I'm Dylan - I help produce and develop indie songwriters
Some of my earliest memories involve dancing around my house to Beatles records. I've always had a fascination with recording and have been making attempts at sound on sound since I first got ahold my my mother's tape recorder as a child. Since then I've picked, plucked, struck, whacked, and strummed anything I could get my hands on to make records. In 2015, I made a more focused effort strictly into producing for artists and since then I've worked on hundreds of tracks which have included songs on rotation on nationally syndicated radio, TV placements on shows such as Catfish, Love & Hip-Hop, and True Life, and a featured artist slot with the micro-licensing site Artlist. I currently work as a full-time engineer and producer at Forte Studios in Central Iowa.
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Interview with Dylan Drake
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Songwriting / Consulting: People don't listen to mixes, they listen to songs. We will work together through your idea section by section until we've got the most engaging, exciting, and dynamic track possible. This can include lyrics, melody, phrasing, form, and more. Production: My favorite albums have something in common -- smart production that bears the weight of repeated listening. We will work together to find a 'thread' for your music; audio-branding that will immediately identify you from among other artists. The focus here will be determining influences, instrumentation, feel/vibe, and any standout processing or effects needed. Mixing & Mastering: The final creative process in any release: the mixing stage is all about adding emotion, movement, and dimension to your song. This is where the hard work put in really starts to shine and sound like a record. Mastering is the last step and ensures compatibility on different playback systems so your song will always be heard as intended. Pitching & Branding: When the song is finished, there is still plenty of work to be done. I am constantly trying to find my artists new opportunities within social media, online radio, and in the TV/Film world. We'll also look at any pre-release materials needed such as graphics, web-design, social media campaigns, or video releases. I'll be right by your side and celebrating with your success!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Indie, Folk, Rock, Alt-Country
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Life, movement, and emotion -- none of us want an OK song. all of our favorite records stir something in us and that's what I spend my time focusing on.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Nigel Godrich, Thom Yorke, Beck, John Paul Jones, Andrew Scheps, Jacquire King, Robin Pecknold, Sam Bean, Ed Brooks, Brian Deck, Phil Spector
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Player / Producer, Mixing