Meshuggah – Born in Dissonance Drum Cover and Transcription

I love Meshuggah and Tomas Haake. So as soon as I heard this song, I told myself I had to cover it. In order to cover a song this complicated, I have to transcribe it first so I understand what’s going on. Lucky for you, you can now find that transcription on my transcriptions page!  Anyway, I hope you enjoy this one. It’s quite the toughie, but it’s a lot of fun to play. This is my first Meshuggah cover, so now that I’ve broken the ice I definitely plan to begin doing more.

For this recording, I’m using a set of CAD Touring 7 tom and overhead mics as well as an Audix D6 on the bass drum and an Audix D5 on the snare. I’m not using a trigger on the kick, so you may hear me get a bit ahead or behind the beat on some of the long double bass sections. I’m using a custom drum set made of Keller drum shells and Pearl lugs and rims. I worked with the maestros at Columbus Pro Percussion in Columbus, Ohio to build this set. For cymbals, I’m using pair of 14″ Meinl Byzance Dark Hats on my left, a Meinl 16″ Byzance Medium Crash on my left, a Meinl 18″ Benny Greb Signature Byzance Sand Medium Crash on my right, a pair of 13″ Meinl Byzance Brillant Fast Hats on my right, and an 18″ Paiste Signature Thin China on my right.

The Faceless – The Spiraling Void Drum Cover

I love The Faceless.  In fact, this is the second time I have covered one of their songs.  Not only does this song have some tricky timing, the tempo is ridiculous.  I haven’t played double bass this fast in a while (if ever), so I really had to keep after it.  I worked up quite a sweat, so at the halfway point you’ll see me ripping off a blister that developed while playing!

For this recording, I’m using a set of CAD Touring 7 tom and overhead mics as well as an Audix D6 on the bass drum and an Audix D5 on the snare.  I’m not using a trigger on the kick, so you may hear me get a bit ahead or behind the beat on some of the long double bass sections.  I’m using a custom drum set made of Keller drum shells and Pearl lugs and rims.  I worked with the maestros at Columbus Pro Percussion in Columbus, Ohio to build this set.  For cymbals, I’m using pair of 14″ Meinl Byzance Dark Hats on my left, a Meinl 16″ Byzance Medium Crash on my left, a Meinl 18″ Benny Greb Signature Byzance Sand Medium Crash on my right, a pair of 13″ Meinl Byzance Brillant Fast Hats on my right, a 20″ Meinl B20 Heavy Ride on my right, and an 18″ Paiste Signature Thin China on my right.  I love Meinls, but I have had this Paiste china forever and I love it.

Check out my free notation for “The Spiraling Void” on my Transcriptions page: http://gattsdrums.com/transcriptions/

Ellie Goulding – Aftertaste Drum Cover

This is a cover of the song “Aftertaste” from Ellie Goulding’s 2015 album Delirium.  I’m really into this album and this is one of my favorite songs from it.  I didn’t intend to post a cover of this song, but I played it through a few times while recording other videos and later decided to use the footage.  I didn’t play the original drum part, but hopefully it’s still entertaining and sounds good.
For equipment, I’m using a set of CAD Touring 7 tom and overhead mics as well as an Audix D6 on the bass drum and an Audix D5 on the snare.  I’m using a custom drum set made of Keller drum shells and Pearl lugs and rims.  I worked with the maestros at Columbus Pro Percussion in Columbus, Ohio to build this bad boy.  I’m also using a Pearl Reference Brass 14 x 5 snare (my baby).  For cymbals, I’m using pair of 14″ Meinl Byzance Dark Hats on my left, a Meinl 16″ Byzance Medium Crash on my left, a Meinl 18″ Benny Greb Signature Byzance Sand Medium Crash on my right, and a Meinl Byzance Dark 21″ ride.  I also have a 8″ Byzance Brilliant Splash perched on top of the Sand Crash on my right.
I hope you enjoy!

The Black Keys – Strange Times Drum Cover

This is a cover of the song “Strange Times” from The Black Keys’ 2008 album Attack & Release.  You can grab the notation for this song on my Transcriptions page.

I love The Black Keys, so this song was a lot of fun to cover!  In this song I’m using CAD Touring 7 drum mics on the toms and for overheads; I’m using an Audix D6 on the bass drum and an Audix D5 on the snare.

I’m using a custom drum set made of Keller drum shells and Pearl lugs and rims.  I worked with the maestros at Columbus Pro Percussion in Columbus, Ohio to build this bad boy.  For cymbals, I’m using pair of 14″ Meinl Byzance Dark Hats on my left, a Meinl 16″ Byzance Medium Crash on my left, a Meinl 18″ Benny Greb Signature Byzance Sand Medium Crash on my right, and a Meinl Byzance Dark 21″ ride.

 

The Weeknd – As You Are Drum Cover

This is one of my favorite songs from The Weeknd’s 2015 album, Beauty Behind the Madness.  It’s so chill, groovy and delicate.  I was feeling inspired, so I sat down and recorded this song without much preparation.  The drums are minimal in the original track, so I simply decided to play what I felt like.  For that reason, it’s a bit more drum-centric than the original and I took the opportunity to throw in some extra fills and stick tricks.  Unfortunately, YouTube took down my original video due to copyright infringement, but the drums sound so good that I couldn’t waste the footage.  For that reason, this is the “drums only” video.  I hope you enjoy.
In this video I’m using CAD Touring 7 drum mics, with the exception of an Audix D6 on the bass drum and an Audix D5 on the Snare.  I’m using a custom drum set made of maple Keller drum shells with Pearl lugs and rims. I worked with the maestros at Columbus Pro Percussion in Columbus, Ohio to build it.  For cymbals, I’m using a pair of 14″ Meinl Byzance Dark Hats, a Meinl 16″ Byzance Medium Crash on my left, a Meinl 18″ Benny Greb Signature Byzance Sand Medium Crash on my right, and a 21″ Meinl Byzance Dark Ride.

The HAARP Machine – Esoteric Agenda

This is a cover of the song “Esoteric Agenda” from The HAARP Machine’s 2012 album, Disclosure.

A friend recommended that I check this band out about a year ago, but I never got around to it until I stumbled upon Alex Rudinger’s video of his drum recording session recently on YouTube. After watching the video, not only did I immediately love it, I also immediately wanted to give it a try. Rudinger’s drumming is so precise, heavy, and effortlessly fast. I hope that I do the song justice!

As for the mix, I experimented with mic placement a bit on this recording. I won’t pretend that I know what I’m doing – I’m still finding my way with recording and audio editing – instead I simply wanted to see what things would sound like. For reference, I’m using the CAD Touring 7 seven-piece drum mic set with the following set up. One overhead condenser mic was pointed at the top of the snare; the other condenser was pointed between the underside of my right-side floor tom and the batter head end of the bass drum shell from about a foot and a half away. I had the bass drum mic positioned approximately 8″ inside the front end of the bass drum via a port in the resonant head. One of the instrument mics was clipped to the basket of my snare drum stand in order to capture the snares from below. And, the remaining 3 instrument mics were clipped to the rims of my three toms. I wasn’t dissatisfied with the result, but I look forward to further experimentation. Overall, I feel the snare sound in my recording lacks the power and fullness that I was looking for, but on the upside I did find my bass drum and tom sound was nice and beefy – and has been improving with each video.

Please see my transcription for this song on the Transcriptions page.