Multiinstrumentalist, composer and producer with 20-Y experience in producing quality music for TV, film, advertising. Very wide broad of styles and genres. Polished sound as a combination of skills, experience and excellent studio gear. Main styles - Soulful House, RNB, Smooth Jazz
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Interview with D3 Production
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Since based in Croatia, I working online. But You can always sit on the plane and come to Zagreb, :) . The types can be: a) My demo, your lyrics and singing b) Your bare vocal, your demo, my production, my mix. c) Your complete song, separated in tracks, my mix (Believe me, I am very good at it!) d) Your bare melody, my harmonisation, arrangement, mix and production. I believe in split and monetising royalties since I placed a lot of my work to TV ads around the world, as well as TV series and broadcasting (radio, web radio, online services, retail services).
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Complete lush and rich production since late 1970 to present time. Quincy Jones, Kashif, Jay Graydon, David Foster, Nile Rodgers, Jacques Petrus, GRP Records (Dave Gruisin&Co.), soulful house (DJ Spinna, Vick Lavendder, Ananda Project), I am also expert on Brazilian music, collaborating with some Brazilian artists.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's full recall, "In-The-Box". I Specialized and mastered this type of stidio environment for 20 years. The whole process is within computer. I managed to get that rich "analog" sound within software due to excellent aquipment and years and years of sound/production research.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: In fact, I "sculpt" the sound from the first step. That's why my sound is something else. I never saying "Let's put it all in there, and mix later". Never. The sound is has to be "put together" as we developing arrangement. If I mixing material I've be given from outside, I want it to be as raw as possible, because Your effects may nopt be working in mixing and mastering process.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Lush, rich and polished sound. I can guarantee You.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: To put all the elements of the song to a balanced and pleasant whole. There is saying among sound engineers and producers: "To archieve good sound and production, You must have 10.000 hours in studio". I've got it.... 5 years ago!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Conteporary RNB, DiscoFunk, Soulful House, Funky House, Lounge, Bossa Lounge, Loungin' House, NuBossa, Brazilian conteporary music, Smooth Jazz, Nu Soul, Nu Jazz - everything between those genres. I am also have credits in crime-drama TV series in which I mastered nordic approach to dark and grime TV crime music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen to the music and try to analyze. Broaden Your musical taste and preferences. Don't stuck on one or two genres.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to make songs and production with conteporary RNB artists as well as young vocalists who want to do some nice vocal house and something "1980 Michael Jackson" song for their momma's birthday :))
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I combine modern sound/production techniques with traditional way of arranging. I'ts like Quincy Jones is in his 40s again. I try to get that "Holy Grail" of golden RNB years in 21st century. I put some EDM tricks in all my arrangements like filtering, reversing, drop ends, hoovers etc.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started very early - when 9 I started to learn guitar, at 17 made my first song, at 18 my first recording, started to using Cubase in 1990. with Mac version 1.2, started using sampler in 1992., switch from outboard to ITB around 2002., produced first gold record in 2003, done my first TV series in 2011, my first feature movie soundtrack in 2012. I've done 11 (eleven!) sampling libraries for one of the top sampling companies, Zero-G (Classic Disco, Disco Gold, Satin Grooves, Club Classics, Nu Bossa, Paradise Sessions, Brazil Chillout, Lounge&Chill, Disco Platinum, Sensual Grooves, Nu Disco) and got NEVER LESS THAN 8/10 in reviews!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My computer full of VST, monitors and keyboard. And guitar or two.....
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Try, demand demo, have clear brief. Give an example. Give Youtube link what sound do you want.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Are You certain in which way You want to sound Your song? Do You believe my expertise?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I am medium who read client's mind :)
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Can You do a miracle out of my song?" I can make good song even better, but I cannot make crappy song a Grammy winner for sure.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creating my own signature sound. As I said, like Quincy Jones is 40 again. I trying to combine modern sound with traditional, rich and musical arrangements. I know people want it.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My prodiuction will sound excellent in little old mono radio, on the web, in the club, in retail store, everywhere.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I should write book on this topic. Each and every of my production has combination of both. Too "organic" makes dull and anachrone sound, too "electronic" makes irritant and lifeless. The secret of the craft give a perfect balance of the both. The use of right analog emulation in computer mixing is Holy Grail as well.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: In the moment not anyone. I decided to do more work thru SoundBetter than before.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Some "reworks" (I intentionally called them "reworks" not "remixes" because I never use anything from original besides vocals), a conteporary RNB standards project (1975-1985 in modern guise) and some production music work. I mixing a 1:20.00 jazz concert as well.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I attend to remixing contest for Usher's "Crash". Since I didn't been one of 3 winners out of 300 contestants (they obviously don't wanna nu-retro sound like B Mars and J Timberlake), I got massive recognition on my "Thriller 2016." sound. You can check it on my demo reel.