John Macaluso Drummer


My Albums Session Work Writing Live Recordings

I started recording way back in 1984, from then till now I have recorded well over 200 albums. Making records and the whole studio experience from bringing the drums into the studio to listening to the album’s final mix is still magic to me. Recording is my passion, my work, my love, and my life. I have recorded around the world with bands and artists in all genres of music. Part of the excitement of recording New Music is just that - going to new studios, working with new musicians, traveling to new countries, and always playing new music. The process never gets old.

Studio recording has come a long way since I started. In today’s world recording has gone digital with recording tools, sound-enhancing programs, and much, much more but the goal is still the same, MAKE THE BEST PRODUCT YOU POSSIBLY CAN. As a drummer, there is no better place to learn than the recording studio. Drums go down first before the other instruments (most of the time). Your playing is under the microscope, every little hit or ghost note, it’s all right there for everyone to hear.

Hearing yourself recorded makes you grow up quickly. Listening to yourself this way is the ultimate lesson. You hear everything up close so you learn what to do and what not to do in the next recording session, with drum sounds, playing to the click, tuning, and all. It also puts you to the test, it’s kind of like a friendly competition between you and yourself. Testing yourself to get a deeper groove, to play more dead on with the click and burying it the whole song when the song requires it, getting more consistent snare hits. Every session makes you better and better and even more challenging, Thrive on that.

I have recorded so many styles of music from Speed Metal to Rap with so many great artists. I am very thankful to my first drum teacher Jim Holland for teaching me Sambas, swing, playing with brushes, beats from around the world. This really helped because you never know what they are going to ask you to play in the studio when doing session work. I look at it this way, Bruce Lee never told his teacher, “I don’t want to learn the round kick”. Of course not, he learned it and brought it out when needed. It’s the same as being a studio drummer. I have been asked by producers and musicians to play a lot of stuff that I never thought would be asked to play, you never know when you are going to need it. Because of versatility, I was able to record a lot of music in all styles so I just might be somewhere in your record collection without you knowing it (haha).