I'm Rafa Alvarez, an artist and producer also known as "Different Sleep". I've composed music for Deepak Chopra, produced jingles on MTV and Comedy Central, and worked for Disney as a recording engineer on Kingdom Hearts and Phineas and Ferb. I'm a multi-instrumentalist and have been producing music for 10+ years.
As a recording artist, I have worked with labels like Friends of Friends, OWSLA, Downtown/Interscope, BMG, and have been streamed millions of times across various platforms. I am equally passionate about producing for others and have produced songs for artists that have gained millions of streams and radio play on international radio stations like BBC and Triple J.
I currently work as an engineer at The Dock Studios in Los Angeles. I have recorded artists such as Noname, Mick Jenkins, Duckwrth, Jean Deaux, Channel Tres, and many more. I also record, produce, mix & master out of my home studio and can facilitate remote sessions.
I promise to give the most cutting edge, modern pop production there is to offer. I am an avid listener of new music and have a vast library of soft synths, pro mixing plugins + outboard gear, and musical ability to boot (15+ years of playing guitar). I am looking forward to helping you fully realize your artistic vision, whether its producing out a rough vocal demo or getting that final mix radio ready, I can help you level up.
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Interview with Rafa Alvarez
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently, I am working on recording an EP for a band called The Higher. They used to tour the Warped Tour circuit and have recently decided to put out new music. They are having me executive produce their new project to bring a modern edge to their sound.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A happy medium of both. I believe running digital audio into analog gear brings out a tangible warmth and sheen that cannot be achieved within the box. This is why I run all my mixes through my Dangerous D-Box Summing Mixer + my BAE 1073 MPF before mastering.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I am only able to produce "electronic" music
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My sense of arrangement
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I typically have an artist bring me a rough demo and help them build out the production & arrangement.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: • Mac mini (2018) • Ableton & Pro Tools • Mojave MA-200 Tube Condenser Microphone • UAD Apollo 8 Quad Audio Interface • BAE 1073MPF 2-channel Preamp • BAE 10DCF Compressor/Limiter • Korg Minilogue • MicroKorg • Casio CTK-150 • Fender Stratocaster Guitar • Fender Precision Bass Guitar • Martin Symphony Series Steel String Acoustic Guitar • Audio plugin library includes: Waves, Plugin Alliance, Brainworx, Acustica, iZotope, Toneboosters, FabFilter, Soundtoys, Valhalla, Soothe 2, Softube, Sonnox, Kazrog, and more • Soft Synth library includes: Serum, Omnisphere, u-he Repro 5 & Repro 1, Lounge Lizard, Reaktor, Kontakt, Massive, SubLab, LABS, Korg M1, Ableton synths (Wavetable, Analog, Operator, Tension, Collision), MAX for Live, and more
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by artists that take on other roles within the music creation process. Charlie Puth, for example, not only for the quality of his music but the way he plays a significant part in the way his music is engineered. Another artist who I respect in a similar fashion is Calvin Harris. Rarely do you see a producer not only sing on their own tracks, but also effortlessly incorporate live instrumentation. Of course it is not necessary to always be the artist AND producer, engineer etc. But as someone that dabbles in both sides of the process, I admire artists that take the time to do so.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I have the tools to perform many of the different tasks necessary to produce a quality record, so often I am recording, producing, mixing, and mastering everything from start to finish. When only one or two of these things are necessary, I gladly take on those roles.