Interview: Devlin Andersen Of Dead Sound Music Co.
As the music scene in the Twin Cities continues to produce successful acts on the local and national front, the reputations of area producers and studio owners grows even more promising. And, without their expertise and skilled know-how the local scene just wouldn’t be the same. As one of Minneapolis’ newest recording studios, Dead Sound Music Company has already made a name for themselves. Having a pride in their local bands that is unmatched by others, the studio has a true passion for creating sophisticated and engaging works of art. A short Q&A session with the studio’s co-founder Devlin Andersen proves just how rewarding and important it is to be involved with the local music scene.
Emily: So Devlin, explain to me who you are and what you do.
Devlin: I am Devlin Andersen, co-founder of Dead Sound Music Company, L.L.C. I am a friend to the Minneapolis music scene and a catalyst within it. I make things happen. I feel excitement breeds excitement, and from this, I have found success in many aspects of a thriving musical landscape. Together with my partners James Gross and Adam Schmid, our engineers Nicole Fallon and Jim O’Neil, and the support of all of our great bands and friends, we have created a studio, record label, and most importantly, a driving force behind the Minneapolis musicians that we keep close company with.
Emily: How did you get your start here in Minneapolis?
Devlin: I’ve been involved in the music scene since 1995 in some way, shape, or form. I began supporting my friend’s bands, and from this became a big fan of the entire scene. I’ve made so many friends along the way, and it’s these people that keep me focused, always trying to get what we believe in out to more and more people.
Emily: Why is what you are doing in the Twin Cities important?
Devlin: The most important thing we do at Dead Sound Music Company is foster an environment that creates more than just boxes of CDs in people’s closets. I truly believe that what we are doing creates excitement, and I truly believe that a lot of what we choose to promote is better than anything that is released on mainstream radio. We don’t have any desire for any of the artists here in Minneapolis to ‘go mainstream’ with their music. We happen to love it just how it is, and would prefer them to take their sound to the center of the stage and deliver it just the way they intended it from the beginning.
Emily: What is your favorite thing about working in the Twin Cities music scene?
Devlin: There is nothing more satisfying than working with a band, or better yet, a group of bands, creating a show, and selling it out to a crowd that is hungry for music. Watching that chemistry between a crowd and band unfold over the course of an evening of killer rock and roll is a feeling that can’t be matched.
Emily: Five-second shameless plug… GO!
Devlin: We’ve been recording a TON of talented bands…Keep your eyes peeled for all of our upcoming releases!
For more information about the Dead Sound Music Company and Studio, visit their website.
–Emily Buss is a music journalist from Minneapolis and author of On the Rechord blog. On the Rechord is a music site dedicated to the local music scene in the Twin Cities. Emily writes concert and album reviews, band and artist profiles, and provides information about local shows. A college graduate with a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on Journalism, Emily has been professionally writing for newspapers and online outlets for six years. You can find Emily at http://www.ontherechord.com , on Facebook at On the Rechord and on Twitter @TheEmilyB.