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...

Would love to hear from you. 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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