Klemen Markelj is available as a drummer for studio session work and concerts.
For hiring Klemen please e-mail to:
Professional, real acoustic drum tracks for your music project!
Custom Drum Tracks
If you need drum tracks for your project, please e-mail the following information to:
-Mp3 examples of your music, project,.
-Number of tracks and length
-Time limitations on your project
The Vicious Head Society “Extinction Level Event”and Drift Into Black “Patterns of Light” new albums officialy released
Klemen Markelj, born on february 15. 1977, is professional session drummer. His life started to revolve around music in elementary school when he began to play the guitar. Later he traded guitar for drums. He started accumulating his knowledge by taking lessons from Aleš Rendla and at Lower Music School.
Drum workshops:Horacio El. Negro Hernandez, Pete Lockett, Bill Bruford, Mike Haid, Petar Curic, Simon Phillips, Jeff Hamilton, Benny Greb, Russ Miller, Peter Erskin, Steve Gadd, Terry Bozzio, Joe Heredia,..
He topped that knowledge with the study at Los Angeles College of Music in 2006, 2009 and 2012,:Joe Porcaro, Tony Inzalaco, Ralph Humphrey, Gary Ferguson, Dave Beyer, Mike Packer, Richie Gajate Garcia, Dave Pozzi, Matt Starr, Steve Pemberton,
Antorino, Avven, Anej Piletic, Arseia Godalni Orkester, Amadeo, Auralscapes, Bad Law, Black Diamond, Big Band Kranj, Big Band Nova, Big Band RTV Slovenia, Big Nina, Boris Brvar, David Martinez, Darlene Love, Dejan Pakiz, Drift Into Black, Dream On, Dunja Vrhovnik, Graham Keane, Interceptor, Jazz Ensemble-Tony Inzalaco, Jaka Vižintin, Klemen Campa, Ladybugz, Liam, Majestic Vojage, Metalsteel, Nessy, Nuša Derenda, Obidil, Oko, Out of Plumb, Pihalni Orkester Alples, Prevara, Sašo Guschin trio, Simon Jovanowich, Seven That Spells, Tilen Draksler, Trio Arina,The Drinkers, The Fallen Idea, …Alberto Albis, Allstair Lasken, Armin Sešek, Ben Heymen, Bernhard Lackner, Brad Rabuchin, Chan Dza, Damjan Pančur, Danny Laran, Edward Therens Garcia, Elizabeth Hangan, Elliot Shep Steinwedell, Fernanda Alba, Hisham Bondjoki Studio-51, Jackson Allen, Jade Giorno, Jerry Watts Jr., Jerome Disney, Jonathan Osterling, Joseph Salcedo, Ken Song, Kibrom Ashebir Birhane, Leonardo Nobre, Marcela Campos, Patrik Greblo, Peter Kastner, Rocky Petkovich, Sam’s Fever, Sean Traylor, Stephen Mastnak, Steven Peters, Sam Norman, Tony Inzalaco, Tomaž Ahačič, Vicious Head Society, William V Farmakis,, …
Klemen Markelj is endorsed by Zidljian cymbals, Yamaha drums, Protection Racket Cases, StonEdge snare drums and Axis pedals.
Klemen has an outstanding control of his instrument. From pop-rock to complex progressive metal, he knows exactly what the song needs and always delivers more than you expect. His recording setup is amazing and his stems are top-notch, ready to mix. We’ve worked together on quite a few songs now, and I’m definitely looking forward to future projects! – Matheus Manente (producer, audio engineer)
MATHEUS MANENTE (producer, audio engineer)
‘Some people are just born to be certain things in life. Klemen was born to be a drummer. Pure and simple. Very easy to work with – always delivers the goods – and adds his own creative touch to every track I send him. And on top of that he can adapt to any style of music. What more could you ask for in a session drummer? If you have a project that requires a real drummer look no further. Klemen’s your man. Highly recommended!’ Jerome Disney (aka Auralscapes)
Jerome Disney (aka Auralscapes)
Klemen is very talented and extremely hard working musician. I would have no hesitation recommending him to anyone in need of a drummer.
Graham Keane (The Vicious Head Society)
“I reached out to Klemen to record drums for my album and his response was quick. He was very friendly. He knew exactly what I wanted. His drumming skills are impeccable and he really brought my album to life at a great cost too! He will now be my go to guy for drums in the future as this was just a great experience working with him”
Craig Rossi (Drift Into Black)
For all you drummers out there,Klemen has moocho info. for you to feed from,especially from the odd meters.
Joe Porcaro (LACM-Department Chair. Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Freddie Hubbard, Don Ellis,Toto, Madona,..)
Klemen is an amazing drummer with chops galore, and a joy to be around.
I’m sure dedicated students could learn much from him.
Steve Gregory (LA Studio Gutarist (Ray Charles,Frankie Vali, Leonard Cohen, Macy Gray, John Daversa,..)
Meni kot producentu je s Klemnom odlično sodelovati, saj je tehnično dovršen, intuitiven, muzikalen in resnično predan svojemu poklicu. Poleg tega, da natačno sledi navodilom, ki jih kot producent podam za nastanek določene skladbe, tudi sam doda svoj pečat s svojstvenim stilom igranja. Ker pa je glasba poklic, kjer morajo biti vedno prisotna čustva, pa ne gre tudi mimo tega, da je Klemen preprost in zelo prijeten človek s katerim se lahko pogovoriš tako o vsakdanjih rečeh kot tudi o sami glasbi. Vsi ti faktorji prispevajo odličnemu inštrumentalistu dodano vrednost, saj je na snemanju z njim vzdušje vedno pozitivno in zabavno.
Damjan Pančur (Producent,glasbenik, multiinstumentalist)
Klemen delivered exactly what I needed promptly and with great communication along the way. He managed to take in my (probably rather vague) instructions and give me the parts I needed to finish the track. He provided me with a number of different variations, so I could pick and choose the best to suit the track. I would happily recommend Klemen to anyone who needs quality session drumming with no hassles along the way.
Brad – Maša and the Crystal Penguins
I had the privilege of making Klemen’s acquaintance this past year after seeking a qualified Studio Drummer to record a number of projects.
Klemen is perhaps one of the most dynamic drummers and percussionists I have ever come across. He is comparable and even exceeds session drummers I had collaborated with while attending the University of Wales and Recording Connections in Los Angeles, California of USA.
He has a vibrant approach to life and a true passion for drumming, which is evident during his performance and recordings. He is very cooperative and committed to his job.
I believe Klemen’s calling in life is to be a Percussionist and a teacher. He accordingly evokes the passion, professionalism and patience needed to be the great musician, educator he is.
I recommend him without reservation.
William V Farmakis
Sound Engineer / Studio Manager at E-MusicUnion
Buena Park, California, USA
WILLIAM V FARMAKIS
Every drummer that had a name, had a name because of his individual playing. He didn’t sound like anybody else, So everybody that I ever listened to, in some form, influenced my taste, he got full of energy and excitement always, I always enjoy playing with him.
Kibrom Ashebir Birhane (Producer/Songwriter/Musician Los Angeles, Ethiopia)
KIBROM ASHEBIR BIRHANE
Klemen is a serious student of drumming and a dedicated player and instructor. His passion for his craft is obvious in the high quality of art and technique that he displays in his work.
Mike Haid (Modern Drummer Contributing Writer)
Klemen is a former student of mine in the Latin Percussion classes I teach at LA Music Academy. Klemen was always participating, learning and adding to his already abitility as a drummer and percussionist. It was pleasure having a Slovenian with clave in my class.”
Richie Gajate Garcia ( Sting, Phil Collins, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Stevie Wonder, Tito Puente)
RICHIE GAJATE GARCIA
Klemen was a student of mine in several classes at LAMA College including; Rhythm Section Workshop, Jazz Ensemble and Three Horn Band. While he was at LAMA he displayed a great desire to learn everything that was available to him. As a student, he was always prepared for his classes, doing all that was asked of him and more. He has a wonderful charismatic personality and has a great gift of communication with all people. As a drummer, he has a very unique and artistic voice, that high-lights a very advanced technique and individual style. People who possess such extraordinary artistic gifts are usually self-centered to a fault. Klemen is the opposite, he is very humble. He is also a great husband, father and family man. He is a man of high character, an outstanding citizen of the world and is highly qualified to share his gift with his countrymen.
Tony Inzalaco (Maynard Fergusom, Dizzy Gillespie, Carmen McRae, Dexter Gordon,Oscar Peterson,..)
Klemen Markelj recording drum tracks for: jazz, pop, rock, metal, latin, ethno,..