Mike Avenaim

Top 40 Session Drummer & Mixer

24 Reviews (16 Verified)
Mike Avenaim on SoundBetter

Credits include: Lil Nas X / Scott Weiland / Leslie Odom Jr. / Tori Kelly / Hailee Steinfeld / Nick Lachey / NOTD / Bea Miller / Ruel / Emblem 3 / Disney / Pixar / MTV / VH1 / CMT / Hi-Finesse Music and many more.

I’m a Drummer, Mixer, Producer and Musical Director based in L.A. I have a drum recording studio in Studio City and I do remote sessions there for Singles, Albums ,TV shows and Films for all over the world. I've had the opportunity to tour, music direct and record with some amazing artists including Lil Nas X, Scott Weiland, Leslie Odom Jr., Hailee Steinfeld, Bea Miller, NOTD, Tori Kelly, Ruel, Emblem3, Zella Day, X-Factor USA, The McClymonts, Reece Mastin, VH1, MTV, CMT, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and many more. I also have been a featured artist for major companies including: Avid Pro Tools, AKG, A Designs Audio, JHS Pedals, Beryerdynamic, Standard Audio, Retro Instruments, Focusrite and more.

Services Include:
- Recording live multi track drum tracks and percussion
- Mixing
- Drum Programming
- Live show music directing, track building and playback

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24 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Eve
    by Eve

    Mike is an icon! He works really quickly and delivers legendariccc results. He also constantly asks for feedback in order to go exactly where you want to be and I can't thank him enough! Love love love working with him!

  2. Review by Eve
    by Eve

    I'm scalped 😭 Mike literally took my skeleton of a demo and fed it with the most amazing drums!! He's extremely talented & fast too! Recommend a million times!!!!!!

  3. Review by Paolo G.

    Working with Mike is a pleasure. Perfectly in the mood with great taste and touch!

  4. Review by Jesse W.

    Great to work with, sent three different takes for me to use and edit. Had the job done on the day he said it would be and provided a professional sound.

  5. Review by Paolo G.

    Working with Mike has been a great pleasure to me. Great drummer, he immediately entered the song mood and provided me with what I was looking for. Hope I may work with him again in the future. Thank you Mike!

  6. Review by Sami S.

    Quick turnaround and killer fills as always, thanks Mike.

  7. Review by Josh Stewart

    Mike is a super nice dude and an absolute weapon on the drums, it was a total pleasure to have him work on my track! Looking forward to the next one :)

  8. Review by Evan R.

    I programmed a beat for my song, but it needed that live feel. In stepped Mike, and he listened to what I had and really got where I was going, and made it legit with real drums. A total pro all the way, I will definitely hire him again.

  9. Review by Artem M.

    Mike is a very talented musician! It was a pleasure working with him! Great vibe, great fills, drum sound is very inspiring. 10/10

  10. Review by Paul K.

    Fast turnaround, great skills and approach, awesome work.

  11. Review by Kelly Mac

    Mike was a pleasure to work with! His musicianship was top notch and his communication and professionalism was great. Look forward to doing more work in the future!!!

  12. Review by Kendell E.

    Mike was very patient and had a very fast turn around. He saw what I was going for and brought it to what I heard in my head. Extremely happy with the results. Will be using his services again

  13. Review by Sami S.

    Superfast turnaround, great energy and killer fills.
    Mike is a true professional, easy to work with.
    Thanks Mike!

  14. Review by Rob W.
    by Rob W.

    Mike was great about keeping in touch and moving the project along. Thanks for going to extra mile!

  15. Review by Sami S.

    Mike just nailed it, again…Second time working with him and
    always top quality. Highly recommended!

  16. Review by Sami S.

    Mike delivered 3 great drum tracks with high quality and quick turn around and was very professional. Highly recommended. Thanks Mike!

  17. Review by Derek Frank

    I've worked with Mike on the road, in the studio, and remotely, and I can tell you that he's one of the best. Not only a killer drummer, Mike is also a great engineer, musical director, and multi-instrumentalist who will bring any type of production to the next level. If you're considering booking Mike, just stop thinking about it and pull the trigger... you'll be glad you did.

  18. Review by Jonathan Hakakian (JonnyJoon)

    Mike is a consummate professional with exquisite musical sensibilities. A pleasure to work with, great attitude, killer drum tones, and a solid groove. He puts his heart into his work, and its clearly shows in the final product. Highly recommended!

  19. Review by Profile User 250387

    A truly great drummer, human being, and talented musician that I'm happy to call a peer. A+ 10/10 would use again.

  20. Review by Phillip Meneses
    by Phillip Meneses

    Mike is an incredible musician. His friendly and professional nature makes working with him not only fun, but delivers something deeper and more musically profound than what most can do.

  21. Review by Shaley Scott

    I have worked with Mike as both a drummer, AND producer—and, he is nothing short of amazing. His understanding of music and musical styles is unsurpassed, and he delivers nothing but top quality in everything he does. He is one of the hardest workers in the business—but, it’s his overall natural talent, that is most impressive. Anyone is lucky to work with him!

  22. Review by Greg Wurth
    by Greg Wurth

    Mike is a fantastic all around drummer. He's been able to provide basically any sound that I've asked for while capturing the vibe to match the genre. Highly recommend his services.

  23. Review by Joey sykes
    by Joey sykes

    Mike is the perfect combination of great tones,killer gear, hard hitting, but with dynamics,finesse, with all around great results. He just "gets it"....I fully endorse him anytime.....JOEY SYKES !

  24. Review by Derek B.

    Mike is not only an incredibly talented drummer, he's wise enough to know when to keep things simple. His pocket is outstanding. The sounds he gets in his own studio are absolutely HUGE, and the assortment of tracks and mics he sends are enough that you can mix any way you want. One of my favorite drummers to work with for sure.

Interview with Mike Avenaim

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

  2. A: I’m music directing projects for various major labels.

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

  4. A: Bobby Holland

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

  6. A: It all depends on the client and their needs. I try to accommodate exactly what the client is asking for.

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

  8. A: I specialize in remote custom drum tracks and mixing. I work to create the perfect tonal and sonic approach. Many of my clients are very specific in their instructions and my goal is to nail those.

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

  10. A: I wrote and recorded on Scott Weiland’s last album before he passed. It was an incredible experience to make music with one of the greatest rock front men of all time.

  11. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  12. A: Both. Every clients needs a few different.

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

  14. A: You will LOVE what I deliver.

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

  16. A: That it was my hobby first.

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

  18. A: Do your drums sound professional. The answer is, Absolutely!

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

  20. A: That I’m not an ACTUAL musician. That is very incorrect.

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

  22. A: - What sonic approach do you want? - Do you want minimal micing? - Do you want me to play simple or busy?

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

  24. A: Be very specific in your wants and needs and make sure that you’re hiring the person because they aren’t going to contribute and element to your music that will help you achieve your dream and vision.

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

  26. A: Kick, Snare, Hat, Bass, Guitar

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

  28. A: My life long goal was to Be able to live off being a musician full time and I’ve been very fortunate for this to be a reality. I’ve been a professional Session/Touring musician for 15 years.

  29. Q: How would you describe your style?

  30. A: Swanky and tight. It’s all About the pocket and groove.

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

  32. A: John Mayer - I feel he does not stray away from being creative.

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

  34. A: Always get the sound at the source correct before capturing it.

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

  36. A: All types.

  37. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  38. A: Being able to deliver a serious sonic and pocket to enhance the music

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

  40. A: Mojo, Life, Pocket, Energy and Realness that is so lacking in today’s music.

  41. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  42. A: I have a very large selection of microphones and outboard analog equipment. My goal with this setup is to be able to meet your needs in any musical genre without the use of plugins.

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

  44. A: Vance Powell, Bobby Holland, Jack Joseph Puig, Steve Jordan, Justin Medal Johnson

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I was the Drummer, Engineer in this production

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- 50% deposit required up front
- MP3 examples supplied for notes
- Multi track delivery immediately after final 50% payment
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GenresSounds Like
  • Stone Temple Pilots
  • John Mayer
  • Lil Nas X
Gear Highlights
  • Modern and Vintage Ludwig and Rogers Drums
  • Istanbul Cymbals
  • BAE Audio
  • A Designs
  • Chandler Limited
  • Universal Audio
  • AEA
  • SSL
  • Retro Instruments
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