Drummer and mix engineer in London. Specialise in drumming on louder rock / emo / indie and have a diverse mix approach for music anywhere rock to folk. Big love for real drums in emo/rap and programmed drums in acoustic/folk
I have spent thousands of hours recording drums for jazz, rock, emo, and pop as the drummer or engineer and sometimes both. This has given me the specialities to know what the engineer is after when recording, or how to help a drummer better themselves when in a studio with me.
As a result I’ve been producing bands/artist that are often after both a drummer and a producer. This experience has made me an experienced and all-rounded mix engineer. My focus here is to create depth and immersion in a song that’s built perfectly around the vocals and beautifully transitions energy between each section.
Mix/production influences: John Congleton, Jack Antonoff, James ford, Tchad Blake.
Drumming influences: George Daniel, Tommy Igoe, Travis Barker, Justin Scott, Tosh Peterson
I am a graduate of the Tonmeister course and endorsed by Zildjian Cymbals and Vic Firth drum sticks.
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- Sleep Outside
- DUDE MY DUDE
- Gen and the Degenerates
- Flat Party
- native instruments
- Orchestral Tools
- DIY Magazine
- Tottenham Hotspur
- PRS for Music
- Royal Academy of Music
- 2020 Recordings
- SNK Studios
- Floating Earth
- Kyoto Music
- Neko Trust
- The Magic Lantern
- King Nun
- Ben Creighton Griffiths
- Tom Baird
- Darragh Chaplin
- Waterhouse Sound
- Richard Harvey
- Rupert Gregson Williams
5 ReviewsEndorse Matt E Williams
I've worked with Matt for many years both with him as a drummer and an engineer. On the drumming side he's very creative and is able to blend a lot of different styles to create whatever sort of sound you need (in our case more experimental jazz fusion drawing on latin, funk, rock, and disco beats in particular).
On the engineering side Matt is very adaptable and able to work with a large variety of instruments in many different genres. In particular he's recorded me on the harp a number of times with fantastic results on an instrument notoriously hard to record well.
Working with Matt is always such a positive experience. His ability behind the kit speaks for itself, and his production style and attitude towards creating allows for a truly unique and impressionable final product.
Having never recorded vocals before our session, Matt gave me the confidence I needed to perform above and beyond what I thought I could achieve and I couldn't recommend him enough!
Worked with Matt E Williams on my EP. He's an extremely talented engineer/producer/mix engineer/drummer, pretty much an all-rounder. Great to work with, felt very at ease throughout the whole process and would recommend him to anyone!
I have worked with Matt E Williams on several projects and he is a well-rounded drummer and audio engineer. He is incredibly experienced in his craft and is guaranteed to always amaze you with his final product to the best of his ability.
Matt E Williams worked as a producer, mixing engineer as well as drummer for DUDE, MY DUDE's debut single "Loser". The reception has been enormous so far with over 500k streams across all major DSPs (as of July 2021).
Extremely professional, knowledgeable, and musical, Matt is also always interested in offering advice and thoughts on songwriting and arrangement aspects.
Interview with Matt E Williams
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Dude, My Dude - Loser. A few viral TikToks later and its racked up a couple million streams! I played drums, produced and mixed the song for them
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Getting stems into playback rigs for touring
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I got my first drum kit when I was 5, played in bands when I was in high school, took an interest in recording, then applied to the Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey. I Graduated in 2019 and set up a studio in London. Been hacking away at it since
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Have autosave turned to every minute and unlimited versions. Don't overly produce the demo, leave that for the actual production. Be nice
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Quantising on the way in?... I joke. Drum recording. Or making the client forget any rules they think exist with creating music so we can try anything.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I love pairing illogical ideas/influences to help create a new sound for someone. Making music stand out in a way that helps its uniqueness but not at the demise of its quality is a challenge I love to take on for a project. There are no rules!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on the project. A playlist of influences and a semi written song is always a good start for production to build on. Demo tracks are a good start for drumming on. When mixing I'll down-mix nearly everything to as few tracks as possible.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Butch vig, Jack Antonoff and anyone else with a career as an instrumentalist and mixing engineer. Sonically I'm inspired by the mixes of Tom Elmhurst, John Congleton, Mike Crossy, Tchad Blake,
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To create better recordings of your songs than you could imagine.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Clients never feel like clients as they become your mates
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: Will you quantise it? A (Rhetorically): Does it need to be?