5 Questions from The Cold and Lovely

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Hi there! I recently recorded drums for The Cold and Lovely‘s new album What Will I Become. It is fantastic, and you should check it out immediately. Preview it HERE. I also did a little Q&A with them about the making of the album. You can read all about it HERE. That is all for now.

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Alone Together

I’m jazzing it up in the studio today with my mid-’60s Slingerland kit for some great musicians in Kazan, Russia. And appropriately, the tune is…wait for it…Alone Together! HAHA. Get it? ‘Cause I’m alone here in my studio, playing…together…with…them. No? Well, I thought it was funny…Jazz Kit

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$99 For One Song!

99-dolla-deal-2014-squareHappy New Year!

I’m officially announcing the return of my annual $99-for-one-song deal, running the entire month of January. I’ll record one song for you with as many takes as you’d like and whatever percussion you’d like, then deliver multi tracks for you to have your way with.

This deal is good for everyone, whether we’ve worked together before or not! Write me at boomcrashdrum@gmail.com to get started. And feel free to share this with anyone who might be in need of some drums.

Cheers!

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3, 2, 1: Roko

At the beginning of 2014 I was contacted by producer Antonio Ferrara to record drums for a super talented singer out of Granada, Spain named Roko. Roko hasn’t really done much here in the US, so I was unaware of her, but she’s pretty popular at home and rightfully so because, wow, she’s AWESOME! I’m having another one of those moments where I’m amazed that this online recording thing works so well and I’m able to make music with people from all over the world. We tracked the drums over the course of a couple weeks, mostly exchanging WhatsApp messages back and forth to tweak stuff, and I think we all had a blast doing it. Anyway, the album came out a few weeks ago…check it out HERE (especially if you’re a Spanish speaker). And here is a video they did of the making of the album. If you watch closely around 5:20, you’ll see bit of me from the Boom Crash studio, looking decidedly geeky and American. Oh well… Enjoy!

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Making Beats!

Here’s a little video of how I build beats here at Boom Crash Drum Tracks. This one was done for Sam Means‘s new album. Enjoy!

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New Sam Means Album!

I’m recording drums for the new Sam Means album this week with these crazy dudes. (That’s Sam and Steve McDonald from Redd Kross and OFF!). For those of you keeping score, Sam was one half of the band The Format and Steve produced The Format’s album Dog Problems and fun‘s Aim and Ignite, both of which yours truly played drums on. I’m at my studio here in PA and they’re in Los Angeles. We love the future!!Screen shot 2014-11-06 at 1.13.23 PM

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Cyriak Drums

If you haven’t checked out the UK animator Cyriak on YouTube, you need to! His videos will melt your mind. Every now and again I actually find time to just goof around here in the studio and I thought that this thing I recently did would be fun to pair with one of his videos. This is just me letting myself go nuts on the drums, with an overdub of a bunch of metal stuff and some synths. Enjoy!

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Juno

One of my favorite parts about doing this whole online recording thing is getting the opportunity to make music with people from all over the world. Last year I was contacted by a producer in Australia named Cor Dare to do some tracks for a band from Adelaide called Juno. Back then they were just a two-piece (they’ve since added some more members) and I think both of their voices are really amazing and the music is just beautiful. We’ve never met…we’ve only communicated by email…but here we are, literally on opposite sides of the world, creating what I consider to be pretty great music together. It really is mind boggling when you stop to think about it. I love my job!!

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I love Soul Coughing

There, I said it. Yuval Gabay’s drumming with Soul Coughing kinda changed the way I thought about the drums. In the same way that Siggi Baldursson from The Sugarcubes did. Both of these guys were great at composing PARTS that were integral to the songs they were in. Coming from a jazz background, this was new to me…I was much more of an improvisational player and would usually just go with the flow, keep the groove, and keep my head down until it was time to SOLO (blech!). I still do that for the most part I guess…it’s usually best to stay out of the way of the song, but sometimes you can get in there and make your presence known a bit more, and that’s what I’m working on today at the studio.

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Recording with Monique DeMoulin

Today I’m recording some drums for the great Monique DeMoulin. Produced by Bill Hare. Here’s a sample.

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Songs We Sang as One

For Throwback Thursday, I thought I’d share this album I did back in the mid ’90s with the band One. I had done some smaller recording projects at this point, but this was the first full-length album I ever recorded! Shamsi’s voice is still one of the best I’ve heard. Evangeline might be my favorite song. Enjoy!!

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The Cold and Lovely

I recorded drums on a few songs for The Cold and Lovely‘s EP Ellis Bell. Here’s one of them. I think these gals are just plain awesome.

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Boom Crash Bass Drum Recording

I often get asked about how I record my bass drums here at Boom Crash Drum Tracks. Here’s a video to explain.

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Two Cheers

Hi there! Today marks the start of this new blog here at Boom Crash Drum Tracks. I hope you enjoy it immensely. To kick it off, I thought I’d share an AWESOME album I recorded drums for by Two Cheers out of Los Angeles, CA. This first song is probably my favorite, but you should check out the whole thing! All drums done at Boom Crash.

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