I am a guitar and bass player with 20 years of experience in various bands and musical projects. I can produce high quality cover tracks of many different genres and I am building a repertoire of original tracks. I am also collaborating with a couple of up and coming musical acts and I am always open to meet and work with new people!
Cover song music tracks, original music
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Interview with Dalien
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Music is my biggest passion and creative outlet.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was co-producer of an independent production by The Variance with Jim Wirt. I co-wrote and co-produced the tracks with my production partner, played guitar on the record and helped with post-production as well.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am producing original music for myself and for a couple of close friends with whom I've collaborated for many years.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog AND digital... there's no denying the convenience of modern technology, but old/analog/vintage gear still has that special magic that digital can't replace completely.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: The quality of my work reflects back on me so I always strive to deliver a high-quality product.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your expectation for the final product?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Do your best to determine if the prospect you are looking to hire can deliver what you are looking for—don't be afraid to ask any question you can think of.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started singing and playing guitar with a band of friends from high school, over twenty years ago... I have been making and performing music off and on ever since.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I balance perfectionism with an ability to keep the big picture in focus.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Sting, he is one of my all time favorites.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't be afraid to leave some imperfections and roughness in your music - it can add character. Music that's too perfect and overproduced can be lifeless.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop (all eras), rock (classic/hard rock, some metal), electronic (EDM, downtempo, ambient), some hip hop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Performing instrumental parts, producing tracks, arranging music.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A sharp ear for melody, harmony and arrangement, eclectic tastes and a broad musical perspective, multi-instrumental experience and innate musical talent
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If working on a cover, I try to indentify all the musical instruments and parts involved, the song key, tempo and time signature, etc. With original music, anything and everything that aids the creative process.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: MacBook Pro 2014 with Ableton Live 9 (incl. many high quality plugins and licensed samples), Komplete 10 and Kontrol S49, Guitar Rig 5 and a Røde NTK through a Scarlet 2i2 for audio recording. Yamaha HS5 monitors.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My musical interests are eclectic; I like pop, rock, jazz, reggae, classical, electronic, ambient and world music. I like virtuoso instrumentalists, esp. guitarists (anyone from Joe Satriani to John McLaughlin) and I also like classic bands and writers from the late 1960's onward, incl. The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Police, U2, The Cure, Metallica, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews, etc. etc. I also like some hip hop: Tribe Called Quest, the Roots, Mos Def, some Black Eyed Peas and similar artists.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Produce full instrumental tracks of original or cover music including electric guitar, programmed drums, synths, beats, edited licensed samples, pre-recorded and live vocals and additional instrumentation