I am a producer, engineer, musician, and vocalist offering all of the above. As a musician and vocalist, i understand the production and arrangement process in a way that allows me to cater to a variety of styles and roles. I also have a strong understanding of electronic music and spent some time in the burgeoning rave scene in southern California in the early 2000s. I did a stint at Dubspot in New York teaching sound design for a bit as well.
I have over 2 decades of experience writing, performing, and producing music. As far as engineering, i can do anything from mix and master, to comp/pitch correct, and Track. I am currently building a mobile RV studio that i will live out of and travel in and moving to Wisconsin as a home base to partner with another engineer/producer at his studio and build a solid home base to work out of. As far as producing, i do everything from pull the performance out of an artist and help them with their artistic vision and arrangement, to doing dance floor remixes, to writing entirely new songs over an artists vocal stem.
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Interview with Devon Aviles
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producing and Audio Engineering, (mostly mixing and editing, but i can track/record, master, pitch correct and align vocals, etc.) and occasionally teaching as well.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: i try to put as much as i can into everything i do, so i generally find each song as rewarding, if not more than the last. My most recent release, which was a collaboration with a friend who laid down some vocals on the track, was a great dynamic that i really enjoyed. i wrote, produced, and engineered the track.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A few of my personal projects(a rock ep, an edm ep, and a rap/pop ep), a fun dark pop song kind of like katy perry meets lady gaga meets house and rock, and a dark experimental grimey hip hop track that just sounds plain weird…
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: both. but until i win that grammy, then mostly digital.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: quality and satisfaction.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: i love music. I feel like getting paid to do music is the most gratifying way of making money out there.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: But can you make it sound like (insert style or artist name here) ? Yes.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Just because I've yet to produce a bluegrass metal hip hop reggae circus music broadway experimental jazz grunge k-pop dubstep contemporary orchestral house country theme song, doesn't mean that i cant produce yours.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you going for sonically ? What are you influenced by? What are you planning to do with the song as far as release, etc ? What are you looking for me to do for you?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: pay me ::finger guns::
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Neve 1073, Gibson Voodoo SG, but id settle for a Les Paul Studio, sm7b or a u87, (yeah i know everyone has or wants one) a computer, and an interface...if the cpu and interface counts as a bundle then lastly, some sort of midi controller with pads, nobs, keys and faders.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: i started out as a guitarist when i was a kid, this eventually lead to me recording and playing bass and singing as well, which then led to going to recording school, making beats, and producing.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I love working with artists who do something i normally wouldnt do. I believe some of the best art is created this way.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't be afraid to use reference tracks
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Electronic , Rock, and Hip Hop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Style and Experience.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on the song and depends on the client, also depends on my role in the project.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have semi treated project studio in Brooklyn, New York. Running a couple pairs of monitors and reference speakers. I mix using a plethora of plugins and plugin suites. I generally use ableton but have plenty of different DAW.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Rick Rubin, Terry Date, Skrillex, Flume, People who do many things and often break the rules. I am also an artist and have a slew of influences that inspire me.