Daniel McNamara

Producer, Mixer and Bassist

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very very ... very! very good music person who will make your music sound ... VERY GOOD! Thank you

Probably best to just listen to some of the music I've worked on - that'll give you a good idea of what I sound like!

I've worked in Los Angeles and Toronto as a producer and musician. Notable studios I've got to work in: Chase Park Transduction, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Kingsize Soundlabs, Brotheryn Studios, Tv Tray Studio.

I love playing bass and working on songs from the ground-up as a producer. I also mix.

I work in post-production too so I'm very quick with PT and very meticulous when it comes to edits, corrections, and audio restoration (RX <3)

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Interview with Daniel McNamara

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Digital because of portability and UAD seems to be making plugins that rival the outboard gear for 90% of use-cases now

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

  4. A: I give any project my all

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

  6. A: Helping people make their song into a memorable sonic experience

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

  8. A: If I was on a dessert island and I had a choice to bring gear, it wouldn't be recording equipment

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

  10. A: I'm from a musical family so I've been doing this kind of stuff all my life. Live sound and standup bass for restaurant gigs as a teenager (13 years as a bassist, and 7 as producer/engineer). Played in several bands, then got obsessed with making music on the computer and stuck with that. I moved to LA for an MFA and then ended up working a lot as an assistant engineer and learned a lot out there. Now I'm back in Canada and have had some really great opportunities to lead recording projects here.

  11. Q: How would you describe your style?

  12. A: Fun but focused

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

  14. A: Anyone who is a motivated artist that likes the sound of my prior work

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

  16. A: Bring oil for a kick pedal so it doesn't squeak

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

  18. A: Indie (Folk)

  19. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  20. A: I'm very resourceful and a fast learner.

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

  22. A: An outside/fresh perspective from the artist. I'm willing to be as involved as I'm requested to be - very hands on, to the essentials requested of me. Good musical instincts that try to compliment the core idea of the song.

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

  24. A: Meet an artist and make sure we get along, work on music with them, go home and finish the tracks, meet up with them or do remote sessions to finish the songs

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. A: I mostly work in the box for portability. I have a few good preamps and mics and rent the rest of the gear I need from Long and McQuade/ the other engineers I know.

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

  28. A: Louis Cole, Blake Mills, Nile Rodgers, Tchad Blake, Thom Elmhirst

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

  30. A: Producing, recording, and playing bass

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