Month: August 2014

The Black Monolith Album Recording Update

I have been checking my readership stats recently on this blog and it’s rather pleasantly surprising to see that this blog has reached to those far away from where I come from. To these readers, I extend my deep appreciation. Please feel free to leave a comment or two on any of the posts. A Question or an opinion is highly appreciated. 

With that said, I am pleased to update you guys that drum recording sessions for The Black Monolith album is going well. We used TNT recording studio down at Peace Centre on Prinsep Street, SIngapore. That studio has a slightly over 20 year history run by a gentleman who goes by the nickname, “Ah Boy”. I wished I knew his actual name… 

In my first session for this album which was booked yesterday from 10am to 2pm, we managed to lay down 5 drum tracks within the span of 2 and a half hours including settting up the drums, tuning, and getting levels. This has reinforced in me the importance of going into the studio TOTALLY prepared. Studio time costs alot of money, and the people who are hired to do recording sessions on a regular basis are those who can learn the songs quickly, quickly  figure out a part that fits the song, and has enough energy and focus to deliver the take as quickly as possible. 

I look forward to the next recording session next Thursday to record 4 remaining tracks for the album.


New Completed Studio Recording – REVOLUTIONARIES by PLATE

REVOLUTIONARIES BY PLATE (Link to sound recording. Click here to listen)

Hey folks,

It gives me great pleasure to share with you one of the tracks off a recent studio album project I just completed tracking the drums for.

The band is called PLATE, fronted by the uber talented multi-instrumentalist and composer, Zhong Ren Koh. “Revolutionaries” in my opinion encapsulates everything the band represents musically: Psychedelic-Alternative Rock with a huge sound containing lots of delicious aural textures, a whirlwind of moods, and a gumbo pot of grooves mainstream, exotic, and everything in-between…To top it all off, deeply introspective  existential lyrics are offered for the most literary of listeners.

This track will be part of the forthcoming debut album called “Tear Down The Marketplace”

A note to those who are interested in the drum parts for this song:

There are 3 drumset parts on this track in total as follows:

DRUMKIT 1 (Left Channel) – Kick Drum, Snare Drum only (All the way through. You can hear the pattern most prominently in the intro and 1st verse).

Setup: Ludwig Accent CS Custom bass drum, Canopus baritone snare

DRUMKIT 2 (Right Channel) – Kick Drum, Snare Drum, Hi-Hat, Ride Cymbal, and Crash (From 1st Chorus onwards)

Canopus bass drum, custom Maple snare by Pantheon Percussion (, Soultone cymbals

DRUMKIT 3 (DRUM FILLS): Kick Drum, Snare, Toms, Crash Cymbal (treated with effects). 

Ludwig Accent CS Custom full kit with Ludwig Hammered Ludalloy Supraphonic snare, and Soultone cymbals.

This recording was mixed and produced by Yi Zhe Seow and Howard Lee of Home Ground Studio, Singapore ( /

I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed playing on this recording.