Mixing is my passion. When mixing I focus on placing sounds in a space that will pull the listener in and make them feel as if they are in the room with the music. Mixing requires artistic expression. So, it is important to choose a mixer who understands the artistic vision of the project.
Dylan started as a musician. He picked up the guitar at age 11 and found recording shortly thereafter. Starting out on a four track Tascam Pocket Studio, he learned to layer sounds and craft songs. Eventually he found himself at The Blasting Room studios in Fort Collins where he worked as an intern for two years. There, he learned to make records by working with world class engineers and producers. The skills he acquired eventually landed him a job with Color Red Records working as Production Coordinator. Dylan's ongoing involvement with Color Red has seen him mixing for The New Mastersounds, Dragondeer, Royal Horses, and several other Color Red artists.
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Dylan Brown is a very talented mix engineer. His ability to add space and depth to a mix has been impressive to say the least. His attitude and vibe is smooth and very on point. Can’t recommend his services enough, and excited to see where his journey takes him.
Dylan is hands down one of the best producers and recording engineers that I have ever worked with. I have gotten the opportunity to record with some big names (Geoff Rockwell), but I would pick Dylan every single time. I recently sat down with Dylan to seek his help and production advice on my solo songs. He not only helped to transform my rough sounding scratch track ideas into full fledged songs but also had the insight to perfectly craft them into the very vision I was unable to convey on my own. Definitely pick Dylan.
Dylan was amazing to work with in all aspects. He was always very responsive to our needs, adaptable in all situations, offered great advice and insight, and was efficient. He is also a great communicator and is extremely knowledgeable about the recording and mixing process. You’ll appreciate working with him in any capacity.
Dylan's skills and professionalism in the studio helped drive the recording process. He understood our capabilities and limitations and adjusted the plan accordingly to ensure a smooth and fun studio experience!
Interview with Dylan Brown
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The newest Lady Denim single Pixie Girl! I think the mix sounds killer and the band was very happy. It even got air time on two radio stations!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm mixing a super fun grungy garagey rock band!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Im not sure. Id have to look. If we are recommending audio pros I would have to say look up The Blasting Room Studios in Fort Collins Colorado.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Either and both! I don't see any sense in limiting the tools in your toolbox unless its for creative reasons. there are great digital tools out there and there are great analog tools out there. use the tools that help you make the best record!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to do everything I can to help my client make their record.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love hearing new music!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Well of course they ask about price. I charge $150 a day. One day in the studio with me will cost $150 for my time and $400 for the studio. A day lasts 8-12 hours. Or, as long as it takes. I do $150 per song for mixing with unlimited free revisions. Within reason of course.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That its some kind of dark art that can make anybody sound like a pop star! The tools and knowledge are readily available to anyone interested in learning the craft. And, mixers and engineers can't make a song sound better than it is. There's a saying about polish and turds that sums this philosophy up nicely!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always ask about inspirations for their music. I ask for reference music. I ask how they record their own demos to see if they will be shocked if my methods are different form theirs.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Schedule a phone call. I can't stress enough the importance of having a legitimate connection with any professional working on your art. Talk to them and get a feel for their tastes and see if they are complimentary to yours.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Well, for mixing Im all in the box so i guess id have my desktop, my monitor, my headphones, my converters, and a coffee machine! But, if we are talking about recording, you gotta have great instruments. So, a great sounding drum kit, a great sounding guitar, a great sounding amp, a great sounding bass, and The minimum preamps to record it all. I always believe in capturing great performances and that the gear is a secondary component to a proper record.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I studied for a few years in college and found that route didn't suit me very well. so in 2018 I got an Internship for 6 months at The Blasting Room where I learned more than I ever did at school. after six months they asked if I would stay another six months and after that I asked to stay another year. Now after a two year internship I work as freelancer in and out of The Blasting Room. I must say I'm not a staffer there, just a freelancer.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Like working with your buddy in your basement studio. Except your buddy is a professional engineer so the music sounds great! I want it to be fun and engaging while staying productive.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Oh man I would love to work with The Kills! They are one of my favorites. But, I really just want to work with artists who are passionate about their music and have a real drive to see it made.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If you are working on other people's music you have to respect them and have fun with them. Once during my internship Bill Stevenson told me while producing Rise Against that the true way to make proper records was camaraderie between producer and band.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Usually the classic rock band kinda stuff. Guitars, drums, bass, and vocals. I'm open to all genres but have the most experience in rock and alternative.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: M strongest skill or maybe most valuable to a potential client would be my ability to connect to music emotionally. My goal as much as making a great sounding record is making a great relationship with artist so that I can faithfully convey their message through their music.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring my passion for sound. It's always good to have an outsiders perspective on a song but I believe more than that I offer a mix done by someone who is genuinely as invested in the music as the artists themselves.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First I like to have a meeting with the band or artist just to discuss their vision for the project and learn about them. after getting some references of what their record is supposed to sound like we can go into the studio to record, or if I'm just mixing then I will start my first version of the mix. My first mix will be done pretty quickly so I can send it to the artist. It gives them an idea of how I interpreted their tracks so they can say, "make the bass more present", or, "Pan that guitar the opposite way." After that theres usually a couple more mix versions and then my clients are happy with the mix. Im happy to do as many revisions (free of charge) as are necessary to get the song where the artist wants it.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work on an IMac with protools. I monitor with my Audio Technica ATH-M50x headphones and my Genelec 8030C monitors. Thats just for my mixing work. I record at The Blasting Room with a whole host of analog and digital tools.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The staff at The Blasting Room who taught me how to make a proper record. Tchad Blake is my favorite mixer so I always aspire to his level of radness in a mix!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording and Mixing.