Growing up as studio rat in Dublin, Ireland Dean has been working in studios since the age of 15. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles to complete a degree in audio technology Dean landed an internship at Snoop Doggs studio where he later became engineer for Multi-Platnium producer L.T Hutton. From here Dean went on to focus on producing & writing
- Recording studio
- Music production
- Artist Development (Producing demos for new artists)
- Voice over & ADR
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Interview with Dean Earls
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked on a project for a client recently where I produced the tracks and engineered the record. Shes just turned 18 and that demo helped get her a label deal. So I am very proud of that.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment I am working between clients demos and my own catalog.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: There is quite a few people I know on Soundbetter and if I don't fit the clients needs I would absolutely recommend them.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I thin a fair mix of both. I came up when digital was starting to take over, but I think analog will always be the true king. But these days convenience is important. I think if your primarily in the box having an analog summing mixer can really help open up your sound.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to always bring my best effort. I am not happy unless my client is happy.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Meeting talented creative people and getting creative!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think people sometimes think we just woke up one day and started to do this, they forget about the hours, the money and schooling we put into our craft.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is their ultimate goal for the project, who their influences are, what they want me to bring to the project etc.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Set up a listening session, meet the provider get a feel for their attitude as well their sound and place of work. If it all feels good then go with it. Make it a point to work out a basic contract to protect all parties involved.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, Keyboard, headphones, maschine and a bbq.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started making music on the computer when I was 12. At 14 I was kicked out of school and at 15 I went to audio engineer school. I graduated at 17 and have been doing this ever since, im 28 now.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I am still trying to figure that out.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: There is so many talented artists out there I would love to work with but I like to work with any artists who is talented and has a drive to create.. I love to work with new artists and help develop their sound, sometimes with established artists you feel you have to conform to their sound with new artists you can aim to discover new a new sound together.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Its important to think of the track your working on as a song and not just a beat. A lot of guys today are just focused on the beat and not the eventual song. This sometimes makes a track too crowded and too busy before a vocal has even been written for it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Urban Pop, Singer songwriter, Hip Hop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Developing artists and highlighting their strengths
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Feeling, emotion and I always strive to bring something new to every song I do.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically clients ask me to make a track in a particular style and I give them various options other times the pick tracks that I have already made and we write to it. Other time we write everything from scratch together.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a pretty simple setup based around Pro Tools in a nicely treated room. I have a selection of mics and some nice preamps and summing. Other than that im Pretty much in the box.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I produce music and write songs for up and coming artists.