Q & A With Producer Dave Moran
We recently sat down with young NYC based producer, Dave Moran (aka Lio Beats) and asked him a few questions about his technique to producing. Check it out!
How do you approach a new project?
I start with whatever the artist has. Most of my clients don't know how to work Pro Tools, Logic, etc...so in the beginning my job as a producer is to use the those tools in a way that allows the client to get all of their creativity out and onto a session. I also think it's really smart for artists to come in with a couple solid song references as to what direction they want to go in. Once their knowledge of production or their inspiration is at it's peak, that's where I take over and put the pieces together and give my input as to how the song can be improved. My job isn't about making what I want to make. My job is to bring to life my clients' ideas while using my expertise to bring out each song's full potential.
What's your favorite aspect about being a producer?
I like working outside of my comfort zone, it helps me so much when I come back into my element. Typically the majority of what I do revolves around relevant pop and hip-hop sounds, but recently I've been working on some pretty interesting stuff that has made me try new things from a producer standpoint. For example, my last three projects that I've been focusing on here at SweetSounds have been Reggaeton, Russian Pop, and Haitian Pop. This diversity in projects has made me think beyond my typical sounds and has forced me to get creative in new ways which is really exciting to me, especially because each project has turned out really really awesome.
What's your advice to new comers?
Know your references. Study the music that you like and find the similarities between you and the artists that you like. You can usually find a good starting point from there. Typically you'll find a couple things that each of your references have in common that you can highlight on. There are always exceptions, but for most people that are starting off, this part is really important.