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Interview with DvAudi Stidos

Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I produced instrumentals on D.J. Clay's Let'em bleed Mix-tapes vol 1-4. Volume 2 Charted on the Billboard 200 @ 156, Top Heatseekers @ 9, Top Independent Albums @ 23, Top Internet Albums @ 200
What are you working on at the moment?
Recording and mixing an E.P. for a female pop singer/rapper. Also recording and mixing an E.P. for a tex mex band. Another current project i have going is hosting interviews with rappers and doing a cipher with them. I also produce the instrumentals for the cipher
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Analog or digital and why?
To each their own.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will always be fair.
What do you like most about your job?
Working with different kinds of music. Going outside my comfort zone. Working with young people. The satisfaction of making a song you know in your heart is good enough to be a hit.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Can you record a beat off of you tube? Yes. How do you make money off of your music? Work hard at it. Come up with a video, Pay for advertising on websites that have high traffic in your market. Be sure your music is on I-Tunes and anywhere your fans look for it. BMI ASCAP CD Baby, Tune core copywright.gov. Have you worked wit anyone Famous? Yes. E-40, Insane Clown Posse, Tech n9ne, Kool Kieth, Bizarre, Big Herk, Pretty Ricky Lil Eazy-E...
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That it is easy.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I ask them to tell me a about the project. What kind of music is it. How many instruments am i going to record for your band? Do you have your instrumentals prepared and you lyrics written. How many vocalists are in your group or is it a solo act?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
If you make a good recording I can give it a great mix. Make sure to use a condenser mic for your vocals and try to record in an caustically dry area. If you can't afford acoustic foam blankets and mattresses can be used.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Mpc, motif, M box, computer, Condenser mic
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started out as a rapper with a set up in my moms basement around age 13. By high school i wanted to get my music mixed in a larger studio so I sold studio time out of my basement set up to pay for mixing my music at a larger studio. Eventually I started partnering up with studios and freelancing. That took me to my position as Chief Engineer/Producer and manager at DivAudi Studios where I am at now. with over 15 years experience in the music business i can take your sound where it needs to go.
How would you describe your style?
Versatile. Innovative. Open minded. Experimental. My Roots are in Hip-hop but I'm ready to go any where with it.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Busta Rhymes because his music has been so inspiring to me and I think I could learn a lot from him. He is so under rated and fairly modest about it.
Can you share one music production tip?
Find the balance between staying current and being original.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Hip-Hop, Classical, Electronic, House, Jazz, Pop, Rock,Tex Mex, Singer-Songwriter, anything.
What's your strongest skill?
Producing Music.
What do you bring to a song?
A Mathematical understanding of music, Clarity, and Credibility.
What's your typical work process?
It would depend on the project. I'll say I start with the instrumental and layer it with about 4 instruments(chord progressions and melodies). Then I would do the drums, and effects. Once I completed the idea for the beat on the mpc i will usually send the stems over to pro-tools, add a bass line and then structure the song (do the drops/key changes). After the instrumental is complete the artist would write the lyrics or match something they have to it and start the recording process. After recording, the mixing/editing process would be next adding pre-eq, compression, de-essers, post eq, vocal bus compression, reverb, and delay. I would also tune any singing vocal parts(without making you sound like a robot unless that's what your going for)
Tell us about your studio setup.
I am working With a Tascam Dm-4800 Digital council, Pro Tools 10, Melodyne, Auto /Tune, Waves bundle, Maserati, a Variate of condenser microphones, A set of Pioneer CDJ's for scratching. Akai Mpc Renaissance, Motif Xs8, Universal Audio 6176 pre amp/compressor, A DBX Dule Vacume Tube Pre, amp w/ Digital out, Pre sonus 8 Digital mic/line pre amp with light pipe out. a 48 pt patch bay, Motu 1248 inerface, DP/4 parallel effects processor , plus the old Pro tools 7 HD 192 and midi i/o setup, A guitar and a Line 6 amp.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Prince Paul, Busta Rhymes, Sublime, Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Rick Ruben, Dr. Dre, 2-Chainz, Wu-Tang, Aerosmith, System of a Down, Three Six Mafia, E-40, Red Hot Chile Peppers, Pepper, Frank Sinatra, Tech N9ne, Guns and Roses, Atmosphere N.W.A. ...
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I record vocals for singers and rappers on an average day in the studio. Often I also record full live bands. Other days I record demos for instrumentalists trying to get into college programs. I also produce instrumental on the clock and in my spare time for a versatile range of music and musicians. Mixing songs is something i take pride in and is another part of my daily tasks in the studio.