Daniel Brooks

Recording, Mixing, Mastering

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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. I own and operate a full service recording studio in Los Angeles so let's make some magic!

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.

Daniel holds a Diploma from the SAE institute, and a degree in Ethnomusicology from UCLA. 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, Shaboozey, JoJo and Desi Valentine

Specialized skills include: Advanced recording techniques, mixing, mastering and production.

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Interview with Daniel Brooks

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

  2. A: Mixing and mastering various songs for The Marias. They are hands down the bees knees of indie music and I love them dearly.

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

  4. A: Recording various artists from Warner and Epic Records.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Hybrid

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

  8. A: To never stop working until the final product is perfect.

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

  10. A: Literally everything.

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

  12. A: Vision, budget and favorite cheese.

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

  14. A: Mankey Vari Mu, Burl B2 Bomber, Chandler Curve Bender, Distressor and my assistant.

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

  16. 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.

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

  18. A: My dream is to work with Tame Impala because he is just a miracle child.

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

  20. A: Do not get demo-itis!

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

  22. A: A full range of genres but recently I have been working with pop, indie rock, indie electronic and heavy rock/metal.

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: Recording bands and mixing them!

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

  26. A: The artist vision to life.

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

  28. A: My work is my life, nuff said.

  29. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  30. A: I have a full service recording studio with tons of industry standard microphones and outboard gear. 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 aka the secret sauce.

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

  32. A: Tom Elmhirst, Steve Albini, Elvis Presley and Rage Against the Machine. (I know seems like I picked names out of a hat).

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

  34. A: Recording singers, full bands and mixing + mastering, I do it all!

GenresSounds Like
  • Tame Impala
  • Billy Joel
  • Chevelle
Gear Highlights
  • Chandler Curve Bender
  • Manley Vari Mu
  • Smart C2
  • Burl Bomber B2
  • Telefunken ELAM 251
  • Tube Tech Cl1B
  • PMC IB1S
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