Derby, founder of Derby Network Publishing; a singer, percussionist, composer, recording engineer and sound designer was raised in Argentina and comes from a family of musicians. Derby has published music for NBC, Oxygen, Speed Channel, Discovery Channel, MTV, “Crime Inc” UK, The Green Channel, Pantene, various films & the 2008 Summer Olympics
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Interview with Derby
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I make pop, world and groove music for the most part. But have stretched my horizons to include classical influences and electronica/ dubstep
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started giggling and touring in my late teens and have been writing and producing since 1990
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Mac Pro, good headphones, a good mic, a generator/solar panel for power, Roland VDrums, bongos and midi controller keyboard.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I publish music for film and TV as well as work with lots of artists/ vocalists.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love the sound Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk, The Weekend, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a small mainly digital studio. Logic/ ProTools set up. Various mics. I like to keep it simple but high end.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to expand all ideas and be totally free before starting to contract. That way I can piece together magical moments that are spontaneous and real without the interference of the intellect.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I tend to have a commercial hooky sound that is also sophisticated and I think it's really important for a song to have dimensions and for it to take you somewhere.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Working with and producing vocalists. I have coached many people on studio singing... which is very different than live and comes with it's set of challenges.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Typically music that has a strong groove, in the pocket and is catchy.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Well I would say to make sure you listen to your mixes on various mediums before finalizing.... flat monitor speakers, headphones with lots of bass, headphones that sound trebly, your mac crappy speakers, the car stereo, Bluetooth speakers.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Amy Winehouse but I lost my chance to =( I think her phrasing and realness are unmatched!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I think it's important that the producer you work with has a focus on your particular style.... don't go to a producer that does mainly rock to work your R&B song for example.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the essence of what they want to communicate with the song. What is the purpose of the recording/ target audience. Also sometimes people sort of know what they want but they need someone to help them figure it out.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception is thinking that you can have a great mix overnight. It takes time to rest the ears between listens so you have the most objective ear. If you try to finalize something when your ears are not fresh, then the mix won't be good.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What credits I have, whether I can play instruments, what per song rate I charge. Who should master the recording...etc
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: everything! but the beginning of the writing process is the most exciting where ideas are flowing out effortlessly. When you know you are onto something really good.... it's an exhilarating feeling!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will treat their project with the same standards as I do my own material that represents me. I am a perfectionist and strive to have an impressively polished album quality product ready for mastering.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog is the warmest and most amazing sounding.... Digital is not as warm but the upside is convenience in editing and collaborating remotely.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I am new so I don't know yet.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I decided to do a new pop album in 2017 that features many singers. Like a Thievery Corporation type of thing where there are many featured singers.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I just finished a high profile sound design project for a new museum. Highly confidential at this stage so can't mention specifics. I felt extremely proud and honored to be a part of it. I got to work with award winning designers.