David Kowal

I produce your dreams.

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I have a lifetime of experience making music. I've learned from the best, having spent 28 years in Los Angeles, teaching at Berklee College of Music and owning and operating my own studios in Boston and Los Angeles.

I make my living producing music. I am inspired by music producers John Hammond, Quincy Jones and Ted Templeman. I help you get the music you hear in your head out into the world for all of us to enjoy. My first studio session was on a 4 track Tascam 1/2 inch deck and a Tascam Model 10 console in 1973, and I was one of the first MP&E teachers at Berklee in 1987!

I work from my mix room in quiet, peaceful Peterborough, New Hampshire. I work remotely via Zoom and I have a "database" of the world's best musicians and singers that I've worked with, all ready to bring your music to life.

Let's talk!

Email me anytime at: david@davidkowal.com

Thank you for checking out my page! Keep making great music!
All my best,
David

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

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Interview with David Kowal

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

  2. A: Several new songs and a TV scoring package for a reality TV show.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Both. It depends on the project.

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

  6. A: You'll be happy.

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

  8. A: Working with people.

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

  10. A: How much do you charge? How much do you have? LOL! --- See...I love to have fun! Really, the most common question is how long will it take? My most direct answer is we won't know that until we plan it out!

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

  12. A: That it's easy to do!

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

  14. A: Is your song finished? What do you want it to sound like? Do you want big or small in your song or soundtrack? What is your deadline? Do you have a release plan? Who is your audience?

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

  16. A: Let's talk and make sure we are on the same expectation page.

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

  18. A: A bicycle with electric generator ability to charge my sealed-electric battery with a DC to AC conversion system. I'd use my headphones to listen to all the music stored on my MacBook.

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

  20. A: As crazy as it sounds, my first recording session was at the tender age of 15, some 51 years ago! It sounds old, but I never lost the passion of a hungry 19 year-old!

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: Easy-going and professional with a great sense of humor.

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

  24. A: You, because I know we'd make great music together.

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

  26. A: Listen on as many different monitors as you can and never use your car or ear buds to make final mix decisions!

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

  28. A: Good music...:)

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: Patience and great very objective "ears".

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

  32. A: Fresh ears and a lot of love.

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

  34. A: I make detailed pre-production a priority while leaving plenty of room for spontaneous creation. When I'm mixing a song, I leave a lot of time in between mixes to keep my perspective fresh. I also know the meaning of a "deadline" and can work very fast when the project requires it: TV and film work, and of course advertising projects!

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: I have a great sounding, accurate mix room using Logic as the main DAW. I sometimes work in ProTools, but Logic seems to handle all my demands with ease. I have high-quality condenser mics, grat sounding dynamics and my monitors are supported by a sub-woofer. They include a pair of Tannoy 6.5's, a pair of Auratones, a small 2 inch mono Radio Shack speaker and AKG 240 headphones. The standing ambient noise level is 28 DB! The room is accurate and ready to produce your music!

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

  38. A: It's a long list! Bach, Holst, Copeland, Beethoven, Mozart. Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Miles, Buddy Rch, Kenton, Chick, Herbie, Woddy, Dylan, The Stones, Beatles, Hendrix, Blind Faith, King Crimson, ELP, Boz Skags, the Doobies, CSN&Y, U2, Peter Gabirel, Johnny Cash, Laura Nyro, Diane Warren, Stevie Wonder, Motown, EWF, Simon and Garfunkle...you get the idea....I'm also a big fan of EDM, trance and most HipHop...:)

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

  40. A: My job is to make the music you hear in your head sound as good as it can. Whether it's your most recent song or the soundtrack to your latest film or TV project, I have the real-world experience to make it happen. I have an easy-going vibe and I love to have "serious fun" - making music is a gift, an art and it's all I do.

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