London-based producer, remixer, composer and mix engineer.
With 10 years of experience, my work has featured on BBC Radio, Edinburgh's Festival Fringe, MTV, HBO and international music blogs.
I specialise in production and sound design for music, podcasts and brand identity.
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Interview with Dan Villalobos
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A podcast series.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Watch your levels!! If you're working digitally, keep plenty of headroom on your channels and on your mix. There's no need to go above -12bdFS on the master buss. Most people are working at 24-bit depth, so there are no excuses. Mixing and mastering will take care of the loudness that you're looking for, so give the mastering engineer plenty of room to play with.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Gallant - He's a brilliant performer. I love his voice and his direction. Christian Loffler - every release is incredible. I love the sense of atmospheric nostalgia in his music. Daft Punk - Geniuses. Royksopp - all round great guys and I love everything they do; from their production to stage presentation.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All sorts - I've recently worked on pop, dark rock, dream-pop, electronic pop, dance...
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing and production.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Over 10 years of mixing and sound design experience to complement the written melody.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work mainly within Ableton these days with a sprinkling of Logic and Reason from time to time. I have access to studios for additional gear, if I need it.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MacBook, MIDI controller, microphone, my Adam A7X monitors, Apogee interface...
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A little eclectic, but that's because I grew up on a range of music. I like to work on music that has new elements to them, and not sound generic, I guess. I take influences from everywhere; Pop, Rock, Electronic, Disco, Classical...
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That things are easy to "fix in the mix". Some things can be edited and improved, but things are usually fixed at the performance/recording stage. Get that right, and the mix and any additional arrangement/production stages will be straight-forward.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: The more information I know about your project from the start, the better the process and outcome will be. Communication is key.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I graduated in 2009 with a BSc in Music Technology, and have been doing varied projects since then. I've worked on-location recording sound for TV and independent films, composed for radio and sync libraries, mixed and produced for artists, as well as work on my own music when I can.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: STINT is currently my favourite producer. He does great work and comes across as a nice person.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I work with music artists, getting their music mixed and produced to a releasable, radio-ready professional standard.