STUDIO SESSION DRUMMER – About Thom Mills

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.”

Below you can listen to some of Thom’s drum recordings as a studio session drummer:

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“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.

Influences

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)

Creativity

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

Thom Mills- Musical Biography

Over the last 24 years of playing drums, and 15 years professionally I have gained a vast amount of live, studio and drum teaching experience as a professional session drummer playing all over the globe with a wide variety of bands and artists. Most notably with my current band folk-punksters Skinny Lister  – I’ve been a full time member since 2014. I have done numerous live tours all over the world including, UK, Europe, Japan & USA, including supporting Frank Turner at Alexandra Palace, playing many times at incredible festivals including my personal favourites Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds and Download (UK), Asagiri Jam (Japan), Greenfields (Switzerland), Bonaroo and Riot Fest (USA), and Hurricane and Southside (Germany). 

I have also played with a plethora of other bands including my passion project, Brighton based post-punk band ‘Public Body‘ with whom I am currently recording and releasing singles, leading up to an EP and album in 2021/22. Distributed by Republic of Music, and PR by Prescription PR, tracks having been gaining a lot of attention, and getting radio plays including multiple plays on BBC Radio 6 Music.

Additionally in the past I have toured, recorded with Mechanical Bride, signed to Transgressive Records. The ‘Living with Ants’ album was released in 2011 to critical acclaim. Through Republic of Music, my band Holy Vessels released ‘Last orders at the Marshall Arms’ in 2012.

I also was lucky enough to work with Foals as a drum tech and percussionist in 2013 following up to their ‘Holy Fire’ album release. I appeared with them on BBC’s ‘Later… With Jools Holland’, Channel 4’s ‘Abbey Road Sessions’ and toured with them around Europe on the albums promotional campaign.

I have also been blessed to connect, work and be endorsed with some of the best drum companies in the world. These include C&C Custom drums in Kansas City, USA, Sabian Cymbals, Vater Drumsticks and Remo Percussion drum heads.

My extensive studio experience includes sessions at top, world renowned studios including, Rockfield, Metropolis, Maida Vale & Abbey Road. I have also played on countless records over the years with  a great variety of different genres which has helped me to gain knowledge on what works for any type of music and how best to play and write creative and interesting drum parts that suit and enhance the song I am recording.

“I now own and run RedDrum Recording Studio in Brighton on the south coast of the UK where I operate as an online session drummer & record custom live drum tracks for artists, bands, songwriters and producers from all over the globe. My clients so far have been extremely varied from Russian rock bands to tender UK based singer songwriters. My aim is to always deliver the highest quality live studio drum tracks with as many revisions as the client desires to artists, bands, songwriters and producers all over the world.

After many years of experience as a session studio drummer and online session drummer, and now with my own studio delivering the highest quality live drum tracks I believe I can deliver to all my clients a truly unique service; Cutting out the need to hire a high-end recording studio, engineer and producer but still getting the best real live drum tracks played by a professional online session drummer, and delivered straight to your inbox for a fraction of the price.”