Excessive

Excessive crash cymbals? Check.
Excessively large 2B drum sticks? Check.
Excessive amounts of reverb? Check.
Excessively loud brass snare drum with coated blackdot heads? Check.
Excessively nerdy gear checklist. Check.

Excessive bass drum diameter
Excessive bass drum diameter

Loop #81

Why just use a touch of compression on the bus when you can throw limiters on every individual track? This loop comes from the “more is more” school of mixing.

Preview Here:

[audio:74_ExcessB.mp3]

Get the .wav file here.

Get the .rx2 file here.

Get the .aiff file here.

74 BPM

Indie Rock Drum Tips + REX Files

Some things to remember next time you play drums in an ‘indie rock’ band:

– The more your snare drum sounds like a cardboard box, the better.
– Never, and I mean never, mention those Dave Weckl albums you owned in high school.
– You’re going to look like a total douche in those skinny jeans no matter what you do. Just deal with it. Or you can always go the Tommy Lee route.

Fabrizio Moretti - The Strokes
Fabrizio Moretti - The Strokes

Loop #55

For today’s loop I played a pretty typical “indie rock” beat. A semi-limp left hand, no fancy business on the ride cymbal and just enough groove to make the girls dance. To take some of the extra sheen off, I re-amped the drum bus and turned on the bit crusher.

And for some exciting news: Starting tonight, I’ll be including REX files of every loop. Tell all of your DJ friends to start dropping in some “Gruss” at the clubs.

Preview Here:

[audio:110_indybit.mp3]

Download the Logic session here. (195MB)

Get the .wav file here.

Get the .rx2 file here.

110 BPM