Online Session Drummer | Mark Feldman


“Green River” with Evan Kremin, Jay Shepard, Gary Bristol and Mark Feldman

One of the producers I’ve been working for consistently is Keith Foley, out of NYC. He puts together a great crew of top-notch players (mostly based in New York) and in 2020 I got into the mix (no pun intended), doing my thing as an online session drummer to track for him.

Last summer we recorded Creedence’s “Green River.” I tracked it in my Aunt’s beach house on Cape Cod, where I was hiding out all summer from COVID. You can see me in the video; lower right hand corner. Doesn’t it look like a little beach house bedroom? It was!

One of the things I like about this track–besides that I think all the players are killing it–is that the drum sounds I got in this tiny room sound pretty damn good. That’s a good example of the notion that you can make great sounding records these days all “in the box,” as they say. That’s part of the fun of being a remote studio drummer–audio engineering yourself and working on getting great sounds.

Here’s the video. Listen with headphones if you can, because the sonics are great. It’s a clear, airy mix under the steady hand of Mark Dann, with JP Bowersock producing and Keith Foley Executive Producing. Me? Just playing drums!

Oz Noy’s “Steroids” Play-Along for Drums

One of the side benefits of putting my recording studio together is that my videos sound way better. A couple of weeks ago, I filmed and recorded a version of “Steroids,” written by my friend Oz Noy.

The first released version of “Steroids” is very different from what is represented in the video I made. “Steroids” first appeared on “Oz Live,” which was released in 2002 on Planula Records. You can check out this version at the Spotify widget on the left. I haven’t been able to find track by track personnel credits anywhere, but both Anton Fig and Keith Carlock play on the release and it sounds to me like Keith played on this live version of “Steroids.”

This new video version was made from a play-along that Dave Weckl produced and that you can buy on his website. The personnel on the track: Oz Noy on guitar (of course), Will Lee on bass, and me making a “guest” appearance.

You’ll find out by watching/listening, but what is so different about this new version is the tempo. It is much slower than the original. And interestingly enough, it works great. Funny how tempo changes can so dramatically change a song…

There are also some drum breaks near the end of the song, so stick around for that if you’re into that sort of thing.

Check it out below.

By the way, both Oz and Will played on my band’s debut EP that was released in 2019. You can check out a video from that release here: Mark Feldman’s LEVEL5 plays “Sybil”

The Most Powerful Music Producers 2021

the most powerful music producers 2021

I thought it would be really interesting to have a look at who the most powerful producers are. The obvious question you’ll be asking is “what does ‘power’ mean when it comes to music producers?”

Right.  I believe that if you look at the world the way it really is–not by thinking about any of the older paradigms–what creates the most power in music is reach.

These days reach is measured in terms of streams.  It’s not measured by Grammys or inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or even (gasp) positions on the Billboard chart. So…

Since Spotify has the largest market share of the music streaming services, it makes sense to look at total streams on the service. I see Spotify like the music equivalent of Google. No one comes close, so why not use them as a bench-marker? By the way, as of this writing, Spotify has a 36% market share of music streams.

What are the most streamed songs?

On Wikipedia, there is a “dynamic list” called “List of Most-Streamed Songs on Spotify.” That list is frequently updated (hence the title “dynamic list”), but for this article, I used the list that was published and visible online on February 25th 2021. The list is limited to 100 entries.

Interestingly, that list does not include the producer credits. To give you a sense of the producers responsible for the most streamed songs, I simply added the producers’ names to the chart, which you can find below.

That should give you an idea of who the heaviest producers are–at least based on streams. Check it out.

(in Millions)
1Shape of YouEd SheeranEd Sheeran and
Steve Mac
2RockstarPost Malone feat
21 Savage
Tank God and Louis Bell2,124
3Dance MonkeyTones and IKonstantin Kersting2,105
4Blinding LightsThe WeekndMax Martin,
Oscar Holter,
The Weeknd
5One DanceDrake feat
WizKid and Kyla
NIneteen85, 40 and WizKid1,981
6CloserThe Chainsmokers
feat Halsey
The Chainsmokers1,952
7SunflowerPost Malone and SwaeleeCarter Lang and Louis Bell1,827
8Someone You LovedLewis CapaldiTMS1,783
9SenoritaShawn Mendes and Camila CabelloBenny Blanco, WATT, Cashmere Cat1,751
10Thinking Out LoudEd SheeranJake Gosling1,711
11God's PlanDrake40, Cardo,
Young Exclusive and
12Bad GuyBillie EilishFinneas O'Connell1,691
13Say You Won't Let GoJames ArthurAlex Beitzke, Bradley Spence 1,651
14PerfectEd SheeranEd Sheeran, Will Hicks1,645
15BelieverImagine DragonsMattman & Robin1,625
16HavanaCamila Cabello feat
Young Thug
Frank Dukes1,582
17Lucid DreamsJuice WrldNick Mira1,552
18 PhotographEd SheeranJeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie1,547
19StarboyThe Weeknd feat
Daft Punk
Daft Punk, Cirkut,
Doc McKinney,
The Weeknd
20Love YourselfJustin BieberBenny Blanco1,519
21Sad!XXXTentacionJohn Cunningham1,519
22Something Just Like ThisThe Chainsmokers and ColdplayThe Chainsmokers1,486
23New RulesDua LipaIan Kirkpatrick1,476
24ThunderImagine DragonsAlex Da Kid, Jayson DeZuzio1,448
25Lean OnMajor Lazer and DJ Snake feat MOMajor Lazer, DJ Snake1,446
26XO Tour Llif3Lil Uzi VertTM88, JW Lucas1,425
27Bohemian RhapsodyQueenRoy Thomas Baker, Queen1,424
28Despacito (Remix)Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat Justin BieberMauricio Rengifo, Andrés Torres1,424
29SorryJustin BieberSkrillex, BloodPop1,419
30ShallowLady Gaga and Bradley CooperLady Gaga, Benjamin Rice1,413
31All of MeJohn LegendDave Tozer, John Legend1,405
32HappierMarshmello and BastilleMarshmello1,394
33HumbleKendrick LamarMike Will Made It, Pluss1,389
34Don't Let Me DownThe Chainsmokers feat DayaThe Chainsmokers1,387
357 RingsAriana GrandeTommy Brown, Charles Anderson, Michael Foster1,385
36Better NowPost MaloneFrank Dukes, Louis Bell1,370
37Jocelyn FloresXXXTentacionPotsu1,386
38Sicko ModeTravis ScottChahayed, Hit-Boy, OZ, Cubeatz, Tay Keith, Dean1,358
39Stressed OutTwenty One PilotsMike Elizondo1,356
40I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Seeb Remix)Mike Posner and SeebMike Posner, Seeb, Martin Terefe1,352
41Faded Alan WalkerAlan Walker, Jesper Borgen, Mood Melodies1,350
42Let Me Love YouDJ Snake feat Justin BieberDJ Snake, Andrew Watt, Louis Bell1,350
43Take Me to ChurchHozierRob Kirwan1,348
44GoosebumpsTravis ScottCardo, Yung Exclusive, Cubeatz, Mike Dean1,344
45Don't Start NowDua LipaIan Kirkpatrick1,340
46CongratulationsPost Malone feat QuavoMetro Boomin, Frank Dukes, Louis Bell1,331
47LovelyBillie Eilish and KhalidFinneas O'Connell1,314
48Let Her GoPassengerMike Rosenberg, Chris Vallejo1,305
49Stay with MeSam SmithJimmy Napes, Steve Fitzmaurice, Rodney Jerkins1,303
50CirclesPost MalonePost Malone, Louis Bell, Frank Dukes1,301
51Treat You BetterShawn MendesTeddy Geiger, Dan Romer, DJ "Daylight" Kyriakides1,288
52Thank U, NextAriana GrandeTommy Brown Michael Foster, Charles Anderson, Ariana Grande, Victoria Monet1,271
53Uptown FunkMark Ronson feat Bruno MarsMark Ronson, Jeff Bhasker, Bruno Mars1,266
54I Don't CareEd Sheeran and Justin BieberKarl Sandberg, Karl Schuster, Fred1,264
55UnforgettableFrench Montana feat Swae LeeJaegen, 1Mind, C.P Dubb, Mike WiLL Made-It1,258
56Cheap ThrillsSiaGreg Kurstin1,256
57Girls Like YouMaroon 5 feat Cardi BCirkut, Jason Evigan1,248
58Too Good at GoodbyesSam SmithJimmy Napes, Steve Fitzmaurice, StarGate1,236
59Wake Me UpAvicii feat Aloe BlaccAvicii, Arash Pournouri1,229
60Without MeHalseyLouis Bell1,228
61DespacitoLuis Fonsi feat Daddy YankeeMauricio Rengifo, Andrés Torres1,212
627 YearsLukas GrahamFuture Animals, Pilo1,201
63Roses (Imanbek Remix)Saint John and ImanbekFallen1,191
64Can't Stop The FeelingJustin TimberlakeJustin Timberlake, Max Martin, Shellback1,188
65Counting StarsOneRepublicRyan Tedder, Noel Zancanella1.185
66I Like ItCardi B, Bad Bunny and J BalvinJ. White Did It, Tainy, Craig Kallman, Invincible1,182
67Can't Hold UsMacklemore and
Ryan Lewis feat
Ray Dalton
Ryan Lewis1,180
68StitchesShawn MendesDaylight, Teddy Geiger, Danny Parker1,179
69That's What I LikeBruno MarsShampoo Press & Curl, The Stereotypes (co.)1,171
71Cold WaterMajor Lazer feat
Justin Bieber and
Major Lazer, Benny Blanco, Jr Blender, King Henry1,168
72I Fall ApartPost MaloneIllangelo1,168
73What Do You Mean?Justin BieberMdL, Bieber1,167
74The BoxRoddy Ricch30 Roc, Datboisqueeze, Zentachi1.164
75The HillsThe WeekndIllangelo, Mano1,161
76See You AgainWiz Khalifa feat
Charlie Puth
DJ Frank E, Charlie Puth, Andrew Cedar1,157
77RiptideVance JoyJames Keogh, Edwin White, John Castle1,154
78PyschoPost Malone feat
Ty Dolla Sign
Post Malone, Louis Bell1,151
79HeathensTwenty One PilotsMike Elizondo, Tyler Joseph1,150
80One KissCalvin Harris and
Dua Lipa
Calvin Harris1,149
81I Like Me BetterLauvLauv1,143
82RadioactiveImagine DragonsAlex da Kid1,135
83EastsideBenny Blanco,
Halsey and Khalid
Andrew Watt, Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat1,131
84AttentionCharlie PuthCharlie Puth1,130
85Old Town Road (remix)Lil Nas and
Billy Ray Cyrus
YoungKio. Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross1,130
86Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)Omi and Felix JaehnOMI, Clifton Dillon, Felix Jaehn
87DemonsImagine DragonsAlex da Kid1,125
88Youngblood5 Seconds of SummerAndrew Watt, Louis Bell1,117
89Taki TakiDJ Snake feat
Selena Gomez,
Ozuna, and
Cardi B
DJ Snake1,116
90SugarMaroon 5Ammo, Cirkut1,114
91Can't Feel My FaceThe WeekndMax Martin, Ali Payami1,112
92This is What You Came ForCalvin Harris feat
Calvin Harris, Kuk Harrell1,108
93In My FeelingsDrake40, TrapMoneyBenny, Blaqnmild1,105
94We Don't Talk AnymoreCharlie Puth feat
Selena Gomez
Charlie Puth1,104
95HelloAdeleGreg Kurstin1,102
96IDGAFDua LipaKoz1,099
97ChandelierSiaGreg Kurstin, Jesse Shatkin1,098
98I'm YoursJason MrazMartin Terefe1,095
99When The Party's OverBillie EilishFinneas O'Connell1,092
100Work From HomeFifth Harmony feat
Ty Dolla Sign
Ammo, DallasK1.092

It Factor: “Dog the Bounty Hunter”

Release Date: May 2, 2006

In 2006, It Factor recorded 5 short tracks for inclusion in an episode of “Dog The Bounty Hunter,” the popular TV series on the A&E network.

Click on the “Cloud” Icon, above, to hear one of them, “Vavoom.”

Personnel: Arnie Miot – Guitar, Steve Hervatic – Bass, Mark Feldman – Drums

In line with the vibe of the show, the music is aggressive, hard and guitar heavy. That kind of means “Metal” doesn’t it? Well. There you have it.

“Dog the bounty hunter” (Instrumental music played on the A&E television show).

Recorded at Arnie Miot’s home Studio in Long Island, NY

Joe Taylor: “Darker Garden”

Release Date: 1988

This was the first “real” recording on a real label (ProJazz) with real distribution that I was ever a part of.  I only played on a few tracks, but I remember being thrilled that I was going to be on a record at all.  Joe was really friendly and easy-going, and that made the experience even better.  I remember being at the gym one day a few months later and hearing one of the tracks I played over the radio there.  A huge thrill in my young life.  

Produced by Joe Taylor and Tommy Mandel

Hearts and Minds (self-titled)

Release Date: January 14, 1990

Signed by A&M Records in 1989, Hearts and Minds’ self-titled debut was produced by Mike Wanchic (guitarist for John Mellencamp) at Belmont Mall in Bloomington, Indiana.  Belmont is Mellencamp’s own recording studio, where many of his albums were recorded.
It was at these sessions that I met Kenny Aronoff, which was an important event for me.  He and I both played on the album and that was hugely important for my development as a session player.  Imagine being able to hang out and watch one of the best on the job every day for a few weeks…

Produced by Mike Wanchic


Bruce Henderson – guitar and vocals
Andy York – guitars
Toby Meyers – bass
Mark Feldman and Kenny Aronoff – drums

Bruce Henderson: “The Wheels Roll”

the wheels roll - bruce henderson

Release Date: May 20, 1997

Bruce Henderson, who I met in the late ’80s in NYC when he was the bassist in a band we were both in called Seven Beauties, went on to form a great rock band, Hearts and Minds (there’s a discography entry for that you can have a look at). Over the years, I was privileged to play with him frequently, including here on his solo debut from 1997. 

With a true all-star cast of session players, the album got terrific reviews. It’s one of the only releases noted here that I only played percussion on (Shawn Pelton played drums), but regardless, I’m grateful to have been involved with this project.

Bruce Henderson “The Wheels Roll” (OMAD/Paradigm)

Produced by Stewart Lerman


Bruce Henderson (vocals, guitar); David Mansfield (pedal steel guitar, violin); G.E. Smith, Andy York (electric guitar); Charlie Giordano (organ); Paul Ossola (electric bass); Shawn Pelton (drums); Mark Feldman (percussion).

Various Artists: “Shawn Lane Remembered Vol. 2”

Release Date: 2004

This was the first recording that was released from my time playing drums with the Rob Sbar Noesis.  “Transfiguring Perceptions,” an original composition by Rob Sbar, was included on this release from Lion music, a progressive rock label from Italy.  Sbar, a speed shred monster guitarist of staggering technical ability, has been causing jaws to drop since he first appeared on the NYC scene in the early 2000’s.

Produced by Rob Sbar


Rob Sbar – guitar
Nelson Montana – bass
Mark Feldman – drums

Various Artists: “Guitars Dancing in the Light: A Tribute to Santana”

Release Date: 2010

The last of the three compilations I participated in with The Rob Sbar Noesis. This release–a tribute to Santana–was really fun for me because I selected the song we recorded, which was “Open Invitation,” one of my favorite Santana tracks.

Produced by Rob Sbar


Rob Sbar – guitar
Nelson Montana – bass
Mark Feldman – drums

Various Artists: “Higher and Higher: A Tribute to the Moody Blues”

Release Date: 2006

The Rob Sbar Noesis was asked to participate in several compilation albums created by the Italian progressive label Lion Music. On this album, a tribute to The Moody Blues, we contributed the track “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere.”

Produced by Rob Sbar


Rob Sbar – guitar
Nelson Montana – bass
Mark Feldman – drums