Donny O. Collins

Keyboard, mixing, producing

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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

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

  2. A: Mix engineer for a bride.

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

  4. A: Acoustic pop tune.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Absolutely digital; I have no nostalgia for tape, no more than I miss playing music on an 8 track tape deck.

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

  8. A: To make their song sound as good as I possibly can.

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

  10. A: The satisfaction of getting a track where I want it, and a happy client.

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

  12. A: That its very easy. It's only easy if you've done it a lot.

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

  14. A: What is your vision for this song; who are your influences; what do you want this song to sound like?

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

  16. A: Have a clear vision for what you'd like your song to sound like.

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

  18. A: 1. PC with Sonar 2. my JBL's 3. my MixCubes 4. my box radio 5. my HD600's

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

  20. 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.

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: Friendly and professional; very easy to reach and get along with.

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

  24. 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.

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

  26. A: Have a goal and vision; listen, make your move, repeat until you're there.

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

  28. A: I've worked on many different types of genres, but most commonly acoustic, contemporary pop.

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: Persistence. I stay on it until its where I want it.

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

  32. A: An open mind, lots of musical influences, flexibility, vision.

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

  34. A: I like to work fast and stay in the vibe.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: JBL 4326 Monitors with subwoofer, MixCubes, HD 600, Sonar Platinum, Melodyne Studio, Waves, Slate, Ozone

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

  38. A: Bo Clearmountain, Fab Dupont, Andrew Scheps (I really enjoy the way the last two teach and share information).

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

  40. A: Mixing and tuning. I really enjoy both. Both are tedious but very satisfying.

Donny O. Collins

I was the writer, producer and mix engineer in this production

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