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2 ReviewsEndorse Devan Skaggs
Devan has a great ear when it comes to melody, and a keen understanding of using what’s needed to serve the ego of the song, not the ego of the musicians involved.
Devan helped record and co mix my last record as well as playing a multitude of instruments including electric guitar, synth, steel, and was instrumental on keeping the sessions productive and proactive. I highly recommend his services.
Devan is lovely to work with! He can do almost anything you need, and takes direction really well. He also has a lot of great ideas and can really help you bring whatever your envisioning to fruition. 10/10 would work with again
Interview with Devan Skaggs
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My taste in songwriters tends to lean heavily towards women but anything that's sincere strikes a chord with me
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Joni Mitchell, Trent Reznor, The Beatles, Dr. Dre, Radiohead, Neil Young, Nirvana, Diana Ross, and too many others to name
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Taylor Swift's Fearless world tour. I played guitar, arranged playback and saw the entire world. That, and my wife's latest EP "To Everyone I've Loved Before" (Victoria Bigelow). I produced, mixed and played everything she didn't and I'm most proud of it because I'm proud of her.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Victoria Bigelow
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both when it's appropriate. Different horses for different courses
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I'm not really a gear person in this sense. I look at gear as raw materials and tools. They achieve an end and I've been exposed to enough gear in my life to be able to achieve that end with whatever is put in front of me. I do have one guitar though - a handmade Les Paul Custom - that is my most prized possession.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I left home at 18, went to recording school and haven't had a day job since. I spent all of my 20's on tour with the artists I've previously mentioned. I've toured as a guitar player, an engineer and a "track guy". In the last 6 or 7 years my focus has shifted entirely to recording as it's always been my favorite part of the music making process.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Madison Cunningham because I feel she's the purest talent to emerge in years
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Mixing begins as you're tracking
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Arrangement. I love to arrange songs and I have keen instincts for it. A different kind of arranging that I love just as much is composing string arrangements. I learned formally as a teenager how to write proper harmony and it's been a thrill to me ever since.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Universal Audio interfaces into Pro Tools. I use a WA151 tube mic for vocals/acoustic instruments and a Fat Head for electric guitars. Once in Pro Tools I have everything; Arturia, Native Instruments, Waves Platinum, Addictive Drums, Slate, all UAD plug ins.