Recording and mix engineer well-versed in pop and rock, indie and classical styles. I specialize in mixing pop music. I've worked with lots of popular artists, and have been a part of many top selling records through collaborations with Universal Music, Sony, Disney, and NBC's The Voice.
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Interview with Dan Viafore
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, recording, editing, vocal tuning
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Michael Brauer, Andrew Scheps, Spike Stent, Mark Needham, Vance Powell
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: API, Inward Connections, Neumann, DPA, ADAM, Fostex, SPL, McDSP, Waves, Brainworx, Plugin Alliance, FabFilter
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start by Interfacing with the client and doing a thorough diagnosis of their needs. This informs my editing, tuning, and mixing as I work toward a finished mix that the client feels best exemplifies their sound.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A fresh set of ears, and years of experience recording, arranging, and mixing music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My sensibilities for powerful mixing and natural vocal tuning.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Alt, Indie, Rock, Classical
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't be afraid to chase a sound! Sometimes the best advice is to not look at the meters. Don't rely on displays to get something to "look" right.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Hozier's music is some of the most interesting of the last decade to me.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Transparent, clean, professional, and precise.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this for ten years. I moved out to LA and began as an assistant at The Jungle Room recording studio, and began taking on projects of my own while assisting the engineers there.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: u67, API 312, Neve 1073, 1176 rev D, LA2A.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to your gut, if you don't get a great feeling from your interactions with a potential mixer, keep looking!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What type of sound are you looking for? Who are your influences? Why do you make music? What DAW do you work in? How large of a session will your mix be?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That you need a giant console to mix professionally.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: How did you get my vocals to sound so good? A: A mix of careful tuning, a bunch of different compression and EQ, and some choice FX. Q: "How much to mix a song?" A: I need some info before I can give you a realistic bid!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love exploring people's music and helping them get to an arrangement and a sound that they feel engages the listener, and translates their music and their message.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Satisfaction and a professional sound
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: BOTH! Sound is never actually experienced digitally. It's only stored digitally, until it can be reconverted into the air. The mics, pres, and converters, and speakers we use to change back and forth from digital to analog are the most important pieces of gear we use!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I've worked a ton with Travis Ference, he's amazing. Leo-Z is an unbelievable producer and composer.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I just wrapped mixing a song for the artist Wrabel, and I'm digging in to mixes for a new artist named Ronboy right now.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My first record cuts were for Demi Lovato. The label was so satisfied with my mixes of some of her live performances, they decided to include a few of them on a deluxe release of the record.