Hello! I'm a producer, song writer, vocalist, mixing and mastering engineer, and lyricist who specializes in synthwave, industrial, trance, and electro music (and mixing/mastering many others!). Being an artist myself, I love working with others, and helping them bring their music to life, while adding that extra radness to their musical vision.
I'm an experienced music producer based in Tucson, AZ. I'm offering to help mix or master your music, add in synth work, or send me your ideas! Musically, my styles closely match Nine Inch Nails, Klank, Celldweller, Circle of Dust, and Scandroid to name a few. I put a lot of precision and passion into my work. I'm a good choice for creating classic sounding electronic music of the 80s and 90s, to modern rock, industrial, and trance. I have mixed and mastered many other styles beyond this, from singer/songwriter to death metal. I love working with people, their art, and want to make YOU sound the very best you can!
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David is a class act, always turns in a finished product on time, and is TALENTED! I recommend him to anyone who needs help with their music, rather it's mixing, or him singing on the track. I have no negative things to say about David at all. I will gladly work with him again!
David is one of the most prolific producers I know. If you're looking for quality industrial & dark wave production with a FAST turnaround time, you've found it! David is hard working, dedicated, and servant hearted (a breath of fresh air in the music industry these days). Your project is in good hands here.
Interview with David Pataconi
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depending on the work, I will place each track into my DAW, and mix each element before bouncing the mix to master. If other elements are requested (synths, programming, etc), I will add those in, properly mix them, and bounce the final mix (and master afterward if requested). This process can be completed if necessary, depending on what my client wants or needs.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Whatever my client needs. I have been known to bring music to it's full sonic potential, and very talented artists have told me that I have made their music sound the best they have ever been.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have a great ear for mixing and mastering music, bringing out some of the detail that may have otherwise been missed.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I have worked with artists who produce ambient electronic music, industrial, rock, synthwave, and death metal... so far. I am open to many other styles, and look forward to working with YOU!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Take your time, and enjoy the process. What you create is a gift for others to connect to.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Klayton of Celldweller/Circle of Dust/Scandroid, and/or Trent Reznor. Both have influenced my own sound in my formative years.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I primarily mix and/or master music, ranging from death metal to ambient, and everything in-between.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Trent Reznor, Klayton, Klank, Blue Stahli, and others in the industrial and synthwave community.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a Behringer mixer, KRK Rokit 8's, a Rode NT-1, Epiphone Les Paul Studio electric guitar, Yamaha CS synthesizer, and an M-Audio 49 key MIDI controller. I also have a vocal booth set up for vocals. I primarily work in FL Studio, but also own Ableton Live 9.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I primarily create my own music as a mix of post-industrial and synthwave, with a sprinkle of cyber-goth. But I also don't limit what styles I create. Each song is it's own unique story and requires elements of different characteristics.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started knowing nothing, but having melodies and beats in my head in 2007. I took a class in music production, and have learned a lot through YouTube over the years, and have been mentored by a few of my favorite artists (who are also fans of my music). As each year has passed, I have become exponentially better, and continue to master my craft.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My acoustic guitar, some water, flares, non-perishable food, and a satellite phone. I wouldn't want to be stuck on the island for too long. the guitar would be there just so I could pass some time while waiting to be rescued.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't be shy asking me for help, please bring your ideas to the table, as the only dumb question is the one you don't ask. This is a dialogue, and I want you to get the best possible sound for your art!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have all of the sounds you want in your mix? Do you need any other elements in the song, and if so, what kinds of sounds? How loud do you want the mix or master?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I push buttons to make people ready to sound like (insert professional musician here).
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Is this all you need from me? (if that's what you want mixed, then yes. If not, let me know what else you want to add.) How long does the process take? (Depending on the song, and how many you want, a few days or a week) How and I send you my music? (Any cloud storage provider will work, ie: Dropbox. Google Drive, etc.) What kinds of files can I send you? (Please send me uncompressed WAV or AIFF files for the best possible final product.)
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love creating art, and making artists sound far better than they thought they could. Any positive element of surprise, and a smile on your face makes the work so much better.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To delight your ears, and make the process as easy and pleasing as possible.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Yes, because each has it's own distinct emotive and sonic elements to bring to the song.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Delta-S, because he has been so fun and positive to work with on both his projects, as well as my own.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A synthwave album, and a cyber-goth/post industrial album.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I loved working with Delta-S and Klank on a few of their upcoming projects (not released at this time of writing), and I have a few others I am working with on various styles of music.