I am first and foremost a lover of all music. I pride myself on taking someones beautiful ideas and turning them into the final product they have always wanted. From recording to mixing, to mastering I live for my work.
Based in Los Angeles, California, Daniel has been helping artists achieve a professional and personalized sound since 2012. With 15 years of performance and studio drumming experience and 8 years of advanced music theory study, Daniel intuitively understands how to realize an artist’s full potential through the recording and mixing process. He is well-versed in all genres, from pop to rock to hip hop, and he works closely with his clients to ensure that the sound they create together is uniquely tailored to the artist’s vision.
After completing his studies, he honed his skills at Sphere Studios, Soulpower productions, and Delta H Design Acoustics. He has worked with both established and up-and-coming artists including: The Marias, JoJo, Andy Grammer, Shaboozey and Desi Valentine.
Specialized skills include: Advanced recording techniques, mixing and mastering.
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Interview with Daniel Brooks
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Let’s share advice. Teach me something I don’t know!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I enjoy mixes that are clean and glued with a touch of attitude. I suppose that’s my style.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Hybrid. Modern technology (plugins) is so amazing yet there’s something special about analog equipment.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: My clients happy faces when they hear my final mix.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Vision, budget and timeline.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: My dream is to work with Tame Impala, seems like a fun time.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing and fixing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Everything I have to offer.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Discussing the artists vision, working out a timeline and agreeing to a price.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Trying to snag a vaccine.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: A full range of genres but recently I have been working with pop, indie rock, indie electronic and heavy rock.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run Pro tools HDX with Avid HD IO 16x16. I monitor on PMC IB1S and Yamaha NS10's with the Grace Designs monitoring control. I use my Burl B2 Bomber for A/D.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Tom Elmhirst, Tchad Blake, Steve Albini, Elvis Presley and The Pixies
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Manley Vari Mu, Burl B2 Bomber, Chandler Curve Bender, Distressor and my assistant.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording and mixing all types of music.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Mixing and mastering various songs for The Marias. They are hands down the bees knees of indie music and I love them dearly.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To never stop working until the final product is perfect.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I began playing the drums and piano at the age of 12 and never looked back on music. I've worked as an engineer at various studios, studied music theory/quantum acoustics and studied under a handful of well established engineers such as Steve Albini and Phil English.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Do not get demo-itis!