I am a music producer, editor, arranger, mixer, composer, beatmaker, the list goes on... I am in front of a computer with pieces I've been given and meticulously craft, what I hope to be, my next best production. Acapellas, fragmented ideas, or a full composition - I carefully guide and direct it.
I regularly compose, mix and arrange tracks for UMG and several shows on E!, MTV and Oxygen. If I have any "claim to fame", it's composing the main title for the Keeping Up With The Kardashians spin off, Dash Dolls.
I am very active in the writing circuit in Nashville having composed and mixed for writers and artists under Warner/Chappell, Kobalt, Sony/BMG, Rocnation and Peer.
I also produce a small indie project called, Bird Passengers. We've had numerous placements and were a featured artist for both MTV's The Real World and The Challenge. The single "Wanderer", in less than a week, garnered over 100,000 listeners organically, climbing to a peak at #10 on Spotify's Viral Global Charts.
Whatever your idea, I will add the missing pieces that will help translate it to be a finished song. I have an eclectic background musically, having started out playing guitar in rock bands, then moving to producing EDM, to now finding myself producing pop/electronic artists and having songs cut for hip hop and country along the way.
Editing, editing and more editing - vocal tuning, comping (I really enjoy!), quantizing (not rigid on the grid, but controlled with feeling)
Track building (Beat making) - I can "mimic" other tracks very well, but abstract enough to make it your own.
Producing - I can cut vocals in my studio, but can just as easily remotely.
Contact me through the green button above and lets get to work.
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Interview with Nate Dodge
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I think my entire catalog of Bird Passengers. If I felt I was defined by any sound, that would be it.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently composing on a project that I'm not sure how much I can say other than it's for TV and I'm building lots of EDM tracks with heavy drops.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: There is a very talented singer that I'm currently working with -- his name is Noah Barlass. Really dope,current RnB sound.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital -- It is the future and recent advances have eliminated the quality gap.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will never settle until you are thrilled with your service.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I can be curious, try weird things, make mistakes. I have the opportunity to work with so many great people and help them with their creative vision.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: **I can't think of anything off hand, but I'll come back with an answer soon!**
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I can fix it all. I am open and honest though, if we need to go back and fix a take.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your deadline? Do you have lyrics and a worktape? What are your influences? What are some songs inspiring you at the moment?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have a worktape of your song, whether it be from your phone or laptop and have an idea in mind of where you want the production to go. I can take it from there!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop, a solar power generator, headphones, guitar and some sort of gazebo or something for shade and to keep the bugs out.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I compose for multiple music supervisors and publishers. Their projects/clients generally sync for TV, independent film and corporate promos.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'm a swiss army knife and incorporate tricks that I've learned from multiple genres. I'm not sure if I have a distinct/narrow sound, but I do have my signatures.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: It may sound weird, but I'm more interested in breaking an artist that no one has heard of then trying to be in the room with someone who is prolific.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Learn one DAW intimately. Know all the shortcuts and hack your own that mold to your workflow -- I use a gaming mouse with commands assigned to the 12 buttons. I'm able to move quickly and fluidly.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly current pop and electronic
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My attention to detail, but not getting lost in the minutiae!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: S P A C E . Music is not in the notes, but in the silence between them. My philosophy is not how much we can add, but how much we can take away!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It usually starts with a worktape of the song an artist wants produced. We start by discussing the direction, listen through some songs that they are inspired by and try to narrow down a vision. I'll start to build the track with the artist involved -- I feel it immediately steers me in the right direction. I also try to involve the artist in every part of the process as much as possible. From there we start mapping out the lead vocals. It's a delicate process and I don't want to intervene, but may offer some suggestions along the way. After our first session, I'll spend some additional time on the track and sketch out vocal mix/production ideas. I send it all over, then we meet again to track final vocals. I'm very meticulous, but encouraging and we'll record several takes of each section. Afterwards, I'll make all the edits, do additional mixing and production and won't send over a first mix until I'm satisfied. I feed off of constructive criticism and strongly encourage feedback. I will work at the final mix until we're both thrilled!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: A laptop, LED screen (so I can see better), Gibson Les Paul and an Apollo Twin. A painted wall, with studio foam and a comfortable vibe. It's a humble setup.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Greg Kurstin is probably at the top of who inspires me most. His story coming up is incredible and he always remains humble. He is always learning and staying curious. I am also inspired by the work ethic of Prince, Max Martin and Quincy Jones.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music Production and Composing