I'm not just a "session drummer" like you'd expect to find on networks like this. Not only have I been teaching and doing session work for over 15 years, I'm also an accomplished audio engineer with an expertise in drum audio and over 10 years running my own custom drum company. Needless to say, my knowledge, experience keep me top tier quality.
I offer top quality drum and percussion tracks for any style. Not only do I have a wide pallet of sounds available with 8 different high end kits and over 35 top shelf cymbals, I also have the best mics and commercial grade recording facility to capture every nuance.
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Interview with FatCatDrummer
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I'm always curious to know if they have a specific style of drummer in mind. And what sort of pulse or dynamic feel they're hoping to achieve.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I always recommend that clients keep their scratch tracks to a click and be aware of their tempo. It makes it much easier for the percussionist to work with and provides a better overall and tighter quality of playing.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Mapa burl exotic kick matching snare and a few Meinl Byzance cymbals
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path is straight ahead. I've been doing this for 15 years now and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. The digital world just allows me to expand what I'm already comfortable with and I'm looking forward to working with others on this site.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I think if I can work with one artist, it would be Benny Greb. His tasteful style is something to be admired.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't be scared to experiment. Some of the best things in music have happened outside the box.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on almost any genre. I like to think my eclectic background allows me to fit authentically into any style without losing inorganic feel.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I've been told my strongest skillset revolves around my musicality as a whole. Rather than just the concept of playing fast or having "chops", my ear for production of a finished product always stands out and allows me to suit the music.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I like to believe that I bring "glue" to the song. I pride myself on being able to use my musical ear and playing ability to link and connect parts in the song to help everything flow as a whole.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I always start by analyzing the song and the dynamic "feel" it needs. I try and assess the musicality around where the drums will fit and find the best way to play off of the other instruments. I listen for subtleties within the surrounding parts to see where I can best compliment the track and others playing. Then I simply play and work with what I feel the track needs. I refine and explore the parts I'm creating and make notes for later reference. After I'm pleased with what I've created, I send a rough draft to my client and use their feedback to sculpt our finished product.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio was built from the ground up. PreSonus is at the heart of my facility. I run a large 32 Channel interface with motorized faders. My microphone selection ranges from Neumann condenser mics to Audix dynamic mics and much in-between. aside from having many high-end acoustic drums and cymbals, I also have high-end Roland triggers and Superior drummer 3 with a full library of high-quality drum samples available to fit absolutely any style.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: As a music teacher for well over a decade, I've been forced to learn countless styles of music to accommodate my students. Because of this I'm blessed to be rather eclectic and inspired by any quality musician who plays with heart.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My most common work gravitates towards percussion arrangement and audio production.