I attended Berklee College of Music 1992. As a drummer and songwriter in the band Big Wreck (Atlantic Records) 1992-2003 I worked alongside legendary producers M Beinhorn, D Jerden, M Dematteo, and J J P.I do pre-production, recording, and mixing for full productions and also can do Drum tracks for other productions.I use Neve, Neumann and AKG.
I provide studio quality Drum tracks for outside productions. I also work with new and established artists giving them everything needed to get off the ground running or stay in the game. I do Pre-Production, play on (if needed) , record , and mix studio quality recordings. Mastering I have done by someone more qualified. I create high quality simple low budget Videos. I introduce and explain the business side of things in an easy to understand way, help make good decisions and set it all up if needed. I then release and promote the artists work when finished through my YOUTUBE channel (PRODUCE MUSIC AT HOME) and numerous contacts.
I use the highest quality equipment.
Vintage Neve and API preamps
Neumann and AKG microphones.
And the hands of god. lol.
Just DO IT !!
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
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20 Reviews - 7 Repeat ClientsEndorse Donald Forrest Williams
Always a pleasure to work with and delivers grade A material every time.
Williams is the man. Already done a few projects with him and plan on doing many more. He's musically educated, creative, and awesome to communicate with.
Always a pleasure working with Donald. Solid drummer and very creative. Responds promptly and always professional offering more than enough tracks to play with in you mixes.
Had a great time working with Donald. He was prompt and delivered quickly. I'm a huge Big Wreck fan but more so when Donald was drumming for them. He was a HUGE part of their sound and to be honest, they've never been the same without him. He has a certain magic to the way he structures his beats. Magic.
I knew DFW was the right drummer for this song, and once again he stepped up! Rich with tom-toms and feel, his deep backbeat gives the song just the right kind of laid-back vibe I was looking for.
Nicely done Donald!
DFW kicked my song's A$&, and man I am glad he did! This guy gets results, using his extensive studio experience, strength, chops and beautiful home to get an organic and powerful beat from his eclectic and carefully-curated drum and mic collection. Highly recommended!
I had great fun working with Forrest! Communication was prompt, clear, and professional. The drum tracks sound amazing and the parts are perfectly suited to each part of the song. So wonderful to hear my song come to life, thank you!
3rd project with this fantastic drummer! Not only does he kill it on the drums, but his recording technique brings the drums alive like they should be in rock. Highly recommended!
2nd project with this guy. Very professional and easy to get along with. One hell of a drummer too.
Donald was very professional, prompt replies, great tracks and did more than what was originally asked. Highly recommend working with him!!
Excellent to work with! Fast and professional. Highly recommend!
Don has provided drums on a few of my songs so far. He is fast, creative and very interactive. I was a huge fan of his work in Big Wreck, so it’s an honour to have him contribute to songs I’ve written. I look forward to doing more with him as this project of mine unfolds... stay tuned!!
Total pro and class act. It’s a pleasure to work with a rockstar! Turn around was super quick and came with an amazing sounding multi-track as well as a quick mix with the scratch track or demo. Great guy all around, thank you for working with me Mr Williams.
Donald is awesome, extremely professional, extremely quick, hardworking and produces great tracks
Amazing performance with a signature character that made my song come alive. Very fast turnaround with very little direction given. Plus he’s one of my favourite drummers... ever... it was an honour.
Excellent job as usual. Great pocket, and a very musical drummer. Thank you!
Great drummer, excellent communication, delivered quickly!. Will use again for sure!
Always a treat to work with a pro! looking forward to making more music with you in the future. Fun and easy going experience.
WOW! unbelievable drummer. Perfect feel and part for my song and delivered in less than 24 hours! Awesome!!
Donald did a great job. He was very easy to work with and the turnaround was only a couple hours. Once I received the tracks from Donald, it was obvious that they were expertly played and recorded. Donald’s understanding of how to tune a drum kit and then engineer his tracks compares well to anyone in the business.
Interview with Donald Forrest Williams
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: AWAY by Lindsey Buck. Has a combination of many elements and sounds great on 11. :)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Lindsey Buck Lindseybuckmusic.com
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, cheaper and easier.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do my best, and never give up on things, I'll get it done.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: End product, cranking it in my car!!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: When can u work? On weekends for recording. All the time by myself working on the song.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That is is a mystery how songs come to life. Like it is magic or something. It is not. It is just a process like anything else. It can be learned. Anyone can do it.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Can I hear some music first.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Talk over the phone, feel it out.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 2 neve 1073, 2 Neumann U67, iMac pro
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 30 years, Berklee college of Music, Big Wreck in late 90's then kids , now getting back into it again.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: quick and simple
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Taylor Swift because I would have to be the best I have ever been to match up to her previous insanely great producers.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Most important thing is to have feeling and passion in the actual performance, recording it with tried and true gear that sounds great.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Rock, singer songwriter.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A full package producer that plays a mean kit.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Write, record drums, bass, guitar, piano, keys, vocals, mix, master.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Neve preamps, Neumann U87, AKG 414, D112, 57's, 2 AKG 535eb, iMac Pro , Logic.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: John Bonham, Stewart copeland, Micheal Beinhorn, Jack Joseph Puig
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: song production from start to finish