Ramiro Cairo

Session Drummer/ Producer

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I play what the song really needs. I have a broad understanding of how a groove can make the song even greater. When I design the drum parts or produce a music project, I have three words in mind all the time: Solid, Simple and Creative.

Hi there! My name is Ramiro Cairo. I'm a professional drummer/ studio drummer/ Producer and Composer based in San Francisco, California. I am fascinated by finding the right drumming for a song or music project. I composed/performed and recorded the music of a very successful contemporary dance piece that was later made into a film in Argentina (2011). I co produced, wrote and recorded the music for the short film Distant Observer (2021)I've been a drummer for almost 40 years and I've been teaching drums for over 20 years, playing Rock, Pop, Funk, Jazz, Latin and Experimental music. I have a drum recording home studio where I teach and record drums.

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Interview with Ramiro Cairo

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

  2. A: Nacho De La Riega (producer), Ariel Lavigna (Sound Engineer/Producer)

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

  4. A: Where's your studio?

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

  6. A: At this point, Robert Glasper.

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

  8. A: I composed and performed for several years the music for a contemporary dance piece called Los Posibles. Then that production was made into a film and I adapted and recorded the music for the film. Why I'm proud? Because I was the only musician on the stage performing my music that made five dancers dance happily. It. was such an honor! I also co produced a short film, wrote and recorded the music.

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

  10. A: I'm working on an EP of an experimental music project with a guitarist. And I'm also recording the drums for a songwriter from Germany and I'm recording the drums for a song writer in California.

  11. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  12. A: Depending...both?

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

  14. A: You won't regret it.

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

  16. A: Music makes me feel in harmony.

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

  18. A: The amount of microphones to deal with.

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

  20. A: What sound you're seeking?

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

  22. A: Be open to new ideas.

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

  24. A: Snare drum, Bass drum, Ride cymbal, keyboard and a recorder.

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

  26. A: I've been playing drums for almost 40 years. I studied drums with some of the best in Buenos Aires.I played in a bunch of TV programs as part of the house band. I've composed and produced music for contemporary dance and short films. I've played musicals, Latin bands on cruise ships.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. A: Groovy, solid and danceable.

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

  30. A: Take a brief break from the project and listen to it again.

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

  32. A: Pop, Funk, Experimental.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Groovy drumbeats.

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

  36. A: I bring solid and good quality drums that enhance the song or composition.

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

  38. A: When someone sends me their songs, I ask for references or type of sound they have in mind. I pay close attention to the vocals and lyrics or the "color and texture" of the song and then I come up with several Ideas for the groove and drum tunnng and cymbals and send those over. I want songwriters to feel happy about those ideas from day one.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have a drum recording home studio, not too small, not too big, just perfect for what I need.

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

  42. A: I love the studio drummers from the 80's. I love that drumming!

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

  44. A: I write and record the drum parts for independent Pop/Rock/Funk songwriters.


I was the Drummer, Composer, Producer in this production

Terms Of Service

I typically do 2 revisions. Turnaround 2 to 3 days.

Gear Highlights
  • Drums - Gretsch
  • Premier Signia. Bunch of Zildjian K
  • Avedis and Istanbul. Yamaha Keyboards
  • Focusrite Clarett 8 & 4 Pre USB
  • Shure and Audio Technica mics.
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