I worked for 6 years as a staff engineer in a professional audio house in Chicago as a recording, sound design, and mixing engineer. I love mixing and mastering music for artists of all kinds. I'm proficient and efficient.
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Interview with Danny Harris
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Just wrapped up and album with an artist, Just Some Kid. Took a very DIY approach and made it moody, made it punch. That was fun.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Writing new original music, learning new mixing tricks from the masters.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Grew up in the digital age and I think it's all you need to make it work, and work well, these days.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: If we agree to work together and start on the same page, you'll be jumping up and down satisfied with where your song ends up.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love music. I like the creative process of making things come to life.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much is this gonna cost?? Haha. It varies. I'm not pricey. Let's make it work.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People who don't work in audio often overlook the significance of how important mixing is to get your tracks heard. Consumers might not know the mixing tricks they're hearing, but they can feel a bad mix.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How in love with the current state of the song are you? How many tracks are in your session? Who are some of your inspirations?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Let's just talk about what you're trying to do and what you see for your music. I'm not working with fancy outboard gear, but I don't think you need that anymore. Tell me about your background and what you want to do with your music.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Computer, interface, microphone, keyboard, guitar.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Bedroom producer in high school, studied Recording Arts in college in Chicago, worked at a professional music and audio house for 6 years also in Chicago. Been freelancing lately to focus on more music rather than advertising.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: DIY, with professional cred. No one says music made simply has to be a step below anymore. Let's take your demos and turn them into hits without the fuss.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. Or Aaron Dessner from The National. I think those guys think about music in such a cool way. Just to be a fly on the wall around them would be amazing.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't be afraid to push things.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly indie stuff. I came up as a bedroom producer, so I like working with other DIY artists. Giving them the sound they need to compete with all the big players.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Hearing what a song needs to take it to the next level. Communicating with the artist to see their vision. Working efficiently to get it there.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Mixing expertise and the ability to give it a vibe, sonically.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on the song, as I'm sure every mixing engineer ever will say. Sit down, listen to the song, get the artist's intention in mind. Go from there.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have an iMac with ProTools 2020. I've worked in ProTools for years. I've found working in the box gives me all the flexibility I need. There are tons of boutique plugin companies now that are making some really killer stuff. I get the sounds I'm looking for.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by musicians who do a lot of their own production. Guys like James Blake. I grew up making bedroom music, studied recording arts in school, and worked in studios since then. I like having mixing knowledge and tricks being a part of the production process. I listen and mix as a musician, and I admire artists who do it all.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: In the box mixing. Taking someone's partially finished demo project to the level where it sounds great and competes with the music out there. Mastering to bring a mixed song to the next level. Consulting on ways to improve their own mixing process.