Danny Marland

Producer | Keys | Arrangement

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Arranging Strings, Brass & Vocals for some of the UK's freshest talent. Over 5,000,000 streams. Radio play from around the globe.

Since graduating from Leeds College of Music, I have been working professionally in the industry as a producer, songwriter and arranger. I have worked in world-renowned studios, honing my skills so that I can bring what I learnt there on to your tracks.

I am predominantly a pianist, but I am also proficient in guitar and voice.

I provide remote sessions for keys, lead/backing vocal, guitar & drums, recording remotely from my home studio. I also offer arrangement sessions for Strings/Brass/Orchestral parts. If you wish, you can attend any of these sessions in person.

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Interview with Danny Marland

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I managed to bag 1,000,000 streams on a track I had written and produced with a band named China Lane.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Various projects with XHAYL & LYMJUCE currently.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Hybrid. We spend so much time deliberating this when in reality the average consumer cannot hear a difference.

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: To put 100% of my creativity into your track.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: Being able to create. It brings a sense of calm and massive enjoyment. Especially when a client brings a great track to the table.

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: Is there any movement on pricing? Yes, absolutely! I work to artists' budgets (within reason). How long have you been playing piano? 15 years

  13. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  14. A: Assuming we have been through the formalities of sorting out what the clients budget is etc: Usually, I'll begin by asking if the artist has any reference tracks of a 'sound' they wish to achieve I'll ask how 'deep' they want me to go, is there anything off-limits eg the vocal topline should not be changed etc.

  15. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  16. A: Don't worry if you don't necessarily have a vision for your track/project. That's what we're here to help you achieve.

  17. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  18. A: A laptop, an audio interface, a piano, a mic and an acoustic guitar. The perfect demo set up!

  19. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  20. A: I originally wanted to write music for TV & Film and by chance ended up playing keys in lots of bands and ended up really enjoying it and thinking, "I could take this track to the next level".

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: Flamboyant.

  23. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  24. A: Kanye West. I think he's a really interesting visionary. I don't necessarily agree with many of the stances he takes, however, I can appreciate the artistry and integrity he has and the music speaks for itself.

  25. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  26. A: The rules are there so break them.

  27. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  28. A: Mainly pop-orientated tracks.

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: Playing keys/Arranging for strings and horns.

  31. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  32. A: Magic.

  33. Q: What's your typical work process?

  34. A: Depends on the project really. A typical process for producing an already-written track would be to analyse the structure and harmony, see if anything needs changing or working on and then move forward looking at arrangement and adding in/taking away where necessary. Once the arrangement is complete I'd then look if there needs to be any melody changes and finally look at adding backing vocals in to add richness.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: I have a home studio set up where most of my work is done. I have all my keyboards and synths and tools surrounding me so whatever I need is always in reach!

  37. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  38. A: Nile Rodgers, Kayne West, Matt Healy, Andrew Scheps, Talking Heads, Elton John

  39. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  40. A: Recording Keyboards and Backing Vocals. Producing tracks

Gear Highlights
  • Prophet Rev 2
  • Moog Little Phatty
  • Nord Stage 2
  • Roland VP-03
  • Waves Mercury
  • Logic Pro X
  • Kontakt 5
  • Native Instruments
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