TAYLOR SOUNDWORKS Dane Taylor Recording | Mixing | Producing | Mastering Cape Town, South Africa. Berklee College Of Music qualified. SAMA Award winner for Best Engineered Album Of The Year 2017. www.taylorsoundworks.com
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Berklee College Of Music qualified.
SAMA Award winner for Best Engineered Album Of The Year 2017.
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Interview with TAYLOR Soundworks
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: There have been many projects. In 2016 my friend, Fred den Hartog, and I worked with Arno Carstens on his debut Afrikaans record, Die Aandblom 13 (Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Mixing Engineer) We were in between studio spaces at the time and so we rented a big double volume ceiling lounge space and moved all our gear in and made it happen. It was maybe the first time everything aligned so well. It was a very natural and organic process and the record came out beautifully, it even won us the Best Engineered Record Of The Year at the SAMAs. I still love hearing those songs
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering Reuben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, why choose?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Energy, consideration to the song, open mindedness, feel
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Everything Being apart of the process from the rough idea, to creating and capturing something sonical that started out as faint synapses in the brain all the way to the complete finished piece. Being behind speakers all day is truly a privilege. Being able to collaborate and share my craft and vision with artists will always inspire me.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's the gear and not the ears
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always ask them to share with me the artists and sound that they are drawn to so I can get an understanding of what they are after
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1073, LA2A, SM7b, huge echo chamber (can use it as a shelter too), surfboard.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've always been fascinated with the art of recording and capturing a sonic moment in time. After high school I studied through Berklee College Of Music in Boston Became very busy freelancing at the same time, making records for friends which over the years built up to opening a really nice studio space in the city and working on projects and records for many local and international artists.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Energetic, smooth, bringing out the sonic elements that say the most
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: You wouldn't believe me
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be open minded and ready for anything. Make the song move Be open minded and make sure your thoughts are always bigger than your actions, then make your actions bigger than your thoughts
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All kinds Pop, Rock, Indie, Acoustic, Folk, Trap, HipHop, Synth Pop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Trying to see the bigger picture and concept
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Movement, Emotion, Energy, Cohesion.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: In mixing, if I am handed a project, I'll asses the nature of the sonics, get a real good idea of the vision and then craft it to take it to a place where the music and message can translate in the best way possible. In recording, I'm always trying to capture a vibe, a feeling of now, obviously it has to sound good but if you can capture the emotion at the same time then you're making magic.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Hybrid setup Universal Audio UAD Tonelux outboard summing Focusrite ISA Neumann monitors Vintage style microphones
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing / Recording Engineer