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Drummer Stephen Perkins Feels the Telefunk

Perkins has worked with Jane’s Addition, Rage Against the Machine, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, and Suicidal Tendencies.

Los Angeles, CA (July 19, 2019)—Stephen Perkins’ studio in LA – Perkins is currently drummer for bands Jane’s Addiction, Porno for Pyros and Hellflower – is a percussionist’s dream that he modestly calls his “colourful palette.”

“I’ve got almost every sound and color you can think of,” said Perkins. “From high to low, from sharp to dull. And to mic it is quite an experience for my engineer, Rob Gage, because when I sit behind the kit, I use each drum. Some get loud, some are quiet, some stick out like a sore thumb, some blend.” All of it is captured with Telefunken’s DC-7 drum pack and heard via THP-29 isolation headphones.

Hay Hies to Telefunken’s Lab

As a percussionist, Perkins has worked with Rage Against the Machine, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, and Suicidal Tendencies, among numerous other radio and video projects. He also has a solo project called Banyan, and in the 1990s was involved in Lil’ Pit with Mike Watt.

Perkins’ engineer Rob Seifert Gage has been an engineer/producer since 1985, and is known for his work with Porno for Pyros, Wyclef Jean, saxophonist Gerald Albright, Mike Watt, Angels Cut, eels, and Los Amigos Invisibles, among many others.

“I want to capture the punch and the articulation of the beater hitting the head, but I don’t want that plastic, hard sound,” Perkins continued. “I want the sound of the attack and then the pillow after it, to capture that low-end and also to make sure that enough real estate is left open for other instruments. A great microphone and a great performance – that’s the union, that’s the gel.”

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In addition to recording numerous projects in his studio, he also hosts “Live at Perkins’ Palace” for the YoRadio App station, in which he invites friends over to chat, play and talk. The studio is based around a Universal Apollo 8x, plus an array of Telefunken mics and headphones. The DC-7 microphone drum package on hand includes the M82 dynamic kick drum mic, a matched pair of M60 FET cardioids for cymbals and overheads, and four additional dynamic mics for snare, toms, and other percussion instruments.

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