Dylan Payne

Experimental pop producer

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Get an innovative sound from an up-and-coming producer. Working at the intersection of punk, EDM and Japanese film scores I’m catering to artists who want to create a cult hit, an underground phenomenon. If you want to build something distinctive and lasting, if you have a vision that goes beyond the music, then I’m your man.

From the birthplace of iconic weirdos like Prince, Bob Dylan, and The Replacements, I’m creating bold and colorful sounds that break new ground with a knowing nod to the past. I currently work as a songwriter and composer at a children’s theater in Minneapolis. I have composed soundtracks for award winning video games and movies and I collaborate with solo artists as a producer and remixer. With over ten years of songwriting experience I can help you finish a song at any stage of completion.

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4 Reviews

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  1. Review by Brynn

    I can't recommend Dylan enough. He is an incredibly skilled and creative producer. He is very attuned to many genres and knows how to create a modern, radio-ready sound. What was especially valuable to me was his ability to listen. I wanted to create music that reflected me and my musical brand. Dylan made me feel heard and helped me take my ideas and give them life. The results were better than I ever expected.

  2. Review by Ella

    I cannot say enough about the insight and skill Dylan brings to collaboration. His production is clean and fresh, and that type of execution allows the heart of the music to truly shine.

  3. Review by Jessie Thoreson

    Dylan was a pleasure to work with!

  4. Review by Mary Jennings

    Dylan Payne is currently employed at Imagination Theatre in Minneapolis Mn. and does the musical arrangements and music composition for our shows. He is highly creative and talented as well as reliable and dependable. I highly recommend him to you.

    Mary Jennings
    Artistic Director
    Imagination Theatre

Interview with Dylan Payne

  1. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  2. A: I tend to work in indie pop and electronic genres but enjoy sneaking in some orchestral elements when I can.

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

  4. A: I find it very important to arrange a song in its entirety before getting too caught up in sonic details. Use a preset or a basic patch and come back later to get the sounds just right. On some of my classical pieces I have had luck starting with pen and paper, and waiting until the piece is almost finished to enter notes into a DAW.

  5. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  6. A: My strongest skill may be arrangement and melodic composition - taking a seed of an idea and turning it into a finished product. Through a lot of trial and error, I have developed a sense for how to build and sustain interest in a song.

  7. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  8. A: I have a modest home studio with a drum kit, guitars, bass, several amps and a good selection of microphones. I also have a clarinet and saxophone that I pull out on special occasions.

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

  10. A: I really admire Porter Robinson because he continues to evolve and create music that is unexpected and yet somehow timeless.

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

  12. A: I compose a lot of soundtracks for different media and write songs for theater. I also record bands, and collaborate with singer songwriters as a producer or remixer.

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GenresSounds Like
  • Gorillaz
  • Joe Hisaishi
  • Jens Lekman
Gear Highlights
  • Stratocaster
  • Roland Jazz Chorus
  • Roland Octa Capture
  • Neumann TLM 102
  • Telefunken M60 FET
  • Shure Beta 52A
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