Professional session guitarist, producer, and singer-songwriter who loves to make great sounding tracks with involved instrumentation, interesting melodies, and thought-provoking lyrics. I can't wait to work with you on building your tracks!
I love crafting compelling guitar parts, writing catchy songs, and molding sound to convey real messages and emotions.
In working together, I will help you improve the quality of your tracks as much as possible, and we can have lots of fun doing it. I will communicate with you and be dedicated to providing you the quality of service and musical product that you deserve.
If you think that you are interested in working together, then contact me and I would love to hear all about your music project, and how you might want me to be a part of it!
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5 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Daniel DeFoe
Daniel was extremely helpful and engaging from first contact. Great vibe and an artists approach along with objective help towards the goal. I will be working with him again for sure!
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It was a pleasure to work again with Daniel, highly recommended
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Super nice to work with Daniel, great music, highly recommended !
Excellent tracks. Contemporary. Innovative. Edgy and then mellow - Great grove, - solidly in the pocket! I wasn't sure where to take this project so I just asked Daniel to experiment a bit - show me a few options. His fresh take on contemporary guitar is really exciting. Previous project was straight forward - this one was not. Daniel absolutely delivered on both projects. I will be booking him again immediately.
Brilliant tracks! Excellent communication and attention to detail. Timely delivery of great sounding tracks. Spot-on feel and timing. In addition to the scheduled tracks, Daniel delivered a fresh, alternative interpretation as a bonus. What a welcome surprise! Delivered what he promised and then some. Daniel provided both a clean DI track and then a great sounding, ready-for-mix, amped wet track - dropped it straight into the mix.
Interview with Daniel DeFoe
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Just do a single version of something and send it off. I definitely make multiple versions of parts and compare them to see which is best, then I perfect my favorite version.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've played music my whole life, been producing music and working professionally in music for the last 6 years.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise that you'll be happy with the work I provide, even if it takes multiple tries to get it just right.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to play guitar for other professional musicians. It's the greatest job in the world, "play" is literally in the description. I get to feed my passion to make music every day.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 1. What are the priorities and greatest needs of your project? 2. Do you have any reference tracks, albums, or materials that I could use to get an idea of what you want my contribution to be? 3. Generally what would you say the genre of your song/album is? How best do you want me to fit into that or help define that?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Reach out and describe as much of what you want as you can. The better you can tell me what you want and need, the more likely I will be able to give that to you on the first try.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. Gibson Les Paul 2. Marshall Plexi 3. Macbook with music software 4. Universal Audio Apollo Twin 5. A midi controller
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Versatile and engaged.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: John Mayer just to see the process of how he comes up with all his catchiest riffs.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The best thing you can do for your mix is to start with a great recording. The best thing you can do for your master track is start with a great mix.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on singer-songwriter music with electronic influence, but also very regularly work on rock, blues, and metal. Occasionally I work on ambient music and jazz as well.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First I want to communicate with you to figure out what your hope are for your project. I want to get the best idea of what you want to ultimately deliver the best product to you.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Creative perspective and strong, reliable execution to a song. Ultimately, I try to serve the song first.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love the writing of Dermot Kennedy, the guitar playing of John Mayer, and the production style of EDEN. I love the solo style of Slash, the complexity and depth of Polyphia, and the soul of Gary Clark Jr.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I just played electric guitar on a rock band's album, and now I am mixing that album.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because of the ability to have everything in one place where it is easily accessible. This makes for more time trying things creatively instead of setting things up logistically.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Dedication to my clients or partners. When I make an agreement to work with someone, I am going to keep my word and commit to delivering the best I can on what I agreed to.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run Logic Pro on a MacBook Pro with a Universal Audio Appolo Twin X interface. I use mostly amp simulators from Universal Audio, Bias FX, and Neural DSP. As far as hardware, I have some unique pedals including the Meris Ottobit Jr, the Meris Hedra, and the Death By Audio Rooms Reverb. I use an Akai Synth Station for any keyboard parts / software instrument parts. For vocals, I mainly use an Aston Origin Condensor mic.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly do session guitar work on singles. A lot of this is playing solos on tracks, but this can also be in the form of layered guitar parts. I will do whatever best serves the song.