Anthony Lopez

Remote Drum Recording + Mixing

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Hey all, I've been a music professional for over 10 years here in Los Angeles. While drum & percussion performance is my primary trade, my other professional skills include audio engineering, music production, sound design, commercial composition, audio post-production, and more.

At the age of seventeen, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my career in music. Since then, having near a decade of experience, I've been hired as a drummer and percussionist in a wide variety of musical genres in both live and studio environments.

My home recording studio, a co-ownership under the name Block Of Joy, features pro-quality recording capabilities with a focus on an intimate vibe that's nonintrusive towards artistic expression. This means I can meet my clients' needs from the comforts of my own home, whether it be recording drum tracks for a new hit or an ADR session for the next blockbuster.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Interview with Anthony Lopez

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

  2. A: Currently working with my good friend and go-to guitarist on his solo project - I'm producing, performing, engineering, mixing.. the whole nine-yards. The songs are absolutely killer; very Leonard Cohen meets 90s Brit-rock songwriting. Very exciting stuff.

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

  4. A: Two singer-songwriter projects, and one passion project... really love the songs on all of these.

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

  6. A: Todd Bergman, Nick Mayburry, Mike Avenheim...

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both - there is no single right answer for every project.

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

  10. A: No bad vibes, ever. I'm here to facilitate your vision.

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

  12. A: Working with really, really talented folk! You make my job easy.

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

  14. A: "Do you have any Michael McDonald lyrics tattooed on your body?" To which my answer is, "I keep forgetting..."

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

  16. A: That I'm anti-social! I'm just always working, yo!

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

  18. A: I like to hear references - that goes for mixing, drumming styles, etc.

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

  20. A: Reach out! I'm happy to do what I can to make your project be the best it can.

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

  22. A: UA Apollo, Computer, U67, power generator, and an OP-1 maybe?

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

  24. A: I started in a band that quickly toured, signed, and was dropped before I was 18. From there, I learned many ins and outs of what it was like to be a player, engineer, you name it. From there I've been trying new things, including being in a band, acting as a hired gun, working for large companies, and starting my own.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Emotionally-centric logic.

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

  28. A: I've fantasized working with Ryan Adams on occasion.

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

  30. A: Always, ALWAYS play to the song. The song is everything.

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

  32. A: Pop, singer-songwriter, and rock.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Drumming, engineering, and production.

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

  36. A: Myself, what else.

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

  38. A: I try to communicate as much as possible with the client before any tracking or production work is done. As artists, our songs can mean everything to us, so I try to be sensitive to that while also diligent in working towards creating the best possible end-product.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I use a UA Apollo rackmount as my interface with Seventh Circle Audio mic pres (Neve, API, and Jensen) through a Lucid 88192 converter. The live room is about the size of a two car garage, treated with custom sound panelling and diffusers. I mix through NS10s and a homemade pair of monitors and 2x10 sub. Protools 12 and Logic X capable.

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

  42. A: For drumming: Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Gadd, Mark Guiliana.. the list goes on. For music production: Sir George Martin, Nigel Godrich, Andy+Glynn Johns, Ethan Johns, Mick Gazauski... another list that can go on.

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

  44. A: I primarily work as a drummer and recording/mixing engineer.

Terms Of Service

I will deliver at 24/96k unless otherwise specified by the client. Mixing includes 3 revisions. Drum tracking revisions are $75 per song, up to 2 revisions each song.

Gear Highlights
  • 1960s Super-Ludwig 400 COB
  • 1950s 3-Ply Gretsch Round Badge Snare
  • 1960s Gretsch Round Badge 3-piece kit
  • Kumu Custom Birch 4-piece Kit
  • Seventh Circle Audio Preamps (Neve
  • API
  • Jensen..)
  • Universal Audio Apollo
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