Today we’d like to introduce you to austin danson.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Well, I can’t remember a time where I didn’t write or play music… Professionally speaking though, I suppose it wasn’t until I met my dear friend and long-time collaborator Victoria Sans (of the band Genau) while I was studying in London that I realized I had a particular knack for co-writing and producing. That was five years ago now and I haven’t really looked back since. I moved to LA from London two years ago with the express intent to make a career of it.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s certainly been the happiest few years of my life. Being able to wake up with the sole objective of making the best music I can make is a dream. It took a second to figure out how to handle the business side of things. I’d been in school my whole life until I got to LA and I had two degrees in fine art… I knew very well what I wanted to make and how to make it. I didn’t have as good an idea how to pay rent.
It’s not what I would have wanted to hear two years ago, but the financials kinda did take care of themselves as long as I kept putting myself out there, making good work, and meeting people who were excited about what they do and wanted to give it their all. Definitely scary at times, but the cliche is true– for as mad as the industry is, once you get in the studio and start the magical process of bringing to life something that’s previously only existed as a little inkling in someone’s mind, everything else disappears and any struggle is worth it to be there
So, as you know, we’re impressed with austin danson – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Ya, I always thought the word “producer” was a little upsetting growing up. What on earth do these people do?! But it’s intentionally vague I suppose because we all do things a little differently. Ultimately though, it’s down to the producer to deliver the finished product– be it a single, album, ep, etc.
I think a good music producer should also have experience with every aspect of the production process. So even if one out sources mixing, one should be a pretty decent mixer oneself, you know?
So, I produce, and I specialize in composition and arrangement (sometimes I’ll handle mixing/mastering etc, but prefer to send tracks to a few trusted engineers etc). My goal is to work with the artist to bring to life the truest version of what they hear in their head. I believe every artist has inside them music that is wholly and uniquely their own. Maybe they already know what that is, or maybe we spend a few weeks talking and throwing ideas around before we start making music. But ya, what matters to me most is to get to know the artist– what they love and what they want to share with the world and then to make that.
I think its my training in fine art that gives me this perspective on the process… the dogma of the schools I went to (ucla and goldsmiths) was very much “concept concept concept”. Yes, your technique needs to be on point– obviously you need to be able to construct the thing (the music, the sculpture, whatever), but like…. why are you making it? What is it about? Finding and honing in on that is what’s absolutely crucial to me. I think that’s how you make music that really connects with people.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Keep making music! I’ve got a few eps and such lined up…. looking at building a studio in the next couple of years too. The newest thing for me is that I’m starting to do some film scoring. It’s crazy. So like, when I write with an artist, they may bring in vocals for like a 2:30-3:30 and I’ll fill in the music to go with it.
Scoring is like doing that for 90+ minutes straight– it’s exhilarating, like I’ll sit down with a piano and a mic ( I kinda sing what I’m hearing while watching it and then transcribe those vocals later) strap in and get shot off into magic land.
- Pricing depends on where a project is at when i get to it and if we’re booking fancy studios/equipment and that kinda thing, but we’re looking at 1-2k a track. This includes writing, producing, recording, mixing, and mastering ( I also like to help newer artist out with distribution if need be)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/austin_danson
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