Recently we decided to try out something interesting with our drummer Thomas Törnroos. We arranged a little session to record some scetchy drum tracks. The main point was just to get some beats and grooves. Something I could later use when composing new tracks.
So the point was not to record final drum tracks, but just to record demos and material for me to loop and edit etc. We will definetly record the actual final drums tracks when we got the compositions and arrangements together.
So I just packed my laptop, audio interface. I have only four inputs with my audio interface, so I took four mics with me. To keep things cheap, easy and fast we did the session at Thomas’ home practice room. Mics for kick, snare, hihat and overheads. Good enough for my purposes!
Didn’t do much preparations for the session. Had some ideas of what type of grooves we could try and brought some music for inspiration. Sometimes it’s best to go by the instict and flow.
Remember a moment when I asked Thomas to play some Punk drumming. After he started playing I got the idea of that tight groove on Iron Maiden’s Aces High. So asked him to combine the punk drumming with Nicko McBrain-ish stuff!
Everything was ofcourse played to a click. Everything must be editable and loopable. After few hours we had recorded down ideas for 7 potential tracks. At this point I can tell that already one of these actually have turned into a new killer piece. More about it later…
After the session I did a quick stereo mix of all the material. Just wanted to make sure that when I’m composing the drum material will be as effortless as possible to edit.
Here’s some tastes of the material we got down. These are quickly edited this from the stereo mixes I intend to use for composing. Hope you enjoy this killer stuff from Thomas!
We’ll see later how some of this stuff will inspire new Mr. Fastfinger music. Oh and don’t ask me what the point of that plastic bag wrapped around the tom!