Watch Trevor Lawrence Jr in the Foo Fighters’ Studio 606 with Lauten Audio

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Watch Trevor Lawrence Jr in the Foo Fighters’ Studio 606 with Lauten Audio

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Trevor Lawrence Jr. is a Grammy-winning drummer and producer who has redefined the sound of live drums on record for more than three decades.

Trevor Lawrence Jr. has made a career of blurring the lines between live drumming and the sounds of vintage drum machines. The long-time beat-maker to Dr. Dre and first-call drummer for Herbie Hancock, LeAnn Rimes, and Stevie Wonder is the focus of a new video from Lauten Audio that gives a peek into his process, and playing. Filmed in Studio 606 alongside 6-time Grammy-winning engineer Alex Pasco [Adele, Beck, Foo Fighters], the video explores Lawrence’s history with Dr. Dre and how inspiration, unique playing techniques, and an adventurous approach to sound design have given him his unique voice behind the kit.

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Influenced by the use of rhythm machines on classic R&B and hip-hop tracks, Lawrence has spent decades exploring ways to integrate these sounds and feels into live playing. Over the course of the video, he discusses his collaboration history with Dr. Dre, and demonstrates the various tools and techniques he has developed to mimic these drum machines while still being authentic to his identity as a player. The Pro Tools Session and audio files from the recording session are also available for download in the description of the video so that viewers can explore these sounds themselves.

“My real thing is I love the authenticity part,” he explains. “ I only want to bring authenticity to something. I don’t want to just say ‘Yes’ just because. I have to know that I can bring something to it and I’m not really going to accept it if it’s not my thing. I don’t want to play at something.”

Alex Pasco is a 6-time Grammy Award-winning audio engineer, mixer, and producer, who has worked with artists and producers including Greg Kurstin, Adele, Beck, Foo Fighters, and Paul McCartney among others. Self taught from a young age before studying Recording Arts at Loyola Marymount University, he has over 15 years of professional experience working in commercial studios in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, and London.

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