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Kyle Devine is a prolific multigenre veteran producer based in Portland, Oregon. He has worked with and licensed material to national brands such as Nissan, McDonalds, Major League Soccer, Google, ESPN, Miller Lite, Dutch Bros, Adidas, Cadillac, and Good Year to name but a few. Whether it's a heavy hip hop anthem, a sweaty club banger or a bouncy big band piece, Devine's work is typified by sophisticated, soulful rhythms met with instrumentation (both eclectic and classic) that reveal fresh blooming depth with each passing bar.
As a young man Devine became obsessed with hip hop music and producers such as Dr. Dre, Timbaland and DJ Premier. He was soon loading beats into a wave editor and examining each producers nuance by ear and by eye. Kyle officially began his career as producer in 2001 when his now wife purchased him an MPC 2000XL as a gift, selling his first beat shortly thereafter and never looking back. Devine soon opened a commercial recording and production studio, dubbed Devine Noise, in North Portland and has worked with over 500 clients and on over 100 albums.
Kyle Devine's body of work, always alive and pulsing with palpable energy, soul, and life, not only sounds extraordinary, it feels incredible, and that is what it's all about.
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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 in 6 weeks. The singer/songwriter was leaving the country and the project had to be completed before then. Everytime we got together I would make an instrumental and she would write within 30 minutes and record in a couple hours.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: An EP for Firstcom.com in the Future R&B genre.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. It's 2018.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: The best song you've ever made up to this point.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Freedom to create around my schedule.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I'm looking to work on anything and everything for money. I have to like the music.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Can I hear your music?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Send demos and references.
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: 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 building. After working on 100 albums, I got into writing music for advertisements and production libraries.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Punchy, Spacial, Polished
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: There's more than one way to get a desired outcome using a computer to make music.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, R&B, Hip hop, Soundtrack
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Everything but the lyrics.
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: A pc workstation with komplete kontrol s88.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Max Martin, Ryan Lewis, Dr Dre, Ryan Tedder,
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Compose original instrumentals, record and mix vocals.