Dan specialises in taking rough song ideas through to cleverly arranged and mixed musical productions in such musical styles as Country, Rock, Pop, Blues, Folk, Reggae. Dan is a highly skilled multi instrumentalist with over 10 years experience in the UK music industry as a Producer, Mix Engineer, Performer and Song Arranger.
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In his spare time Dan contributes to the Pro Tools Expert blog, a site dedicated to the worldwide community of Pro Tools users in the Music & Post Production industries. You'll see blog posts featuring his experience in music production and hear him occasionally on their weekly podcast along side the team at PTE.
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Interview with Dan Cooper @ Rodel Sound Ltd
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production, music arrangement and mixing
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Inspiration comes from music as an art form. Sure I've been influenced by many great musicians but tomorrow something new will come along and my style will develop again.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I own Rodel Sound Ltd, a music production company that advertises locally as a recording studio. The studio is located in a building at the rear of my garden.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen, plan, consult, listen, listen, confirm client brief, listen....
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Focus, depth and individuality. I like to make sure the vision for people's songs come through the services that I've been hired for.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on all styles of music with melody lines.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Mix at low volumes
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Brian Willson for a vocal recording session
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I have a very easy approach to music production and mixing. Mixing music can often be wrongly perceived as a technical witchcraft. Professional music mixers behold the process as a creative practice married to an intuitive technical knowhow and workflow. I approach every mix with the same mindset coupled with a common sense approach to musicality. Mixing is all about working with creative concepts whilst ensuring the feel and vision for the production's trajectory is confirmed throughout the process. A great mix doesn't just sound great sonically, it also has to feel united to the song and artist behind the production.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I entered in through the live scene in 2004 and quickly started producing. Been a professional music producer/mixer for ten years
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Generator, MacBook, AKG c414, Guitar, coffee machine
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what you want, be clear in your briefs.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your budget? When do you expect delivery? What do you require?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The common misconceptions about anything "music production" is time, how long it can take to finish something. Every song is different. Some projects take anything from 1 hour to complete, some take days... weeks even. This is why briefs are important so time frames can be agreed on.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Time frames.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Variety of creativity
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I under promise and over deliver.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital for speed of recall and workflow
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I've always got one or two albums on the go.