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Dennis Roland is a studio producer from the highly accredited music production school Icon Collective in Los Angeles, California, home to Slander, Kayzo, Jauz, Nghtmre and MAKJ. Roland has a demonstrated history of working in the music industry and DJing playing along artist such as Snootie Wild, Dorrough Music, and Christian Nava.
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Interview with Dennis Roland
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical work process is to start out with an idea. From this idea I will build a skeleton of a track. From here I decide if the track works. Then I will go in to each section of the song and develop it. Once I'm pleased with the overall track I will go into the mix stage followed by the mastering stage.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes, I would recommend my clients to my colleague Jemini.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I believe in modern production a healthy addition of both analog and digital will take a record to the next level.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Will go back and forth with you on the project until it sounds right and the way you want it to sound.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception about what I do is I sit on a computer and press buttons and music magically appears.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Generally I would get an overall inquire of what the overall project should ending up sound like and if there are any specifics that need to be met.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style would be described as having a lot of groovy and melodic elements.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Calvin Harris because he is very talented in whatever style he is working with. He can take on many different genres and still come out on top with a great record.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When panning instruments it is better to have equal weighted panning. For example, if you are going to pan one sound to one side, take another sound in the song and pan it to the opposite side. Make sure the volume of both sounds playing are now match evenly.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Usually worked on is electronic dance music (house, dubstep, trap), 80's (synthwave, synth-pop), and pop music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is professionalism.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup includes an Avalon Design VT737SP, Focal Alpha 65 6.5" Powered Studio Monitor KRK Rokit 10‑3 G3, Apogee Element 24 Interface, PreSonus Monitor Station V2, Hafler TRM 12" subwoofer
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Musicians that inspire me would be Calvin Harris, Hall & Oates, Prince, Max Martin, DJ Premier, and Disclosure.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work is music production. Creating a varying amount of musical pieces. This includes full productions, short songs (YouTube, Instagram), and commercial music.