I get quite a lot of questions about the drum studio that I run and the recordings that I do both here and in other studios. This is an aspect of my work that I really love because it’s so diverse. That diversity is a really fun challenge and I relish having to come up with different sounds and drum parts when each project comes in.

I don’t purport to be an expert in every style, but I do have an interest in pretty much every style of music and I have enjoyed studying them, as I continue to do so today.

Beyond studying the actual beats of those styles, it is also really important to have a greater depth of knowledge in each style so you know the type of drums they use, the sizes, the type of heads, the tunings, the musical choices those drummers make and how their drum parts fit with the rest of the band.

Below is the first in a series looking at certain aspects of my drum studio which will cover things from tuning, mic techniques, different grooves that I have to play, and anything else that I think might be of interest.

The video below shows a slightly quirky drum groove that I had to play for a track using brushes. It has a slightly samba based feel but then deviates at the end. It’s a little bit unusual and quite interesting so it might throw a challenge at you to try playing it.