I’ve recently begun teaching again from my Hoboken, New Jersey studio, which has been really rewarding (email me if you’re interested in setting up a time). For those not in the NYC area, I’m now teaching online through LessonFace. They have a great platform for online lessons, and of course you’ll have virtual access to my resources at Triple Colossal Studios. Happy drumming!
Drummer Dylan Wissing appears on GRAMMY-winning, Platinum-selling and #1-charting albums by artists like Alicia Keys, Drake, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Rick Ross.
A full-time professional musician for over 25 years both live and in the studio, Wissing has performed over three thousand shows across the US and Europe with dozens of artists in a wide range of genres, and records regularly for GRAMMY-winning producers and independent artists as Indie Studio Drummer.
"Dylan's sense of rhythm and timing is only rivaled by choice of patterns and parts. He is my first call session drummer and is one of the few guys I know who will play rock when you need rock, Hip Hop when you need Hip Hop, and deliver the right sound and feel."
- Ken Lewis, Platinum-selling producer and twelve-time GRAMMY-winning mixer, musician and songwriter (Kanye West, Lenny Kravitz, Beastie Boys)
"I'm writing this after spending the evening watching a former drum student of mine play with a smoking New York band. It seemed to be fate that Dylan Wissing and I would reunite... Sometimes, there are advantages to hanging around long enough to see your students become masters."
- Eric Deggans, Media Critic, NPR
"Dylan Wissing is what happens when you harness a freight train to a drum kit"
- Heidi Vanderslice, Tiny Mix Tapes
October 3rd, 2013 Dylan Wissing Now Teaching Online Through LessonFace
January 2nd, 2013 Grammy Nomination for Drake, "Girl on Fire" Hits Billboard Top 200 #1
What a way to close out the year: playing drums on the lead single from Alicia Keys’ Billboard Top 200 #1 charting Girl on Fire, and receiving a Grammy nomination for Drake’s Take Care (Best Rap Album)! We’re tracking like mad around here, call us to add Grammy-nominated, #1 charting, Platinum-selling drum tracks to YOUR songs!
November 28th, 2012 Nine Month Wrap-Up: Alicia Keys, Fabolous, Failure Club, Europe
It’s been hard to keep up with website updates, with all the stuff that’s been going on around here. We’ve been tracking drums like mad fiends (even had the Rolling Stones’ horn section in recently for a session), finished building the new studio after the damage from last year’s hurricane, and spent a couple weeks dodging Hurricane Sandy. Here are some of the highlights:
Our resident session drummer Dylan Wissing is playing on the title track and lead single of Alicia Keys‘ latest release “Girl on Fire” with Nicki Minaj.The recording took place in June at Alicia’s personal Manhattan studio (and that’s a pretty sweet place…). The great Ken Lewis was engineering, with Indie Studio Drummer’s Matt Teitelman assisting on the drum teching. As of this writing the album is #1 on iTunes, and the single is on radio charts all around the world. Check out the video:
Another recent session was for Fabolous and his track “SoNY,” adding old school funk fills. More work with Ken Lewis (Matt T. assisting), for Hip Hop producer extraordinaire Just Blaze. Fairly high-pressure session, as I was on the road with Blues/Soul singer Kirsten Thien when the call came in. It was a mad dash to get back to the studio from the final show in Maine, and a sprint to get the kit miced, the parts learned, and the tracks sent to Ken. The song was on the radio about three days after our parts were sent. Check out the video, with some powerful footage from Hurricane Sandy:
On a completely different side, recently tracked the song “Wouldn’t Be a Merry Christmas” with Grammy-winning producer Steve Addabbo (Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega) for artist Elizabeth Chan. Elizabeth is featured on Morgan Spurlock’s show Failure Club. Her debut EP “Naughty & Nice” hit #4 on iTunes Holiday Music chart, with the single in iTunes Top 25.
Indie studio Drummer’s Dylan Wissing has been on tour for several weeks this year with Blues/Soul sensation Kirsten Thien. In May, Kirsten and the band (an amazing group of musicians and people, with David Patterson on guitar, and Erik Boyd and Johnny Pisano sharing the bass chair) travelled across the US to Washington State. The band travelled to Europe in October for an amazing sixteen days of shows. Here’s live footage from a date opening for the great Dickey Betts.
After Hurricane Irene destroyed our former studio last year, we’ve spent a good part of the year building our fabulous new Triple Colossal Studios in Hoboken, New Jersey. Happy to report that, once the water receded and power came back on, our families, homes, studio and vehicles were all completely unscathed by this year’s Hurricane Sandy! Sad to say that the same can’t be said of a good deal of our beautiful little town – thousands here (and all over the region) lost everything. Please help support Rebuild Hoboken to bring this town back to life.
It’s been a great year so far (with a couple weeks of hurricane madness) at Indie Studio Drummer, with more amazing and inspiring projects coming up. Contact us if you need drum tracks for your project, and we look forward to working together!
February 5th, 2012 Six month wrap-up: Grammy nomination w/ Kanye & Jay-Z, on #1 Album "Take Care" w/ Drake, "I Love My B___s" w/ Rick Ross, and a brand new studio!
We’ve barely had time to breathe here at Indie Studio Drummer, so much has happened since August. Here’s a wrap-up of highlights:
June 29th, 2011 Playing on Maybach Music Group's "Self Made," Billboard #1 R&B/Hip Hop AND #1 Rap Two Weeks in a Row
Indie Studio Drummer on the Billboard charts! Our own Dylan Wissing played drums on the title track to the Maybach Music Group’s “Self Made,” featuring Rick Ross. The album was number #1 for two weeks straight on both the R&B/Hip Hop Album and Rap Album charts. Read the rest of this entry »
Thanks, Musicians Union for the heads-up (several months after the fact, but that’s fine by me)…
Apparently the Kanye West / Jay-Z track “Power” I played drums on is prominently featured on the show “Gossip Girls!” If, like everyone here at Indie Studio Drummer, you are dying to find out just what happened on the episode, it’s chronicled in exhaustive detail here:
Never a dull moment with Blair, Juliette, and Serena!
April 28th, 2011 Recording for Rick Ross' New Album
Working once again with studio wizard Ken Lewis and hip hop mega-producer Just Blaze, recording an intense sample recreation for rapper Rick Ross‘ upcoming 2011 release “God Forgives, I Don’t” (Def Jam). Can’t give away the song we’re recreating, but it’s by one of the most famous songwriters in history, and the track is apparently a single. More news as we have it…
March 16th, 2011 Playing on Saigon's "The Invitation" with Q-Tip & Fatman Scoop
More work with mega-Platinum producer Just Blaze and mega-Grammy-winning engineer Ken Lewis: a sample recreation on rapper/actor Saigon’s track “The Invitation (feat. Q-Tip & Fatman Scoop)” from his latest album The Greatest Story Never Told on Suburban Noize Records!
The job on the Indie Studio Drummer end was to exactly recreate the original sample underlying the tune, a funky and obscure old soul track with lots of cymbals and percussion. Hard work, and extremely meticulous, but damn fun. I listened to A Tribe Called Quest’s brilliant record The Low End Theory about a zillion times in my youth, so it’s a personal thrill to play on a track with Q-Tip, too!
March 14th, 2011 Working on Common's New Album
Not sure where this one will end up, but the call just came in to start work on a sample recreation for rapper/actor Common’s latest release. As is the case with a lot of this work, we’re recreating a funky old-school soul sample in minute detail. Indie Studio Drummer’s Dylan Wissing has personally auditioned about fifty different tambourines in just about every music store in Manhattan to match a tone found in the late 60s sample – he’s the man to go to with any tambourine-sourcing related questions you might have!
February 21st, 2011 Recording with Josh Charles, brilliant Americana Soul!
Have been in the studio recently with amazing Americana/Soul singer/songwriter Josh Charles and the Stone Ramblers, cutting several new tunes for an upcoming release. Josh has appeared on Good Morning America, the Tavis Smiley Show, CNN, and Voice of America, and pretty much all over the Internet and print. And given the fact that his previous drummers have been Bernard Davis, Herlin Riley, and Brian Blade, and given that Josh’s mentor is the legendary Dr. John, it’s a real honor to share the stage with him! Look for a full-length release from the Stone Ramblers later this year.