Independent musician with a leaning towards the experimental. Seasoned in recording, producing, session work and vocals.
Professional musician and educator in the Chicago land area. 20 years playing guitar, 15 years experience recording and mixing, and 8 years of touring. BFA in Sound from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I specialize in constructing songs and intricate parts. See my examples for writing, playing and engineering samples.
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Interview with Derek Allen
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise that you will be satisfied with my work. I will revise it until it's right.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on all kinds, but I love writing anything electronic and mastering all kinds of music.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I think I bring finesse as I tend to focus on the smaller, finer details.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use Logic Pro X and Ableton with Waves, Soundtoys, and Native Instruments plugins running through a Motu 1248 and Yamaha monitors in a treated room. I have analog, digital and modular synths as well as many effects pedals.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my work is engineering - mastering or mixing, making beats, and songwriting.