In-demand touring/studio drummer/producer with extensive experience in the pop music realm.
My name is Travis Laws.I am a full-time working drummer in Nashville,TN. I spend a lot of my time touring with several different national acts. When I am home, you can most likely find me producing tracks for artists all over the country as well as doing studio sessions. I have relationships with multiple fantastic studios where I get top-notch drum tones. Im excited to bring my craft to this platform and offer competitive rates for my services.
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Interview with Travis Laws
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Chloe Lowery - The In Between I co-produced this album with Chloe. I oversaw all musical aspects and played/programmed everything on the album sans some guitar and string work. it was my first full length I produced. Very proud of that one.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I have a few singles im producing and have a few projects im tracking drums on soon. I will be on the road a small amount in 2021 as well with a few different artists.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. I love analog gear, but the Digital realm has made everything so much more accessible and time efficient. I have recorded albums totally analog and its a blast, but not entirely practical in (most) cases
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to work hard to make sure they are happy and that they feel like their song will ultimately be better because they hired me to be a part.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with and meeting new people!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What kind of drum kit I plan to use on the tune....who my influences are
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think an overall misconception is that when a pro musician is hired, they should be compensated for "their time". I can cut drums for a song in 20 minutes. Yeah, it only took 20 minutes today. But, few people understand the hours/days/years it took for it to "only take 20 minutes".
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How do the drums sound in your head on the song? Any particular song/artist you want me to reference before I track?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: given the nature of this platform, having the appropriate tools to set the provider for success is huge. properly recorded scratch tracks, charts, and an overall direction of where you want the tune to go are key to a productive and timely experience.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: an X8p, a few mics, my barton beech drum kit, my heartbeat cymbals, and my A&F brass snare drum
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Music has been my dream since I was 7 years old. I never wanted to do anything else. Worked jobs here and there, but Ive made money playing drums since I was 14.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Very Feel-oriented While still remaining disciplined and structured within the musical parameters
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Chris Stapleton...I feel like he would be quite the character in a creative spacer!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be willing to work on something and throw it all away if its "just not working". No shame in going a direction and realizing there needs to be something completely different done to the song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Contemporary Christian, Country, Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: selecting the right tones and approach to the drum kit for each individual song
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Energy, intentionality and a strong desire to serve the song and artist with what Im doing
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to chart the song out and then listen through a few times to catch the overall vibe/feel. Ill play through it a few times to get the sections and pattens under my hands. I always record every take in case magic happens and a great take comes out of the "working" process.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Universal Audio Apollo rig (16 channels of UAD recording), Logic Pro X and Luna DAW, Mics by SE, Warm Audio, Shure, Sennheiser, Blue, and a large collection of modern and vintage drums and cymbals.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Ryan Tedder, Timbaland, Any pop/country artist
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Live remote drum tracking and drum programming