Dario Dendi

Dario Dendi

Title: Producer, Engineer
Genres: Rock, Pop
Status: Taking submissions
Song limit per member: Unlimited
Bio: With almost 15 years of experience in the music industry, Dario has worked with a great number of influential artists and… read more

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song: Starlight
artist: David James

genre: Pop - Rock
stats: playlists: 46 | song plays: 601
General Overview
What Genre is most appropriate for this song?
Rock

What is an appropriate title for this song?
Starlight is good although there is a famous song by Muse called that. I also quite like who we are

What artist does this song most remind you of?
Stereophonics, Bon Jovi

What best describes the subject matter of this song?
Love & Relationships - Falling in Love

What era does this song fall under?
2000 and later

What best describes the mood of this song?
Happy - Joyful

Song Analysis
Quality of Lyrics
3/5

Quality of the Hook
3/5

Quality of the Verses
4/5

Quality of the Chorus
3/5

Quality of the Breaks
4/5

Quality of Instrumentation
4/5

Quality of Arrangement
5/5

Quality of the Melody
4/5

Quality of the Chord Progression
4/5

Quality of the Instrumental Hooks
5/5

Marriage Between Chorus and Verse
3/5

Marriage Between Music and Lyrics
4/5

Instrumentation
Quality of the Instrument/Sound Selection
5/5

Quality of the Lead Performances
4/5

Quality of the Meter
4/5

Quality of Piano
4/5

Quality of Keyboards
3/5

Quality of Guitar
4/5

Quality of Bass
5/5

Quality of Other Instruments
4/5

Quality of Intro/Opening Line
4/5

Vocals
Quality of the Vocal Pitch
4/5

Quality of Vocal Phrasing and Performance
4/5

Quality of the Backup Vocals
4/5

Quality of Vocal
4/5

Production
Quality of Recording (Techniques)
5/5

Quality of Mix
5/5

Originality of Song
3/5

Overall Rating
4/5

Quality of the Title
3/5

General Comments

Dear David,

First of all let me apologise for how long it has taken me to submit my review. I have been stuck in a very demanding session for a very long time now and simply haven't had the chance to do much else.
Now to your song. The first thing that struck me was the quality of the production. This recording is very well put together and mixed, your colleagues did a very good job. It is certainly above demo quality and I would say it's even release quality so you don't need to go any further from a production poit of you. The execution and arrangement are very good and competent also. I particularly like the bass part, which really drives the song along. The guitr parts are somewhat cliché for me but they're also very well laid out and played and nothing is overly played in the guitar department. I also have some constructive feedback. The first one is about structure. I feel there are 2 parts you could lose altogether. The instrumental section before the middle 8 doesn't need to be there in my opinion, you could jump straight into the middle 8 and it would be more powerful. There's s nothing that is interesting enough in that instrumental section to justify its existence. A third chorus after the middle 8 is correct although I don't dig that other middle 8 type part at the end of it before the outro. I actually like that outro so I would go straight into it from the last chorus. The other issue I have is quite important: dynamics. At the moment you chorus is sounding a bit like a bridge. After a few listens I realised it's not the melody but the instrumentation. It doesn't lift enough from a music point of view to make you feel like the chorus has arrived. I would add more guitar parts and make it more epic and grand to really make it stand out and I would also add some distinctive harmonies on the lead vocal to really lift it.
Lastly I feel the lyrics could be more adventurous. I normally restrain myself from criticising lyrics as I know how personal they can be, however, I feel some of the lyrics will be regarded a little bit as cliché given that it already is a fairly middle of the road track.
Something else I'd like to add also is the key for the track. In years of record production I have learnt the importance of finding the right key for the singer. It can make a massive difference. Your singer here sounds better as he goes up in pitch. I think one or two semitones higher here would have done the track a world of good.
I think the tune has commercial appeal and it's also well crafter so the production is usable as it is. Are you looking to be a singer-songwriter or are you happy to have your song performed by someone else? I think you could sync this song if it had a hookier lyric so it might really be worth addressing that.
Hope this feedback helps you improve this song and the ones to come. I'm contactable on dariodendi@me.com.
Take care


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Artist's Submitted Question:

Dario. I see you've worked with a lot of UK based acts so as a UK based composer I would be interested in your views of my song 'Starlight'. The vocalist Dean Newsome and the producer Tony Davis take a lot of the credit for the finished product but the concept musically, lyrically and in terms of arrangement is mine. Is this a strong song and if so how could it be marketed? Do you hear any weaknesses and if so how could they be addressed? I look forward to your comments. Thank you. David

Pro's Answer/Comments:

Questions answered above David


Quote From Pro:

Excellent production and great musicianship


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