FAQs about Remote Drum Recording

“How much do you charge per track?”

Thom’s prices are depending on the track, project and whether any additional services are required. He does offer discounts on multi tracks, and for laying down percussion on tracks that he may have already recorded drums on. Please get in touch for a more individual and personalised quote for your project, you can contact Thom here.

“How long does it take to record a track and get the files sent back?”

Once Thom has received your song, track or project and any information regarding the session he usually starts within 2 days. He likes to take at least 2 days over each track so that a high level of care and quality goes into each project. Thom never likes to rush something through that he’s not happy with, and will always provide the very best drum track that suits the song. He will then send back the track for your consideration right away, and if necessary will provide as many revisions and amendments until you get exactly what you want.

“Do you offer any discounts?”

Yes, Thom offer a multi track discount when you book in 3 or more live drum tracks at a time. He also offer a discounted rate on laying percussion over the top of tracks he has already put live drums down on. Please get in touch for more information on these deals, and to get a personalised quote for your project.

“How many revisions of a live drum track do you offer?”

Thom offers 3 revisions, but in the unlikely event that it will take more than this, Thom is willing to make amendments until you get the desired live drum track. As one of the UK’s best online session drummers, Thom is confident that you will have a finished song that you are very happy with.

“Can we have a video or telephone call to discuss a project / track?”

Yes absolutely, it is possible to have a video conversation on Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp, or whatever format works for you. This can be really beneficial sometimes and creates a solid foundation for your project. Get in touch for more info on this.

“Are you able to video the recording session?”

Yes it is possible to record the remote drum recording, and you can see some examples of videos filmed in the studio via Thom’s YouTube channel. This can be a great way to add some quality content to your social media platform and document your recording process. Thom has some quality cameras and lighting and so can achieve professional results.

“Can I hear some recording examples of individual stems / tracks?”

Thom has of examples of fully finished songs, raw stems and mixed stems that he could prepare and send over via email at your request. This helps with know exactly what kind of sound and quality to expect from the finished live drum tracks. He also has access to an experienced database of mixers and producers should you need the drums mixed to a high professional standard.

You can also view RedDrum Recording Studio’s Portfolio here.

“How should I send you my songs?”

You can send Thom your songs in the method that suits you, however, for convenience, Google Drive is his preferred method. Dropbox, WeTransfer also work well for large files, Thom is and happy to help advise in the process if needed.

“How many microphones do you use?”

Thom has the ability to record 14 live tracks of drums in the studio; he currently uses 12 channels in the room and this works great for most genres and projects. If you would like to add specific channels or try any ideas out do let Thom know in your initial chats, as he is willing to be accommodating. For a full list of the studio spec, his mic and studio list see above.

Remote Recording Pricing

RAW STEMS FOR LIVE DRUM TRACKS – contact for pricing

This is the most popular option, and includes an unlimited amount of revisions, until you are completely happy with the results. Thom will then send 12 individual raw stems unmixed direct to your inbox 


If your project just needs that sprinkling of magic on the top and a session percussionist is what you need this option is perfect. Selecting from a wide range of percussion instruments, this can really make a track come alive. These again will be sent as raw stems, and Thom also offers an unlimited amount of revision or until you are completely happy with the results.


If Thom has already provided live drums on a track, then he is able to offer a discount on any live percussion tracks over the top. He has a wide range of percussion instruments, and is able to select what is just right for your song. These will also then be delivered as raw stems directly to you.

  • All custom live drum & percussion tracks are 100% royalty-free. 
  • Only pay the full amount once you’re completely happy.
  • PayPal/ bank transfer accepted.
  • Payment instalments available for larger projects.
  • EP & album and multiple track discounts available.
  • Prices to suit all budgets, and price matching option available too.

Once your custom live drum or percussion tracks have been delivered they are completely royalty free, so when you have paid the session fee Thom will send the stems and they are solely yours and you don’t have to worry about royalty splits. 

If you are planning a large project then being able to split the costs into smaller instalments might be a smart way to move forward. Thom offers discounts for large projects so do please get in contact to discuss your project and to get a personalised quote.

Once a fee is agreed you will receive an invoice with Thom’s PayPal/ payment details, this is payable after completion of the project or track agreed.

Thom offers discounts for multiple tracks, so if you are recording an album, EP or similar project and concerned about the price for the live drum recording, please get in touch to discuss this.

If you have any more questions or queries regarding payments or getting a bespoke quote please do not hesitate to get in touch; drop Thom an email or simply fill out the form below.

Thom Mills – Professional studio session drummer for hire

Hi, my name is Thom and I’ve been lucky enough to work as a professional session drummer and session percussionist for over 15 years. As a studio session drummer & online session drummer I have had the pleasure of working with a great many artists and bands in a wide range of genres. Whether it be female fronted acoustic alt-folk with Mechanical Bride, to fast paced post-punk with Public Body, I’m proud of my varied CV as a drummer for hire.”

“I have also had the great pleasure to work in many different studios across the country, from the legendary Rockfield in Wales, to Maida Vale and Abbey Road to the wonderful studio at Brighton Electric. As well as being a drummer for hire, I have also experience as a session percussionist, working with Foals as an percussion player in 2013.

“I have worked with a range of producers such an Iain Harvie, Simon Barny Barnicott, Tristan Ivemy, Frank Turner and Theo Verney, and pride myself on my open communication, ability to listen and adapt, and the great relationships I develop with those I’m working with. I carry this into everything I do when working with musicians remotely, so I’m certain we will have good time recording your live drum tracks.”

Here are some video highlights of Thom’s time as a professional studio session drummer, please do get in touch if you are looking for an online session drummer for your live drum tracks.


Specialising in Rock, Punk, Indie, Electronic, Alt-Rock and having grown up with these genres as a main influence, these styles have been absorbed into the heart of Thom’s drumming. Thom plays with Dave Grohl’s power and energy, Jon Bonham’s groove and sound, Stewart Copeland’s creativity and precision, and you may also detect other influences from greats such as Ginger Baker & Ilan Rubin in the mix. Open to all genres and an avid music listener, Thom also is able to morph his style and playing to suit any track, style or mood. 

Consequently, Thom’s Remote Drum Recording service provides the very same diversity and precision but tailored to slot his drumming directly into your song(s) and productions.

(See below for more information about Thom’s musical biography)


Through the years of being a studio session drummer I have always loved the recording process and the creative space this encourages. This has, for as long as I can remember, always been my favourite area of music; creating an individual drum part that both works with and enhances the song. Starting a remote drum recording service has always been a very natural development for me as a studio session drummer, and the development of modern recording and sharing technology has helped me to achieve my goal to create and collaborate with others around the globe, and provide a service by remotely recording online drum sessions.

When I’m playing, I always put the song first and always to play to enhance the song and not to show off in the drum recording, or go against what is happening in the music. Groove, timing and creativity are my speciality, and I always like to create something truly unique no matter how simple drawing influences from a wide range of styles.

My studio space is professionally treated so that a well balanced amount of tight and dead is mixed with a dash of life and ambience to create a truly warm and rich sound in the room. Combined with my microphone collection, pre-amps and tasteful playing I always deliver great results and very happy clients and great live drum tracks.

So please get in touch and let’s together add that creativity, energy, groove and tastefulness to your songs with my online session drummer recording service.

Email: thommillsdrums@gmail.com
Mobile: 07812 750205