I am a professional studio singer and have worked as a Pop/R&B vocalist for many years. If you need a singer for your tracks, need ideas for vocal arrangements or simply need a "demo singer", I am on board! I am also a songwriter. You can listen to some of my work on Spotify as "DEVADO" and "H.I.S.E."
DEVADO is the alias of Munich-based singer Debby van Dooren. Being a so called "DIY artist", the German-American writes, records and produces all her songs in her own basement home studio.
She wrote her first song at the age of eight and has been working as a singer and songwriter ever since.
Aside from her own project, DEVADO has worked for numerous companies (e.g. Disney), DJs, producers and songwriters, giving the production that extra sparkle and professional sound.
DEVADO´s voice has been compared to Tori Kelly, Ariana Grande, Rita Ora and Camila Cabello.
A modern mixture of Pop and R&B depending on the production.
Have a listen for yourself!
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Interview with DEVADO
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Even if this is a completely different genre and I didn´t get to write the song I am still very grateful to have been able to be Disney´s German "Moana".
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on my next releases and am also writing with a lot of other producers and songwriters.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Unfortunately not.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital... No limits to changing a sound ; )
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do my best to live up to your expectations and I am sure the end result will have a very professional and modern sound!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: There are no limits to being creative in the studio!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How I am able to work that fast ; ) (Not trying to boast here, but one of my biggest strengths is my workflow)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I work for free ; )
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are reference tracks and what vibe are you looking for?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what you want and make it clear beforehand to prevent misunderstandings and unnecessary turn-arounds/costs.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop (that would never run low on power ; ), microphone, keyboard, pencil and scrapbook to write down my ideas (I still love handwriting way more than typing lyrics, haha)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been working as a singer/songwriter my entire life.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A mixture of pop melodies yet soulful vocals.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Ryan Tedder: Great songwriter Timbaland: Great productions
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don´t overthink! Be bold and just give your ideas a go - you can then edit and re-arrange your ideas afterwards.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Upbeat tracks. Mostly urban sounding tracks, but also very poppy (Katy Perry style) ones depending on the production and target audience. I have also written and recorded vocals to DJ tracks.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Vocals, timing, melodies and fast workflow ; )
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A commercial, modern and professional sound.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: After listening to the track I want to know what the producer/songwriter is looking for before (reference tracks). Then I start recording my vocals or start writing depending on the requirement. Once I sent out a first demo to see if the client likes the ideas I finalize the vocals and edit them using Melodyne, etc. I use www.wetransfer.com to transfer my vocals and ideas.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work in my home-basement-studio. My equipment: Neumann TLM 102 Microphone UA Apollo Twin Interface Ableton Live 10 DAW Plugins: UA plugins, Little Alterboy, Melodyne
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Artists/Songwriters: Dua Lipa, Ryan Tedder, Camila Cabello
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Writing a song to a given track and recording vocals to it. Recording final vocals to a given demo version.