummer

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Hello! My name is Gideon, I'm a drummer from Oakland, California. With 20 years of experience in touring, playing live shows and countless recording sessions with rock, punk & indie bands, I am now offering my services via SoundsBetter for anyone who wants a polished, tight and driving drum recording.

I can work with most genres of music and deliver a variety of sounds thanks to a wide selection of drums, including: dw collectors kit, Tama Starclassic & SLP steel kits, Ludwig Keystone kit, over 10 snare drums, variety of cymbals and a lot of high-end microphones & recording equipment

You will be provided with:
-Multiple tracks of each individual drum and cymbal as well as room ambiance mics.
-Reference mix of your song with my recording.
-In addition, I will also sample each drum and cymbal in various velocities so you’ll have options in mixing.

As for my performance, my focus is on delivering the best and tightest performance for your song with emphasis on style, groove, energy and intent. My goal is to meet your vision by enhancing the song but never distracting from it!

What I’m going to need from you is pretty straightforward. A basic demo / scratch track of your song. (doesn't have to be fancy) and the tempo BPM of your track.

You're welcome to follow my recent work at: instagram.com/drums_by_gideon

Recording credits:
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-Useless ID - State is Burning
-Useless ID - We Don't Want the Airwaves
-Tess Stevens - Patient 139
-Kill the drive - A Postcard From Hell
-Kill the drive - Lady Karma
-The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute
-Andy Shulman Band - Rundown
-Cables & Arms - EP IV

And a-lot more...

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

55 Reviews - 13 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Danny
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    Totally versatile, super creative, very easy to work with!

  2. Review by Yan C.
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    Gideon is a true pro! This is my second time working with him and he already feels part of the band. Insanely good drummer, works so quickly, communicates everything clearly. He’s a dream session player, please hire him!

  3. Review by J. V.
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    Great work. Gideon made sure my first SoundBetter order went smooth and swift. Gideon is definitely a Rock Solid drummer with excellent timing.
    Highly recommended!

  4. Review by Jonathan C.
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    Gideon was great! He was very responsive and seemed to immediately understand what the song needed to really shine. I plan on working with Gideon for many projects to come. Thanks Gideon!

  5. Review by Yan C.
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    I had never used Soundbetter up until now, so I was a little hesitant at first, until I met Gideon! Easily one of the most professional musicians I've ever worked with. Not only is he an incredible drummer (great performance + great drum tones), he's a genuinely nice person and super fun to work with. I fully recommend Gideon to anyone with drum needs! Thank you again Gideon, we will 100% be repeat customers.

  6. Review by Ross M.
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    Look no further if you want great playing, sound and professionalism. Super nice guy and communicates very well. I'd give 10 stars if possible because he exceeded my expectations.

    Thanks again Gideon.

  7. Review by Eric
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    Gideon is a true professional. There's a reason he says "under promise and over deliver". I was pleasantly surprised to have received the finished results in a very quick fashion. His communication is top notch as well. Oh...and he's a fantastic drummer too :) I look forward to working together more in the future.

    Highly recommended!

  8. Review by Johnny B
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    Amazing drummer, super quick turn around and really great communicator. Absolute pleasure to work with - highly recommend!

  9. Review by Stephen S.
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    Gideon's drums are fun and sound great!

  10. Review by Paul D.
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    Gideon is freakin’ awesome. I couldn’t have been more impressed. 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘

  11. Review by Stephen S.
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    Yet another great drum track from Gidgeon, a pleasure to work with and sounds great!

  12. Review by Rob B.
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    I so enjoyed working with Gideon the first time I came back for more and I couldn't be happier, he's updated his setup and to say he knocked the parts out of the park would be an understatement. I can't recommend him highly enough. Great communication, execution and ear for what would work best on each song.

  13. Review by Paul D.
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    Double thumbs up!!! Gideon is great to work with. Fantastic job, super professional.

  14. Review by Stephen S.
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    More awesome drums from Gideon!

  15. Review by Paul D.
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    Gideon is the real deal. A true professional. Awesome.

  16. Review by Danny
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    Top notch player, always delivers great results!

  17. Review by Mark G.
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    Gideon was excellent...professional and very fast providing a great drum track. Would definetly work with him again, highly recommended.

  18. Review by Danny
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    Amazing quality, this guy knows what he's doing!!

  19. Review by Joe E.
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    Absolutely flawless experience working with Gideon, who delivered in a super-quick manner exactly what I was looking for. Thunderous, energetic, sensitive drums for my tune. Highly, highly recommended. Total pro.

  20. Review by Jacob L.
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    Gideon's playing is crazy-good! He delivered huge sounding drums with a ton of mic choices to choose from, plus a killer reference mix / drum stem. Love it! Can't wait to work with him again.

  21. Review by Rick
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    Amazing as always, thank you so much.

  22. Review by Michael N.
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    Another excellent job. Thanks Gideon!

  23. Review by Rick
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    Great as always, Thank you

  24. Review by David S.
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    Gideon is quick, responsive, provides professional sounding drums, and works across multiple genres. I was very happy with the performances Gideon provided...definitely glad to have his energy on these tunes!

  25. Review by Rick
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    Amazing work, quick turnaround and great sounding kits

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    Amazing work, Just what I needed. Highly Recommended.

  27. Review by Danny
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    Really great sound, super fast turnaround time- looking forward to working together on the next project

  28. Review by laurence c.
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    Gideon is a legend - so easy to work with and he nailed the tune!

  29. Review by David S.
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    Gideon provided an outstanding drum performance - professional and full of energy. He exceeded expectations with turnaround time and delivered both raw and mixed tracks. A great experience...will definitely come back to take advantage of Gideon's talents!!

  30. Review by Rick
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    Amazing work. Thank you so much. Incredible drum sound, fast delivery, exactly what I wanted. Highly recommended

  31. Review by Jon Lake
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    'Wow'. That's all I could say when I first heard the track Gideon had sent me. It was exactly the sound I was after. I sent him a demo without drums, and before I knew it, he had sent me all the individual drum tracks for the song + more (gear list, mixed tracks too).

    If you need a live, full of energy drum performance on your song, you've got your guy right here.

    I will definitely be working with Gideon again in the future, no doubt about it. Can't wait to work on more projects together!

  32. Review by r
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    Another great job. I've done two projects with Gideon and both times he has delivered great results in a very short time, preforming very close live interpretations of some very challenging drum arrangements!

  33. Review by Kruel S.
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    Gideon was amazing! He nailed it, exactly what I needed. Talented, professional and has a quick Turn around. Highly recommend.

  34. Review by Michael N.
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    Super professional, easy to communicate with and incredibly punctual. I can't believe how quickly he learned my songs and sent back amazing drum parts with their individual mixes. HIRE THIS GUY!!!

  35. Review by Kurtis S.
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    Gideon is an excellent drummer! If you need energy in a track he can bring it!

  36. Review by Yoshiro Publishing
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    Gideon did it again! Another fantastic track. He was super professional, the quality I got back is exactly what I needed. Over delivered! Will be working again soon!

  37. Review by Yoshiro Publishing
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    Gideon was amazing to work with! He delivered exactly what I was looking for, playing and sound wise. Will be tapping in with him for the rest of our album and more! Quick turn around and really knows his stuff when it comes to kit selection for the song!

  38. Review by Gamble Avenue
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    Great experience and result with Gideon! Very friendly and over delivered on the song. Really well played and quality sound. Hope to work with him again!

  39. Review by Stephen S.
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    Thanks, great drumming!

  40. Review by Stephen S.
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    Top notch drumming again!

  41. Review by Stephen S.
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    Wow, excellent work! A+

  42. Review by r
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    Gideon did a great job with super fast delivery. Very professional, highly recommend.

  43. Review by Rob B.
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    Absolutely killed it and insanely fast, he made a couple of changes to parts I had that honestly needed something different and breathed extra life into them. Super easy to work with and highly talented. Can't wait to do it again.

  44. Review by Jeremy Serwer
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    Gideon is a real deal drummer and I know he lists himself as Punk, Indie and Rock but he really is capable of fitting almost any genre of music. I'm working on a very diverse instrumental album and he's plugged himself in seamlessly between vibes, genres and tones. He is highly professional and a quick turn around and he intuits what you're going for. Get him now before he's too busy!

  45. Review by Jeremy Serwer
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    Gideon is consistently good and I'll be working with him again and again!

  46. Review by Jay Parish
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    Great job again by Gideon. Done well, delivered quickly, and easy to work with, just like before. Working with him is going to be a regular thing for me. Five stars!

  47. Review by Jeremy Serwer
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    Gideon is a Talented and Professional drummer! Quick turn around and very eager to work with you by serving the song. I'm definitely going to be working with him more in the future!

  48. Review by Jay Parish
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    Third time working with Gideon. Great job, just like the last ones. Already planning more projects with him.

  49. Review by Jay Parish
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    This was my second time working with Gideon and it was an absolute pleasure, just like the first time. He did a drum cover of one of my songs and it came out very well (I actually have it playing as I write this). Also, like the first order, he completed it very quickly. I've already picked out at least two more songs I'm going to come back for in the near future. I highly recommend you contact Gideon. You won't be disappointed!

  50. Review by Jay Parish
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    This was my first time working with Gideon. I was impressed with how fast he finished the work; he completed a drum cover, including a video, within one day. I'm very happy with the final product and already have extra orders in mind for him.

  51. Review by Rob F.
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    I recently had the pleasure of working with Gideon on my album project. He’s an amazing drummer and super professional. I sent him some real rough demos and he brought them to life. Great communication and very timely. He’s very thorough and you will get a nice spreadsheet with all the details and very organized folders that drop right in your DAW! You can actually watch as your tracks get finished. Super fun! Great sound! My album was mostly punk but I bet he could shred any style of music. Talk to you soon Gideon!

  52. Review by Kruel S.
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    Gideon, is a beast. Hard working talented dude who kills every track he is on. Very happy with his work, will definitely work with him again.

  53. Review by Nolan Simons
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    Gideon was instrumental (get it?) in the overall sound of my debut EP - make you proud - going above and beyond what was expected of him. From basslines to overall structure, and of course awesome playing, Gideon was a complete pleasure to work with from start to finish.

  54. Review by Tess Stevens
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    Gideon is not only an amazing drummer but he's a great collaborator too. Gideon has the technical stuff down and even helped me with a better-sounding DIY set-up too. He's super quick to respond when you're popping ideas back and forth. It's hella convenient for working through songs. He really makes records special and whatever genre he's playing in - he has a style that takes everything up ten notches. Hire this dude.

  55. Review by Phil K.
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    Gideon is our go to session drummer for both in-person sessions as well as remote sessions. He has a ton of experience and clearly knows a lot about the art of banging sticks on things in a rhythmic manner that best suits the energy and overall vibe of whatever project he's working on. We especially appreciate his spot-on rhythmic performance, obsessive attention to detail and vast collection of drum kits, snare drums and cymbals. Would highly recommend him for any project!

Interview with Gideon Berger

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

  2. A: Meeting new people and making new friends.

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

  4. A: That I'm a "punk drummer" I grew up listening to punk and playing in punk bands, but in recent years I've been exposed and performed on so many other generes, folk, rock, indie rock, pop, (even disco!) Punk drumming and punk culture thought e a lot and set an amazing foundation to how I approach music today, but it's not "all I do".

  5. Q: How would you describe your style?

  6. A: Polished, clean, and full of intent. Everything I play and perform has a lot of thinking and calculations behind it and I make sure that I stand behind the things I play and I try to bring it to life with the intent and intensity I play my parts

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

  8. A: I'll ask the artist to provide me with a scretch guitar / reference son, if they have midi drms that's cool and can really help, and the click (BPM) of the song. I will then listen to the song a few times and start mapping out the parts (Intro>Verse>pre chorus>chorus>2nd Verse, etc.) s'nd step ould be to find the right sound, experiment with different drums and tones, different tuning, until I find the one the works best for that specific song. Then I'll go an just play along to the song untill my mucle memory feels natural and I feel comfortable with all the parts. then I start tracking, Ill usually do anything between 3-5 takes (or as many as needed) to get to the closest to perfect take. Then I will listn back and punch in the drums if needed, I don't like "edting" the drums, I'd rather just punh in parts, I found that it makes the most sense and sounds the most natual in cases you do need to fix things. And then I will sample each and every drum and cymbal and send it off to the artist. I usually provide all the drums stems raw and un processed, I also offer a high level reference mix, I usually provide a list of all the gear I used. And.... that's it!

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

  10. A: As my profile mentions, I come from punk and punk rock, but I enjoy tracking anything from indie rock, to pop, I've done a few ragea style songs, I did hardcore and thrash recording. Basically, if the song is good, recorded to a click - I can pull it off and have fun along the way (and make sure it comes through the recording!)

  11. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  12. A: oh wow.... So my roome is not huge, but I have great acoustic and sound there from those 4 walls alone, which is a great start! I make sure to play nothing but excellent drums, I'm a huge gear nerd and always make sure my drums are tuned and fit the song, and if they don't - I change the kit! I have 6 different drum sets at my disposal and always happy to change things up until I get the tone I want. I have maple kits, oak kits, and even steel kit (yup, metal!) I have a variety of ~15 mics, and I think the most interesting thing I do.. is using Audix d6 on my toms (yup, a kick mic on my toms) that gives such a crazy amount of punch and attack to every drum fill. I recently upgraded my inteface and added another preamp that gives me 8 more channels (16 in total!) so I do: snare tom and bottom, Tom& Floor, 2 overheads, kick in kick out, HH, room mic and Crotch mic (Which is key for my sound!)

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

  14. A: It's hard to say "the most common" one... I've done everything from full 12 songs albums, to quick drum play through videos. I would say my typical client are rock/indie artists and bands who record at home and have don't have unlimited budget, yet don't want to compromise on the quality and energy of their recording. I help them set a powerfull foundation for their music by providing them with a killer drum recording in a very comfortable rates.

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GenresSounds Like
  • Bad Religion
  • Foo Fighters
  • Paramore
Gear Highlights
  • dw collectors
  • Tama Big Black Steel
  • Ludwig Keystone All Star
  • Ludwig Black Beauty
  • OCDP
  • Mapex Black Panther
  • tama starclassic
  • SJC Custom drums
  • Sabian cymbals
  • Audix mics
  • Shure mics
  • Rode mics
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  • NAMM 2022Jun 05, 2022

    NAMM has been awesome!

    Got to meet a lot of awesome people and learn a bunch of great tips & tricks.

    super stoked to go back tonight and get back to work.

  • Thank you!May 27, 2022

    Hello friends.
    I've had a busy week and I just wanted to jump on here and say thank you to all the artists and creator who choose to work with me.
    I truly feel blessed and humbled so... thank you!
    -Gideon.

  • Covid and other fun stuffMay 20, 2022

    So, in a very oldschool 20202ish manner - I contracted covid recently and what can I say.... It's not fun.

    I feel like 'm on the way out of it and hopping to get back to work soon.

    Thanks to the people who were patience with me, I promise everything will hit your inbox very shortly the moment I'll get this corona BS out of my system.

    Thanks friends.
    -Gideon.

  • Back in the studio!May 09, 2022

    Hi friends ! I'm back in the studio and busy more then ever!
    If you have any projects or recordings you need my help with - Don't hesitate to reach out.

    Excited about the later half of 2022!

  • Attention - April traveling plans!!!Mar 11, 2022

    To all my clients, In early April I will be traveling for 2.5 weeks and won't be able to record.
    I strongly advice if you have open running projects with me - please complete them as soon as possible so things won't get dragged.

    I really want to me all your time lines and not to rush things so please be minded - and feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

    Thanks friends!


    -Gideon. 

  • New drums!!Feb 23, 2022

    Very excited to update that I recently added a new kit to my arsenal.
    A Tama starclassic Birch Walnut.
    Sizes are 22X14 (hell yeah!), 12X8, and 16X16.

    Stoked on the tones I'm getting with these bad boyz!

  • Upgrading my recordings!Jan 31, 2022

    Hi friends.
    You all know how much of a gear head I am- and it's only getting worse lol.
    Recently I added a new toy to the lab - an kick our condenser mic to capture all the low end frequencies from fro bass drum. what a game changer!!!!
    I'm stoked!

  • First session of 2022Jan 11, 2022

    Hi friends !
    I am just about to leave the house and go track my first session of 2022!
    Couldn't be more excited for this upcoming year and all the collaborators and new friends I'm going to be making here!

    Stoked!

  • Starting to get an itch for a new kit.....Dec 20, 2021

    As we're entering 2022... I'm starting to get an itch for a new kit.
    Surly I don't need one..... but I'm starting to wonder what would be a nice edition. perhaps I'll get my feet wet with the "vintage" world.... who knows

  • Happy Holidays!Dec 13, 2021

    Hi friends! I just wanted to drop a quick "happy holidays" to all my fiends and clients.
    I appreciate you trusting me with your music, and thank you for your buisness!
    See you all in 2022. Exciting times ahead!

    -Gideon

  • 2022 is around the cornerDec 03, 2021

    I'm really excited for next year!
    My studio is looking so different from how it started and if effects and impacts how I play and the projects I take on.
    I'm really looking forward to 2022.

  • More channels - more sound opportunitiesNov 15, 2021

    I recently upgraded my studio and am now happy to offer more channels to accommodate my clients and recordings.
    So can offer up to 16 channels. 

    Excited!

  • Big milestone!Nov 08, 2021

    Exactly one year ago I pulled the trigger and moved to my own studio, and man the past few months have been nothing but bliss.

    I want to thank all the friends, musicians, producers, songwriters & bands, who invited me to contribute to their music, These people either know me for years, or never even met me, yet still trusted me with their music, craft, time and budgets....

  • Expansion aheadOct 25, 2021

    Hello Friends, I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend.
    I want to thank all the bands, artists and writers who worked with me and booked me in the last few weeks and booked me for the coming few weeks.
    I'm happy to update that soon there will be expansion in my production and the quality of my recordings will step up even further.



  • Busy week ahead!Oct 18, 2021

    Hi friends, I have a busy week ahead, super looking forward to track drums for a new friend from Australia (I think that's my first collaborator from overseas)

  • My brother is now on SoundBetterOct 12, 2021

    Hi friends, my older brother Ishay Berger is now also available on Sound Better.
    Ishay is a guitar & bass player and an incredible producer and song writer!
    Please don't hesitate to reach-out to him if you have any interest in getting him involved with your music.

    https://soundbetter.com/profiles/452003-ishay-berger

  • September has been super busySep 22, 2021

    Hi friends.
    I'm really excited about how September had turned out.
    Lots of fun and exciting projects, I'm super thankful for all my customers and partners!

    Cheers

  • I'm thinking about doing a little studio tour video.Sep 13, 2021

    I wonder if people would appreciate that.
    If you came across any good studio tours on soundbetter (Or even youtube) please send them my way.

    Thanks!

  • Busy week ahead!Aug 30, 2021

    I have a bunch of sessions coming up this week and I'm super excited about it!!!
    I am always super appreciative that people reach out and trust me with their music, this is awesome!

  • New Rack tom mic!Aug 25, 2021

    Earlier this week I finally got my 2'nd Tom mic - an Audix d6.
    "Isn't that a bass drum mic"? Sure is!!!!
    But it sounds BIIIIG on toms.

    Stoked!

  • Wrapped up a fun week of recordingAug 16, 2021

    Last week I had an awesome week recording 2 remote projects.
    These recording sessions are so much fun. I really enjoy joining forces with musicians from all over the world.
    Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

  • New snare added to the arsenal!Aug 11, 2021

    Hello friends, I've added a new snare to my gear list, it's a 7X13 OCDP Maple snare and it's perfect for low fat tuning.
    I'm really looking forward to utilize this drum in future sessions.
    The snare can be heard on this video.

    -Gideon