Donny O. Collins
Keyboard, mixing, producing
I have been a musician for the past 27 years, primarily piano, vocals and guitar. I love to create, mix and produce music.
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Interview with Donny O. Collins
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Mix engineer for a bride.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Acoustic pop tune.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Absolutely digital; I have no nostalgia for tape, no more than I miss playing music on an 8 track tape deck.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To make their song sound as good as I possibly can.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The satisfaction of getting a track where I want it, and a happy client.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That its very easy. It's only easy if you've done it a lot.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your vision for this song; who are your influences; what do you want this song to sound like?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have a clear vision for what you'd like your song to sound like.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. PC with Sonar 2. my JBL's 3. my MixCubes 4. my box radio 5. my HD600's
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been a musician for 27 years, starting on piano when I was about 12 years old. I've been working with synthesizers and MIDI for all that time, developing and mixing my own music.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Friendly and professional; very easy to reach and get along with.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Bob Clearmountain. I unknowingly grew up listening to his mixes and he was very influential on other mixe engineers who's work I've listened to all my life as well.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Have a goal and vision; listen, make your move, repeat until you're there.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I've worked on many different types of genres, but most commonly acoustic, contemporary pop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Persistence. I stay on it until its where I want it.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: An open mind, lots of musical influences, flexibility, vision.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to work fast and stay in the vibe.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: JBL 4326 Monitors with subwoofer, MixCubes, HD 600, Sonar Platinum, Melodyne Studio, Waves, Slate, Ozone
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Bo Clearmountain, Fab Dupont, Andrew Scheps (I really enjoy the way the last two teach and share information).
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and tuning. I really enjoy both. Both are tedious but very satisfying.