Experienced Jazz-Rock-World drummer, playing for the music
Looking forward to hearing from you and work on your project.
Deals for recording more than one track are available.
Drums tracking, percussion tracking, Konnakol (south Indian vocal percussion) are all part of what I can contribute to your music. Session filming is also available. Please contact me for further details.
I play a variety of musical styles: mainly Jazz but also Rock, Pop, Progressive, Indie, World music (middle eastern, mediteranian, Indian, etc).
I'm mainly a drummer but play some percussion instruments such as the Udu, frame drums (Bendir, Riqq) and a few others.
Since 1990 I've been a full time touring musician but always enjoyed recording in the studio. I found the process of working in the studio rewarding, engaging and very different from live work.
As live gigs are more scarce and a bit shaky these days, I wanted to exploit this opportunity to start working and developing this aspect of music making.
I have been recording and touring with many renown Jazz and world music artists such as: Dave Holland, Jacob Collier, Tim Garland, Gwilym Simcock, Larry Coryell, Jeff Berlin, John Abercrombie, Bob Sheppard, Norman Watt-Roy (off the Blockheads), Wilco Johnson, Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt, Natacha Atlas, Dave Liebman, David Binney, Gary Husband, pianist John Taylor, Norma Winstone, Kenny Wheeler, Andy Sheppard and many more.
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Asaf is an outstanding and super talented drummer, musician and composer. He can play any style and his DNA of unique talent shines through the recordings. I made a record with him in LA together with Daniel Shulman the bass player from Garbage. We loved Asaf’s playing and we were blown away by his professionalism and his style. I highly highly recommend Asaf.
Interview with Asaf Sirkis
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Energetic but subtle, musical.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd like to work with people that enjoyed the music and drums I've been playing already so I know that my work is being appreciated.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Its all a matter of how much time and energy you put into it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly Jazz. I compose music which I always work on. I also play in other musician's projects in that genre
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I love playing for the music in a way that serves the song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen and learn the song as much as possible before recording. I hate using charts so learn things by heart whenever its possible (depending on the time I have and the complexity of the music). Then, its just a question of getting the best performance mostly by doing more takes.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I currently use a basic setup for drum recording: a pair of Earthworks SR25s as overheads, Sure Beta 52A for BD, SM57 for snare, and SM58's for toms. I use Rogers vintage drums and play a few percussion instruments too. Istanbul Agop cymbals. I live between UK and Germany. I have a studio in Germany and hire a rehearsal room in the UK when I need to record when I'm there.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The Beatles, Police, Yes, Genesis, Allan Holdsworth, Mahavishnu Orchestra, South Indian Carnatic music, Dhrupad, Olivier Messiaen.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly play Jazz sessions but also Pop, world, prog-rock and anything in between
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The music and creating music with people
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been a full time touring musician since 1990 but since the pandemic I've been developing my recording skill and expanding my recording gear
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Playing drums musically and with a sense of flow