Olivier Ferrarin

Session Drummer Recorder

Olivier Ferrarin on SoundBetter

Salut. I play drums for artists, live and studio since 26 years. I spend my life collaborate with a lot of different unbelievable artists, sharing the same sensibility, love and interest for music. And I was lucky for so many years to work among the bests. Hopefully we can share it together.

My name is Olivier Ferrarin.
I was born in the seventies.
I'm here to share all I've been learning through the years with anyone who think the colour of my sound can fit with the colour of their own.
I record music and mainly drum for others and myself in my own studio.
I write music too, playing guitars, bass and keyboards, and create all the sounds needed to add on songs and movies.
Music is less fun alone.
Please, don't hesitate to contact me so we can talk about your project and vision.
I will be honored to create, play and record music with you.
Kind regards.


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  • English
  • French

Interview with Olivier Ferrarin

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

  2. A: I wrote, played, recorded and mixed the music for a whole short movie with no dialogues, so music was really another actor in that movie.

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

  4. A: Writing and recording music and sound design for a short movie.

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

  6. A: I didn't spend much time to hear other SoundBetter musicians production, but I'm sure there are plenty.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: A mix of both, because I do with the tools I have.

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

  10. A: To hear conscientiously what are their desires, and to apply it to their songs.

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

  12. A: It's when you get lost, when you don't find the right pattern or the ideal sound, when you have to face problems, the moment you find and hear the solution is very, very rewarding, espacially

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

  14. A: People ask me if I get issues sometimes getting the parts or nailing the sound customers want. My answer is yes. But I always finally deliver what they want.

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

  16. A: It is that I can play absolutely everything you have in mind.

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

  18. A: What do you need from me you cannot do yourself, and what are your expectations ?

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

  20. A: Trust him ! He is a good guy.

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

  22. A: - a book called "How To Survive On A Desert Island" - a guitar - a lighter - a knife - a book called "How To Leave Succesfully A Desert Island"

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

  24. A: Playing drums around the world with many artists on stage and in studio for 26 years.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Punchy, old school, sensitive, frantic

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

  28. A: Maureen Tucker because she is the one who made me play drums the first.

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

  30. A: Definitly less is more !

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

  32. A: Pop-Rock

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Who I am after all those years.

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

  36. A: My experience, my ears, my arms. And mainly, the color I have in my head.

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

  38. A: I have a very simple way of recording drums. Using two or three microphones max, like in the old days. Kick (Sure Beta 52a) / Overhead (AKG p120) / Snare (Sure SM57) So I spend a lot of time placing and testing the mikes, depending on the song style I have to work on, and with the drum part I wrote for it.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I work with Logic Pro X. - Microphones AKG and Sure - DW Collector's Series Fusion 2 set Twisted Yellow drum kit - 1959 Gretsch kick drum - UFIP, Istambul, Zildjian, Paiste cymbals

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

  42. A: The way of thinking of my composers / musicians heroes is obviously different from mine as we are all different, but when I ask myself questions about what I am doing exactly, when I have issues, I often think of them or listen (again) to their work, and the simplicity they generally use help me to move forward and to find answers. Thanks to them.

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

  44. A: I write drum parts, record them and mix them so my clients can use them for their songs or albums.

Olivier Ferrarin

I was the Songwriter, Musician, Singer, Producer, Mixing Engineer in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • The Kinks
  • The Who
  • Serge Gainsbourg
Gear Highlights
  • DW Collectors Maple drum kit
  • Old 1959 Gretsch kit
  • UFIP / Istambul / Zildjian cymbals
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