I'm a graduate of Berklee College of Music in production songwriting. I have produced multiple live shows for iHeart Radio tours.
- Avid certified Pro Tools power user
- Interned under Erik Ron (Issues, Panic! At The Disco, Nothing Nowhere) at Grey Area Studios
- Studied songwriting, production, mixing & mastering at Berklee College of Music
- 5+ years of drum, vocal, and guitar lessons
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Interview with Devin Kennedy
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Years ago I had the pleasure of Assistant Engineering for legendary rock band Mr. Big. I worked on an album called "...The Stories We Could Tell". It was a special project because I was able to work with the late Pat Torpey, one of the most talented drummer/vocalists of his time. Pat was diagnosed with parkinson's before we did the album, and the passion that that man brought into the room is unmatched by any artist I've ever worked with. Rest in peace, Pat.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on releasing some new solo singles and I'm currently wrapping up the mixes. They're sounding great.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Anthony Reeder - close friend. talented engineer/mixer/writer.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I make music. Every day. For a living. There's nothing in this world that has the potential to change somebody's emotions quite like music does. It harnesses raw emotional power. There's nothing better.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: - Who are your influences? - What are you listening to right now? - What's the message of this track?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make your decision carefully. There are so many artistic, thoughtful creators out there who would bring new ideas to your project. Since there are so many, find someone who shares common influences and is someone you can connect with.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: (Assuming I have electricity?) - Kemper Profiler - Nord Electro 4 - Seagull Indie-Folk C4 Acoustic Guitar - Fender 1974 Thin-line Telecaster (Blonde) - Universal Audio Apollo
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing in pop-punk bands when I was 12, writing my own songs and helping in any way I could with the production of my carefully crafted jams. Through high school I was mentored by platinum-selling rock producer Pat Regan (Deep Purple, Kiss, Quiet Riot) who developed me into a Pro Tools power user and a thoughtful producer in any session. In 2015 I was accepted to Berklee College of Music for production, business and songwriting and will graduate early in the Spring of 2018. Throughout college I played in multiple bands, continued to produce and write for other artists. Most notably, I co-produced iHeart radio tour shows for ex. Big Time Rush member James Maslow. Between all that, I found time to release two self-produced solo EPs, "No Boundaries" and "Love Language.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Clean, concise, pop-forward tunes
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I want to work with John Mayer because there's a special art to making a slow blues track still fit in the pop world and still be exciting.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If you're in pop, rock, R&B or rock: The song should sound just as amazing with guitar and vocals only, as it does with full production.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Alternative, R&B, Rock
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Topline songwriting
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I'm always going to work towards making the song as catchy and memorable as possible. Radio-ready audio quality paired with concise, pop-forward melodies and production techniques.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on the project and my role. Music always has to feel right. Creating and finishing a song takes a lot of focus and energy.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Mix-optimized studio with Universal Audio interfaces and Genelec speakers + sub. I have a separate vocal/drum booth, a grand piano and more.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: What a question. John Mayer, Charlie Puth, Max Martin, Ryan Tedder, Martin Johnson and so many more.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do for clients is mixing. After that, topline writing and drum programming.