Hi! My name is David. I am a producer, recording/mixing/mastering engineer. If you need a single, EP or album that needs a professional sound, message me.
I have a fantastic selection of analogue and digital equipment available to me to help make your music sound professional! I have a beautiful Allen & Heath GL3300 console, ART and DBX compressors, EQ's, plus third party plugins from the likes of Slate Digital and Waves. I have guitars including: Supro's, Strat's, Gibson's, Maton's and have access to any amp sound thanks to my beloved Kemper. I also have worked alongside mixing legend Cenzo Townshend at his beautiful studio; Decoy Studio's. So no matter what sound you are looking to achieve, I can provide it for you and make your music come to life. Get in touch!
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Interview with David Hollands
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recorded a full song with an artist at Decoy in a single day, which was fantastic fun. I also record with local musicians in my area who then go on to release music and rank in the charts.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on a four track EP with a singer songwriter, stay tuned it will be out soon...
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes, Rob Sellens. I worked with him at Decoy Studios and he is a great guy who knows his stuff!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog. It sounds better.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'm not happy until you are happy.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It's my passion.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: When will the mix be done? A: When you are happy with it.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I can fix everything. Sometimes I may offer to re-record or re-amp something for you. I want you to have the best sound possible.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your vision for the Single/EP/Album, and what can I do to help you get there?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Ask questions, get the best person you can. Find someone who is as passionate about your project as you are. Someone like me.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Coles 4038 Shure SM7B Universal Audio 1176 Silver Face Cymatic Audio uTrack 24 A/D Convertor MacBook running ProTools
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started mixing in my bedroom about 7 years ago. Mixed a lot of rubbish, started mixing some good sounding records and started affiliating with knowledgeable people who could help further my mixing.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like to enhance the natural sound of an instrument. If a snare drum has some great overtones, I want to emphasise that.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jack Johnson. Great songwriting, production and natural sound.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't try to "save" a mix after the recording process. If you aren't happy with your kick drum sound, re tune it, adjust the mic placement and record it again. Mixing should be polishing a trophy, not a turd.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Pop, Indie, Jazz, Singer Songwriter... I am open to pretty much anything though.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have a good musical ear, so can make judgements based on the music rather that what the book says.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Class, sophistication and professionalism.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Receive the stems, edit them and rough mix in the box, and then do the main mix on the console once the audio has been tidied up.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It is constantly growing... I use as much analog gear as I can. The console I use is a Allen & Heath GL3300, which has nice mic pre's and EQ. I use outboard gear like DBX and ART Pro VLA II Compressors, and then have plugins like Slate Digital, Waves and UAD for in the box mixing.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I recently worked with the legendary mix engineer Cenzo Townshend, so he is a big influence. Warren Huart also encourages me to make great music.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and Mastering. I have some great gear available to me, both analog and digital, so can offer professional and huge sounds.