Free Beat Friday #3 – Prince Drum Groove

prince drum groove

Oil up that fretboard with chicken grease, it’s time for a Prince drum groove…

For Free Beat Friday this month, we recorded a saucy Prince drum groove. A slamming 115bpm 4/4 groove with fills, congas and tambourine.

The Inspiration

This Prince drum groove is inspired by the great, especially early, work of Prince – (as most things are around here!)

As we previously wrote about over here, Prince played his own drums on the early stuff. He was a phenomenal drummer with a crazy feel. Less laid back and groovy, more jerky and awkward – “uptight” is probably how we’d describe it.

prince drum groove

We have a Song Slices pack with a very similar groove called “Butternut Funk“.

It’s recorded and produced with a tight, boxy sound and an uptight jerky feel. It comes with 12 arrangement sections, including intro, verses, choruses and breakdown/middle sections.

The Recording & Production

A solid 1-4-1 kick pattern holds it all together, but it’s the accents on the hats that makes it swing like a prince drum groove. Lob in a couple of saucy fills and sprinkle it with congas and tambourine and… well we reckon the great man would have approved.

With the FULL 16-channel setup, tom mics top and bottom, 3 room mics, there are plenty of production options here if you delve into the stems. It is played on our beloved DW Collectors series kit but with a Tama maple piccolo snare to give it that snap. And recorded, as always, in accordance with our Recording Ethos.

The Video

Want a piece of Free Beat Friday Action?


Each month, we send our subscribers free drum loops – the mixes and stems for an amazing new beat for free.

About a week before Free Beat Friday, we record a video of some free drum loops and publish it so you can see what’s coming.

Then, on the first Friday of the month, everyone who subscribes gets an email with links to the free drum loops. 16BIT Mix and 24BIT Stems – and they are free for you to use and enjoy!

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Happy Shedding!

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