Lang Bliss

Session Drummer, Producer

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Played with/for major label signed and indie artists both live and in the studio for over 35 years. Multiple #1 charting, Billboard charting and Grammy nominated songwriter, artist and producer. #1 CHR Radio #1 Starfleet Top 60 Dance Chart #1 Starfleet Top 60 Crossover Chart #15 Billboard Dance Chart Co-Writer Grammy nominated Rock Song of the Year

I love helping artists see their musical visions come to fruition!

Getting the ideas out of your head and into the audible world is often a glorious experience and a frustrating task; communicating can be tough because not everyone hears the same thing even when you use the same words.

But I get it because I'm an artist too.
You want to get past the "hearing it in your head" and you need someone who isn't just gonna throw down the quickest thing they can do so they can get paid.

At 17, I toured all across the US, Canada and Australia and learned so many hit songs and, "why" they were hits; they don't happen by accident and I learned the ins and outs of it. My main professional work has been in Nashville; drumming for a bunch of artists in CCM, country, worship and pop, as a songwriter for BMG and Curb and as an independent producer.

I've had many years of experience playing lots of different styles of music with lots of different kinds of musicians but my goal always, has been to support the song! If my drumming doesn't help the music be embraced by the listener, and the artist doesn't love it, then I haven't done my job. I have been tracking drums for clients in my own studio and other studios around Nashville for the past 30 years and I will work with you to get the very best result I can for your vision... your music!

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Credits

Discogs verified credits for Lang Bliss
  • Bliss Bliss
  • Daniel's Window
  • Francine Leclair
  • Bliss Bliss
  • Bliss Bliss
  • Rich Mullins
  • Reneé Garcia
  • Geoff Moore + The Distance*
  • Geoff Moore + The Distance*
  • Paul Smith (22)
  • Keith Brown (3)
  • Bliss Bliss
  • Marcos Vidal
  • Marcos Vidal
  • Various
  • Ceili Rain
  • Daniel's Window
  • Various, Dez Dickerson
  • Ceili Rain
  • UltraViolet Daydream
  • Francine Leclair
  • Time Horizon
  • Maureen Grace
  • Time Horizon

8 Reviews

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  1. Review by Sefi Carmel
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    Always 5 stars!
    Great experience!

  2. Review by Sefi Carmel
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    Working with such a talented pro like Lang is a pleasure!
    Inspiring collaboration!

  3. Review by Sefi Carmel
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    Awesome experience working with Lang.
    Brilliant music and a huge pleasure to be part of Lang's process!
    Highly recommended!

  4. Review by Ray Brimhall
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    by Ray Brimhall

    I flew to Nashville 3 times from Seattle just to work with Lang. He did all the drum tracks on my album and gave me extremely valuable advise musically on several tunes. Not only is he a great friend, but a great person to collaborate with. Lang has lots of great ideas in the studio and helped me with all the difficulties that accompany the whole recording process with a very high level of professionalism.

  5. Review by Kris Kanoho
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    Lang Bliss has been my go-to guy for drum tracks on all of my production work for the last few years and there's just no reason to go anywhere else! My initial introduction to Lang was through his work with other artists I've admired through the years, but it's his musicianship, instincts, and quality of the recorded tracks I get from him that keeps me coming back time and time again. As it goes with musicians of Lang's level of skill and professionalism, there is never much I give in terms of direction whenever I send him tracks - whatever I get back has MAGIC all over it! Much aloha, Lang!

  6. Review by Ralph Otteson (Time Horizon)
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    by Ralph Otteson (Time Horizon)

    I invited Lang to play drums on numerous tracks of an album I released with the band Time Horizon. Our original drummer was not able to finish the project, so Lang took over. The genre I play is prog rock. The songs were often in odd time signatures and complicated arrangements. It was no problem for Lang as he is quite the professional. This album received very good reviews and I am very happy that Lang was a part of it. I look forward to working with him again in the future!

  7. Review by Eric Bikales
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    by Eric Bikales

    One thing I've learned after 40+ years in the biz, you really have to have your craft down, so you can take advantage of your opportunities. Lang has his craft down in many ways, as you will see. He's a consummate drummer, music producer, song writer and human being. When you do music with Lang, you can just relax! He's got it handled. Great choice!

  8. Review by Jason Minton
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    by Jason Minton

    Lang Bliss is a true Talent. Great producer .
    Great drummer .
    Great heart.

Interview with Lang Bliss

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: My own band's new record. I wrote or co-wrote all of the songs, produced the project, arranged the songs, (creating a lot of the parts recorded), programmed some bits, played drums, sang bgvs, engineered all of the vocals, etc. Sefi Carmel mixed it and took it to a whole new level.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Putting together live backing tracks for a tour!

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Sefi Carmel!!!

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Digital recording... don't have the experience, know how and time to buy and keep a 2" machine aligned and in working order as well as keep lots of tape on hand; although I'd love to have one and have someone else do it for me!

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

  10. A: I will do my very best to get you a final performance that you love.

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

  12. A: I love playing and creating and then hearing that a client loved what I did.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: I'll be asked to change things sometimes after I've recorded... "Can we double this section? Can you play that without the snare on 2... or can you change the bass drum pattern...?" My answer is "yes".

  15. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  16. A: There are too many!!

  17. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  18. A: This may be more of a "keep your sanity" tip than production tip but it really does apply....If you're going to ask for opinions on your work, ask people who are knowledgeable supporters for their input once you're at that point; not people who you know/think will probably be critical. It doesn't mean that you simply ask for "kiss butt" opinions but having people be critical, especially early on in the process of creativity, can be a real killer.

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

  20. A: My favorite drummers are out of the box players although I list Jeff Porcaro as someone I'm close to in drumming approach who wouldn't necessarily be thought of in that way. He played in very unobtrusive ways but so skillfully that you couldn't help but notice it. I listen a lot to producers who do music that encompasses many styles; I love "mutt" music. I love Trevor Horn's production... Seal and other artists like him. I loved John Leventhal's production on Shawn Colvin's record, A Few Small Repairs. I really love a broad palette of producers and listen to a lot of different music that inspires me.

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

  22. A: The general public think that making music isn't really work; that you make a lot of money from it... well maybe that's changed somewhat.. that perception, and that if you're not making a great living from it and are famous, you should just quit and get a "real job". I think that a lot of music listeners love what they receive from music but have no idea what it takes to create it... the years of study and practice, the time involved to write songs, produce, create and record. The public in general don't understand everything that it takes to make great music and the trials involved sometimes, to just keep going at it. It's not a business for the faint hearted.

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

  24. A: I want to get as specific as I can with how to meet their needs. I'll ask them what they heard of mine that made them interested in me and that might help me cue into what they may want. But then I'll also ask them if they can tell me any specific songs that they know of that would be like what they're hearing for their song. I also will talk to them about what kind of timeframe they need.

  25. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  26. A: Listen to what they've done. Ask yourself if you like it and if you do, talk to them and ask questions about what they could do to help you. I worked with an amazing engineer I found here named Sefi Carmel. We communicated back and forth a good bit; I looked him up and I liked what I heard as well as read about him. I asked him if he was cool to do just one song and we could see how it went. He said yes and blew me away with his first mix and so I committed to do the whole project with him.

  27. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  28. A: My Gretsch drums, my Taylor acoustic guitar and one of my keyboards; can't record... no audience... recording gear is useless but at least I could still enjoy playing.

  29. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  30. A: I started on the road when I was 17 touring across the US, Canada and Australia for a company that produced cover bands. After 4 years of playing 500 shows a year doing that (crazy), I moved to northern California and played in some local bands but nothing that went anywhere. So after a few years of living there, I received a call from an old friend who asked if I'd audition for a signed artist in Nashville. So I decided to move there, as there seemed to be so many more opportunities. I got to Nashville, and started playing for a number of artists in the then, thriving CCM music industry. I met my wife and she was a background vocalist with a major artist and she was asked by that artist's management to sign a record deal with the label they owned. It began my songwriting interest and I was signed to BMG as a songwriter. I had been producing demos but that's when I became really interested in and tried my hand at producing; it was really a self dare! I've been at it for 36 years.

  31. Q: How would you describe your style?

  32. A: In terms of drumming, I'm a rock/pop/groove drummer. In terms of songwriting, I can do a number of things especially on the lyric front.

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

  34. A: Rock, Classic Rock/Pop, Groove music

  35. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  36. A: Playing for the song.

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

  38. A: I am a songwriter and I think in terms of how the song can best be communicated, specifically focusing on the part I play. Sometimes, (as has been my experience in my own writing), I need someone coming from a different perspective to take it someplace I can't. I love being a sounding board for that process and I do my best to bring ideas that flow with the direction the artist/producer already has but also come up with something that expands what they're doing and takes it someplace maybe they haven't thought of.

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

  40. A: I speak/write back and forth with the artist to get as clear of an understanding of what they're looking for and want. I ask them for references of what they're looking for/hearing. Once I feel like I know what they're wanting, I'll go ahead and track my part and send it to them to get their feedback. If they're happy, then I make any final potential adjustments to the files and send them over.

  41. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  42. A: Currently, I use Pro Tools and have been since I started with a computer/interface. I have the Avid Carbon and love it; it sounds wonderful and because I'm in PT, I find that it interfaces a little more easily than with the UA Quad I had before it which I liked as well but chose to go back to this new Avid piece. I have my drums set up in a somewhat dead room and rely primarily on "in the box" reverbs, delays and room recreations. I've found that it's a bit easier starting with a sound that really captures the drums accurately and adding any spatial information after the fact. I have some great Neumann, Mojave, Shure and other mics. I have a UA 4-710D mic pre that sounds great and when I need additional channels, I have a Behringer X32 that has the Midas preamps that sound great as well.

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

  44. A: My work varies from client to client. Some people know me/see me mostly as a drummer. Other clients see me as a producer. I also do a lot of live performance production with artists helping them learn how to connect with their current fans and potential fans as well, so some people know me primarily in that role. Every work day is interesting!

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  • Gretsch USA Custom recording kit
  • Pearl Maple kit
  • Zildjian
  • Dream
  • AGOP cymbals
  • Ludwig Black Beauty
  • Avid Carbon
  • UA 4-710D
  • Neumann
  • Moajve mics
  • Behringer x32
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