Stephen Bidwell

Grammy-nominated Session Drums

10 Reviews (9 Verified)
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Stephen is known as the drummer for many Austin bands, but most noticeably as the timekeeper in seven-time Grammy-nominated Black Pumas. He has both a home studio and a bigger room in Austin where he would love to create some custom drum tracks for you.

I'm Steve. I'm here to play drums on any projects you may have. I started recording at home a few years back while reviewing kits for Modern Drummer magazine, and have tracked everything from loop replacement to entire rock albums in my home studio.

I use Logic Pro X, a selection of tried and true microphones, and whatever drums suit the vibe you're trying to achieve (I have at least 6 kits and a ton of snares and cymbals). Currently, I can offer up to 8 tracks, but if you're going for something rootsy and minimal I've really got some great sounds dialed a la Stax or Motown.

Please email me through the contact button above and we can discuss your project!

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.


Discogs verified credits for Stephen Bidwell
  • The Calm Blue Sea
  • Hard Proof
  • Hard Proof
  • Hard Proof
  • Hard Proof
  • Black Pumas
  • Anthony Nicholson Presents: Scientific Map Feat. Rey Khan
  • Adrian Quesada

10 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

Endorse Stephen Bidwell
  1. Review by Josh Stewart

    Stephen nailed it first take, total pro! Highly recommend.

  2. Review by Homero O.

    Was a pleasure work with Stephen. Very professional and great drummer

  3. Review by Drue D.

    Stephen has that sound you’ve been looking for!! What I love most about working with him is that he was open to different ways of approaching this project. He listened to my feedback and went above and beyond to deliver!! By the way, his sound is AMAZING. Highly recommend

  4. Review by Greg M.

    Easy work with Stephen. He was quick with the work and communication. He put together a nice drum piece for me.

  5. Review by Kary B.

    Stephen is amazing and always finds the right groove!

  6. Review by Kary B.

    Stephen was very easy to work with and delivered EXACTLY what I was looking for!

  7. Review by Idrisse K.

    Great drummer ! Stephen came up with with the best drum production for my track ! Hope to work with him again

  8. Review by billypeake

    This may sound like a cliche, but Stephen plays with a ton of feel and soul. It's impossible to explain, but he has that "thing" - the drums just sound so warm and so alive. He's awesome.

  9. Review by ProdbyGorba

    thank you stephen for this work, it's perfect

    see you at the next song

  10. Review by Brian Donohoe

    Stephen Bidwell is a world-class drummer and human being. Aside from having way more than enough technique for any job thrown at him, he has a genuine and deep understanding of sound and vibe that are essential for a truly good-sounding and good-feeling track. Hire him without hesitation.

stephen bidwell

I was the drummer, engineer, mix engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

2 Revisions included, usually 3-4 business days for delivery

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Gear Highlights
  • Gretsch drums
  • Zildjian cymbals
  • 25+ snare drums
  • all the vintage Slingerland toms you could ever need
  • and so much more.
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