Ryan Elwood

Session Drummer

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I’m a drummer based out of Denver, Colorado. I perform and record with several artists, including Blake Turner, Hunter James, and Jenny Shawhan. I also teach drum lessons.

Located in south Denver, my studio will allow you to capture a unique performance in a great sounding room using live drums and industry-standard recording equipment.

Besides being more affordable than a traditional studio, remote tracking allows you to get your live drum tracks done much sooner, usually in about three days. If you have multiple songs in need of drums, make sure to ask about special discounts for larger projects.

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

Interview with Ryan Elwood

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

  2. A: My songwriting partner Steve Gansen and I had a song placement during the American Country Music awards show on CBS in 2019. It was very cool to hear something we had composed on television!

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

  4. A: I am currently tracking drums and percussion for mulitiple projects with producers John Macy, Jeff Kanan, and Steve Gansen.

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

  6. A: I guarantee satisfaction! I try to do most tracks as live takes, meaning I don't do much cutting, pasting, or editing unless absolutely necessary. This results in a more organic groove for your song, and clients who hire me tend to appreciate that approach. It's a bit of old school philosophy, but it still seems to work!

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

  8. A: I love to know the backstory of a song. Sometimes it's the quirkiest things can inspire a sound or recording decision. I also like to know who the songwriter's favorite artists are. Anything that can give me a bit of creative direction is encouraged and welcome!

  9. Q: How would you describe your style?

  10. A: I love to focus on groove and tone. I personally don't enjoy listening to very busy drum parts, so my default mode behind the kit is to find the groove, lock it in, and not clutter things up with a lot of unnecessary fills.

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

  12. A: In the studio, I tend to do a lot of Americana, country, and rock. When I play live, I do a bunch of blues and jazz. It's funny how those two worlds don't necessarily collide with each other as often as you'd think. Let's make a blues record! 😂

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. A: I have many different drum sets, snare drums, cymbals, and microphones to choose from, each with unique tones and applications. My room is “small, but mighty”. It’s not the largest space, but I’ve been able to tune it to get a wide variety of sounds. From “big and boomy” to “tight and punchy” – the sky is the limit!

"This Old Guitar" by Blake Turner

I was the drummer in this production

Terms Of Service

Please include the BPM with your track. If you have programmed drums for reference, send two versions (one with drums, one without). Feel free to include any suggestions.
ETA: 4 days
Revisions: 3

GenresSounds Like
  • Ringo Starr
  • Steve Gadd
  • Jim Keltner
Gear Highlights
  • DW Collectors Series kit
  • Ludwig Drums Classic Maple kit
  • vintage snare drums
  • Zildjian cymbals
  • Shure microphones
  • Neumann microphones
  • Warm Audio preamps
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