I’m Thom, pro drummer, studio owner & recording session drummer for Frank Turner, Foals, Fur, Skinny Lister, Public Body, Youth Sector, Anna Rossinelli, Mechanical Bride, Nathan Gray, Ed Prosek + many more; I’m looking forward to helping you with your next project.
I work in a collaborative process, whilst ensuring professionalism and musicality to enhance your tracks, thus ensuring the drums elevate your song to its fullest potential. Simply send the files to me with tracking information and any notes and we're good to go!
After turning pro in mid 00’s I began recording and touring with Mechanical Bride, and sessioning between multiple bands. In early 2010’s I joined up with Foals as percussionist and drum tech, appearing on Jools Holland & Abbey Road sessions.
As the decade continued, I started touring the world & recording with Skinny Lister, and further developed my session recording portfolio with a range of artists, and also joined upcoming buzz band Public Body. Building my own studio in 2020, RedDrum Recording Studio amassing an impressive résumé.
Producers I've worked with:
Theo Verney (Fur, Egyptian Blue, English Teacher, TRAAMS)
Simon ‘Barny’ Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Bombay Bicycle Club)
Adrian Hall (Tori Amos, Depeche Mode)
Christoph Skirl (The Magic Gang, Willie J Healy, Foals)
Mark Roberts (Black Peaks, Delta Sleep)
Charlie McClean (Diana Ross, Anna Rossinelli)
Iain Harvie (Del Amitri, The Maccabees)
Tristan Ivemy (Frank Turner, Alex Clare)
Nick Abbott (Keane, Foals)
Russ Junk Scientist (Larrikin Love, The Rakes)
Frank Turner (NOFX, Nathan Gray)
Jag Jago (Maccabees, Magic Gang, Jessie Ware)
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
44 Reviews - 5 Repeat ClientsEndorse Thom Mills
Working with Thom was wonderful! His excellent quality drumming greatly enlivened my tracks and brought them to a new level. Top notch attention to feedback, and a quick turnaround made for an overall pleasant experience. I highly recommend Thom for your next track, and I know I will be working with him again!
I'm super happy I reached out to Thom because he delivered the exact kind of style I was going for on this track and added some flare to make to make it stand out. 10/10 would recommend.
Excellent work! Friendly, professional and delivers a high quality product. I definitely recommend!
Great work! Friendly, professional and focuses on high quality. I definitely recommend!
Excellent work! Thom delivers a high quality product. I definitely recommend!
thom did a fine job with percussion for the song im working on. recommended!
Great, solid drum track; really gave my track a lift and provided a detailed selection of stems of the final track.
Thom did a wonderful job. He got the groove and the funk. My song sounds beyond my expectation. Thank you for a very nice work Thom.
Thom was able to listen to my demo and then turn around and give me exactly what I wanted (and more). Very good musician =)
Once again Thom has been great to work with, bringing the track to life and happy to do a couple of revisions to get it perfect. Thanks Thom!
Thom is a pleasure to work with - very fast in response, full of great ideas and can really take your tracks to the next level. Great skills and solid sound - perfect combo for professionally sounding drum track
Thom had a quick turnaround time and was enthusiastic.
Thom understood exactly what the song needed. Very fast turnaround and highly recommended.
I highly recommend working with Thom if you need an excellent high-quality drum track for your next release! I've been working with Thom since February of this year to complete a 10 track album, Thom brings it every time!
I love working with Thom. I know I can trust him to go the extra mile to bring my songs to life with his drum and percussion parts.
It's been a pleasure to work with Thom, incredible drumming skills, great sound and very easy to work with him. I will definitely work with him again on future projects. 100% recommended.
Thom had been helping me since February of this year, recording drums on a full-length album. He's done an amazing job capturing exactly what I'm looking for on each song. His playing is perfectly in time and dynamic, really helping to bring my songs alive! I highly recommend working with him.
Thom nails it every time! He's a solid drummer and fantastic to work with. I highly recommend working together with him to bring your songs to life!
Another great session with Thom - always finds the right vibe for a track and delivers an outstanding performance.
Thom was amazing to work with as always, very easy-going and a pleasure to work with. I'm sure I will come back to work with him on many more tracks in the future!
Interview with Thom Mills
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've playing drums for over 25 years, and professionally for 15 years. Recording has always been my first love, and now I've been running my own studio for over 3 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I am a Rock drummer at the end of the day, but with an ability to adapt to any musical setting.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: If I had to choose, Bowie as I could learn so much from the great man not just musically.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a relatively small live room, 4x4m however the space as been professionally acoustically treated on all walls and ceiling. Has opposing oak veneer panels off set against the opposite walls to keep the liveness of the drums, and then pulled red & black cloth panels on walls and ceiling to deaden the sound. This means once the drums are setup before you start adding mics the drums are already sounding fantastic in the room, which makes a huge difference. Put through my high end microphones, and precision placement, and beautifully tuned drums the results are always top notch.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Do it, do it now!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I pride myself on delivering above and beyond and bringing your track to life
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Working with artists and producers remotely and hands on in the studio to create musical drum parts that add to an elevate a song and performance.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Drum buses!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Glorious music
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Musicality and feel.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen through, take in musical references, chart song into sections. Work through each section individually then work through the song as a whole, get the parts cooking. Lay down an initial take, listen back and consider different sound options, mic setups etc to suit the song and client brief. Then make sure parts and sound match the brief and complete a first full take to send to client. Get feedback from the client, usually after 1 or 2 revisions land on the perfect drum take, export stems and send!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Dave Elitch, Dan Bailey, Rick Rubin, DEVO, too many to mention!