A few things I learned about tracking drums in the studio:
Take your time planning out the song: Groove. Dynamics.
What do the different parts of the song call for?
Sometimes less is more, meaning that if the melody is busy, drums may need to hold down the roots.
A nice fill to setup the next part can create great movement. It’s like you’re making an introduction to the next part.
Work with good people that will challenge you.
Track slowly when possible.
Mad respect “creative process”. You’re not easily tamed.
You made me get vulnerable. Seems that’s what you like, as Bruno says.
After three long days of tracking, I’m crispy. It was a team effort.
Tracking for 12 hours a day, 3 days in a row, caused me to be crispy.
I appreciated how tough the creative process. You hear drummers do certain things and it’s not so much how complicated it is. It’s more about “how did they come up with that beat or that fill for this particular part?!” That’s the money part.
Coming up with parts that specifically work for this particular song. That’s what we’re trying to find out. So we ask questions about the point of the lyrics or how to contrast or compliment sounds.
Having a range of toms, cymbals, and snares completely changes the texture of a song. Sounds makes a difference to the feel.
Sometimes a part is best played with 8th notes but the hi hats opened just a bit to make it sound chunky.
Studio spaces DO inspire. They have their own ethos.
Lastly, I really enjoyed the process and hope to more of it next year.
Yamaha maple custom kit
Sizes: 10, 12, 14, 16
Snares: Ludwig supraphonic, dark horse maple
Cymbals: Zildjian dark K customs (ride, 16 crash, 18 crash, 16 hats), meinl medium thin crash 22, t-cymbals 16 FX crash, sabían Splash