Using my thirty-plus years of experience behind a kit, I can provide you with a living, breathing drum track recorded using only the best sample libraries.
Drums and music are my passion, and being a self-confessed song drummer, I want to serve the song and make you sound better; because of that, everything begins with a live take. Combining an upgraded Roland V-Drum kit with software such as Superior Drummer 3, you'll get the freedom that MIDI gives us, with the live feel that only an actual drummer can deliver. In addition, you'll have a virtual drum warehouse at your disposal or the ability to use your sounds should you wish.
I specialize in Pop, Country, or Rock and their sub-genres, but I've played many other styles throughout my career.
The final part will be delivered in whatever format you need, whether the multitrack, stem, or MIDI file. If you're a Toontrack user, I can provide the project file.
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
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5 ReviewsEndorse Martin Evans
Very quick and plenty of communication. He gave me a drum track which fitted the guide track to a tee. I didn't need to give him any other guidance and he completed the (albeit simple) track on the first iteration.
Martin is absolutely fantastic.Being semi retiring, i had previously had 3 session drummers on part time staff as our teams sub contractors. (50_ years) So i know a few things about session drummers. Martin is the exact kinda drummer i want and need. Always honors the story. Always listens. Always open to creative steering. Love his chops and taste.
Martin is a fantastic drummer! He plays with precision, and delivers dynamic, consistent quality drum performances. He’s a great asset for your production needs, hire him for sure!
5 Stars+ Martin is the best. One of 2 go-to drummers on all of my work,
Martin has been my go-to online drummer for over a year now. I have asked Martin to do everything from "Copy this original track" to "Here's a no-drum mix and a click track do what you think fits'. He has always responded quickly and is happy to take criticism and revise tracks although, more often than not, he exceeds my expectations first time. Martin has listed my cover of Not Ready To Make Nice (self-produced) as an example. A very professional drummer - highly recommended! ND, Houston TX
Interview with Martin Evans
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: One of my first clients was a dream pop duo from my home county in the UK. It was my first time sending the MIDI file out, and the producer did his thing with the track. It came back in a different place but was still me at the core. I love that technology allows us the freedom to do all kinds of things like that.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working on some tracks for a client who wants a Stones vibe, so I've had my Charlie Watts hat on all week.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to work on all different types of music with folks from all over the world. I love that aspect of it. Things never get boring, and I don't have to deal with band politics.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I usually ask if I can try something different in a specific section. Of course, I always send multiple takes with other options, but sometimes magic can happen when a suggestion comes out of left-field that maybe I hadn't considered.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That MIDI drums can sound machine-like. In the wrong hands, they can, but I aim to have all drum tracks that leave my studio as organic as possible.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Apart from technical questions such as BPM, sample rate etc., I would ask them what kind of mood they wanted to come out of the track. Also, I would ask if they have any reference files, whether an already available demo drum track or a track by an existing artist that they'd want to capture the feel of.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't settle and ask ALL the questions, no matter how simple.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing in 1986 and spent the following few years gigging around the South London pub and working men's club scene. I turned pro in 93 and spent the rest of the decade doing the holiday camp circuit (Butlins/Pontins/Haven/Parkdean) and cruises (Holland America/NSF). I moved to the States in 2000 and spent the first ten years playing with local singer/songwriters and bands in Philly and playing such venues as World Cafe Live/North Star Bar/Grape Street, amongst others. A wrist break in 2012 slowed things down for a while, as well as the arrival of my son, and in 2020 I decided to pursue my dream of recording from home.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Simple. Some people sometimes see that as unfavourable, especially in this YouTube note-fest era, but I love simple players that play for the song.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I have done some work for producer Stephen Paul on other platforms.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. It's 2022.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I care as much about the end product as they do.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Just a kick drum so I could use it as a boat to get off the island.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Steven Wilson. He wears his love of Pop on his sleeve, as do I.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Step away when you're getting frustrated.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Seriously it could be anything right now. This week through the door, I've had Country/Pop, Dream Pop, Synth Pop, Classic Rock and some Christmas tunes (yes, I have a sleigh-bell sample).
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ears. I know what works and what doesn't, and I can usually get that pin-pointed pretty fast. I'm also very easy to work with - no drama here.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Space. There's nothing worse than a song being choked by an overly-busy drum part. I'm a self-confessed song drummer, leaving the chops in the rehearsal room.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My usual workflow is to discuss what you're looking for from the drum track. Then, I can create an original track for you, or duplicate something already written, recorded, or programmed. Next, I'll cut a few takes and send them as a bus print for feedback and notes. We'll then work together to nail the track down.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's simple but effective. I have an upgraded Roland V-drum kit and a UAD Apollo interface, all going into a Mac. I mainly use Pro Tools for tracking but have access to Logic, Reaper and Luna. I rarely get to do any mixing as most of my clients prefer their files to be sent dry, but I have a curated collection of plug-ins just in case.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My drumming influences are wide and varied, but if I had to choose one, it would be Jeff Porcaro. He was the epitome of taste and knowing what to bring to a song.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mostly providing live parts. Sometimes I’m asked to program a track or fix-up an existing part but that’s rare. I’m finding more and more folks working directly with Superior Drummer 3 so I’m sending the basic project file out and letting them do their thing with it.