I am an award-winning engineer and producer that has mixed many radio singles and whole projects. My most recent award was a gold plaque and a hot 100 billboard award for Smile by Lil Duval and Snoop Dog. I mix multi-genre, and I can help you bring your vision to life.
I am a professional mixing engineer currently residing in Los Angles with over 15 years of experience in creating records. Now I mix for labels and indies as well as work with NCredible entertainment and the Hip Hop Caucus where I edit a weekly podcast.
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Interview with DCross
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: what is your favorite part of the song?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Just get an experienced engineer. Not just someone who can use pro tools
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Relaxed and decisive, I like appropriate aggression in records and direct vocals. I like when songs ride on a high.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I just like good artist who care about what they do. I love music so Im not really chasing stars, just good artist.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: sometimes you have to nudge to help create a clean pocket
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop and R&B, Pop & Live bands
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ear
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Knowledge of how a song is supposed to sound and knowing when its done.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen to the song maybe 5-7 times first and understand what the artist is presenting then I identify the strong and weak points of the song and try to make the weak parts better. I reference other songs that are close in style so I can make sure the levels are accurate and then I begin to stem the audio through my mixer so I can level the song. I compress and eq as needed then I add the sweet stuff like reverb and harmonizers to make the records glue together sonically.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have 2 setups a home setup where I mix thru Pro-Tools and my tonelux 16 channel mix and the studio setup where I mix through a SSL Matrix2.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by great engineers Bruce Swedien, Dr. Dre, Tony Maserati, and great Producers like Quincy Jones.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do is mix and arrange songs for clients.