Felipe Vassão

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Music Producer and Songwriter based in Brazil. In 2013 produced and co-wrote Emicida's "O Glorioso Retorno de quem Nunca Esteve Aqui", a Brazilian rap album that topped several "album of the year" lists throughout Brazil and Latin America.

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  1. Review by Rebecca Peters
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    Felipe was very easy to work with! Felipe's explanations of the client's notes were very simple to translate into new takes. Would definitely work with him again!

  2. Review by Enlia
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    Felipe knows exactly what he wants and is able to explain it very clearly. He's professional and very communicative ! Plus, it was a pleasure to sing on his project. I hope we will work together again in the future. Very nice experience !

  3. Review by Rada
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    Felipe spells out his project terms clearly which makes the job understandable and easier to execute. He really appreciates the unique qualities of the singer and anyone who works with him can tell he's been around the biz for a long time. I hope to work with him again soon.

  4. Review by 8th Wonder Music
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    Great guy, great work! Thumbs up.

  5. Review by Gus Reeves
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    Completely thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with Felipe again. He is an outstanding and talented producer, an amazing director of the creative process, and a great guy. Positive, intelligent, savvy, and always on his game.

  6. Review by Jake Neumar
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    Felipe is extremely professional, and very good at communicating what he is looking for. I strongly recommend working with him!

  7. Review by Delphia
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    Felipe needed a project finished with a very short turn around time, during one of my busiest times of the year. Despite the conflict in our time needs, Felipe was extraordinarily flexible, was immediately available with feedback, file requests, and he was totally transparent in how his project was progressing. Felipe is an A+ professional.

  8. Review by Sunnie Williams
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    Felipe was a blast to work with. He is super communicative and encouraging. I appreciate when someone is very clear with instructions and what their needs are. It made my job so easy and fun! I would 100% work with him again. Thanks Felipe!

  9. Review by Alex VanTrue
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    Felipe, you're the man!! awesome song!! can't wait for more!!!! :D

  10. Review by Alex VanTrue
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    Thanks for the everything Felipe! Great song, great professional!! Let's do this more!! :)

  11. Review by TONYB.
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    Really enjoyed working with Felipe! Can't wait to do it again.

  12. Review by Gus Reeves
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    Felipe is so talented and such a great guy. He's an amazing producer, works with great musicians, and knows how to get the results he wants. So excited I had another chance to work with him. Top notch.

  13. Review by Gus Reeves
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    Professional, positive, knowledgeable, talented... Felipe is the real deal. He knows what he needs from his collaborators and knows how to inspire great performances. His insights are astute and poignant. It was truly a pleasure working with him.

Interview with Felipe Vassão

  1. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  2. A: A mic, a recording device, a guitar, a great pair of headphones and a bottle of gin.

  3. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  4. A: I started in this business back in 1992, and have since then developed my career working in several studios in Sao Paulo, then starting my own production company in 2005. 80% of it was devoted to advertising music - my bread and butter - and the other 20% devoted to record production and film scores.

  5. Q: How would you describe your style?

  6. A: Footstomping and easy.

  7. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  8. A: Prince. For me he was a master of songwriting as well as a freaking awesome producer/arranger. It would have been such a privilege to watch him work. Sadly he passed...

  9. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  10. A: Never interrupt a take, no matter what. Unless the studio is on fire, let the artist or performer surf through the song and feel the whole thing. I've seen a lot of people stop recording because of a minimal mistake and ruining a great take, or even ruining the whole vibe in the session.

  11. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  12. A: Pop, Rock and Hip-Hop in song production and advertising. Some cinematic stuff for advertising and trailers.

  13. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  14. A: I tend to feel when something is strong and has potential, and have used this gut feeling a lot, with great results. That's not necessarily a skill, but it can be trained and developed to help improve your work.

  15. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  16. A: A point of view. In my opinion songs are narratives: objectively or subjectively speaking. One of the first things I do when writing is setting up a point of view, the perspective from which the song will be built upon.

  17. Q: What's your typical work process?

  18. A: I usually sit down with my guitar and try to lay a basic musical structure. Then I'll go into putting the track together, going through libraries, samples and playing guitars, bass, keys, percussion etc. As I write/produce I tend to kinda mix as well, already shaping up the sounds. When the musical idea is complete I go into the mixing process, which in some cases can be done by a different person, to bring a new vibe to the project.

  19. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  20. A: I've become kind of an "in-the-box" producer, due to my advertising work - which usually asks for a lot of recalls and modifications. So my basic system now is a Mac running Logic and Pro Tools, and a bunch of plugins. I used to work with tape recorders and SMPTE sync throughout a MIDI rig back in the 90s, but I've abandoned that. For mixing songs and albums I tend to go for an analog console. In this case I do rent the studio to do so.

  21. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  22. A: I'm frequently inspired by the 60's work of David Axelrod, Henry Mancini and the omnipresent producer in any producer's top 10 list: George Martin. But I also love Rick Rubin's work, as well as Just Blaze, J Dilla and Andy Wallace.

  23. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  24. A: As a producer I develop the musical landscape in which the artist's narrative will be laid on. I've been doing a lot of Rap and Rock songs lately, but I'm comfortable working with other genres, such as EDM and specially Pop. On the advertising side I compose and produce original music for the most diverse clients. This means genre is not a barrier, since each campaign has a different character and needs a different approach from one another. I can write lyrics, write toplines, write the whole song, compose a soundtrack, record and mix. I also do a lot of sound-alikes and recreation of licensed famous tracks.