I'm a graduate of Berklee College of Music in production & songwriting.
- Credits Include: James Maslow (ex. Big Time Rush), Trevor Douglas, Microsoft, Xbox, The Habits, MTV
- Studied songwriting, production, mixing & mastering at Berklee College of Music
- Avid certified Pro Tools power user
- Interned under Erik Ron (Issues, Panic! At The Disco, Nothing Nowhere) at Grey Area Studios
- 5+ years of drum, vocal, and guitar lessons
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Interview with Devin Kennedy
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently in writing mode for my artist project. Getting ready to release a lot of new music next year.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: In an ideal world, analog. True sound and it's really cool to have the gear. But realistically, between traveling, lot's of writing sessions...it's all about digital these days.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: - I will take the time to make sure your projects are exactly as you need them to be. I have been in situations where I have brought on producers who didn't understand the vision for the project, and it doesn't feel good. I will understand the vision and execute.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: - What will you bring to my project? I will make sure your track is clean and well executed. It will sound radio ready.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think a lot of people stray away from true mix/master engineering because they feel that they don't have the training or experience to market themselves as an engineer. So much of it is just sitting with a song until it sounds right.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: - Custom Shop Fender Thin-line Telecaster - Kemper Profiler - Nord Electro 4 - Seagull Indie-Folk C4 Acoustic Guitar - Universal Audio Apollo (and a few cables...)
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. Through high school I was mentored by platinum-selling rock producer Pat Regan (Deep Purple, Kiss, Quiet Riot). In 2015 I was accepted to Berklee College of Music for production, business and songwriting. I graduated in 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 launched a solo project that has amassed over 1.6 million streams independently in under two years. In 2018 I was awarded "Best New Emerging Artist" by Hollywood Music in Media and I sold out my first headline show in Los Angeles.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I want to work with John Mayer because he's the best at combining musicality with pop sensibility.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Alternative, R&B, Hip Hop, Rock
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Writing Melody
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Mix-optimized project studio with Universal Audio interfaces & Adams Monitors. I work in Pro Tools.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: John Mayer, Max Martin, Ryan Tedder, Jack Antonoff, Mike Posner & many more
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My most steady work-for-hire jobs are mixing & mastering. I work on a lot of pop/r&b stuff with some occasional rock & hip hop songs.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Anthony Reeder - close friend. talented engineer/mixer/writer.
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.