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Conversations with David Lopez

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Lopez.

Hi David, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started off really young. My dad is a songwriter and he’d have me help him when he would record his demos using our cheap little keyboard that we had and recorded onto a cassette player. This was my first memory of being introduced to music this way. Although, my dad says I would sing along to different artists such as Pedro Fernandez and Enrique Iglesias.

I always loved to sing and that’s what I started to pursue when I was around 12 years old. Around that time is when I went to my first concert to see RBD. After that show, I decided to really pursue music and have always wanted that to be my full-time job.

I started to practice singing everyday after school and on weekends and started to develop a repertoire. I even recorded a few songs on my BOSS Digital Recorder, made a few CDs and gave them to family. My dad was my manager back then and very quickly, I was booked almost every weekend. My gigs included performing at nightclubs, quinceañeras, etc.

When I was 17 years old, I joined my first band as a vocalist and percussionist. We had quite the success and great opportunities to open for some of Mexico’s biggest artists such as La Arrolladora Banda El Limoncellos, Ramon Ayala, Control, Conjunto Primavera just to name a few. During my time in the band, I realized more and more how much I also just loved to record. So I began making arrangements to some of my dad’s songs. The challenge was that I only had eight channels to work with on my digital recording. But, I made it work and had fun learning lots of new techniques.

About two years after joining the band, I decided it was time to branch out as a solo artist again. I once again started to go out and perform.

In 2014, I had the amazing opportunity to work with Latin Grammy-nominated Producer Toby Sandoval. I worked with him for a couple of years learning what it took to be in this business. I took vocal lessons from him and he helped develop me as an artist. During the songwriting session and recording demos, I realized that being in the studio was what truly made me happy. I loved to sing but there was just something about being in the studio even more. I continued to develop my skills as a producer.

There are many different steps that go into a song’s final version that you end up hearing on the radio or streaming on your mobile device. From the song being written, the production, mixing and mastering. It was when learning all of this that I discovered that it was even a possibility to be a Mix Engineer. As a Mix Engineer, you receive the producers/artist’s multitracks and it is your job to serve the song and the artist’s vision with using volume balancing, equalization, compression, effects, etc. I have been following this dream ever since. I’ll occasionally still do things such as vocal production, but mixing is where I put most of my focus.

I now have my home studio, URI Studios, where I have my mixing rig setup. I truly treasure it and I’m always looking forward to working on the next project and helping the artist with their vision.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Not at all! However, I wouldn’t change a single thing. Every single step in this journey has brought me to where I am today and I am grateful for it all. Being in the music business usually involves a lot of late nights and sacrificing weekends and occasionally family events. Having my own business now allows me to be in charge of my own schedule which is really nice.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a Mix Engineer. The genres of music that I typically receive for mixing are pop, rock and singer-songwriter. But, I’m always looking forward to working on something different and challenging myself.

I have to say that I am most proud of where I am today and where I’m headed. What I have today are things that I could only dream of when I was younger. Hard work really does pay off. I’ve come a long way from recording onto a cassette player.

I pride myself in my overall love for music and the different roles that I’ve had over the years. When I’ve completed a new mix, I put myself in all those shoes. Before sending it out for approval, I ask myself, if this was my song what would I say? As just someone who loves to listen to music, does this song move me and achieve what the artist is trying to put out there? I work with the artist the whole way through until they are satisfied with the mix. If they want changes made, no problem.

What makes you happy?
Every time I reach a goal that I’ve set for myself, I instantly feel happy about it and I’m ready to achieve the next. However, I’d have to say what makes me the happiest is being able to share that happiness with others. Whether it’s making them laugh or just having a great time spending it with others. Happiness is important to me.

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