Deep and Atmospheric scoring. Always focusing in story. Dark and Harmony, full and rich sound. Hollow Soul.
Hey! I’m Diogo Santos, and I’m the owner of a professional studio, where I write/arrange, record mix and master music for a range of purposes. Always focusing on
I’m in the road for more than five years, the job that I do, reflect on that.
I just transform noises that bothers in my head, into something that can bother others too, in a good way.
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Besides being an an absolutely wicked drummer, Diogo is one of the most conscientious, reliable, and organised musicians I've had to pleasure of working with. He has great ideas and can contribute a lot of worth beyond the scope of his instrument. I highly recommend Diogo for both professional and creative endeavours.
Interview with Diogo Santos
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: On a soundtrack for a documentary about the history of the capital of the state that I live. So many people (1000+) saw it, and got so much knowledge out of it, and I'm proud to be part of this incredible project, making the music based on the cultural legacy of my city, making people emotional about an city that they lived their whole life on, and they, at the time, discovered new facts about, all that, while my music and my historic selections running on with the moving picture...
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: On a soundtrack to an live Theater show, that I will orchestrate some samples and play some instruments live.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: It depends on the public that will consume the media. Digital is fully capable these days. A lot of people already imitate very well the personality of the analog all inside the box. So digital is more versatile, lightweight, durable, and can get some aspects of the analog into the new times. Hanz Zimmer record samples through analog equipment one time, to use to score whole movies for months, so, the digital world have made to theses days to make everything more easy and efficient.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My Music will pass on the message and experiencie, and change the whole plot and enhances the full art work.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Seeing the final result suggesting emotions and feelings on people.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They ask about deadline and if my music will fit extremely well with the purposes. I always and only start the job with that in mind and set, so, it's never and big issue.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That because I do mostly everything, the quality and efficacy of the job suffers. It never happened.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's the message? the story? the flow? color palete (to sound match the viewing experience, so if it is more warmer, more dark, melancholic, abstract, etc)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: It is pretty easy to work with me, but the tracks that I compose/mix/master tend to be darker sounding, so they are always mor adequate to more sober and serious atmosphere movies/intentions
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: an mixer, speakers/headphones (the ones for monitoring), an nice microfone, MIDI Controller (to sit down the harmony ideias), Laptop (for running my DAW)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: It's more than 5 years now, and I have I'm greatly interested in fully became an full service and fully respected studio for recording, mixing, mastering, composing music for all sorts of purposes.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Dark rich harmonies for an atmospheric feel for moving picture.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Movie companies, agencies, anything related to media that needs music to make it better.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It's always about the message of the whole art, it's part of something bigger
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly ambiance and scoring for moving picture, but speaking about genre: R&B Soul, cinematic synth and orchestra songs. With litle spices of blues, tango, and other genres too
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Harmony Arrangement
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: An feel, an Atmosphere
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I can get the whole big ideia of the story by reading documents, looking at animatics, having meeetings with the director, producer, team, and make the music based on these factors, basically...
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have an complete studio, by my house, that I sometimes rent the equipment for some bands rehearsals, but mostly, I use to record samples and orchestral string sets to my music
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Hanz Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, Randy Edelman, John Williams...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I commonly score for moving picture in general, I get the script, go in conversations with the director, producer and the whole team involved in the process, and I work in synergy to get the best soundtracks, to enhance the feel and story, using music as an propellant.