My name’s Max Saidi, a passionate musician (and coffee lover!) who chose the noisiest instrument to play as a child – hats off to my parents for buying a 9-year-old a drum kit. That was brave...
Having picked up a pair of sticks from a young age and being inspired at the time by my best friend’s dad – who just happened to be world-renowned session percussionist Frank Ricotti – It was clear to me that a career in music was all I wanted to do.
The drummers that inspire me to this day are the ones that inspired me in the beginning. Most notably, Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band) and Stewart Copeland (The Police) and many, many others covering a whole multitude of styles and genres.
Through the years, I have worked with numerous artists, bands and producers both in the studio and live. I recently performed with pop legend Bebe Rexha live on the Jonathan Ross Show and toured around the UK with Peter Andre on his Celebrating 25 Years anniversary tour. I've performed in one of Will Young's music videos, ' Thank You', and performed with Shane Filan (Westlife) on numerous occasions.
Working alongside legendary Producer Wil Malone (Massive Attack, Depeche Mode, Black Sabbath) on the No.1 Platinum-selling album 'Inno' for Italian artist Gianna Nannini in 2014 was a particular career highlight.
In 2011 I founded Remote Drum Recording Service, WantDrums.com®, in response to the dwindling budgets that recording artists and producers were facing at the time. Since WantDrums.com's inception over 12 years ago, I have gone on to record drums on countless songs for hundreds of bands, artists and producers worldwide – remotely from my recording studio in the UK.
Particular highlights of sessions recorded out of my studio include working on Una Healy's (The Saturdays) single 'Walk Away' and recording for Megan McKenna on multiple no.1 singles.
I'm proud to say that WantDrums.com is now recognised as one of the leading drum recording services on the internet, and clients such as Sky, EMI, Channel 4 TV, HBO and many more use me for all types of drum production – be it soundtracks, commercials, albums and more.
Some of the recent artists I've worked with
Outside of the studio
From live sessions at London's Abbey Road Studios to performing on national television – here are some other things I get up to outside of my studio.
Live with Shane Filan in Ireland
The Jonathan Ross Show - Bebe Rexha, 'Last Hurrah'
“Max has an incredible feeling for music and an outstanding feeling for what a song needs. He delivers organic-sounding drums that take my songs to the next level.”
Adrian M, Songwriter / Producer, Switzerland
How WantDrums.com started
2011 – 2023
WantDrums.com was born out of the frustration of my musician friends who were fed up with programming drums or using restrictive drum loops in their songs. They felt it was letting their music down and getting in the way of the creative songwriting process. All they wanted was a great drummer to lay down some killer drum parts that would help take their songs to the next level. But that came at a cost...
They were faced with two options; hire a commercial studio and session drummer for the day or record a drummer in their own space. That space would in itself need to be geared towards recording drums properly, such as acoustically treating the room, for example.
Then there's all the gear involved in recording the drums, such as; preamps, microphones, cables, mic stands and the drums and cymbals themselves. Either of those two options would end up costing a huge amount of time and money.
Having gained so much invaluable knowledge and experience recording at studios in and around London, in 2011 I invested a great deal of time (and money!) in setting myself up to record drums remotely from my own studio.
The idea was simple; I would offer my services to those who wanted access to a live drummer to play and record on their music. They would send me their song, I would record the parts remotely from my studio and email the high-quality recordings back to them – no matter where in the world they were.
Since the creation of WantDrums.com I have had the pleasure of recording drum tracks remotely on countless projects, working closely with self-releasing artists right the way through to large TV productions and soundtracks. I'm also thrilled to be recognised as one of the industry-leading drummers online.