Djani Pervan

Music Producer

Djani Pervan on SoundBetter

One day, during the war time in besieged Sarajevo at the television building where I was to participate in the production of television series as a musician, a friend who was supposed to produce the project dumped his Atari1024ST and keyboard workstation in the office and said: "There you go, enjoy making music" and he left.

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Interview with Djani Pervan

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

  2. A: Every album for Rundek Cargo Orkestar, Letu Stuke, Trovachi was the challenge of producing, tracking and mixing.

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

  4. A: Mixing a Rock - Pop band's full album

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

  6. A: Dedication to the work towards the common goal.

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

  8. A: What is the emotion and the ambition behind that record? Where it is imagined to be played, like radio station, clubs, TV etc.

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

  10. A: Always better to use reference tracks to explain the sound you have in mind than try to describe it by words.

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

  12. A: Shure SM57, JLM 1290 preamp, Apogee Duet, Shure SRH1840 headphones and MacBook Pro. Hope there's electricity there. If not then I swap the preamp for power generator.

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

  14. A: So many... Radiohead comes to mind among the first - for that musical voyage they always seem to take the listener,.

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

  16. A: Invest time to experiment and work to full potential no matter if you're payed extra for it or not or if the artist is well known or unknown.

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

  18. A: Indie pop, Indie Rock, Punk Rock, Electronic and Acoustic

  19. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  20. A: Devotion to quality and emotional impact of the record,

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

  22. A: Sensibility to discover the true potential of the song and to develop it further. Along with musical ideas and instrumentation of my own if needed.

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

  24. A: Get the tracks get into Pro Tools session, set the tempo if its fixed and organize the session. Then let the music guide me while moving the faders to get a nice balance and then print that first rough mix if the artist haven't provided rough already. Once i get the idea where the music is heading I won't stop till its there and artist is happy about it.

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. A: ProAc Studio 115 and Yamaha NS10 speakers, SSL XLogic X-Desk summing Mixer, Rupert Neve Portico 5042 and 5043 Series analogue processors, SSL XLogic Alpha-Link AX 24 ChannelAD/DA converter, RME Digiface, Pro Tools Ultimate DAW with tons of plugins... Nice sounding small control room, long hall and marble staircase in the house used as great sounding echo chambers.

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

  28. A: Producing and mixing mostly

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

  30. A: Al Schmitt, Bob Clearmountain, Rick Rubin, Nigel Godrich to name a few

  31. Q: How would you describe your style?

  32. A: Grew up on vinyl and tape records and since I have my own Pro Tools rig i always strived to be able to create those huge sounding mixes. It took so many years of perfecting to get such a big sound out of a small home studio. So it is sorta hybrid palette of sounds where one is constantly trying to expand its reach for different new and old colours.

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

  34. A: Over 23 years now.

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

  36. A: How detailed this job really is and how much of the brain power it demands.

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

  38. A: The feeling of joy when you manage to get it to sound right. Whatever it is, troublesome single track or entire song.

  39. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  40. A: Both, each for its strengths of course.

  41. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  42. A: Still didn't check if there is anyone I know on here.

  43. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  44. A: Ofter the price is one of main questions. Answer: "It depends..."

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Trovaci - Jutro (Morning)

I was the Producer, Engineer, Mixing Engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

3 revisions allowed except in cases when I'm an arranger or co-arranger in the project then there's no limits. Additional costs are 100$ per hour. Turn-around time varies from 24hrs to a week per song

GenresSounds Like
  • Radiohead
  • Pink Floyd
  • Roxy Music
Gear Highlights
  • Solid State Logic XLogic Alpha-Link AX
  • Solid State Logic XLogic Superanalogue X-Desk
  • ProAc Studio 115 speakers
  • Rupert Neve Portico 5043
  • Rupert Neve Portico 5042...
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  • Booked until 21st October!Jun 19, 2016

    Onto recording an album for Sarajevo Big Band project. Ambitious as it seems and certainly is I embarked onto this train for curiosity and because I have never worked on big band record. So lot to learn ahead. Looking forward to it.