Pop/Urban/Rock producer and mixer. Worked with Fergie, Kiiara, Gavin Degraw, Daughtry, Nico & Vinz, High Dive Heart, XOX, SONUS, Kim Petras, Victoria Duffield, Twinnie and more. Listen to music to get a sense of quality that can be achieved.
Have produced for many signed artists in multiple genres. I have also mixed for signed artists in multiple genres. I'm very good at getting a vocal to sound as good as it possibly can. If you are looking to make a rough demo sound like a major artist release and use that to sell or pitch your music, then I am your guy. I will also work with you to develop your music and lyric and make sure the song itself is ready to be recorded.
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Interview with Steve Dresser
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Gavin Degraw album. Was my first major cut very shortly after moving to LA. I did the music in my bedroom studio
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Nico & Vinz album Brett Eldridge album a Film music project
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Cameron Forbes for songwriting and singing
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both but mostly digital for workflow and because you can make it sound like its Analog if you want
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will be happy or we aren't done
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I work from home and I work when I want, Which is all day every day
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How do you do that? I don't know :)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Things sound good quickly and easily. They don't it takes lots of hours and lots of work every single time to make a good quality product
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your end goal? What is your vision for yourself or band? What is the vision for this song or project? What are your expectations?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: quality over quantity. It takes one song to make a fan or to create interest from someone important within the industry. 15 average songs with average quality won't do that for you
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. laptop with protools 2. SM7B 3. Midi Controller 4. Guitar 5. Bass Guitar
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Grew up playing in bands, went to school for recording/engineering, continued touring with bands, starting writing music for tv and film, signed publishing deal and began writing for signed artists. 20 years
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Pristine but with feel
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: There are so many but I'll say, Katy Perry, because when I first started pursuing pop/urban music she was at the top and doing the best pop music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: less is more
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Executive producer vision with the hands-on skills to execute
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Whatever the song needs
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Start with making the song great, and then get a basic production going. Get a scratch vocal on it and then start experimenting and having fun with the music. Try a bunch of ideas then start to sort out the best ideas from the worst and build the production. Always mixing as we go. Once the production is close track final vocals that have been practiced. Finish production and do final mix. Master
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Protools HD rig with too many plugins to name. 1176, Cl1B, Chandler, Pacifica, Neve, La Cheppel, Royer 121, SM57, SM71b, Slate VMS, Manley Reference, Juno 106, Lots of guitars and basses, Other various Analog and Digital Keyboards. Access to anything else we might need
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Max Martin, Serben Ghenea, Manny Marroquin, Vinylz, Frank Dukes, Boi-1da, Ricky Reed,
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Full production services from helping write the song to recording it to editing it and spicing up the production and then mixing and mastering. One stop shop