We pour our hearts, souls, blood, sweat, and tears into our music. I know this first hand, so I treat all projects as if they are my own. My #1 priority is to help you achieve your vision. Let's make something awesome!
My name is Dave. I'm a full-time musician/producer based out of Indiana & Nashville, TN. I spend roughly half the year on the road, traveling the countryside as a drummer for a variety of artists. In addition to doing over 100 US dates in 2017, I had the great privilege of performing for our deployed troops in the middle east and six countries in Europe over Christmas. The rest of my time is spent writing and producing artists in my home studio. I love the road, but for me, nothing really beats the creative process. I've listed my primary specialties below. Have a look and feel free to contact me with any questions. I would love to hear from you!
You can also find more information and music samples on my website. www.DaveElwert.com
Genre Specialties: Pop, Rock, Country, Americana, Folk, Indie, CCM
- Drums (Live and/or Programmed)
- Beat Making/Track Building
- Keys (Piano, Synth, B3, Strings, etc)
- Background Vocals (Male)
- Pre-Production (writing and arranging)
- Post Production Editing (quantizing & pitch correction)
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Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The project I am most proud of is one of my own. It's called 'ADVENTURES' and it is a straight up synth driven pop/rock record. I wrote, arranged, produced, engineered, and recorded all instruments except guitar and bass. I did a lot of it in hotel rooms while on tour. I wrote all the lyrics on a 7-day camping trip. This record is the best representation of me as a human being and musician.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently producing a country/rock record in between tour dates. Also slowly piecing together some original material for sync licensing. I always put my stuff second to the clients that I'm working with, so it takes a bit longer.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Brandon Chase (male vocalist)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I love analog, but I'm gonna say digital. The technology has come a long ways, it's more compact, more affordable, and a heck of a lot faster.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Good communication, on time delivery, and a top quality product.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: Why don't you live in Nashville full time? A: I've made it work for 10 years traveling back and forth, plus the cost of living is ridiculously expensive, but most importantly, my wife has a career that she loves in Indiana. I don't want to take her from that for as long as she is happy.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Most non-musicians don't have a concept of how long a project takes, or the time it takes to get good at it.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Is there anything specific that you would like to hear? Is there a song by another artist that fits the vibe you are shooting for?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If possible, record your demo to a click track, and communicate as much as possible.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Solar panel, laptop, 3TB hard drive, 76-key midi keyboard, and a ferro rod.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been touring and recording full-time since 2008. I have a bachelor's degree in Music Business from Anderson University in Indiana with an emphasis in percussion performance, songwriting, and audio production. I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a musician when I grew up. It hasn't always been easy, but I suppose you could say that I'm living my dream.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Adventurous and Daring, yet Methodical. I enjoy trying new things and pushing stylistic boundaries, but doing it in an organized fashion, always considering what is best for the song and artist.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Sigur Ros. Their music is spacious, yet powerful. I guess the best word I could use to describe it is 'Pure'.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Check your ego at the door. It's not about you, it's about the song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Lots! Pop, Rock, Americana, Country, Indie, and CCM for the most part.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Emotion, Precision, and Balance.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If I'm producing or arranging a song with multiple instruments, I build everything around the vocal. The vocal and melody should be the main focus 99% of the time. I typically lay down a scratch acoustic or piano track to get the structure, then start building from the ground up, beginning with drums.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Waves Plugins, Slate Drums, Kontakt Komplete, Melodyne, Yamaha, Nord, and Alesis Keyboards, Ludwig and Slingerland Drums, Meinl, Paiste, and Zildjian cymbals, a variety of snare drums, and microphones.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The Beach Boys, Tom Petty, The Killers, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, John Mayer, Dawes, Steve Jordan, Sigur Ros, Foo Fighters, Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Hans Zimmer, Loney Dear, Wilco, Bruce Hornsby, among many others.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producing, Arranging, Drums, Piano, B3s, Synths, Time-Alignment, Vocal Tuning