Dave Tweedie

Music Producer / Composer

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Dave Tweedie is a producer, songwriter, film composer, engineer and multi-instrumentalist with over 20 years experience in the music industry. Dave specializes in Pop, Indie, Urban, Rock and EDM production, but is comfortable working in all genres. Credits include: Warner Bros., Interscope, FOX, MTV, ABC, NBC, CBS, E!, Bravo, and many more.

I'm a Producer / Writer based in Los Angeles. I love making records with people. When people come to me with their ideas, I’m able to take their ideas and bring them to life, making them bigger and greater than they ever imagined they could be. It’s a pleasure to make their musical dreams come true.

I never take making music for grated, so I really pour everything I have into every project I'm involved with. I'd do the same with yours.

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Interview with Dave Tweedie

  1. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  2. A: I think my gift is understanding what the song wants to be and bringing it to life.

  3. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  4. A: Keep it simple...make each sound really count.

  5. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  6. A: Choose someone who you feel chemistry with...I think it's the most important factor.

  7. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  8. A: I get to create art everyday.

  9. Q: What's your typical work process?

  10. A: Every day is different. Some days I'm producing artists ... some days I'm writing music for Film or Television ... some days I'm writing for my own enjoyment.

  11. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  12. A: Doyle Bramhall II....he's an amazing songwriter and player. It would just be a blast to create music with him.

  13. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  14. A: I started as a session drummer and then taught myself guitar, bass and keys. I've been producing / writing professionally for the past 20 yrs.

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: I understand how to get the results that my clients are looking for. I know how to finish records, keeping the process on track. I know how to deliver a professional, finished product.

  17. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  18. A: My workload is varied. Under the pop umbrella, I create Pop, Indy, Urban and Rock. I'm also a film composer and write records for publishing.

  19. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  20. A: I'd recommend Charles Stella. Charles is professional, creative, reliable and precise.

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: Classic current.

  23. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  24. A: Rick Rubin and T-Bone Burnett are two producers I admire. Rick because he treads lightly but is hyper aware of what is or isn't needed; T-Bone because of his musical sensibilities.

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. A: I run my own studio in downtown Los Angeles. I record in Protools.I have 6 ChameleonLabs 7602's (Neve Clones) Focusrite ISA 430, etc. I have all the latest and greatest plug-ins and soft synths (Arturia endorsed), Analog Keyboards (Juno 6, Korg Poly-six and Rhodes 88), a great drum selection, including 69 Ludwigs (2 different setups) and a variety of snares and cymbals. I also have a variety of guitars, basses and amps.

  27. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  28. A: My macbook with interface, C-12 mic, drums, guitar and a grand piano - that also is a controller :-)

  29. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  30. A: What do you want to make? And the most important question ... if there is no consequence (financially or industry success) what would you really want to make? I find a lot of the time It's different then what they came in with.

  31. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  32. A: Usually they just want to hear what I've made and also inquire about my process. My answer is always the same: my process is always intrinsically intertwined with whomever I'm working. So, it's always going be a little different, depending on the artist. Everyone has different needs.

  33. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  34. A: I always listen deeply to them when they are describing what they want. I try to crawl into their minds to understand their perspective; after all, its really about them, it's their song. It really needs to be all about their vision.

  35. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  36. A: I'm a producer, composer, writer, multi-instrumentalist. I either create content for my clients' projects, write songs and/or produce for them.

  37. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  38. A: That it's easy ... I just make it seem that way.

  39. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  40. A: I like both and have worked extensively in both. I like to use Pro Tools because of the endless flexibility.

  41. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  42. A: I'm composing the score for "Point of No Return", a documentary film produced by NOVA. I'm producing several artists and also working on a sound-alike medley for an artist who sang the theme to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It's all sci-fi themes: Jetson's, Star Trek, etc.

  43. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  44. A: I had a project with a singer named OONA. We put out one record and two EP's. I'm especially proud of our last EP, "Flying at the Sun". I really poured my heart and soul into it. I composed all the tracks, played all the instruments, produced, engineered, mixed and wrote / co-wrote the lyrics and melodies. With this EP, I achieved a level of cohesiveness, and a sentimentality that I'd been chasing for a long time. I am proud that I was able to embody that feeling.

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