Having been in the music industry since 2015 has allowed me to perform professionally either in front of a live crowd or in a recording booth. Being able to express myself through music has allowed me to perfect my craft and produce a new sound for the digital age.
Arvin Dale is an accomplished bass player, arranger, and songwriter for various bands and has played for the Philippine Youth Symphonic Band and Jazz Big Band and is currently a session musician based in Vancouver, BC. He has two bands currently signed in Warner Music Group Philippines. Danidea and Basically Saturday Night which won the Awit Award for Best Jazz Recording in 2020.
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Interview with Arvin Dale
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Groovy and tasteful.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with Jazztronik, he is one of my main influences and has always been an amazing songwriter and pianist. I always dance to his songs and its basically impossible not too.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Serve the song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Funk, RnB, and Soul.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening and creative bass lines.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Groove, melody, and interesting shapes is what makes a great bass line and thats what I'm good at. It doesn't have to be complicated, just impactful and being stuck to the listeners head.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Whenever I record for someone else, I love listening to the songs harmony and melody while picking out certain vocal lines that can help inspire me whenever I write for the song. I want to have a better understanding of the direction of the song and help uplift it to make the song stronger. As a rule of thumb, less is more.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a simple recording setup for recording. Logic Pro X is my DAW of choice and I use different basses to which better serve the song in the process.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: J Dilla, Nujabes, and Jazztronik
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do session work either live performance or digital recording. I also do remote mixing and mastering for live performances.