Darrell Nutt

"I Play For The Song"

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Hello! I'm Darrell and I have been a session drummer, producer, and mix engineer for 20+ years. I provide high quality Drum Tracks and Mix and Master music for artists and songwriters all over the world. My top clients are members of Steely Dan and AC/DC. Check out the other drum examples at the bottom right of this page. Thanks!

"I play for the song!" As a producer, I want what is best to convey the message of the song - instrumentally and lyrically. This is very important to my musical concept! My services are rendered from my studio located in Southwest Florida.

A friend once said to me, "It's not always the gear, but it is ALWAYS the EAR!" My studio rig is mostly in the box. I use Waves, Slate Digital, and Izotope plugins. Cubase Pro 11 is my main DAW but I can export audio tracks to your specifications. I use high quality Focusrite RED preamps and interface. I proudly endorse Amedia Cymbals and use Yamaha drums and Goodwood drumsticks. As a drummer, my specialty is recording drum tracks for singer/songwriters for their songs.

I have worked with members of Steely Dan, AC/DC, Yes, The Moody Blues, Bad Company, Goo Goo Dolls, Parliament, Rickie Lee Jones, and many other hard working, lesser known artists. I also really enjoy mixing material that I didn't record. I have mixed hundreds of songs for artists that I haven't met in person - only via Soundbetter and social media and almost ALL of them have been repeat customers! I am proud of that!

Let's work together! Attach your demo to the job offer & note the tempo & sample rate so I can send a fair proposal.

Here is a Spotify Playlist of songs I have played on: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3H39UeOmOIwOEfAMNvsAf7?si=cb608fe591c14eb8

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

Credits

Discogs verified credits for Darrell Nutt
  • Margaret Cerniglia, Darrell Nutt, Willie "Mix" Correa*
  • Willie* And Darrell*
  • Kat Epple, Chuck Grinnell, Ted Myerson, Nathan Dyke, Darrell Nutt
  • Ascension / Willie Mix & Darrell Nutt
  • Willie "Mix"* & Doc Roc
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  • John Beltran
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  • Zen Experience
  • The Muzic Den
  • Willie "Mix"* & Doc Roc
  • DJ Mondo
  • DJ Chus & David Penn
  • Nearfield feat. Anthony Williams (2)
  • Father Jerry Kaywell
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  • Zen Experience
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  • The Muzic Den
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  • Electro Body Rockers*
  • DJ Doc Roc*
  • Willie "Mix"* & Doc Roc
  • The Electro Body Rockers Featuring Willie "Mix"*, K-OBA & Tony Tomei
  • Willie "Mix"*
  • Emir & Frozen Camels
  • Dave London
  • Father Jerry Kaywell
  • Various
  • John Beltran vs. Fantasista
  • John Beltran
  • Father Jerry Kaywell
  • John Beltran
  • DJ Chus & David Penn
  • Various
  • John Beltran
  • Various
  • John Beltran
  • Tim McGeary
  • Victor Samalot*
  • Essra Mohawk
  • Sol Set
  • Nearfield feat. Anthony Williams (2)
  • Various
  • DJ Sandy
  • PK*
  • Dave London
  • DJ Mondo
  • Various
  • Eric Berretta
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  • Infiniti*
  • Various
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215 Reviews - 37 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Keith H.
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    Again Darrell understood my music and was able to timely turn around world class drumming for my new song. The drums took my song to a higher level. Can't wait to write my next song to work with Darrell again!

  2. Review by doug
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    My favorite drummer to work with. Darrell needs no direction and ALWAYS plays exactly what the song needs!!!!!

  3. Review by Jay S.
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    Darrel always delivers, quick, creative, incredible sound, always a pleasure!

  4. Review by Susan O.
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    Darrell did a nice job with time-alignment of 2 tracks of an instrumental, and also added some drum dynamics, which I requested. I am now able to easily add in other instruments to complete my song. Darrell does great work!

  5. Review by Susan O.
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    Darrell's tracks keep everything lined up, and I like the style he puts into each of my songs...very steady and appropriate!

  6. Review by Jörg S.
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    Great drummer, Bigband experience always present, communicating fast and precise, was a pleasure to work together. Hope for having Darell on my projects again soon.

  7. Review by Keith H.
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    Completed 2 songs with Darrell now, an absolute pleasure to work with him. He certainly does play for the song!

  8. Review by Keith H.
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    If you need a drummer, Darrell is your guy! Darrell understood what I needed with ease and returned his quality work very quickly.

  9. Review by Susan Odella Songwriter
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    WooHoo! - got some great drum tracks from Darrell! He provided just what I wanted for my instrumental...fills and dynamics in all the right places! So excited to mix these tracks in...it's going to be awesome!

  10. Review by Ryan J.
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    Slam dunk Darrell does it again. Feels like he can read my mind and I’d say 99.9% of the time he does it on the first take (which is kind of annoying cause he’s so damn good).

  11. Review by Donovan F.
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    Once again the man, the legend does an amazing job on a new tune I sent him. He’s just amazing as usual !

  12. Review by Jonathan V.
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    I've hired Darrell to play on like six of my songs now, I'm always happy with the results and exited to see what he comes up with. Highly recommended!

  13. Review by John S.
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    Darrel Nutt is a fantastic drummer and a great guy to work with. I have had him design the drums for three songs now, and the tracking he did is outstanding. He is a true professional drummer. I would recommend him to anyone and will be using him on my next song for sure.

  14. Review by Donovan F.
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    As always, Darrell is great! he just reads my mind every single time.
    I highly recommend him to anyone

  15. Review by Matt P.
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    Darrell is an excellent drummer and a pleasure to work with!

  16. Review by Jay S.
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    Darrell hits it every time.

  17. Review by Bryan Daste
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    Another fantastic job with Darrell! Total pro, every time. Creative, but precise. Excellent!

  18. Review by doug
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    Darrell plays exactly what the song calls for. I never have to give Darrell any direction he plays exactly what I hear in my head, it's such a privilege to have Darrell play on my stuff!

  19. Review by Donovan F.
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    Darell is amazing as always!
    He understands your musical intentions perfectly…
    what a gift

  20. Review by Mark G.
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    Darrell is great,
    The true professional...always on time and on target with whatever might be required for your track.

Interview with Darrell Nutt

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

  2. A: I work quick and I try to understand what the client wants. I tend to hear the final mix in my head - as a drummer and producer.

  3. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  4. A: Drumming - Producing, editing, time aligning, and mixing. Okay, that is more than one...

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

  6. A: As a drummer cutting a drum track, I like to know the direction the song will go in. Specific genre or samples of styles that are similar. Well, then sometimes - we just go for it! As a producer or mix engineer, I like to be able to add to the mix via percussion or keys and fx when necessary to complete a song or mix.

  7. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  8. A: I use Cubase 11 Pro on iMac with Slate Digital and Waves plugins. Preamps are Focusrite Clarett 8PreX and Clarett Octopre. Sennheiser, AKG, Shure mics.

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

  10. A: I wrote a music cue for Oprah's Next chapter tv series and played drums on the theme song.

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

  12. A: Just finished a release that is heavily influenced as if Steely Dan meets broadway.

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

  14. A: Steve Reich, Victor Samalot. Pretty much anyone I've worked with with good reviews.

  15. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  16. A: A little of both. Analog for the traditional reason. Digital for the modern benefits.

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

  18. A: Do the best I can for you time after time!

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

  20. A: The journey of a recording project. Beginning to end.

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

  22. A: Most of my clients have let me just play on their track and we make subtle adjustments as needed.

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

  24. A: Public persona because I'm always in the studio.

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

  26. A: I can usually tell what they need from their inquiring questions.

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

  28. A: iMac, Generator, Steely Dan cd's (x3)

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

  30. A: I started early in my family band at 14 playing clubs. From 18-26 I toured the US and Europe with country artists and played the Opry and many country tv shows. I settled in florida at 26. At 35 I started my own studio producing artists and recording drums for people all over the world. 36 years in the business.

  31. Q: How would you describe your style?

  32. A: Grooving, funky, and soulful.

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

  34. A: Jonny Lang. Because he was a prodigy and he has matured in his last few albums.

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

  36. A: Always pull OUT the "bad" frequencies in a track or mix.

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

  38. A: Singer songwriter, Rock, Country

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

  40. A: Over 30 years of drumming and 20 years of producing.

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

  42. A: I am influenced by the technical recordings of Steely Dan and Roger Nichols, the vast artistry of producers Tommy LiPuma, Russ Titelman, Quincy Jones and many others.

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

  44. A: First and foremost, I am a drummer. I play most types of music live and in the studio. I have a drum kit ready to record at any time. Over the last 15 years I've been producing releases for clients, artists and record labels. I love it all!

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2023 Darrell Nutt ROCK Drum Demo

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Terms Of Service

Drum tracks come with one revision in a 24 hour period. If you want two full drum takes of your song, additional funds will be required for the second take. Let's make some great music!

GenresSounds Like
  • Steely Dan
  • AC/DC
  • John Mayer
Gear Highlights
  • Focal
  • Dynaudio
  • Avantone
  • Warm Audio
  • Earthworks
  • Neumann
  • AKG
  • Sennheiser
  • Focusrite
  • Octava
  • Presonus
  • Shure
  • Waves
  • Slate Digital
  • Audio Technica
  • Mackie
  • Digidesign
  • Yamaha
  • Steinberg
  • Meinl
  • Amedia
  • Paiste
  • Zildjian
  • LP
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  • Buffalo Music Hall of FameNov 14, 2022

    In October 2022, I was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. It is a big honor to be recognized by your peers in your home town! Other Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductees are: Goo Goo Dolls, Ani Difranco, Aretha Franklin, Rick James, Brian McKnight, Natalie Merchant, Lucky Peterson, Billy Sheehan, Spyro Gyra, Take 6, Grover Washington, Jr., and Tommy Tedesco.

  • 1400+ drum tracksApr 19, 2021

    I'm excited to announce that I have surpassed 1400 drum track sessions in my career! A few hundred of those were directly through SOUNDBETTER.com! Thank you!

    Darrell