Mute City Music (est. February 2015) is an online production company of Jazz & Contemporary music. In both physical and digital mediums, MCM is dedicated to a variety of music services including composition/arranging, editing, sheet music prep, and more!
Zack Demos, owner and artist of MCM, is a composer/arranger, songwriter, trombonist, and producer based in Denver, CO. His music has been performed live all over the state of Colorado as well as on Denver’s esteemed public radio station, jazz89.3 KUVO. Zack has also written arrangements for some of the world’s premier instrumentalists and vocalists, and has performed with the likes of Neil Lockwood, Willis White, A.J. Brown, and many others. He is featured both as a composer and trombonist on Hang Time (Capri Records), the 2nd CD released by alumni of the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts. Mute City Music is an official vendor/supplier for Princess Cruises, producing arrangements for their various musical entertainment programs on board, including The Voice (of the Ocean), Festivals of the World, and Magical Mystery Tour. Zack graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2014 where he studied jazz composition/arranging and obtained a degree in Music Business.
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5 ReviewsEndorse Zack Demos (Mute City Music)
I found Zack easy to work with, quick to respond, accurate in his work and zero stress...looking forward to working with him again!
Zack is one of the most committed and talented artists I know. He loves what he does and is passionate about providing top of the line services for all of his clients.
As an arranger, Zack's charts are clean and closely follow the original song form--two details I requested on the two, seven-piece band songs he arranged for me. We spoke multiple times throughout the process to formulate and clarify ideas for each song. Zack was attentive and very accommodating in provided the final product I requested.
Zack helped me in creating the 10 charts for a 7 piece orchestra. The music spans multiple genres, rhythms and charts read great. I would recommend Zack without reservation.
I've worked with Zack on two web series projects, and he's gone above and beyond each time. On his own initiative, he recorded different versions of the theme songs with varying lengths, and even threw in some extra background music! Not only is his music excellent, but Zack will work hard to make sure his music fits your project.
Interview with Zack Demos (Mute City Music)
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: More on the aggressive and groovy side. I prefer music that's more "in-your-face"
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Soundtracks, Jazz, Rock
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Hopefully whatever the song truly needs and not just what I think it needs...if that makes any sense
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Flexible scheduling and the opportunity to work with people who have different interests and influences
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Communication and/or Patience
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's simple but effective for my current needs: Hardware: Alienware 15 ~ Studio Projects B1 & Shure SM-57 microphones ~ Komplete Audio 6 & Creative SoundBlaster HD external soundcards ~ harman/kardon Soundsticks III speakers ~ Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro headphones ~ Yamaha YPG 235 & M-Audio Oxygen49 keyboards ~ Roland TD30 V-drums ~ Seagate external drives for additional storage Software: Finale 2014, DP9, Reason 8, Kontakt 5 (Native Instruments, Vir2, and Heavyocity products) I'm still looking to expand my virtual instrument library and recording space, and rest assured that all software and hardware will be continuously updated.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Arrangements/Adaptations for cruise ship guest entertainers (mostly vocalists) and show bands ~ Original music for Jazz Ensemble (currently focusing on moderately experienced bands) ~ Songwriting/Backing Tracks/etc.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Please let me know if there is a specific deadline for the completion of your project. It helps me figure out my scheduling and how I can get things done with the most efficiency and highest quality.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started college majoring in Jazz Studies, but switched to a Business emphasis (still within the music program) after my 2nd year. Played trombone on cruise ships for about 2 years after graduating, but have since begun to settle down here in Denver over the past few months. Officially in business since February 2015, but I've been writing music since I was about 13.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I actually wrote and produced a theme song recently for a friend's web series. I enjoyed being able to experiment with different sound combos, and it forced me to do some synthesizer programming which I don't normally have time to do!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Obviously analog sounds better and feels more natural, but digital allows for much more control and precision. I currently do everything digitally, but I hope to work more with analog recording in the future.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Using the most expensive equipment doesn't necessarily equal success.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to be honest with you regarding any aspect of your project. I'm not afraid to tell a client when something's not right, and I'll never say "yes" just to get your business - I just want you to be 100% satisfied with whatever we create together.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm drumming in an alt-rock band and writing some new songs. Stay tuned for more info...