I have been in the business for 15 years, owned 3 recording studios and toured all over the world with music. Written/Co-written music for commercial radio, film, and touring bands. I respect the art, it's the whole reason we're here.
My studio is in the heart of Kelowna BC, a small mountain town. I toured in a band for over 10 years while working on other bands albums when not on the road. I've had a large part in every album we made as a band and was always learning/working with the pros we hired. I've learned from Jeff Dawson (Daniel Powter, State Of Shock), Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Aerosmith) and Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Adele). I'm easy to work with and enjoy working on all styles of music. The goal is to work with you to get the best results possible, not for me to tell you what to do and how to write your music. I'm happy to song write with you over skype as well, I do it all the time with many artists all over the world, and communication is key, where you want the song to go, how you see it coming to life and what it means to you.
I can take phone, text, or skype calls to talk about the song, the mix, and your vision, communication is important and we both get a better idea where we are headed!
We have a fully functional studio here in the mountains so anything you want done we can do from tracking some vocals to 24 mics on a drum kit or live band. Oh and our gear doesn't suck!
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
3 ReviewsEndorse The Record Room
We remotely had Dan mix 6 songs for us. He was very professional and thorough. He always let us know ETA’s on when he would be working on our songs and was able to accommodate a quick turn around for us as we had a deadline. He is very responsive and easy to communicate with and made a point of letting us know that he would not be finished until we were fully satisfied. He took some creative liberties in some of our songs that made the songs better. He is very knowledgeable and knows his craft. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a mix. Excellent value.
I recently recorded two tracks with Dan at his studio The Record Room. Within in a weeks time we were able to fully complete these tracks due largely impart to Dans incredible work ethic, and positive enthusiasm towards our project. Dans creativity, knowledge, and experience, not only took us above and beyond, but allowed us to explore the sonic realms with ease and efficiency. We Drove 750 km to record with Dan for a reason, and he didn't disappoint. A great recording experience.
It wasn't until I met Dan that I started really enjoying being in the studio. I had recorded in several studios over the past 10 years and never found someone that took my music to the next level. This all changed when I started tracking in The Record Room. Together, Dan and I created music that I thought was out of reach. I gained confidence like never before and I found someone I can trust with the sonics of recording and mixing so I can focus on song writing and performing.
Interview with The Record Room
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly mix/master, but I also do a lot of drum editing, guitar playing, and guitar re-amping for clients.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: People that keep on putting out new music and testing their boundaries and taking risks.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work in a Studio B of a large commercial recording studio in a small tourist town. I have all high end gear that I have been collecting for over 15 years and I absolutely love coming to work.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Talk to the artist about the song and where they envision it going. If they aren't quite sure we discuss options and directions it could go. Then I work on a mix for a few hours and send you a soundcheck of the directions/ideas/vibe. Then we get all crazy from there!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Delivering a mix that the artist is proud of and invisioned when writing the song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Rock and Folk
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Learning microphone dynamics and technique is so important to the recording process. You can learn to sit your voice in a mix and always sound like you. Try different standing positions around your vocal mic and you can hear how different angles affect the sound of your voice and overall your performance.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Making cool, creative spaces with in mixes.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started when I was 16 at home, went to recording school when I was 22, taught at the school after graduating, got a song on the radio with my band so took a 10 year trip on the road with the band, opened my first commercial recording studio when I was 32 and I'm still working at it and I'm 36.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: DR. Z Amp with my Gibson 339. A Chandler LTD 1, an 1176, and a Beyerdynamic m88. Start making music!!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have a reference in mind, is there something about a certain song you really like, are you open to muting or changing what is in the session or would you just like what's there mixed.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That there is a magic button that makes you sound the same as the song you like.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being creative with a client to make something new and exciting. Being the first person to hear an artists brand new song and knowing that I helped them create something they love.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A wonderful mix of both. There is a hands on experience with analog gear and the recording process, and the idea that nothing is the same twice. Digital sounds so good and precise and it is so efficient, quick and easy to stay creative.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm new here but I absoutely would recommend someone I know does something well! I do it all the time in the real world.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A prog rock album.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was lead engineer and mix engineer with one of my favorite musicians producing a rock band. We were all a good team and the songs came out fantastic.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Ideas, comfort, encouragement, and a professional product.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be open minded and let's work together to make it the absolute best it can be.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will work my ass off to get the song the way you like it. I won't try to mix your music if I don't think I can do it.