I help artists get their music licensed in Film and TV. I can create pop, hip hop, r&b, and dance instrumentals. Editing, tuning, mixing, mastering, beat enhancement, arranging, and sound design.
Kyle Devine is a pop and hip hop music producer based in Portland, Oregon. Whether it’s a heavy hip hop anthem, sweaty club banger or a dark pop ballad, Devine’s work is typified by sophisticated, soulful rhythms met with instrumentation (both synthetic and classic) that reveal fresh blooming depth with each passing bar.
As a teenager, I became influenced by hip hop and pop music and its producers such as Dr. Dre, Max Martin, Timbaland, J Dilla, and The Alchemist. I was soon loading songs into a sound editor and visiting thrift store’s vinyl collections every chance I could to get what I recognize now as a musical education. I began my career in music in 2001 after a short time in college studying Computer Science. After a few years, I started a recording studio business from my house, and later a commercial facility I designed and built. In the span of seven years, I helped different recording artists create a total of over 100 albums and hit my Tipping Point.
Three years ago, I became heavily involved in sync licensing by working with Universal Music Publishing and several music libraries. I have synced my music over two thousand times to TV shows, movies, and commercials. I am the founder of Check Your Vibe, a boutique licensing company, that partners and creates with marketing agencies and represents a core group of artists’ catalogs in electronic sub genres.
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Interview with Kyle Devine
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I produced and recorded 18 songs for FirstCom Universal Publishing in 6 weeks. The singer/songwriter was leaving the country and the project had to be completed before then. Every time we got together I would make an instrumental and she would write within 30 minutes and record in a couple hours. I created the music bed for her and recorded and mixed her vocals.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. It's easier to recall and the software has gotten so well programmed it's hard to hear a difference.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The ability to craft a platform for an artist to tell their story on.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Contact me and lets discuss your musical goals. I like to build out a playlist of 10 soundalikes to get a sense of the style and timbre you are going for. Send any demos (even phone recordings) you have so I can hear your songwriting and delivery.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out of high school with a drum machine and after 5 years produced my first album for a hip hop artist. A couple of years later I began to record and mix local artists and built my own commercial studio. After working on 100 albums, I got into writing music for advertisements and production libraries.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Where are we headed musically? Who inspires you? If you could hire any producer with an unlimited budget who would it be and why?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: laptop, charger, midi controller, headphones, and my Ilok.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Punchy, Wide, and Detailed
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Kanye West because he seems to be very interested in collaborating and exploring other people's sounds to add to his own.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Happy accidents happen at least once per session.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, R&B, Hip hop, and Electro.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I do a lot of communicating with the client before creating anything to get a sonic palette of what inspires their sound. We send songs back and forth and talk about the aesthetics of those songs and how we can incorporate some elements of those songs into their music. Then, I create some instrumental framework for the songwriter to write to. After recording the vocals I fit the music to their vocals and mix/master the song.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use a PC workstation with komplete kontrol s88 midi keyboard. I listen with four different sets of monitors in a professionally treated room.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Max Martin, ,Dr Dre, Rick Rubin.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Compose original instrumentals, record and mix vocals, Remixing, Cleaning up audio, Editing, and Mastering.