Freelance Drummer - Drum Instructor - Audio Engineer
James MacDonald is a freelance drummer and audio engineer living in Central Vermont. James owns and operate Hilltop Recording Studio and Big Tusker Records.
James is currently working with two bands full time and provide drum instruction as his time allows between freelance drum sessions, recording sessions and/or mixing and mastering sessions.
If you are looking to hire a professional drummer for your live performance(s), or to record drums for your track(s) then please use the Contact page to give James a shout.
James also provides audio mixing and mastering services.
Gift certificates are available for studio time, mixing, mastering or drum lessons. They are the perfect gift for the artist in your life.
This is also the site for Big Tusker Records. Click here for information on Big Tusker Records.
The media player on this page contains tracks that James has played drums on and/or mixed and mastered for reference.
Please scroll down to review quotes, references and recommendations for James' services.
Moving Lines from The Ulloo on Big Tusker Records. James MacDonald was the Drummer, one of the Producers and the Audio Engineer on this album which was mostly recorded at Hilltop Studio.
Quotes, Recommendations and reviews
"James is a pro, you wanna play with this dude!” - Jon Harrison Taylor, Creator of dramedy digital series “Sweet: The Show”. Actor, writer, musician, and owner of Hey Pete Productions - Los Angeles, California.
"Just finished another excellent rehearsal with James. For me, James has helped me get more comfortable behind the kit. His approach is very calculated yet at a speed that works for me. I feel so fortunate to have found a teacher with the experience and knowledge to get me to that next level I’ve been trying to get to. His typical lessons for me are, warm-up, present a lesson or two, work on those lessons and he plays on one kit as I play on another. Feels like a very productive practice every week. I am so excited to see where I progress to in this next year. Thanks so much James." - Gianni Badeau , GB Construction, LLC/Student at Hilltop Drum Studio - Barre, VT.
"I always loved playing with James because his tone was always on point, he was dependable, super fun and groovy, and always positive!" - Paul Martinez, Guitarist for Common Thread - Austin, TX
"James, every time I have needed You, you have stepped up! Thank You for Your patience, kind heart and tremendous skills. You are a master at what You do and I am extremely grateful for having found You!!! Once again, James, Thank You. I would have really been at a loss without you. Until next time, keep on keeping on, Peter Scott. " - Peter Scott, Peter Scott's Competitive Edge, Vermont
"I have worked with James as a drummer, and as an engineer for my sessions. He is very professional, skilled, and talented in all areas. He is a groove machine... Highly recommended!" - James Kinne, James Kinne Music/Phineas Gage, New Boston/NewHampshire
"My experience recording with James was nothing but pleasurable, efficient and productive. His abilities in the studio to transfer ideas into action facilitated real creative freedom that is invaluable. I would highly recommend James for recording and engineering projects. His equipment is excellent and expertise using the tools of his trade very evident, the end result is well-crafted recordings. " - Duffy Gardner, Lead Vocals, and Guitar for VOYAGER1, Vermont
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