Dantes

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Singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist.

Fusing five-octave vocals with woodwind layers, Dantes represents the unorthodox. The son of Cuban exiles, he took up the clarinet at 10 & was a member of the South Florida Youth Symphony by 12. The orchestra rehearsed with Arturo Sandoval; an inspiration to the young Dantes. A prodigy saxophonist, he gigged throughout Miami-Dade & Broward Counties, where he performed in the same venues as influences like Herbie Hancock, Paquito D'Rivera & Tito Puente, Jr.; his repertoire comprised of jazz, classical & native Afro-Cuban music.

In 2016, under The Count of Monte Cristo-derived moniker “Dantes” garnered attention with his R&B/hip-hop collaboration project Divino, which featured rap acts like Project Pat, Smokepurpp & Ski Mask The Slump God, over beats from formative trap producers including 808 MAFIA, Wheezy & Young Chop.

Following the release of Divino, Arritola landed songwriting placements on FOX series “STAR”. Along with JAY-Z’s protégé Memphis Bleek & Ruff Ryders producer Teflon, he penned Save Your Love (performed by Luke James & the Star Cast). While working out of Bleek’s Roc Nation studio, he did bilingual reference work for international artists Shaggy & Maluma. He was additionally featured on UMTV’s Emmy Award-winning show “Off The Wire”.

Apart from his solo releases, Dantes has been a featured artist on songs along with Playboi Carti & Tory Lanez.

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15 Reviews

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  1. Review by GABE NOEL
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    WE ROCKED IT !

  2. Review by Steve Watson
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    Got a message out of the blue for a "funked up" version of Dantes' balladic song -- he was very clear about what he wanted, and very open to whatever direction I wanted to contribute -- Very easy to work with, great enthusiasm, and lovely vibe in the musical approach. Looking forward to another opportunity to do more together :-)

  3. Review by Raphael T
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    Dantes was a real pleasure to work with.
    Communicating back and forth with him was easy, clear and fast.
    He is a very talented vocalist and lyricist which makes the project more exciting and fulfilling.
    Highly recommend!

  4. Review by Takafumi Nikaido
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    He is really professional and quick response!!

  5. Review by Mercedes Bralo
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    Excellent! He is a great client, the project was very interesting. Highly recommended!!

  6. Review by Shelley Otis
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    Dantes is very easy to work with! I enjoyed playing his music too :-)

  7. Review by Mrkeyboard
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    Clear guides and perfect communication.

  8. Review by Mrkeyboard
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    Nice song, he asked for a bolero harp accompaniment. Great communication.

  9. Review by Alice Roberts
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    Lovely friendly buyer and great music to work on! Thanks so much.

  10. Review by Mercedes Bralo
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    Excellent client! very professional and polite. Communication was just perfect. Highly recommended!

  11. Review by Ken Hutton
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    Super easy to work with and great music.
    I look forward to listeners becoming aware of Dantes’ music. Wouldnt be surprised to see him quite successful in the future

  12. Review by Charting EDM Vocalist
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    A very lovely extremely beautiful song and voice. Definitely a pleasure to work with! Looking forward to working together again!

  13. Review by Sydney Royah
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    Very talented! Pleasure working on his track, great sound!

  14. Review by Karen Inder
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    It was great to work with Dantes, he is a great artist and I would work with him again!

  15. Review by Natalie M.- Female Vocalist
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    Great working with Dantes, easy direction and talented artist. Hoping to assist on more tracks soon :-)

Interview with Dantes

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: My debut album, MACHIAVELLIAN.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Everything.

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

  6. A: There are a plethora of amazingly talented personnel on here.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: Pure art.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: What we play is life.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: If I could mimic a certain sound. Yes.

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

  16. A: The simplicity.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: Do you want the unorthodox?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: You will be pleased.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: My Conn Chu Berry tenor, my Conn Naked Lady alto, my Selmer clarinet, my Neumann M 149 & my Apollo Twin X Quad.

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I've been a professional musician since the age of 12.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Versatile.

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

  28. A: Stevie Wonder; he is the greatest entertainer alive, in my personal opinion.

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

  30. A: Don't think; feel.

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

  32. A: Genres are a construct.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Musicianship.

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

  36. A: Cohesion.

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

  38. A: Varies.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Neumann M 149 through Universal Audio Apollo Twin X Quad.

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

  42. A: Check my biography.

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

  44. A: Crafting pure art.

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  • Tory Lanez
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  • DantesAug 05, 2021

    Fusing five-octave vocals with woodwind layers, Dantes is unorthodox. The son of Cuban exiles, Dantes took up the clarinet at 10 & was a member of the South Florida Youth Symphony by 12. A prodigy saxophonist & National Hispanic Scholar, he gigged throughout Miami-Dade & Broward Counties, where he performed with jazz legends; his repertoire comprised of jazz, classical & native Afro-Cuban music.