A professional musician, producer and recording engineer with 20 years of experience. He owns a recording studio in Toronto, Ontario and offers a REAL-TIME REMOTE SESSIONS for artists all over the world! His extensive music career and his knowledge and experience as a recording engineer makes him highly versatile music producer.
Dima Graziani is not merely an accomplished music producer and composer, but a virtuoso keyboard player and drummer as well. He has recorded and produced over 80 released CDs. Dima lives in Toronto, Canada. His music production works include NARIA Group, Viva Trio, Fred Engler, Tonia Cianciulli, The Bharati Show and many others.
In the projects produced and recorded by Dima were involved many world-known musicians such as Andy Snitzer, Mark Kelso, Rich Brown, Randy Brecker, Tony Zorzi, Bill McBirnie, Lou Bartolomucci, Alexis Baro, Eyal Sela, Susan Cogan, Tony Carlucci and others.
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Dima's ideas made me song amazing. i will use him again.
Dima is always my first choice, he is the best! Multi-talented, he is a fabulous engineer, producer, musician - He does it all. So gifted and so easy to work with, he supports my vision and adds so much to enhance my music.
Interview with Dima Graziani
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Music Production: First - meet with artist (face to face or online) to hear and discuss and to really feel how they see their song, how they want it to sound, talk about possible references. Then - receive the source material from them (it can be in different forms and states, i.e: just a melody and lyrics recorded on a smartphone or a proper vocal guide track recorded over a click and the chord changes...) Then I work on a 1-st draft, where artist can clearly hear the vibe, the direction song is taking. If they like the 1st draft, continue working on the structure, develop the arrangement and then present "almost done" version. Then record or ask artist to record main/final vocals over the new arrangement. After that - record live instruments (when needed). Then - tweak and fine tune the arrangement considering the final vocals and live instruments now. Finally - complete the music arrangement. Do editing, pitch-correction(if needed) - mix and mastering Also important to mention - at any stage of the process the artist can be present either physically in my Toronto studio or online via real time video-conference platform.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Cuz it is finally sounds great. Full automation and total recall. Exceptional flexibility and speed.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A pair of a good studio monitors, a fully loaded comp, a keyboard (piano), a mic and a coffee.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Music, vibe, groove, life, build up and a lot of depth. A "radio ready" sound and sense of a "hit".
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Super efficient combination of the music software, DSP's (including UAD with almost every plugin), plus ridiculously extensive library of samples and sounds (including Kontakt) and the industry standard Yamaha NS-10's studio monitors. Since I work quiet a lot with artists and companies from different parts of the World "remotely" I also have a video-conferencing software and a platform to deliver a super high quality sound in real time to their living rooms, wherever they are. SO! No boundaries or distance between artist and fantastic mix or production!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: VIVA trio project. I was mixer and co-producer. It's a cross-opera album with a full live symphony orchestra along with the pop parts! Editing and mixing a real symphony orchestra and blending it with pop instruments is a breathtaking experience I gotta tell you!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Cinematic Pop, World, Pop, Film scoring
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A folk/rock album by a local Canadian songwriter.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I work until they fully contented
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: the art of creation!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Usually people ask if I like their music. The answer is obliviously depend on their music.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: know what you want, use references if needed.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I'm doing this for over 20 years. First I became a professional musician. I play piano and drums and I compose music. Then I've studied sound and worked as a house recording engineer in big studios in several different countries. And then I've crafted my music production skills by using my music and engineering experience.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Charlie Puth is my recent inspiration. He succeeded to mix current pop, fusion, jazz, dance and 80's and he talks to a young crowd. He is a real musician and songwriter and producer, you can hear it in his songs and at his live concerts.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: keep working until you hear what you have in your head
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music production, music arrangement, recording, editing and mixing.