Welcome to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast. Today’s guest is Brody Simpson: drummer, engineer, and producer who runs his business Real Drums for You at Underground Studios in Perth, Australia.
Who is Brody?
Brody Simpson is an exceptional studio drummer that hails from Perth, Australia. He has been a co-owner of Underground Studios in Perth for nearly six years and has developed an online service business named Real Drums for You. He specializes in many genres of music and he then applies his expertise in audio engineering and production to create bespoke drum tracks that in my opinion is hard to match in regards to his level of detail and quality.
Key moments in this episode
- After we finish joking around about huntsman spiders and some funny anecdotes we get straight to business. Brody tells us how he and his business partner Mark got into owning their own studio, Underground Studios. Brody then describes the obscene level of talent in the city of Perth and a number of high-level studios that Brody and Mark ultimately have to compete with to not lose their shirt. You immediately understand that this was a risky move and that they had to get good fast in order to not go bankrupt.
- What follows is a fantastic conversation about the Childish Japes sessions that took place during JP Bouvet’s Australia and New Zealand clinic tour with Childish Japes. We learn about the band’s creative process in the studio and Brody describes just how measured and tidy the musicians in this group truly are and how this was an amazing session to track.
- Brody Simpson is highly specialized in creating a vibe in his drum tracks and he is fascinated with sounds and how to pair them in order to create a strong musical impression. We go into great length discussing how sounds play an important role in providing the right "vibe" to a song and how a “middle of the road” approach to creating drum tracks simply isn’t good enough in order to create a strong reputation around your brand.
- So what is the experience that a client can expect when they employ Brody and Real Drums for You? Well, Brody breaks that down for us and all I can say is that no stone is left unturned. He goes to incredible lengths to ensure that the client is satisfied and that he gets the job done right the first time.
Brody doesn’t want to tour, he doesn’t want to leave his family and friends in Perth BUT he wants to engage further with bands and individual artists. So, how do you do that? Brody’s solution is to capture the worlds’ attention with the work he does in Underground Studios and use the internet and social media as his medium for exposure and reputation.
He wants to work with the best musicians possible and create some incredible music without having to leave the comfort of home and his studio. We are now in an age where we can do just that and Brody sees this as his ultimate goal. His dream is to one day not have nearly as many physical bodies in his studio but rather correspond and create purely through the power of the internet. With the quality of his work and enough time I believe this will happen for him because of his imagination, creativity, pure skill on the drums and his no bullshit approach to correspondence and knowing what he needs from his clients in order to create a bespoke product.