Phoenix Sound Studios was conceived by Justin Humphries and is designed to offer an inspirational and relaxed recording studio environment that is flexible to the needs of artists in the composing, recording, mixing and mastering of music, sound and video production using state-of-the-art technology.

Justin is an accomplished and experienced percussionist, sound engineer, composer and educator living in Melbourne Australia. With a rich and varied career spanning over 30 years, Justin has performed and recorded as a percussionist and sound engineer with numerous bands and artists. Check out our clients and gallery page.

Justin’s musical compositions can be heard on a variety of local and international TV shows and advertisements such as Commonwealth Bank, Tropscore, IGA, 7.30 Report, English sitcom “Biography” and American sitcom “Becker”.

Custom Drum & Percussion Tracks

Justin creates and records high quality drum and percussion parts for musicians and producers all over the world. He has been providing this service for over 25 years and was one of the first to introduce this concept.

Justin’s custom drum tracks will bring your music to life and sound unique. All drum tracks are played live using high quality drums, cymbals and percussion such as Yamaha, Sabian, Roland and LP. They are recorded and mixed using state-of-the-art recording equipment such as Neumann, AKG and Shure microphones, Neve, Avalon, Universal Audio microphone pre-amps and Tascam console.

Projects can be coordinated remotely online. A stereo drum mix and/or full multi-tracked version can be supplied for mixing in your own studio. Justin is able to work with all audio file formats and most software packages and platforms. Contact Justin for your custom drum & percussion tracks.

Justin has also produced and released several original CDs:

Triangle “Against The Grain”
Featuring the talents of Gary Norman on guitar, Mike Mathews on bass and Justin Humphries on drums. Triangle performed on PBS FM106.7, Manchester Lane Melbourne, Melbourne International Electric Jazz festival and supported Dave Weckl Band Australian tour. Triangle is listed as one of Vorticity Musics’ and Audiophile Imports’ best sellers.

Mind Funk
Featuring a variety of moods from the wild funk/fusion of ‘Cloud 9’, ‘Tractor Beam’, ‘Mind Funk’ and ‘About Time’ to the ambience freedom of ‘Raw Blues’, ‘Mystic’ and ‘Mystic II’. Latitude features Justin’s Latin playing along with percussionist great Alex Pertout. A reworking of John Coltrane’s ‘Giant Steps’ has also been included.

Featuring master guitarist Andrew McMurray and percussionist Justin Humphries performing a mix of brazilian, cuban and flamenco music.

Drum Songs
Includes 11 complete songs, featuring drums only, in varying styles and feels such as rock, jazz and funk. All tracks adhere to common musical song structure such as AABA and are very groove orientated.

Percussion Ensemble Sheet Music
Include score and parts and accompanying high quality MP3 performance for ensembles in all skill levels – beginner to professional. Some of the percussive styles covered are Celtic, Cuban, Brazilian and Drum Corps.

Justin’s drumming can also be heard on:
Nick Freer “The Unsuspecting”, Suzanne Kinsella ‘The Conversation’, Suzanne Petersen ‘I Foresaw This Trouble’, Michael Mathews ‘Mosaic’, ‘Rezzalp ‘In My Dreams’, ‘The Preview’, Brendan Hains ‘Modal Nomad’, Robbie Greig ‘Marked Man’, Anita George – Storm to the Moonlight, Lottie Liams – Grennhouse Blues.

Some of Justin’s credits include:
Echuca Jazz Festival, 2006 Brownlow Medal Event Melbourne, Coolart Jazz Festival, Main Stem Big Band, Lounge Room Legends Big Band, Sarah Maclaine Band, Body & Soul (Seoul, South Korea), Sharon Anderson Band, Larry Maluma (ABC Rage video clip), Denise Drysdale, Jon Chester, The Crooners Show Big Band, Performed on Good Morning Australia (10 Network), 7 Network, Melody Crystal, The Changing, Paris & Co, Kiss of Reality, Asteric Parker Band, Arch Stevenson, Brendan Hains, Judith Durham (Seekers), Groovenation, Kaliopi, Jon St. Peters, Albear, Jon Merkus, Colour Wheel, Alex Pertout, Danielle Greenwood (Sydney Sony Music Tour), Alexiou Brothers, Elevation, Triangle, Rezzalp and Mark Wesby (Adelaide tour).


Justin has over 30 years of teaching experience – privately, at Drumtek School of Music, Box Hill TAFE, Geelong TAFE, Scotch College Melbourne, Warrandyte High School and head of percussion at Ivanhoe Grammar School. Currently Justin is teaching at Marymede Catholic College in Melbourne and offering private one-on-one Drum and Sound Engineering lessons.

Within Justin’s friendly teaching studio there are two Yamaha drum kits and teaching aids such as computers, recording equipment and a vast library of recorded music and video. Justin accepts students of all ages and skill levels and develops appropriate programs for each student’s ability. Contact Justin for lessons.