Dmitry Gruber is multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound-engineer, record label owner. He works with sounds more than 10 years, he has a huge experience in music recording, composing, mixing and mastering. His songs were used by Netflix, ITV (UK), Carolina Herrera and other brands.
Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and your career journey?
I am 28 years old music composer. I work with sounds for more than 10 years. I run my own record label since 2014. I wrote, recorded, published and produced more than 300 music releases. My music used in products of many brands.
Who inspired you to make music?
It’s ridiculous, but I still don’t know why I began making music. It was never in my plans, but it happened. I can’t say that I was musically gifted, I spent a lot of time to raise my skill. Maybe it’s just my way of understanding the life, people, world and
What is truly like to be a musician and composer?
I think that musician and composer is two different activities, states of mind and quite different types of personality. It’s like actor and film director. I can play the instruments, but I am composer (and also sound-engineer). I develop the concept, I do all the music parts (beside vocals), and also I work on (and combining together) all the aspects of sound, all the details, I am fully responsible for technical moments, ways of recording, processing and listener’s perception of the final work. Good
composer must keep in mind a lot of things at the same time; understand emotions, human nature, feelings and many types of energies very deeply. It’s endless research, journey without final destination, it’s very exciting, sometimes fun, sometimes hard for no reason, but always close to madness. It’s like you are living in a lot of worlds and traveling a lot of times and dimensions.
What do you like most about your job?
The feeling when “music plays you” and moments when you finds something that can be connected with The Great Beauty or Cosmic Beauty. Both of these things make me feel the unity with the Universe.
What was your first big break in the industry?
As an achievement, I probably should mention work with a major brand or something like that, but right now I remembered a different case. It was hot-hot summer of 2018, first vinyl edition of one of my main music project called “Galatée”. It was pressed and published by Spanish music label. They sent me a parcel with a part of physical copies. Total weight was 17 kg (37 lb). And I went to the mail building to take these treasures. And as I said, summer was really hot, but I ignored that fact. 37
lb? Oh, it’s easy for the man like me. Where was the mail building located? Half an hour by walk. Well, the box was constantly slipping out of hands and I was thinking that I will die by overheat. I didn’t take a car or call taxi, because “it’s near”. And 37 lb
is not such a lightweight when you have been carry it for a long time. When I finally arrived at home I felt nothing, but pain in my hands. The cup of tea was never so heavy. I think nothing can compare with this: when your music became physical to the pain and you literally can feel it, haha!
What’s one of the most interesting projects that you’ve done?
The most interesting one is in production now and I can’t share the details. It is connected with cinematography. As for other, I love all my projects. From the recent I would note my EP “Reine Des Lézards”, I recorded it in the February. I combined sounding of 60s and early-90s eras. It was very interesting, exciting and sometimes very difficult. I am really happy with the result.
Your songs were used by Netflix, ITV (UK), Carolina Herrera and other
brands. What is unique about your songs?
I think we’d better ask music supervisors, agents and decision makers about it, haha! Well, I never care about what’s popular or what can be popular. I love interesting ideas and unique music. And I’m just making what I love and interesting to me.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Everything was changed, but nothing changed at the same time. As an example: you can communicate with almost everyone, but major brands and companies don’t accept and review unsolicited materials. Music business like any other business is about connections, relationships and reliable people. Internet gave us interesting opportunities, but without team and good interactions with people there will be no big success.
To what do you attribute your success?
For me success is a possibility to realize any of my ideas, when I have everything for make anything I want happen. It’s an absolute freedom.
What are you passionate about besides your work?
Any forms of art. It’s not only work, it’s way of living. In future I plan to do movies. I love cinema so much more, I need to be ready and have enough life experience for it.
If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Build the team even if you are total individualist. The world is about interactions and we’re all connected. Always work on your skills and always care about your business. Many creative people tend to ignore it and it’s the most common and critical mistake.