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Interview with Dirk Pate
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on music for TV/FILM currently.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Tiffany Fred
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog all day. Digital gets close but there's nothing like the real thing!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to give you my best
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love making something special that never existed before.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Questions: How do you make me sound like that?! Answer: Years of practice
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That everybody can do it lol.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: If we're writing a new song I typically have a nice conversation with them first. I want to find out what's going on with them before we write. The music has to connect!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: My only advice is to just bring your talent, positive energy and positive vibes!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Apple Laptop C-800 FOCUSRITE Sony MDR-7506 Professional Closed-Back Headphones CLA-2A
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been in the music industry for 20+ years!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is just good music. Whatever the genre its guaranteed to feel good!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with any artist that's passionate about their music!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Simplicity is Key
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on all types of genres.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Active Listening and communication are some of my strongest skills!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The real! You have to speak about what's real when writing songs!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: every situation has a different approach It all starts with a conversation when writing new songs! when producing a record from scratch it all starts with the melody! Melody is King!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Pro Tools Logic Sony C-800 Waves Plug-ins
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: A lot of my colleagues inspire me. People like Harvey Mason Jr., Antonio Dixon, Tank, Harv, Poo Bear, Quincy Jones, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis! Man there are so many people in this industry that inspire me on the daily!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The majority of my work currently is in TV/FILM. I also work with a lot of independent and major label artist as well.