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Alana Folen

Making Grammy-worthy Music

Dave Tucciarone in his studio. photo from Dave Tucciarone

Music runs through the veins of Dave Tucciarone, music producer, engineer and owner of Seventh Wave Productions in Salt Lake. A longtime entrepreneur, this Long Island native turned local boy opened his recording studio in 1986.

“Seventh Wave Productions presents a place where music producers can work with artists to form and shape their ideas into the best possible expression so listeners ‘get’ what their music is about,” Tucciarone says.

As a multi-instrumental arranger and composer, Tucciarone does it all and offers his services to clients of all ages specializing in all varieties of music. With an impressive resume to match his skill, Tucciarone has had the opportunity to work with many talented musicians and entertainers here in Hawaii, including Kealii Reichel, Makaha Sons, Kuana TorresKahele, Raiatea Helm, Makaha Sons and more.

“Four albums I’ve worked on have been Grammy-nominated, and I am the recipient of nine Na Hoku Hanohano awards because of my affiliation with these great artists,” he says.

Tucciarone primarily produces Hawaiian music, though not exclusively, and says that his approach to music production and his 26 years of experience in the music industry and professional audio help to make his business unique.

“I ensure that my clients are getting top-level professional service. I believe they should spend a little extra time fine-tuning something or rehearse well before going into the studio,” he says. “‘Do it once and do it right because we are going to listen to this for the rest of our lives’ is what I share with my clients.”

Throughout his career, Tucciarone has spent time working in various recording studios, including Los Angeles, New York and London, and says a lot of the knowledge he acquired is through practical application.

“I was able to significantly supplement my education by observing great producers and engineers,” he says. “The music business is somewhat unpredictable right now, but I try to stay on top of trends and adjust accordingly. Fortunately, Hawaiian music is very big in Japan, and many of my artists travel to Japan frequently.”

According to Tucciarone, you’ll never work harder than when you own your own business. But this one-man-band says the positives always outweigh the negatives.

“My advice for budding producers or engineers? Get a decent, professional rig and work out on that so it becomes an extension of yourself and a creative
tool. Seek excellence always!”

For more information on Dave Tucciarone and Seventh Day Productions, visit davetucciarone.com or facebook.com/dtucciarone.

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