Over the last 25 years I have Produced, recorded and Mixed for hundreds of artists including Lee Brice, Craig Morgan, Gord Bamford, Chris Janson and FGL.
I provide Production and mixing. I'm based in Nashville, TN so I have access to the best studios and session musicians. I had a Platinum number 1 single on Lee Brice, "Rumor" which I Engineered, Produced, Mixed and even Played Bass on.
While I have done my fair share of programmed music, I specialize in recording live musicians. I work with all the A list musicians in Nashville for decades so if you want anyone from Derek Wells to Paul Franklin, I can get them for you.
Mixing is my passion. I enjoy getting the sound from inside your head to come out the speakers. I mix analogue to get the width and depth that evades the in the box mixers. I can even print to 1/2 tape on my Ampex machine if the project demands it. I'd love to help you realize your music.
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5 ReviewsEndorse Dan Frizsell
Dan is a pleasure to work with...and knows how to take your production to the next level. I would highly recommend him to anyone!
Over the years, we have had the pleasure to work with Dan Frizsell at Legends Studio many times. From producing and engineering to mixing and writing, he has world-class talent and skills. He knows how to treat his clients and coworkers in their creative space while bringing a lot to the table sonically. Without hesitation, we give Dan and Legends Recording Studio a 5 star plus review.
The Davisson Brothers Band
I've known and worked in Dans' studio, Legends, for years now. He is one of the hardest working individuals that I've every witnessed in the music business, with ears to match. His studio is one of the most historic in town, and it definitely carries a distinct vibe from its storied history, not to mention the stellar selection of gear. Dan will never be dishonest with his clients, and I can guarantee from first hand experience, that he will work tirelessly to bring out the best from everyone he works with, which is unfortunately becoming less and less common in today's industry.
I made several records with Dan he’s a great engineer great coproducer anytime somebody asked me my favorite place to record it’s always legends studio and Berryhill and Dan Frizell
Dan is a straight shooter. He is honest, down to earth and knowledgeable. He is always willing to discuss goals and direction. However, he often gives you what you didn't know you needed and the outcome is AMAZING. You can be taken advantage of in this industry but I had it on some top industry and personal recommendations to go directly to him. Fair pricing, for QUALITY players and unbelievable talent. And he's QUICK. When I play my tracks for Nashville publishers, and label representatives, they are always amazed at the quality of the recording. Dan should be your first stop...and your last!
Interview with Dan Frizsell
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring 30 years of musical and recording experience. While I have recorded hundreds of Country and pop songs, I also have a BA in recording arts from UNCA with minor in jazz studies. I enjoy coaxing performances out of artists that that didn't know was in them.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is finding the groove inside a track.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: The majority of my work is on modern country music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I only want to work with real artist who have something to say. I love artist who are not afraid to make a decision and stick to it.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like to think my style is transparent. I think the artist should be what comes through the speakers, not me.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I played my first gig on Bass guitar at age 11. By the time I was 14 I had played on my first recording sessions. I knew I was going to do music for a living. I went to UNCA to study music and recording arts. I moved to Nashville in 1994. I've been surviving the dream ever since.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I assume you mean audio gear. 1. my Gibson advanced jumbo 2. SM57 3.Undertone Audio MPEQ-1 4.MY Pro Tools rig 5. Shadow Hills mastering comp
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I would research their past clients. Not just the ones listed on a given site. Check their track record. We all can't make every client happy every session but there should be a track record of satisfied customers.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Tracking some new songs for writers and artists in Nashville.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I left a large piece of my soul on the New Lee Brice album. I was Producer, engineer, bar tender, programmer, bass player and mixer. It took us over 18 months to make. I feel like it's a beautiful snap shot of where Lee was as an artist at that moment. Every song had meaning and relevance to the project. It was a career high point for sure.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producing live tracks and mixing. Legends has a great tracking room and I have collected mounds of outboard equipment over my 30 year career.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired daily by the enormous talent of the musicians I get to record. I'm also pushed by my "competition" and peers to constantly raise the standards of quality.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work primarily at Legends Studio in Nashville. It is the room where Chips Moman recorded many of the "outlaw" records including "the Highwaymen" and "Poncho and Lefty" I have modernized the equipment but left the vibe and sound of the original tracking spaces. I run Pro Tools Ultimate with Burl converters. I have more plugins than I can remember.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start with an acoustic vocal work tape performed by wither the artist or the songwriter. I hire the appropriate musicians and record the master track. Usually everyone performs at once. We then overdub vocals, backing vocals and additional sweetening. Once the tracks are complete I mix the final master.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: We all know what great is. Just make it that...
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Where do you see your project ending up? Is this a song pitch or a record? How can I help you make your music come out of your speakers?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That you can record and mix a song in 1 day that will sound as good as a song an artist spent a month working on. You have to put in the time to come near perfection.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much does it cost? answer: How much you got? ha ha. Seriously this goes along with the misconception question. Truly amazing records take time to make. Lots of time. The more time you spend, 99% of the time, the better your project will come out. Notice I didn't say how much money you spend, I said TIME.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Watching people move to the music while listening back to the final mix.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do everything in my power to help you make your art the way you hear it in your head.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I love the width and sound of my analog outboard but also the versatility of digital manipulation. I do not miss tracking to tape any more than I miss harnessing up the horses to take the buggy into town. My Burl converters have as much warmth and roundness as I need and I don't have to deal with the tape.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I do not know who is or is not on SoundBetter. I'm sure there are numerous talented people on this site.