Dajaun Martineau

Producer / Engineer / Mixer

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Dajaun Martineau is a mixer, producer, and engineer based out of Toronto, Canada.

Dajaun Martineau is a freelance mixer, producer, and engineer based out of Toronto, Canada.

Cutting his teeth at Phase One Recording Studios since 2010, Dajaun quickly rose the ranks to Senior Staff Engineer. Phase One boasts more gold and platinum certifications than any other studio in the country, hosting such artists as Alice Cooper, Rush, Bob Dylan, Rihanna, Bono, Kiss, and Barenaked Ladies.

Dajaun has been profiled in Professional Sound Magazine, Canadian Musician and mentioned in Mix Magazine. Some of his studio credits include Juno nominated acts such as Moist, Diemonds, Cancer Bats, Kathleen Edwards, Lydia Ainsworth as well as international acts including Yelawolf/Fefe Dobson, Nico & Vinz, Ghostface Killah, and many more.

Dajaun has worked with many of the industry's leading record producers including GGGarth Richardson (Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Gavin Brown (Thornley, Metric), Eric Ratz (Big Wreck, Billy Talent, Monster Truck), David Bottrill (Tool, Peter Gabriel, Kid Rock), Sylvia Massy (Deftones, Sublime, System of a Down, Tool), and Paul Northfield (Rush, Dream Theater).

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Interview with Dajaun Martineau

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

  2. A: Mike Jack! he's the best!

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Both, because I like Chocolate and Vanilla. All depends on your mood and what you're trying to do.

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

  6. A: You'll love it! and if you don't, then you don't have to pay.

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


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

  10. A: How much would it cost for blank _______? That all depends on ______ Just tell me what your budget is and we'll find a way to make it work.

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

  12. A: That the magic is in the computer. The magic is in the room, in the song, in the relationships between people. Music is about sharing, not about sitting in your room with your computer alone. Working with others is what makes great music. Even the best EDM (barf) music is generally a collaboration on some level, either working with other mix engineers, or bouncing ideas off friends. Anything that isn't collaboration is just masturbatory.

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

  14. A: do you have money?

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

  16. A: Pre Production will save you THOUSANDS of dollars

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

  18. A: Laptop (DUH!), Some sort of power generator... because electricity won't make itself, Neve 1073, URIE 1176, aaannnnddd I guess a UA apollo becuase it'd have to be a portable rig, but... I'd still need a mic... and a guitar... and... damn you website 5 isn't enough things!

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

  20. A: Professionally I'm nearing a decade. I started off interning at studios, worked up to assisting, then went freelance, then back to assisting, now I'm a staff engineer at phase one studios and produce bands on the side.

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: Mike Tyson because it is Heavy and punchy and sometimes it rips your ear off :D

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

  24. A: Ninjaspy, because they're good people who make insane music. But I'd never want to because I love the way GGGarth produces them.

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

  26. A: It's all about the song, the instruments and the players. I can fix a performance to be 100% perfect, but if it wasn't great in the first place it will just be in tune and in time. So lets focus on playing and writing!

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

  28. A: Rock, Metal, Country and Pop.

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: Music ;)

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

  32. A: As much or as little is required to make it great!

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

  34. A: There is no such thing as typical for me, I cater my work flow to each and every artist's specific needs.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: I work out of Phase One Studios in Toronto Ontario. It is the classic recording studio in Canada.

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

  38. A: Eric Ratz has been a great mentor for me in the past. Also working with great producers like Garth Richardson, Sylvia Massy, Paul Northfield and Gavin Brown laid a heavy foundation for my productions.

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

  40. A: Everything! I can go as deeply involved as songwriting and arranging or as lightly involved as just a vocal tune.

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