I am a musician based in London specialising in Guitar, Composition and Arranging.
I have played in a number of bands as an Electric and Acoustic Guitarist and have written and arranged music for all of them, whether it was a Grunge/Rock trio, an Acoustic-Folk/Rock ensemble, a Latin/Funk band, or a 4 piece Indie group with a horn section and choir. As well as many years of experience in practice, I also have a degree in Contemporary and Popular Music from Newcastle University which has helped develop and reinforce my understanding of music.
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Interview with Dillon Home
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My work process varies depending on who I'm working with and what they would like to achieve. As a Session Guitarist/bassist, I would listen to the piece over and over until I know the song inside out, I would then begin to construct a part based on what the client has requested, or if there is no request I would experiment playing along with the piece before I settle on something that I think most enhances the music. As a composer/arranger, I am able to write with as much or as little guidance as the client wishes to give. If the client references a particular style/artist then I will listen to relevant music in order to get as close to their vision as possible. I usually start with band instruments first if it's a whole composition/arrangement and then move on to strings, horns, etc, if appropriate.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Mix everything in mono to avoid phase and clarity issues (most music isn't heard in true stereo). If it sounds good in mono, it will sound great in stereo.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: As a guitarist, I am far more interested in players who use the instrument as a compositional tool, writing interesting parts for the song in a melodic way to support a Singer-Songwriter. My influences include people like Johnny Marr, George Harrison and Elliot Smith, all of which demanstrate total devotion to the song. With this in mind, as a session player I am able to write style-appropriate parts if requested and I am also open to suggestions. In addition to my influences as a guitarist, I am also very heavily influenced by other non guitar-based musicians such as Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (The Bad Seeds) and Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys) in my music songwriting/composition.