photo credit: Parham Sajjadi
Multi-platinum-selling Austrian producer Nik Dean’s credits speak for themselves. The prolific producer has worked with a slew of major Hip Hop and R&B artists, and in doing so has made a strong impact in the genres. His unique sound and top-notch production quality is in high demand, and we were excited to learn that FL Studio is the driving force behind his work. Read on to hear more about his background, outlook, and experience with FL Studio.
G-Eazy – Demons & Angels ft. Miguel, The Game (prod. by Nik Dean)
Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.
My Name is Nik Dean, and I am a multi-platinum producer from Vienna, Austria. I have established myself in the hip-hop and R&B genre by working with an impressive list of top-charting artists that includes Gunna, Tory Lanez, Kodak Black, and more. My music productions are known for their unique blend of dark, moody, and crisp sounds that add authenticity to any hip-hop or R&B track. I got into music at a young age and have been passionate about it ever since. My love for music led me to explore different genres and experiment with different sounds, which eventually led me to produce for the artists I do today.
How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?
I started using FL Studio in 2017. I worked with other DAWs before but always felt kind of limited with them, so I switched to FL. From the moment I launched the software, I was immediately hooked. For several days, I devoted myself to learning the program, and even to this day, I continue to explore and learn more about its capabilities. The software’s versatility and ease of use have allowed me to experiment with different sounds and create unique compositions that have helped define my signature style. FL Studio allows me to easily manipulate sounds, experiment with different effects, and create unique beats that stand out. It’s an intuitive and powerful software that helps me bring my musical ideas to life.
Tory Lanez – The Color Violet (prod. by Nik Dean)
Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.
I have had the pleasure of working with an impressive list of top-charting artists, such as Tory Lanez, Kodak Black, G-Eazy, and Nav, to name a few. My work as a producer has spanned across several genres, but I am most known for my contributions to the hip-hop scene. I’ve produced tracks for albums such as “The Color Violet” by Tory Lanez, “25k Jacket” by Gunna & Lil Baby, and “Backstage Passes” by EST GEE & Jack Harlow. I am proud that these artists have allowed me to contribute to their success.
Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use.
My production space is my home studio in Austria. My workflow consists of a mix of software and hardware. I use FL Studio as my primary software for music production, and I have a range of hardware, including a Prophet 10, Oberheim OB-X8, UDO Audio Super 6, and an Omnichord. I also have a collection of analog and digital effects pedals that I use to shape my sounds.
Nik Dean’s Studio
photo credit: Erol Hasic
Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
I am constantly pushing myself to create new sounds and push the boundaries of what is possible in music production. Through the use of drum loops, one-shots, tonals, textures, and various FX, I am able to create hit-worthy music. I am always excited to collaborate with new artists and help them achieve their musical vision. I would like to express my gratitude for the opportunities and successes that I have experienced in my career thus far. I am committed to continuing to push boundaries and create music that resonates with people worldwide.
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