Looking for dark, moody productions à la FKA Twigs, Lana, Sevdaliza & Lolo Zouaï? I'm your guy. I produce, write toplines, lyrics, orchestral arrangements, mix, so I can easily help create a whole record from the bottom up. Formerly signed to Sony ATV publishing, Atlantic & Universal Records. Former live Ableton playback tech for Mike Shinoda.
Based in Los Angeles, I produce and write songs for artists, for my own personal project and for TV & Film. I can conform to pretty much any style, but my fortés are slightly more left of center, artsy alt-genres. I pride myself on my unique sound and style and I can easily build a production around YOUR top line from the ground up or we can write together. Need vocal production, tuning, or editing? I can help you. Need a string or orchestral arrangement? No problem.
I'm experienced in writing a multitude of genres & styles & pride myself on quality work. I'm dedicated, hard working & the most important thing to me is making YOU happy & delivering exactly what YOU want.
- Create a beat around your lyrics/melody
- Create a track from scratch based on your artistic vision
- Recreate, Remix or add Additional Production to your tracks
- Work in any genre
- Polish up your vocal production (Editing, Cleaning up, Tuning etc)
- Add Orchestral Arrangements to your tracks
- Mix your track or vocal & more
- Edit anything
When you hire me you're getting a professional who cares & who works hard at fulfilling your vision at all costs! The most important thing to me is always honoring the song. I want to make amazing, emotional music that connects!
Turn around times ranging from a few days to 1.5 weeks, depending on the complexity of the project.
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10 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Dorenz
Jeff is so incredible to work with - he has such a wealth of knowledge that he's happy to share with you along the journey of making the song with you. I came to him with an already tracked song that needed a complete reproduction - and he cured me of the demoitis I had developed for the original track. It has been a great experience working with him and I'd do it again.
Jeff was easy to work with - despite being our first time and not knowing each other, he was ready discuss all my comments/reviews and bring them on board during production. Brought some really nice dark vibes to my song for which I am stoked about!!! Love it!
Jeff does an amazing job bringing a song to life. I love the unique sounds and the way he taps into the emotion of a song. Truly beautiful arrangements! Happy to work with Jeff again!
Dorenz is the man! He is professional as can be while still being very human and understanding. He worked with me to get the exact sounds I was going for. This meant literally down to the tones of every word! He creates dark atmospheric vibes that are extremely unique but somehow fit many genres while maintaining radio level quality that you expect from a big studio. If you're looking for someone special to work with to get something amazing, this is your guy.
Wow it was such a pleasure to work with Dorenz, he completely took this song to the next level and exceeded my expectations; talented person who's also a super kind soul, really enjoyable experience and I'm excited to work with him more in the future!
Jeff is a super talented producer and I’m grateful for the depth and life that he brought to my song. He made it sound beautiful and seamless. I love the beats and original sounds that he used. He also smoothed out my vocals which I’m super critical about. I’m looking forward to working with Jeff on another track again soon!
I hired Dorenz to improve the mixing of my tracks. He's definitely skilled at production, able to explain aspects of sound design and his reasons for doing each move in ways that made sense. In an hour, he already got the track sounding much better. Additionally, his producer "bedside manner" is encouraging and positive. He understood what I was going for and wasn't trying to shoehorn in ideas that didn't fit the vibe. Would recommend for anyone struggling with similar issues in their work.
Dorenz is an awesome producer and mix engineer to work with. He's very collaborative, highly creative, has great ideas, and overall did a great job taking my songs to the next level. I'd highly recommend him to anyone looking for a skilled producer and engineer.
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When someone has as clear a vision as Dorenz does, it's easy to create something great. Between his own production prowess and artistry, you are bound to learn something yourself when you work with him.
Dorenz attention to detail is obvious from the moment you first talk to him. I like my drums to be precise. And I like when things are made to sound weird. He stayed patient with me as explained what I was after. The whole process and communication was very smooth. Im a producer as well, and his skills with sound design and musical story telling was exactly the skill set I was looking for. Highly recommend.
Interview with Dorenz
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: There are so many... If I had to choose just one right now, I'd say get into M/S EQ-ing. A really simple and great way to open up your tracks.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Several things. Some instrumental solo work which I'm currently mixing as well as some new songs for/with other artists. And some TV/Film sync stuff as well.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I'm professional, hard working and dedicated. My ultimate goal is to help you fulfill your vision and I'll do whatever is necessary to do so!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long can you finish this. That usually depends on how busy I am, and the type of job that it is. For example, a full production vs. writing a top-line melody etc.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Everything! I love to create and feel grateful to be able to do so, with so many talented artists every day!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Clear, transparent communication is always key. Being open and communicative can make things so much better for all parties involved. It's amazing when an artist knows what they want, but I think it's also good to be open to the other person's (producer, mixer etc) interpretation of what you're looking for. Because after all, this is art and it's always open to interpretation!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: It's not the tools you use, but the ideas you have. Both are viable.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this ever since I was a kid. I started playing classical piano at age 6, then joined the High School jazz band playing bass. I got signed to Atlantic Records with my first band - more of a metal band - I played bass, then I was in a band signed to Universal Music - more of a Trip Hop type band where I played bass, piano and keys. From there I started producing electronic music and mixing etc.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Dark, Deep and Different.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mostly it's production, mixing and co -writing. But I literally do everything from Vocal tuning to general editing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly alt-genres. Like alt-R&B or alt-pop. I love hooks, but I also love for it to be fresh and unique. Not cliched. I tend to gravitate more towards the dark side of things, hahahaha, you know.... minor chords and moody vibes and I love to hybridize styles together..... But that being said, I've worked on things ranging from pop-rock to metal to electronic to trip hop to pop. I've scored to film and love creating orchestral arrangements. I feel like I'm pretty versatile and can do it all, but my sweet spot is definitely in moodier, alt genres.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: For Producing I mainly use Ableton Live 10 with a plethora of synths and whatnot. I mix in Cubase. I have a UAD Apollo 8 and UAD Satellite and use Native Instruments, Soundtoys, U-He, Slate amongst many other tools / synths. I play piano (classically trained), bass and upright (no bow - sorry) very well.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: FKA Twigs, Grimes, Billie Eilish, Sevdaliza, Lolo Zouaï, Björk, Radiohead, The Weeknd, Banks.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Ableton Live, my UAD Apollo, 88 key MIDI controller, speakers (those count as one hahaha) and my computer.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: FKA Twigs. She's so incredibly well rounded and creative. Totally unique and genre bending. Sonically and visually she's so interesting and there's simply no one else out there like her - she's doing her thing, her way and is thriving. Much respect to her. She's a true artist.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My uniqueness.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring my unique approach, and unique sounds / vibe as well as my understanding of many forms of music and my ability to communicate that sonically.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My process is different depending on the task at hand, on the intention of the music and who I'm co-creating with.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your visions for this record? What's the story behind this song? For me, it's important to understand the emotion and energy in a song more than specific production related things like, "I want an 808 and claps", for example. And I'm in no way saying that specific sound preferences are a bad thing at all, I just think the most important thing in music is it's ability to make the listener feel a wide range of emotions. That's why people listen to music. So the most importing thing for me, is to understand where the emotion is coming from, in order to be able to fully understand where the client is coming from.