My drummer walked out on our band last year but the guitarist and I are still very good friends. I have the opportunity to record at a professional recording studio for nothing (yay for connections) but I'm not sure how to approach the drum beats. The drummer did not contribute anything melodically or lyrically. He did play very interesting drum beats that fit the music though. He can't read music, never really understood song structure and could play in time though. If I got another drummer to play his drumbeats and fills, would I owe him anything, should I actually make some money from the recordings? Oh, one snag. We recorded an EP before and listed the music as written by the band. The band members were listed. If I understand music law correctly, drumbeats are still not considered as contributions towards songwriting though.