Marcus Finnie

Versatile Session Drummer

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Credits include Joss Stone, Keb’ Mo’, India Arie, “My Kinda Country”, Kirk Whalum, Michael McDonald and others. Looking to lift your track with a great groove? I will send you TWO solid takes to choose from including sample hits of each drum for mixing if needed. Getting great drum tones ensures a great "sounding" track.

I have been playing for over 30 years. During the course of my career, I have played on several Grammy winning projects. I have toured with very notable artists in various genres which has been extremely valuable for having an ability to adapt to various styles. Playing music is what I absolutely love doing, whether it’s experimental improvisational or supporting a great song/story. My focus will always be on what serves the song the best through your guidance and direction.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Marcus Finnie
  • Keb' Mo'
  • G. Love & Special Sauce
  • G. Love
  • G. Love & Special Sauce
  • G. Love
  • G. Love & Special Sauce
  • G. Love
  • Kirk Whalum
  • Kirk Whalum
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Ana Popovic
  • Lindsey Webster
  • Kirk Whalum
  • Julian Vaughn
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Taj Mahal
  • Smokie Norful
  • Melissa Manchester
  • Susan Wong
  • Garry Goin
  • Garry Goin
  • BeBe Winans
  • Kirk Whalum
  • Rachael Lampa
  • Eleanor Fye
  • Eleanor Fye
  • Eleanor Fye
  • Laurie Wheeler
  • Adam Nitti
  • Michael McDonald
  • Jeff Steinberg
  • Jeff Steinberg
  • Ace Young
  • Tommy Walker
  • Bryan Beller
  • Bryan Beller
  • Loren Mulraine
  • Vickie Winans
  • T.D. Jakes
  • Smokie Norful
  • Rod McGaha
  • Marcus Finnie
  • Marcus Finnie
  • Ryan Taylor Allen
  • Julian Vaughn
  • Drea Rhenee
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Marsha Bartenetti
  • Marsha Bartenetti
  • Kevin Whalum
  • Maurice Carter
  • Chlara
  • Chlara
  • Jimmie Smith
  • Marcus Finnie
  • Dara Tucker
  • Kevin Whalum
  • Rick Latina
  • Markey Blue
  • Sam Levine
  • Sam Levine
  • Sam Levine
  • The Macs
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Eric Essix
  • Eric Essix
  • Julienne Taylor
  • Julienne Taylor

Languages

  • English

37 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Patrick Cooper
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    This is my second song that I’ve reached out to Marcus to work on; he has consistently delivered an incredible product! This is the guy that I will always call when I need drums recorded on my project. It is a pleasure working with him!

  2. Review by Justin
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    Amazing performance and quick delivery!!

  3. Review by Patrick Cooper
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    Marcus brought a vibe to my track that can’t be expressed by mere words — all I can say that it’s just pure fire! Working with him is effortless, and his punctuality is unmatched.

  4. Review by Leonardo G.
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    Marcus is an incredible drummer. Very professional, quickly, and with a 360 vision of music.
    Super recommended.

  5. Review by Jordan R.
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    Amazing time working with Marcus. He is professional, talented, and gives top-tier work. He listened to my artistic direction and brought his own innovation to the track. Love the direction the song is going in after these drums! Thanks again!

  6. Review by Moreau F.
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    It’s been a pleasure to work with Marcus Finnie, his drumming is just amazing and the sound of premium quality recording.

    he responds very quickly and listens to the composer’s artistic direction.

    I highly recommend Marcus Finnie.

  7. Review by Greg M.
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    Marcus is the consummate professional! He was able to play exactly what I asked for in real time and added so much more. Great vibe and state of the art equipment. The best sounding drums! He takes the song to the next level.

  8. Review by Jonathan
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    Marcus did amazing work with the song! His drums lifted the song to another level. Highly recommend!

  9. Review by Shan M.
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    Wow!!! Marcus is so cool and if there’s anyone any better at what they do, I haven’t heard them. His ideas and innovation changed my project tremendously, for the better, and he was flawless. Thank you Marcus. It was an honor. We’ll do it again soon.

  10. Review by Billy S.
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    Marcus was very capable and accommodating. Easy communication and quick turnaround. Highly recommended!

  11. Review by nicholas
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    Mr Marcus is an excellent man and a professional drummer as well. Im so lucky to get a chance to have him played in my song. God bless you Mr Marcus.

  12. Review by nicholas
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    Dear Mr Marcus you are an amazing drummer! Thank you very much. God bless you!

  13. Review by Yury E.
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    Good and fast service from Marcus. He delivered exceptional work for my song and he is a very professional to work with.
    Highly recommended.

  14. Review by Masato H.
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    I was able to get a great track by asking for a soul ballad drum performance.
    I am very happy with the sound I ordered! !!

  15. Review by Bill H.
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    Marcus has a keen sense for creating and packaging drum parts that are both interesting and grooving. High quality content and amazing drum sounds.

    Very easy to work with and highly recommended.

  16. Review by Bill H.
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    Great drummer and great sounding drums.

    Marcus can complete a session in one Zoom meeting, while ensuring that he is providing what is needed for a successful drum track.

    He is talented, patient and easy to work with.

    Highly recommended!

  17. Review by Bill H.
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    Third project with Marcus and he has provided a solid performance and great sounding tracks as always.

    Easy to work with and very responsive.

    Highly recommended!

  18. Review by Bill H.
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    Marcus has provided tracks on three of my original tunes. He has great natural writing and playing ability and is more than willing to dig into any areas of the track that demand extra attention to detail.

    Highly recommended and his drum sounds are amazing as well!

  19. Review by Steve S.
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    Fantastic. Working with such a professional is truly the way to go. It's like a really great wine. Once you've been down that road there's no turning back to the cheap stuff. It's the same when working with seasoned professionals such as Marcus. His mics, drum set up and, ability to stream and track (and engineer!) are all on the highest level. Do yourself a favor and save time and money by going with a pro that's gonna get right and deliver you excellently engineered files.

  20. Review by Bill H.
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    Another excellent drum track!

    Great sound, well written and performed parts. Top notch recording quality.

    Highly recommended!

Interview with Marcus Finnie

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

  2. A: Joss Stone’s Merry Christmas, Love. She was a joy to work with and her producer and the rest of the players were absolutely amazing. I was hired for playing drums and we all developed a really special relationship from this project.

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

  4. A: Cooking and building a new tracking room.

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

  6. A: Meeting new people and and creating new music. And making jokes that may or may not translate.😬😂

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

  8. A: Q. Do you play jazz in a tux? A. Yes, I use bandanas to dampen the heads. Q. What’s your favorite meal? A. I do tambourine, shaker, a timbale, a couple cowbells, woodblock type stuff. Bolognese Q. What’s your favorite wine? A. Absolutely yes

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

  10. A: When people look your music up on platforms, what other artist will be curated in that mix? Who is the reference or inspiration for their song? How can we make this and recurring relationship?

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

  12. A: Ah, communicate with me best you can what you want. If you have a reference, let me know. Feel free to ask me any musical questions that will give you a since of ease and transparency.

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

  14. A: I've been playing drums over 30 years and recording and touring for about 20. I started out with gospel, the jazz, disco, blues, country, Americana and rock. I love that I have had these various experiences opening me up to versatility.

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. A: Creative, Groovy, flexible, and fun. Patient, then aggressive when needed and very reactive/spontaneous.

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

  18. A: Sting, he’s a musical anomaly. You can’t quite pin him stylistically and his story telling is masterful. Dua Lipa- Four on the floor all day!! The Weeknd - His music stylistically and pocket are throwbacks to what I grew up with. Charlie Puth - he's musically clever and discreet with his inspiration. Anderson Paak- He's a drummer I know but the grooves are dope, relevant, incredible lyrics and production.

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

  20. A: Have fun always. Allow musical distraction to discover something new in the moment and capture the lightning in a bottle.

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

  22. A: 1: solid powered Computer 2: API 512 lunchbox 3: 20 pearl maple gum kick 4: aluminum snare 5: zildjian 16" hats

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

  24. A: Quincy Jones, Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, Charlie Puth, Snarky Puppy, Billie Eilish, Stevie Wonder, Sting, James Taylor, and’s silk sonic.

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: Listening, dynamics and flexible.

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

  28. A: I get the song loaded in and play along to get tones having listened to it first. Then I listen to memorize as much as possible. Then (this is optional) once we connect virtually, we discuss the vision of the tune and you make sure the sounds are what you’re wanting. This way you can get what's needed the first time. (time limits apply).

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

  30. A: Creativity and solid ideas. Support for the song. Figuring out what you'd want and making the request a reality.

  31. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  32. A: I’d say digital for flexibility. Both are relevant though and I love analog tones.

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

  34. A: R&B, Jazz, Blues

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

  36. A: Jazz, Funk, Pop, Blues and R&B

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

  38. A: Derrek Phillips, Jordan Perlson, Hubert Payne, Lester Estelle, Keio Stroud.

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

  40. A: That I will give100% effort in making your song feel great.

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

  42. A: That I only play jazz.

  43. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  44. A: Gear wise, I have a 70's Pearl Fiber-Wood kit, Music City Reference by Pearl, a Japanese maple kit Assortment of Zildjian Cymbals both bright and dark. Several modern and vintage snares Meinl Percussion toys. If requested I will track two takes. I record using logic. API 512's WARM AUDIO 412 WARM AUDIO 273 SE VR2 ribbons SE 8 MD421's SM57 SE 8 DBX tube pre Solomon Sub Kick SE V Kick In FET 47

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Terms Of Service

My turnaround is usually the day of our zoom meeting or at most 48 hrs of the scheduled agreed date. I can do a revision within 24 hrs and any additional revision will cost extra.

GenresSounds Like
  • Silk Sonic
  • Sting
  • Herbie Hancock
Gear Highlights
  • AMS Neve 1073’s
  • API 512c’s
  • Maag PreQ4’s
  • WARM 412
  • WARM 273
  • UADX8P
  • Pearl maple gum
  • Maple Japanese modern kit
  • 70’s woodfiber in various sizes
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