Dave Barry

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Hello- I'm Dave Barry from Brooklyn, NY. I specialize in organic sounds (Organs, Pianos, Clavinet) played fearlessly and fittingly.

Made my bones in the late '80's NYC Ska/Reggae scene, notoriously adding the funk to the Ska, Salsa to the Reggae and fitting in whatever else would come out of a lifetime of sleeping with the radio on under my pillow...

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Interview with Dave Barry

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

  2. A: Yes: Whatever type of music you're doing on the computer, make sure to add some type of acoustic instrument actually played by a human being. You'll stand out among the robotic crowd.

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

  4. A: A lot of Funk, Ska & Reggae.

  5. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  6. A: I'm able to expand/ inflate (?) any song so that it's bulging out of the box, just enough to make it a little more interesting.

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

  8. A: My first instinct is to always lock it up with the drummer and bass player, so that keeps the bottom super-solid; almost a rhythm guitar-like approach. Everything else is pretty decoration.

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

  10. A: Clients send me an mp3 (and proper BPM), I pop it into Reason, give it a track or two of what the song needs, then another track or two of what the song wants.

  11. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  12. A: Very simple: MacBook Pro, Reason and many gigabytes of sounds.

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

  14. A: I've been doing a bit of everything: Piano, Organ, Clav and synth on Horn driven Funk, Reggae, Ska-Punk...


GenresSounds Like
  • Chester Thompson
  • Steve Nieve
  • Charlie Palmieri
Gear Highlights
  • Reason
  • Hammond SK1
  • Korg SV1
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