How I Got Started Doing Session Work (March 2013)

     An inquiry via YouTube inspired me to write this blog. Some folks seem to be a bit perplexed about what it is that I do on YouTube. The vast majority of the videos that I post are from sessions, meaning that I am paid to compose and record the drum parts that you see and hear, whether it's out of my home studio or elsewhere. These are not 'covers'; I have very few covers/interpretations on my channel. I'd like to do more someday, but usually have very little free time to devote to such projects.

     As an addendum, I'd like to tell the story of how I fell into this line of work. My first session was actually way back in early 2003, although I wasn't compensated for it so it probably doesn't count, haha. Fast-forward a few years to 2007; my buddy Taylor Larson is in the initial stages of getting his recording chops up and building his Oceanic Recording brand, and bands begin to hire me for session work. This workload especially increased in 2008 as Taylor's popularity grew, his skills improved, and I had moved back to southern Delaware from Rockville, MD (I had relocated to pursue Periphery with more tenacity, as the guys were based nearby. Taylor's original studio was a short drive away, then he -- ironically -- moved Oceanic to Bethesda, MD, which is a short drive from Rockville, hah!).

     As Taylor's passion for recording swelled, he convinced me to purchase some gear of my own so that I could eventually track remotely for clients. However, before I started doing that professionally I made some videos for fun; these include everything from the Collective Soul cover/interpretation up to the first Cyclamen session (excluding the videos that highlight excerpts from the SEA "Nookie" cover, my solo tune "Pixieprog", and the full-on video of "Cookies & Scarves", which were all done out of the second Oceanic location). When Hayato of Cyclamen contacted me about recording tracks at Oceanic I felt compelled, naturally, to film my takes.

     By that point in time, drum covers were all over YouTube - they partially inspired me to post my early vids. Moreover, I'd seen 'drum cam' footage of drummers tracking albums in the studio as extras on DVDs and whatnot. However, I'd never seen a video of an actual drum take synchronized to a high-quality mix/master of a song. Now, I highly doubt that I was the first person to land on the concept, but as I mentioned above, it just seemed like a natural thing to do. And thus began my 'session career' -- as seen on YouTube, hah -- in November of 2009:

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