Published Music Producer with in-studio & remote mixing, mastering, and recording session experience.
Raised in the southwest United States with a love for 80's rock, pop, and metal, as well as finding love for punk rock, r&b, hip hop, soul and jazz, I've taken my favorite influences and crafted my own sound and approach to making music that brings a focus on emotion and connection with listeners.
I specialize in simplicity, song writing basics, as well as making music that tries to leave room for the artist to really shine through at the top of most mixes. I've been professionally recording and doing music production for the last 3 years, but my roots in music date back to the high school rock band days playing guitar (at that time poorly) to a handful of people wherever we could play.
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Interview with DOM SHWN
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I just released a 10 song mixtape at the end of 2020, it came at a time where I was really starting to find my sound and figure out the type of music I want to make for myself going forward.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently, a pop tape, a hip hop tape, as well as mixing work for a few artists.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Hoping to meet new friends on here!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. It's all I know. I respect Analog, but it's just not something I've ever worked with.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to be honest. That means I'm going to the best job I can depending on the service hired for, but I'll also be honest and let you know if I'm not the right provider for you. I have to make a living, but I don't want to compromise my integrity and respect for the craft if I feel like someone else might be able to give you more of what you're looking for
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love talking shop about music. Records that are slept on, comparing the greatest rappers, showing people new music from people they've never heard of. I love music and to be able to do what I do, is a blessing.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: People just want to ensure that their money is going to be invested in someone worth a damn. I know how hard it is trying to get a song made and get it out there to people, I know it's a lot of time and money invested and I try to be as open and honest with any question regarding that type of stuff.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I feel like a lot of people don't understand how much actual time and hard work goes into making just one song. From the very beginning stages to the mastering of it, and then all the marketing and stuff you have to do before and after release, I think a lot of people assume it's a lot easier of a process.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always ask what the goal of the song is, I feel like if we're making a song to tell a story, or we're going off on some bars about Rolex's and Cars, I want to know the goal so that I can bring my experience in those areas to help deliver a final product that's proud to exist in it's respective space.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I'm just excited for the opportunity. I love to create, I love helping people create, so if someone is looking to hire me, I want them to know that I will be just as dedicated to the project as they are.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I mean... survival gear or music gear? Because if I'm stranded on an island, a bowie knife is gonna get me a lot further than a keyboard.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been writing songs and playing guitar since I was young, I played in a few bands growing up, when I got to be a little older I had started playing less and doing other things and then I came back to it a number of years ago and just started making beats and eventually I wanted to record an EP and get these singers and rappers on there, and I made a tape with all these local artists and I was learning so much as I went, I had a lot of help with that tape and it's always a special memory for me. As time has gone on, I've done more and more of my own music, songs for other artists and dipped my hands in a few other projects.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I have a lot of influence from electro pop synths but on the other side of that, is all this deep hip hop and r&b cuts with 808's going crazy and the kick drum is banging so I just take all of that, along with rock influences in terms of song structure and writing, and I create this ever evolving catalogue. I've got trap music all the way to dance pop under my belt.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: If I could pick anyone in the world? Maybe someone like Ellie Goulding would really mix well with what I'm doing these days
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Just be personable. We're all here because we love music, so my advice to a young producer might just be to be a good person and carry that into music production. Being a producer to me means being someone that wants to get results and that can often times leave room for our egos to get involved and I think being able to dial that back and communicate will help a lot in the long run.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Typically I work on a lot of my own music, but a lot of the work I get for other artists is widely R&B/Hip Hop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is communication, I'm very open when it comes to making music, trying different things to get the end result, open to criticism as well as offering it in a way that's beneficial for the song and the artist.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I'm a really easy going person, I bring positive energy into the recording sessions, feedback and constructive criticism in a positive way, and I understand that at the end of the day, the goal of making music is to just be expressive as an artist. You want the world to understand that "Hey, I'm going through THIS, and here's how I feel about it." and I definitely want to help tell those stories.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Whenever it comes to a demo, I like to listen to it a few times just to sort of get the feel of the song and while I'm listening, I'll be thinking of ideas to add or take away from the production. When it comes to vocals, I listen to what the artist is saying, how they're trying to say it, and the message they're trying to convey, and I feel like my job as a producer at that point is to make what they're saying, sound as good to the ear and to the brain as it can.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My workspace is really simple it's everything mentioned in my gear info, sitting on a desk... I've never been a huge "anti wire" person, so it's just a simple classic setup without the hiding of wires haha.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm a big fan of Noah Shebib's sound as well as guys like Jon Bellion and Ryan Chadwick.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: On a production job, my work has been based on communicating with artists about how to achieve the best result whether that's through changing lyrics, how things are said, background, and all the little things that go into making a commercial standard song. In my Mixing and Mastering work, I strive to achieve clarity with the mix, I like to let every instrument breathe and have it's own space in the song in a way that blends beautifully together. With my mastering work, I go for clarity with attention to gain and dynamics.