Over 15 years experience and B.A from Berklee College of Music. Prefer Funk and Jazz, but I love any song with a backbeat. My name is Wes and I live in Portland, OR. I used to work in a drum shop, and adore all kinds of percussion. I am looking forward to contributing drums/percussion on your project! Let's start a conversation about your vision.
My playing style has been described as groovy af, r&b, soul, rock, jazz funk, hip hop, and rudimental. I also produce electronic beats, and can provide a hybrid of live and programmed on request.
Ludwig Classic Maple 22x18/12x10/15x16
Ludwig Black Beauty Snare Drum 5x14
Allegra Maple Snare Drum 7x13
Sonor Black Mamba Steel Snare Drum 5x10
Cymbal Foundry 22" Ride, 16" Crash, 14" Hi Hats (Turkish-made)
Zildjian 20" K Kerope Ride
Sabian 16" AAX El Sabor Picante Hand Crash
LP Matador Bongos 7.25" and 8.5" natural rawhide heads
LP Matador Congas 11" Quinto & 11.75" Conga natural rawhide heads
Djembe with natural goat skin, hand carved in Ivory Coast
Shakers (various textures)
Various other sounds
Bass Drum beaters (felt, wood, puffy, plastic)
Sticks, brushes, mallets, and more!
SPD-SX Sample Pad
Novation Launchpad X
ATM250 hypercardioid kick drum mic
ATM650 hypercardioid snare mic
ATM450 cardioid overhead mics (2) stereo pair
I will deliver a basic stereo mix (eq, c, v) of my drums (4 tracks), recorded on a Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 into Ableton Live. On special request, I can book out a professional studio here in PDX and pull out all the stops (additional fees apply in that case)!
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10 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse WXY Music
Wes delivered! He nailed the drum part I asked for, and communicating with him was easy to iron out exactly what I was looking. Couldn't ask for a smoother experience!
First time with WXY. We are on the same page. Great back and forth vibe. 5 stars
Wes was great to work with and delivered great drum tracks for my song!
WXY is as kind as Ted Lasso, and as reliable as Henry Ford. He took my notes to his heart and brought the groove. Thank you so much for your patience and banging sounds.
Wes is a great guy to work with. A really nice person, and really commited to giving you exactly what you want. I got some great multi-tracked drums, and congas for my newest project, plus some added bonuses that I really appreciate. He's got a great groove too.
I really enjoyed working with with Wes on my track! He's a talented drummer and went above and beyond of what I asked of him. He gave me multiple high quality tracks and worked with my vision to and busy schedule to make a great drum track.
Completed two more tracks with Wes at the great-sounding Fremont Recording and couldn't be happier. Always a fun time and his playing never fails to elevate the songs. Highly recommended!
Professional, quick turnaround, and quality playing
Wes is amazing, he is passionate, knowledgeable and resourceful . He has done multiple projects for our band and his drumming skills and recording capability is top notch. He is super professional, sticks to the timeline. Also he is versatile with skills to handle many different genres. I would recommend Wes anyday for recording or rhythm composition.
Working with Wes has always been easy, fun, and super groovy! He's elevated my tracks to a level I didn't know was possible. Highly recommended.
Interview with WXY Music
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked on an artist's EP as drummer and keyboardist in Seattle a few years back. It was the first time someone hired me to produce more than just drums on their songs, and the first time I recorded my keyboard skills on a track. I was proud because I really showed myself I could open up my skillset to more than just "the drummer". I had a lot of fun on them. You can check the artist and those tracks out on Spotify: Monte (https://open.spotify.com/artist/5hDozr6BMPWmEi9iDDHG1R?si=8jXbJ4kMQ3yOD4hikJTYkA)
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: 1.) Can you make sound-alike tracks? Yes absolutely- I enjoy the process of transcriptions, or reading sheet music when available. I also enjoy trying to replicate the actual sounds and textures in those scenarios. 2.) Based on this scratch track, can you come up with a unique part with your own spin on it? For sure, this is by far my favorite kind of project. I will always make sure you are happy with the end product, no matter how many revisions are required.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital is how I have learned to do what I do, yet I am fascinated by the history of analog recording. In terms of drums, analog of course all the way!!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being able to meet and collaborate with musicians all over the world. I appreciate each and every opportunity and have something to learn from each client, no matter what.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Percussion means "I just play the bongos". The textures and accommodating rhythms I can layer on to a drum set track create my differentiating offering. While I do play bongo, some of my best sounding recordings had me playing Congas, Djembe, Shakers, Tamborine, Claves, Cowbells and much more.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Check out their vibe/personality and ask yourself: is this someone I could see myself working with for an entire career? Because if you find the right folks, that might just end up coming true!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Pair of Vic Firth MJ2's, Practice pad, solar powered generator, radio frequency emitter, transmitter. Gotta get off that island somehow!! And practice my rudiments while I wait...
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Strong, but sensitive. Once I understand the vibe of a song, I live in that world until its impossible for others not to join in and enjoy.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Vulfpeck. OOOoooooo, how I'd love to just lay down a tight funky groove while the band just burns up around me! That would be so much fun.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Mise en place (MEEZ ahn plahs) is a French term for having all your ingredients measured, cut, peeled, sliced, grated, etc. before you start cooking. Pans are prepared. Mixing bowls, tools and equipment set out. I believe the recording process is the same. Preparation is key!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Coming up with the right part for the song. Sometimes I think of it on the first demo, and other times I collaborate to find the correct sound. I believe communication is key!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a tight funky groove, with a huge respect for the song and the other parts going on around me. I'm always looking for the best way to support the other musicians I am playing with.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Mike Johnston, Annika Niles, Robert "Sput" Searight, Jessica Burdeaux, Tyrone Hendrix, Negah Santos, & more
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on my 2nd EP, The Lovejoy Sessions, Vol. 2. Check out Vol. 1 on Spotify and everywhere today!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I know a few folks on the platform that specialize in mixing and bass and I'd be happy to introduce you to them.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will make sure you are happy with the music I deliver you. I don't mind re-doing it until you are absolutely satisfied (although my goal is to deliver the best to you the first time).
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How would you like the final files I send to you to be formatted? Could you please tell me your preferred settings? Could you send me some reference tracks so I can listen and craft the perfect groove for you?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've played in bands, orchestras, ensembles, and have been working in music studios since I was 14. I started out playing the trombone, but always gravitated towards the drums. I've studied and worked on finding my voice on the instrument, and continue to learn and improve every year.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I love to play funk, r&b, rock, jazz, dance, disco, and pop music, but I am open to all styles of music.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically, I will listen to the demo the client sends and make my notes about the song form and groove. I like to ask lots of questions and stay in communication often to make sure I am on the right track for the artist's needs. Then, I will start recording ideas and sending them along for approval. Once the patterns are good to go, I work on creating a great performance and delivering a polished drum track to your inbox.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I go into more detail above about my specific setup, but I do perform, record, and mix everything you'll receive myself.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I provide high quality performances of drum set, conga, bongo, djembe, and auxiliary percussion recorded from my home studio.