Patrick Maresco (Deflect)

Modern & 80's Pop Producer

12 Reviews (7 Verified)
Patrick Maresco (Deflect) on SoundBetter

I am a 21 year-old, pop / R&B / hip-hop inspired producer, mix engineer and writer. I have created several radio-ready tracks for artists that were high-caliber contemporary pop songs with a glossy 80's synth-pop twist, combining my love of modern pop and hip-hop trends with a retro vibe. Let me help create the sounds you envision in your head.

I am a modern pop producer and mix engineer who began his journey as a student of the 80's synth era, who got started in the suburbs of Washington D.C as a producer, topliner, and singer. I am a Logic Pro X devotee with a knack for mixing modern pop influences with 80s drum kits and synth sounds, but I have also been known to dip into Latin, hip-hop, R&B, and trap areas with my own unique take and high production quality.

My newest EP is a full-blown display of everything I bring to the table: radio production quality with a myriad of different sounds and genres. From the 80's pop meets modern radio "Smooth," to the Latin-infused dance rhythms of "Hey Mamacita," to the Stranger Things-inspired "Locked Away" -- all the way to the gritty hip-hop take on anxiety in "Unusual" -- these songs showcase my expansive production, mixing and toplining abilities in various fields.

Fueled with 80's synth sounds, an ever-expanding toolkit, and a continuing push to grow, the journey into synthwave, funk and R&B jams has just begun.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

12 Reviews

Endorse Patrick Maresco (Deflect)
  1. Review by Davis S.

    I couldn't be more pleased. Patrick not only paid close attention to the technicalities that make music sound professional and excellent, but also cared particularly about my thoughts through the whole process. Although it seemed effortless the way he brought my ideas to life, the quality of his work speaks to the level at which he dedicates himself to it. Professionalism and timeliness top notch. I will be back.

  2. Review by Tim K.

    Patrick is great. He listened very carefully to what I had in mind and is responding really fast and accurate every time. He was able to create a great sound and it felt like a shared effort to bring this project home. I will come back for sure with new songs.

  3. Review by Natalia T.

    This was THE SINGLE MOST professional producer I've ever worked with. Great connections and well seasoned at his craft. Love my new single

  4. Review by Joseph Schmidt (Jophes)
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    Patrick is excellent to work with- he responds in a timely manner and is straight forward in communicating what he wants. 5 star 10/10 would recommend him as a client and as a person

  5. Review by Liam A.

    Patrick was wonderful to collaborate with; Communicative and helpful through and through. Patrick does an excellent job of balancing teamwork and respect for his collaborator with being confident about his own individual ideas and input, making for both a pleasant and efficient work partner. Patrick is great at making deadlines and getting you what you need when you need it!

  6. Review by Andrew A.

    Patrick is inventive and efficient. Always a pleasure to work with, throws himself wholly into the work and commits to the job until it's completed satisfactorily.

  7. Review by Philip N.

    Very easy to work with very talented producer took direction very well and I will definitely be working on tracks with again

  8. Review by Adam B

    Quick work on a short deadline for us. Came up with some interesting synth parts that fit what we were going for.

  9. Review by Jenna C.

    Patrick did a fantastic job. He was great at following directions, and always supplied great creative suggestions for a fuller, better sound. Very easy to work with and a talented musician!

  10. Review by Davis Smith

    I first heard rumblings about Patrick several years ago when he was making GarageBand beats. Even then, I was thoroughly impressed by his creativity & passion despite limited resources. I kept my ear to the ground about Patrick's journey, and did he ever progress. Within a year he was proficient in professional workstations, synthesizers, mixing tools, & plugins, & he only keeps growing stronger. I've worked with Patrick many times, and what he brings to the table is always fresh. He’s easy to work with, and dedicates his professional ear and visionary mind to each and every project. Hire him.

  11. Review by Joseph Schmidt (Jophes)

    Pat is not only great at what he does, but he is also great to work with. He draws from a deep well filled with a wide range of musical influences when he produces and you can definitely hear it in his productions. I have worked with him on multiple projects and can vouch for his dedication and willingness to get things right. I would very strongly recommend working with him on your next track!

  12. Review by @ProducedByLynz

    Patrick is a hard worker who is always striving leaps and bounds to improve his craft every day regardless of obstacles. He is a talented songwriter and producer who can deliver many types of styles and will work with you to meet your vision. I highly recommend working with Patrick on your next project!

Interview with Patrick Maresco (Deflect)

  1. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  2. A: I produce vintage pop beats from scratch in two formats: either with some one's song already written and to support its melody, or for someone to write to. Then I mix the stems together, package it up and send it over.

  3. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  4. A: Quincy Jones, Max Martin, & Jack Antonoff are all incredibly successful pop producers who know how to create songs to please the modern ear while always pushing their craft. I also admire Bruno Mars and Kanye West for their hands-on approach to production in their music, and their unique styles.

  5. Q: What's your typical work process?

  6. A: I start on the piano. I have had 13+ years of piano training and songwriting experience, so this is where the process begins. I mess with chord patterns and form a song structure from piano chords, carefully counting out the bars and creating a rollercoaster of dynamics. Within this process, I begin sound selection by carefully choosing bass sounds or other synthesizer additions that either I am reminded of by a reference track or can feel would bolster the song. As I slowly begin to fill out the sounds, the vibe forms in front of my eyes. The original piano track often gets muted or converted to a new sound. Either that, or I begin with pure percussion (often separate tracks, kits, and samples), add bass, and build off of that. The primary times I attempt this process is in hip hop or minimalistic productions that I have a bass-line inspiration for.

  7. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  8. A: I pride myself in the ability to work alongside a client to hear their needs and requests, and quickly enact changes -- all while maintaining a professional relationship. I believe my sound selection provides unique opportunities to enhance many modern genres, and my expansive synth knowledge creates a well of possibilities to draw from when producing synth lines, chords, and melodies. I also believe my songwriting and piano experience alongside my time at Cre8 Music Academy in Los Angeles bring both strong music theory and industry knowledge foundations that enhance every other skill from the ground up.

  9. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  10. A: Be incredibly intentional in every sound and audio track you place into your mix. Take extra time making sure your sound selection is what you want for the particular track, and the best version possible of that sound. That way you can avoid mixes where things are added like a buffet platter and clutter up the mix with less-than-perfect sounds.

  11. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  12. A: I am looking for independent artists who would like to burst onto the scene with a mix of inventive and personal songwriting alongside a knack for pop / R&B / or 80's arrangement. An artist who has a clear style, a vision for their art, and a passion for what they do.

  13. Q: How would you describe your style?

  14. A: I was introduced to production through learning the tips and tricks of 1980's pop mixing and production, and am now bursting into modern pop, R&B and hip-hop -- all while maintaining that old-school flare. Music classes at Cre8 Music Academy in Westlake Recording Studios (LA) helped me get a firm grasp on audio engineering, mixing, and modern pop songwriting to help further boost me into the modern day.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: Learning music production in a computer-based setting (DAW) is like learning any other instrument. Figuring out all the elements and aspects that go into sound-selection, hardware and software purchases, compression, EQ, plug-ins ... it's all part of the overall puzzle. And I'm all in.

  17. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  18. A: Both. Why limit yourself? I've been getting into analog more recently and prefer to use it for the aesthetic experience -- plus, creating sounds from an actual physical instrument with your hands is incredibly satisfying, and obviously easier to visualize. However, I will never refuse to pull from digital synthesizers, especially excellent ones from companies like Arturia.

  19. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  20. A: Lynz Munich & Joseph Schmidt (Jophes) are two of my music associates who are absolutely incredible in the fields they work in. Check them out.

Natalia Taylor - Which Me (Producer, Topliner, Mix Engeineer); Davis Smith - Aside (Producer, Mix Engineer); Deflect - Locked Away; Call It What You Want; Hey Mamacita; Smooth (Producer, Topliner, Singer)

Terms Of Service

Expect a 2-3 week turnaround time per track; if quicker is needed, that can be discussed. Assume co-writes will be split between us, credited on split sheet unless you do a buyout.

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Gear Highlights
  • Behringer DeepMind 6
  • Arturia Minilab
  • Logic Pro X
  • TASCAM LD-74
  • Scarlett Solo
  • M-Audio KeyRig 49
  • Shure SRH840s
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