Kyle Brian

Session Drummer & Engineer

28 Reviews (27 Verified)
Kyle Brian on SoundBetter

Hard Hitting Session Drummer for hire! I can play it all exceptionally, but I can really play the heavy stuff. Mixing and Recording Engineer as well.

Session Drums - $125/song - Includes stems mixed and raw.
Remote Mixing Engineer - $400/song
Male Vocals - $150/song - Give me some lyrics and I'll sing something for ya!
Vocal Tuning - $50/song
Editing - $150/song - Includes vocal tuning - tightening up timing and cleaning up files.
Record in my studio - $200/11 hour day. I'll mix the tracks for $300 instead of $400 if it is recorded in my studio.

For drums, all I need is your scratch track and a tempo.
For remote mixing, I need all your individual tracks. I have Cubase and Pro Tools so if you have either of those then it works great, if not then the tracks all need to be bounced down to individual .wavs and sent to me. We'll work together on this process as it can be tricky.
For vocals, I need lyrics and if you have melody ideas, that helps, if not no worries.

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.


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28 Reviews - 7 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by CC G.
    by CC G.

    As expected Kyle came through again like a pro, can't wit to work with him again.

  2. Review by CC G.
    by CC G.

    Kyle did an awesome job. He's a 5 star pro, very easy to work with, you won't be disappointed. Can't wait to work with him again.

  3. Review by Mario Borgatta
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    Awesome music. Great communication. Highly recommended!

  4. Review by Casey H.

    Great drums, had loads of cool ideas for my track. Would work with again

  5. Review by Kara Greskovic

    Kyle is a joy to work with! It never takes us more than 1 to 2 takes to get exactly what I'm looking for. Amazing experience!

  6. Review by Nick C.

    The pearl is in the river and the whooping crane flies at dawn.

  7. Review by Kara Greskovic

    Awesome experience with Kyle as always!! Attention to detail and always delivers

  8. Review by Nelifedo

    Great, reliable work. Will absolutely work with Kyle again (and again)

  9. Review by Kara Greskovic

    Amazing experience with Kyle! Creative, fast, and friendly. Def will be working with him again!

  10. Review by Nick C.

    Outstanding to work with. Talented and professional

  11. Review by Nelifedo

    What a solid job, was happy with the first take! Would definitely consider Kyle for a heavier, progressive, feel. Thanks!

  12. Review by Andy F.

    It was fantastic to work with Kyle! Great player, great sound and he immediately 'got' what I was looking for and totally delivered. Highly recommended and I'll absolutely be going back to him for more drum tracks in the near future.

  13. Review by Maximilian

    Awesome drumming! Kyle nailed the drum track on one of my songs on the first take and recording he did! Could you believe that? I've never had any drummer nail it like that spot on the first time around. I'm very happy with the results. Kyle's drums has lifted the song to the next level.

  14. Review by Abel S.

    Punctual, productive, and comes prepared for the recording session with all the tracks mapped out. We tracked 8 rock songs in an afternoon with some tricky drum parts. Coolest guy!

  15. Review by Jon l.
    by Jon l.

    This has been an amazing experience! I started off with an out of the box request for Kyle and he completely nailed it. Plus I got to hang out with my idol! Kyle is an amazing musician and an awesome dude. 10/10 would recommend and will be going through Kyle again in the future!

  16. Review by Joel D.

    its been great working with Kyle, the song I hired him for is a 10 min song ! kinda long, but we were able to talk about the song before he sat down to record - and that was extremely helpful, we got one great take and a tiny revision, song well done - I will be working with Kyle again :)

  17. Review by Jonathan Y.

    Working with Kyle is inspirational. He takes direction well and brings new ideas that bring the song to life! Would love to continue working with him as long as he's doing this!

  18. Review by Jonathan Y.

    Kyle is the best drummer I've worked with. He brings your tracks to life!

  19. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios

    Great Muse flavored drums from Kyle!

  20. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios

    Kyle did very well recording on a tune that was a rough scratch/idea, and he brought the track to life with his drums.

  21. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios

    Kyle did a great job on the tune I hired him for, which had some tricky odd time parts, but he played them smooth as butter!

  22. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios

    I'm always impressed with Kyle's ability to dominate various genres with ease. Cheers

  23. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios

    Another great drum track!

  24. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios

    I always appreciate Kyle's ability to strike a great balance between creative parts and holding it down, studio style. Prospective clients, have no fear using him, he's great and versatile.

  25. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios

    Another great performance by Kyle!

  26. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios

    Kyle recorded two more songs for me, and his drumming and recording was once again excellent. He is powerful, precise and get at taking direction, interpreting parts and adding his own flare.

  27. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios

    Another excellent drum performance from Kyle. Hire him, people!

  28. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios

    I recently hired Kyle to record session drums for a track I wrote. He was quick to get it recorded, good communication, and most importantly, he's one hell of a drummer with chops and feel. I will be using him again, and if you're reading this, I recommend hiring his skills!

Interview with Kyle Brian

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

  2. A: I released a solo album in 2016 that I wrote, recorded and mixed all of the parts starting in 2012. The only thing I didn't do was mastering - and it was my first top to bottom record (again, except mastering) and it was an extremely good way to learn how to do it all. I wrote and demoed 50 songs and then picked my favorite 10 and did the real recording of them.

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

  4. A: Mixing two(about to be three) records. Recording drums on several different projects. Recording vocals for one project. Learning and rehearsing for tour in May.

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

  6. A: I need to browse on here more to be honest.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Combination! I'm in the box for my production, but I still use real drums, real microphones and real outboard gear. The real stuff sounds great - digital is really nice for the technical aspects though...So best of both worlds!

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

  10. A: I cater exactly to your needs - as no two clients I've ever had have been the same. It's a very individual personal work relationship.

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

  12. A: I set my own hours.

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

  14. A: I'm not looking to hire a drummer, I'm looking for a family member. Are you down to jam? Sorry - I'm unavailable to join any projects as a full time member right now, but best of luck. If you need any drums recorded or a producer, feel free to contact me here further.

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

  16. A: I think people have a misconception that a lot of session players are very sterile...and while that can be true - especially of music school graduates - it is not always the case. I got into session work because I'm a real drummer and I got tired of going to studios where they all use sample drums as the go to - which to me sounded way too sterile.

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

  18. A: How many songs are you looking to do?

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

  20. A: It's all about maximum quality for lowest price right? The perfect ratio of the two. There are a fair amount of people that are in the session work industry - but definitely hire people that actually do it regularly. Being a good drummer and being a good session drummer are two very different things. I just happen to be both hahaha.

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

  22. A: Do I have electricity? My guitar, computer, interface, AKG C414, 10tb external hard drive. I would have to sample drums from all my drums I have recorded on my computer I guess hahaha.

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

  24. A: Global domination is always the goal - but I've been producing and recording drums for almost a decade professionally.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Laid back but hard working. Is that what this means? Hahaha

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

  28. A: I would love to work with Protest The Hero. Killer musicians.

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

  30. A: Keep it organic.

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

  32. A: I get hired often time to record drums for metal and rock projects, but I get a lot of indie rock stuff for Mixing.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: My strongest skill is drumming.

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

  36. A: Individuality. It's very important for me that artists with multiple songs in similar styles do not drone together as a single song.

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

  38. A: When recording drums, I will learn the song and get one solid take and then punch in the parts that need tightening up. Most scenarios I can execute a song all the way through from learning to final recording in 2 to 3 hours.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have a large mic collection of various Shure, AKG, Blue, and EV microphones. I typically record 12 channels for my drums, but can record up to 16. I record through two Focusrite Saffire Pro 40s and have an API Lunchbox equipped with two Avedis MA5s as well as a Presonus Tube Channel Strip.

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

  42. A: Ken Andrews and Chris Lord Alge are two of my bigger production inspirations. Coincidentally they both worked on Paramore records - two very different sounding records that both sound phenomenal to me production wise. The drummers that influence me the most are probably Portnoy, The Rev and Bonham.

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

  44. A: The bulk of the work I do is recording drums for artists. A lot of the time, I also act as the mixing engineer for those projects. Artists send me a track - sometimes with programmed drums, sometimes without - and I will record real drums and send them a mixed version of my drums, a stereo bus of my drums, as well as the raw tracks. When I also act as the mixing engineer - we will record a scratch vocal and primary instrument take, then add real drums and start to add all of the layers.

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Terms Of Service

I work with artists until the product is complete. As long as I am in town, I can finish within a week.

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Gear Highlights
  • Avedis MA5
  • UA 4-710d
  • Rupert Neve Portico 511
  • AKG C414 XLS
  • Shure SM81
  • Blue Baby Bottles
  • Shure Beta 52
  • Shure Beta 56
  • Shure SM57
  • Presonus Tube Channel Strip
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