I'm a guitarist, producer and mixer based in Madrid, I have worked with plenty of spanish based bands (Gong Li, Sacred Wolves, Young Forest, etc). I'm a multi instrumentalist who loves anything from pop and funk to technical metal, I'm fun and easy to work with and I'd love to help you take your sessions and ideas to the next level!
I've worked with bands and musicians from many different genres and musical backgrounds, from metal bands like Sacred Wolves to Urban Pop groups like Gong Li. I'm also the current sound tech for "Barber Sessions", a Madrid based initiative which records live songs from local bands. Other artists I've worked with are: Blue Deers, Rufetes (Los Ramblings), Elena Hei Lei, Kash and I've aso released original music.
I've also produced, recorded and mixed institutional jingles and background music for Diávolo Producción Cultural SL and the Andalusian Mountaineering Federation (FAD).
I love recording any kind of genre and discussing creative ideas with other musicians, I work with no delays and will deliver high quality results. I will level your track for any platform you want to upload it to, and I also offer free unlimited revision, I won't stop working until you're happy!
I work any kind of genre: Funk, Pop, Rock (Hard Rock, Rockabilly, Grunge, Classic Rock, etc), Blues, Hiphop, RnB, Rap, etc. Send me your reference track and I'll work following your guidelines, or I'll get creative if you need me to!
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Interview with Javi Dean
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because money
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Add compression in stages! And pan your mono guitar bus opposite to your guitar track. Oh! And use sidechain compression on your vocal's delays and reverbs (sorry that was three haha)
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I really love funk, pop and hip hop/rap, and I've lately been working those genres the most. But I've gone through many genres while learning that have teached me loads (reggae, ska, bossa nova, techno, indie, etc). Although, to be honest, my journey started with hard rock, metal and blues; and they will always have a place in my heart.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Guitar playing for sure! It's what I have the most experience with (over 11 years!). But in the last couple of years I've been working very hard on recording, producing and mixing, because I know flexibility in knowledge is very much appreciated in music. And I'm lucky enough to have a great passion for all of these skills, so I consider I'm always learning from many people (mostly from my clients!).
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Whatever the customer and I decide it needs! A bit of aggression, warm tones, screaming leads, anything a session could benefit from. It's very important for me to have the clients needs in mind and to try and give them everything they need, and things they didn't know they needed!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a very nice and ever growing home studio with a few spanish, acoustic and electric guitars, a bass, a ukulele and a couple of keyboards (Roland FP-4 and Alesis V Mini) for midi purposes mainly. ESI studio monitors, guitar pedals (TC Electronics, Boss, Crybaby), shure and samson microphones, etc. I normally work in Pro Tools 12 but I also have experience with Reaper 5 and 6.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I really love funk lately, but I've been inspired by many metal bands (Tool, Pantera, Karnivool), Hiphop artists (Chika, Anderson .Paak, Mac Miller), Indie bands (Arctic Monkeys, Mac Demarco, Tash Sultana) and my beginnings were very influenced by the blues (BB King, Gary Moore, Clapton).
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Anything from recording an instrument to doing song from pre-production to mastering.