Former professional bass player turned music producer.
Music production and audio engineering across many genres.
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Interview with Daniel Benoit
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was able to coach a singer into an excellent performance, and no autotune was needed!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Just finished recording and mixing 3 songs (2 for a client, 1 for myself).
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Most things are easier and quicker to do digitally and still sound great.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Working together to produce the best musical product possible.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love working with music. That's my passion.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Music producer = press one button and you have yourself a song.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Depends on the project.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I'm excellent at communication and will work hard until we have the best product.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Master's degree in music, professional bass player with the Air Force Band in Washington, DC, then started music production in spring 2017.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Attention to detail with the big picture always in mind.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: John Williams would be cool to see how he does his orchestrations.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The average listener grasps onto the lyrics and vocal melody the most, so spend the most time making sure your song is actually well written and you get an emotional performance out of your singer.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Any genre.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Using my well-developed ears for hearing after years of critical music listening and playing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Professional bass player experience with a master's degree in music. High level of music theory, arranging, and sound design. Very well-trained ears with excellent work ethic and attention to detail.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Songwriting/creating on MIDI keyboard into Pro Tools, record vocals, mix.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Mics: RODE NT2A, Shure SM58, Shure SM57. Akai Professional MPK261 MIDI keyboard, M-Audio M-Track 2X2M audio interface, JBL LSR 308 studio monitors, Sony MDR-7506 headphones, Sennheiser HD 600 headhpones, Mogami Gold XLR cables, Pro Tools (always latest version), Reason 10, numerous virtual instruments and plugins.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music producing, arranging, mixing, songwriting, really anything related to producing a song.