On January 14, 2013 another edition of the Sandlane Sessions took place in the Sandlane Recording Facilities in Rijen, The Netherlands. An initiative of Remo distributor EMD Music in Belgium and the studio. This time it was ex-Within Temptation drummers Stephen van Haestregt's turn to show the insights of how he records and mixes drums, resulting in two videos per song; one drum mix and one song mix. Naturally, Stephen recorded tracks of Within Temptation a surprising Cajun Classic, Bob McDill's 'Louisiana Saturday Night'.
Following the Sandlane recipe, Stephen played and recorded four tracks before the break and talked about his work as a drummer, producer and technician. A great example of a drummer who knows what he is talking about when it comes to sound and for instance, the use of microphones. Naturally, Stephen got bombarded with questions about microphone placement, tuning the drums, how to get the right drum sound et cetera et cetera. After a short break, all the 25 visitors went in the control room where Stephen talked about mixing the recorded drums and all that comes with it. An interesting evening on all levels, and giving a drum clinic a complete new dimension.
During the session Stephen turned out to be a huge fan of Cajun, especially Zydeco - a folk music genre originally from Louisiana. Zydeco evolved in the late '20 of the 19th century. Originally Zydeco is a mix of cajun, blues and rhythm and blues. Nowadays it is influenced by contemporary music like R&B, soul, brass band, reggae, hip hop, Afro-Caribbean and even rock. In the videos you find the song mix and drum mix of Stephen playing 'Louisiana Saturday Night'.
Stephen van Haestregt Stephen played amongst others with Within Temptation (2002 - 2012), Ambeon and My Favorite Scar. As a producer he was responsible for records of After Forever, Dreadlock Pussy, Aemen and Yellow Pearl.
Remo drumheads Stephen uses the following Remo drumheads:
Remo Power Stroke Pro on the bass drum
Remo Black X on the snare drum
Remo Black Suede Emperors on the toms
Videos There are two videos of each song with this article. The song mix and the drum mix.