Hans DeKline


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AllMusic verified credits for Hans Dekline
  • Moxi
  • Willodean
  • Hugh Masterson
  • Skating Polly
  • U2
  • Christopher Hawley
  • Jamila Woods
  • Big Little Lions
  • Kestrels
  • Katie Lee
  • Ray & Remora
  • Candiria
  • Ninja Sex Party
  • Kerchief
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  • mewithoutYou
  • Ninja Sex Party
  • Moxi
  • Izzi Ray
  • Starbomb
  • Maggie McClure
  • Darren Korb
  • Jen Wood
  • Daniel Kirkpatrick and the Bayonets
  • Arthur Channel
  • Ben Lee
  • Moxi
  • Touché Amoré
  • Lisa Loeb
  • The Wind and Rain
  • Jay Shepard
  • Danny Stoddard
  • mewithoutYou
  • The Lovegoods
  • Raelux
  • Crashfaster
  • South Hills
  • Connie Kim
  • Moving Units
  • Greg Slay
  • Gregory Scott Slay
  • Greg Slay
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  • Dirty Filthy Mugs
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  • Drop the Lime
  • Jesca Hoop
  • HeWhoCanNotBeNamed
  • Jessie Torrisi
  • The Von Bondies
  • Beats on Canvas
  • Hollywood Roses
  • Hollywood Rose
  • Little Brothers' Disease
  • Big Little Lions
  • Helen Austin
  • Kevin Fisher
  • Jesse Mader
  • Christopher Hawley Rollers
  • Spencer Day
  • The Railways
  • Hearts and Minutes
  • HeWhoCanNotBeNamed
  • Kerchief
  • Screamfeeder
  • Darren Korb
  • Silver Thread Lane
  • Daena Jay
  • Mirs
  • Mark Huff
  • Daena Jay
  • Rubyfruit
  • The Wind and Rain
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  • Tallhart
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Interview with Hans DeKline

  1. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  2. A: I view mastering as a kind of frequency puzzle. It's fun. There's an infinite combination of things you can do, but what's the most appealing for the song? I also enjoy the variation of clients and genres on an hourly basis. It's never boring.

  3. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  4. A: Working with Pixies on the Women of War 7" single for Record Store Day 2014. I'm proud of it because, uh, it's Pixies. I was the mastering engineer.

  5. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  6. A: The Romantics, followed by Candiria.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both. Digital has the advantage of automation, repeatability, and "look ahead." Analog has the magic.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I love what I do and you can hear it.

  11. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  12. A: That mastering is not creative and that a plugin will suffice.

  13. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  14. A: The first thing I want to know is what you're listening to and how you think your music relates. This provides me some perspective in terms of what your expectations are regarding the mastering process.

  15. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  16. A: Do your research and choose a person whose aesthetic matches your own. Also, try to get a test master BEFORE you hire them.

  17. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  18. A: A good chair, espresso maker, speakers, compressor and EQ.

  19. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  20. A: I was a songwriter and recording artist on Sony Work Group in the mid-nineties. Moved over to engineering full time in 2000. 16 years of mastering. 10 years of running Sound Bites Dog. Haven't looked back.

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: Musical. No bs.

  23. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  24. A: I don't discriminate but damn if I'm not bummed for losing the opportunity to work with Prince.

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

  26. A: Make sure it's plugged in and turned on.

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

  28. A: Both kinds. All kinds.

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: Listening and understanding what the song needs and the artist wants.

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

  32. A: Love.

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

  34. A: I do a test master of one song, no strings attached, to make sure we're a good match BEFORE you hire me. If we're good from there, I proceed in that vein after receiving a deposit of half to start. The balance is due once you've signed off on everything.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: I use a healthy combination of analog and digital.

  37. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  38. A: Howie Weinberg. Doug Sax. Bob Ludwig. D Sardy. Anybody brave enough to strap on a guitar, bang a drum, plug in a mic and try to connect with people.

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

  40. A: Mastering

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