We had the good fortune of connecting with Dylan Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dylan, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I chose to pursue music production because it’s the only thing that I feel right doing. I have other interests and when I was younger I thought about doing other things. I found that when I did those other things I was never as fulfilled as when I was working on music. My parents always told me that they wanted me to do better than they did. They have done pretty well for themselves which made the bar seem pretty high. As I got older I learned that what they really meant, my father in particular, was that they didn’t want me to just punch a time clock and work my life away. My father worked in heavy industry settings for most of his life and he wanted me to do something that actually meant something to me. Rather that working just for a paycheck. So, I think I’m trying to do the thing that keeps me passionate and excited for what comes next in life.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
All I have ever wanted to do is make records. When I imagine my best life I see myself owning a small studio that is near or attached to my home. I see myself using my skills and resources to help musicians like me achieve their goals for their music. I want to make friends with the people I work with and develop a positive and supportive relationship with my music community. I think that by approaching record making this way I can grow into a better engineer alongside my friends who are growing into better musicians. I’m not sure if that sets me apart from other engineers locally but It kind of sums up my philosophy as an engineer.
As far as it being easy goes… I’d say its not super easy to become a professional recording engineer or mixer. Which, is a strange thing for me to claim to be since I’m still so green. There are many avenues one can take to become a professional and in my experience I haven’t met two engineers with the same story. My story starts with a stint in community colleges learning the basics of recording and that I’m a terrible singer! Before I could finish school I got my internship at The Blasting Room which turned my education on its head. I spent two years relearning some things from school and learning a boat load of new information. Some of which I didn’t even realize could be part of the job. During that time I made some very special relationships that offered me some killer opportunities which led to more and more opportunities! Like I said before, calling myself a pro feels like a stretch. So, in this case my definition of pro is pretty relaxed.
I want people to know how grateful I am for the opportunity to work with them on their music! I know how personally revealing it can be to share one’s art so I treat that trust with respect. I take pride in music I work on and in the people I work with. I consider those people my friends.
If you want to check out some of the music Ive worked on here’s a few credits:
xDeadbeatx – My Devotion – Recorded by Dylan Brown
Robert Shredford – Robert Shredford – Recorded by Dylan Brown
Wolfblitzer – Wolfgang Slang – Recorded by Dylan Brown
Lady Denim – Pixie Girl – Mixed by Dylan Brown
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, my favorite place to eat in town has to be Music City Hot Chicken! My favorite food is fried chicken which I will project on anyone who wants to get food with me. I like to grab a beer at Trailhead Tavern with friends occasionally. I of course would have to take them digging at All Sales Vinyl in old town. I love that place! I really like hosting people at home so I would probably make some food and have drinks and play cards while telling jokes and just enjoying the company!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
When I was struggling to get through college I got an internship at a recording studio in Fort Collins called The Blasting Room Studios. That internship is where I really learned how to engineer well enough to call myself a professional. The Staff engineers there were so kind to me and guided me through the learning process. Jonathan Luginbill the studio manager and Chris Beeble one of the engineers were particularly helpful. Jonathan taught me a lot about being a self starter and about how to use critical thinking effectively in the studio setting. Chris was an amazing mentor, not only teaching me technique and theory but helping me understand that so much of the job is being a friend to your clients. He told me that the job is to make the best recording you can for your client which almost always includes making them comfortable and excited. Without the relationship I have with them I don’t think any of the success I’ve seen would be possible. I owe them a lot!
Other: If anyone is interested in discussing how I could help them make their next record feel free to reach out on instagram or just email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org