Jon August

Session Drummer, Producer

5 Reviews (4 Verified)
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My name is Jon August, and I'm a Nashville based drummer/producer, currently touring with double platinum country artist, Niko Moon. I'm fortunate to have played/recorded with artists ranging from Zach Williams and Building 429, to Niko Moon, Eric Paslay and Mason Ramsey. I love creating and getting that perfect sound and feel. So let's do work!

I specialize in Rock, Country, Pop and Hiphop and have over 10 years of professional experience. I have played everything from indie electronic to major label rock and country. I have toured/recorded with Finding Favour, Zach Williams, Building 429, Lee Roy Parnell, Eric Paslay, Niko Moon, Mason Ramsey and more. Currently I am the touring drummer and MD for double platinum country artist, Niko Moon. I love getting live drums dialed for rock & country as much as I love making beats and tracks for pop/r&b/rap stuff. Simply put, I love creating and look forward to making some magic.

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

5 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by D.j. P.

    Jon is a great session drummer and has a very rare talent for finding the right percussion sound to enhance a track. His playing is very modern, and he often nails the beat in the first take. His work is professional and he is very timely. I plan on working with Jon again in the future!

  2. Review by D.j. P.

    Great to work with, timely, and graet sensibility when it comes to making modern beats.

  3. Review by D.j. P.

    Did exactly what I outlined in one take. Amazing!

  4. Review by Hudomir

    Great service and talent, with fast response and multiple options - very creative and thoughtful.

  5. Review by Luke R Foley
    by Luke R Foley

    Yes- he has soul, super tight pocket, and powerfully dynamic feel, but calling Jon August a drummer is a useless term. He is a Pro's Pro, giving whatever towards project as though it were his own. August can excel at wearing virtually any other hat off of the drum throne, even if it's a new one: Programmer (tracks in Ableton Live, my DMX light show, SPD-SX drum pads, my website); Music director (built a live track rig, schedules rehearsal, tour mgmt, sourcing/training fill-ins); Keyboardist; Creative director (photography/film/social media). Not booking him would be a mistake.

Interview with Jon August

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

  2. A: Currently working on sampling at the studio and building live tracks for one of the artists I work with.

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

  4. A: Nathan Thomas (Bass, Producer), Matt Pacco (Guitar)

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Man honestly whatever works. I tend to lean towards analog, but I'm not a purist.

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

  8. A: I'm working very hard for you. What your final product sounds like, reflects not just on you, but on me.

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

  10. A: Creating!

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

  12. A: Idk, I don't like to think of myself as just a drummer. I feel more like an artist/producer who happens to play drums.

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

  14. A: What's the feeling you're trying to get across? Sonic examples of what you're going for?

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

  16. A: I guess I would say it's best to have a fairly good idea of what you're going for. If there isn't a whole lot of direction up front, it could be really great! But it could also just muddy the waters for everyone involved and make the process not super fun.

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

  18. A: Assuming there's power on this island lol. Laptop, interface, prophet 6, brushes, mpc

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

  20. A: I started off in drumline, and playing to a bunch of records. I pursued a commercial music degree but ended up leaving that to do other things in Nashville. I played in bands around town for about 6-7 years, then started breaking out and really going for the hired gun thing. In doing that, I realized that I really just love creating, maybe a little more-so than just playing shows, so I started writing a bit, and working on tracks. All in all, I've been doing this for about 10 years I guess, learning a lot along the way. It's so easy to get down on yourself as someone who is creative for a living, but looking back it's incredibly encouraging seeing the growth over time.

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: John Bonham, Questlove, Tame Impala, Post Malone

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

  24. A: I've always been a huge Beck fan.

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

  26. A: Well, this isn't news to anyone, but parallel compression is super duper. I also love having my normal setup and then add in a couple trash mics that are slammed or effected in some way. It really adds a lot to a drum sound.

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

  28. A: Pop, Country, Swampy stuff (?), Americana, Rock

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: Deep pocket and always stretching to think outside the box. I'm not a fan of being complacent haha.

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

  32. A: I think I really bring a lot of feel and emotion to a track. Even with programming. It can be locked to a grid, but still have feeling.

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

  34. A: I tend to work pretty fast. I know a lot of projects can be and usually are on some kind of deadline, so I like to make sure people are getting great quality stuff in plenty of time in case there are revisions or more ideas to try. I usually like to start with notes from whoever I'm working with, play through a few ideas, get the feel/sounds right, then jump in and start tracking. I may even send some sonic references before actually tracking just to make sure we're on the same page.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: I have a small drum studio behind my house, it is treated really well so I have the capabilities to get some great room sounds (especially with some UAD juice), as well as super dry sounds. I'm running PT12, with an Apollo 8 Quad and DSP Accelerator. I have multiple vintage and modern kits at my disposal to get any number of different sounds. As far as mics go (always changing and upgrading) I use a combo of SM57s, vintage 421s, Cascade ribbons, KSM27s and WA87s.

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

  38. A: Here's a list of some of my favorites: T Bone Burnett, Jack Antonoff, Frank Dukes, Frank Ocean, James Blake, Questlove, J Dilla, Illangelo, Rick Nowels, Busbee, Beck, Kevin Parker, Dan Auerbach, Jay name a few.

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

  40. A: The majority of what I do is based on a deep pocket. I tend to do more pop leaning stuff but these days that covers a lot of genres. I sometimes describe my playing as a cross between John Bonham and Questlove. For the most part, what I'm providing is very professional drum tracks, but that can also involve some programming (or a lot), if that's what the client wants/what is needed. I do a lot of my own sampling and loops but also have a large library of other samples to pull from.


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Gear Highlights
  • Ableton
  • Universal Audio (Plugins : Neve 1073
  • Studer Tape
  • LA-2A
  • 1176
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  • API 3124
  • Shure SM57s
  • Sennheiser 421s
  • Cascade Fathead Ribbons
  • KSM27s
  • WA-87s
  • Ampex
  • Gretsch
  • Ludwig
  • Masters of Maple
  • Paiste
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