Tony “Thunder” Smith 2017-12-04T15:51:21+00:00

“After using Earthworks micing systems, I can truly say Earthworks mics achieve what I’m looking for. Earthworks Microphones truly capture the sound of my drums. They bring out the power, the sensitivity, and the integrity of every performance, whether listening through speakers or live.”

Tony “Thunder Smith is a world-renowned drummer, vocalist and producer, having worked with some of the most legendary artists of all time. Currently, he is a Professor of Percussion at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he brings into the classroom all his years of experience and understanding of all aspects of the recording and touring process that has made him a top choice among producers worldwide. And as of Januay 2016, “The Self produced Drummer”, which Tony created is now part Berklee’s curriculum.

Tony always displays a true drummer’s sensibility and consistently brings his energy and distinct style to projects ranging from rock, pop, r&b, funk, fusion, Latin, jazz and folk. Tony’s discography speaks of his ability to handle any and all kinds of musical challenges – from rock with Lou Reed to the hard driving jazz-fusion of the Jan Hammer Group, which he co-founded.

Tony’s mark is his melodic approach to rhythm and ability to inject life into the music he performs. This is clearly evident when creating drum sequences or loops for artists’ albums. He has also been involved in a variety of film, commercial and musical projects both at home in the U.S. and internationally. He has done commercial soundtrack production and scored original music for film and television.

Tony has had the honor of performing for President Clinton, President Havel of the Czech Republic and Pope John Paul. His musical opinions are often sought by leading music publications and he has been featured in the book, “Sticks and Skins”, a compilation of world-renowned drummers. Tony is also endorsed by major drum, cymbal and electronics companies.

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Q&A with Tony

Q: How long have you been using Earthworks products?

A: Since 2016.

Q: What Earthworks products are you using?

A: The DK25/L DrumKit System, the HDM DP30/C, and the Piano Micing System.

Q: Favorite Earthworks product?

A: Everything I’ve used. When I record with these microphone they give me exactly what I’m looking for, “Excellence”.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Earthworks products and their performance?

A: That they add that something extra that brings that brings my drums to life.

Q: Describe how they’ve helped your sound.

A: They made it easier for me to hear the fullness of the natural sound of my drums. They make them shine. Eliminating the need to over EQ.

Q: Best tip for using Earthworks?

A: Follow Earthworks setup directions! They know what they’re doing.

Q: Career highlights?

A: Recently I had the pleasure of having Kim Hilton, Artist relations manager, come up to Guilford Sound studios and be a part of the recording my solo Project do out this Spring.

Q: Anything else you’d like to share?

A: Yes. Earthworks is dedicated to excellence. Not only are their products great, but their people are great. When you’re with Earthworks you’re truly treated like family, and to me that’s the most important.

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