I studied piano/ performing arts since childhood.At 19 I produced my first album and signed to Kompakt records in Germany. I have dozens of singles and 6 albums in labels like Visionquest, Ostgut Ton, Kompakt, Traum, Carpark, Cross Town Rebels. I been a resident DJ in Panorama Bar since 2004 and have extensive background in music education.
I specialise in music and vocal production, clean up, processing, timing, vocal placement...
I am also a vocalist and member of 100+people Gospel chorus in Barcelona
I studied guitar, piano, classical and jazz vocal technique and had several records and albums charted and reviewed in RA, Pitchfork ect .
I believe only a small timing or pitch issue with your vocal or track can ruin your song and make it sound unprofessional and not in the pocket.I am a perfectionist when it comes to rhythm, pitch and vocal production but I also like crazy and creative vocal processing which I often apply in my own music.
I use Melodyne, TC helicon, various effects like Eventide, sound toys , max for live..
If you need me to spice your vocals with creative effects , clean up your vocal , hand compress it with volume control (my fav technique ), record top lines , lyrics, phrases, voices for gaming or others I can help .
I am also a songwriter and music producer with several albums and singles.
I released my first indie-pop album in Carpark records in 2001, I had a massive Ibiza hit in Cocoon Records in 2004 and my electronic album "Anemik " was in the top 10 albums of the years in RA in 2010.
I also offer various services related to music production, songwriting ,top lines..
I speak (and sing )Spanish , English and German and I can fake Italian, Portuguese
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Interview with Dinky
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Just finished timing vocals for an Odessa remix of Patrick Topping (UK) The original song was on a slower tempo than the remix ,she was signing legato in the original and the fastest tempo in the remix was throwing her out even after warping. I had to adjust every word manually to fit the rhythm of the song. Sometimes warping a vocal to a new tempo wont work and it can get frustrating for producers. I fit vocals in the tempo manually for the best results.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Matthew Styles (Mixing/Mastering )
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: both, there is no rules.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Get the job done
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with music.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Most people cant imagine how much work it goes into making and finishing a song.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I need them to be extremely clear on what they want and need so I ask them that .
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I am here to help.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: -a Mic -a sound card -a computer -a synth -speakers
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started in my teens , so more than 20 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is best
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Dance music , electronic , house.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: writing music , polishing the sound and vibe.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Edgyness/ originality
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I build from the bottom up usually , starting from beats and base and going up to chords and melody ,I have no rules though .
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use Pro Tools for vocal work and detailed editing, Melodyne if I need to tune, (not keen on tuning heavily) Ableton and Max for live for creativity , for recording I use Townestead Lab Mic system so I can have every single mic sound I want. I have several plug ins to process vocals, vocoders ,harmonisers, autotune effect ect . I have guitars, basses, pedals and some synths and drums, I am changing gear constantly I do not think the gear is the most important thing but your ears and your ideas.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Radiohead, lana del Rey, Portishead, Anna Calvi, Rosalia, Beyonce, Serrat, Ceratti, Peter Gabriel ,Kraftwerk, Frank Farrian, Giorio Moroder, Donna Summer, Atom Heart
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Vocal timing , alignment , vocal effects, backing vocals, vocal processing, melody, top line, vocal demos, vocal arrangement, vocal recording