Founded in 2014 by Audio Engineer Dean Pratt aka Dapz, Compound Audio is the place to go for all your audio mixing, mastering and post-production requirements.
Based in East Midlands UK, Compound Audio caters to a wide range of Client’s including Major Record Labels, well known Independent Labels and Self-Financed Artists. With over 20 years’ experience in the music industry, Company founder Dapz has worked with the crème de la crème in the business under various guises and collaborations.
Through word of mouth and recommendations alone, Compound Audio has built up a strong following and loyal advocates which has seen Dapz take on projects from: Snoop Dogg, Fatman Scoop, Majestic, MC Neat, Skepta, BMG Production Music, Channel 4 UK, Kiss TV, Notts TV, The Box Africa, Dambuster Studios, EA Games & More
A qualified Teacher and Audio Mastering Engineer, Dapz provides a range of digital, analogue and certified “Mastered For iTunes” services to suit the needs and budget for the Client’s of Compound Audio while drawing on years of experience and sheer natural ability to sense the artists’ direction of a project. Our aim is to give customers a finished product they can be proud of hence why the Client’s of Compound Audio keep coming back for more.
ABOUT DAPZ, BIO & HIGHLIGHTS.
Dapz has been heavily into music from a young age. At 13 years of age, he took up Dj’ing Drum & Bass and by 16 progressed onto writing his own music production in 1997.
In 2000 Dapz studied at Leicester College to complete a course in Electronic Music & Recording to learn more about the studio side of composing and Production. Following on from this, In 2003 / 2004, Dapz completed a National Diploma in BTEC Level 3 Music Technology.
By 2005 he began working with MC $pyda, This opened him up to a range of new ideas and a chance to further develop his skills in a studio environment. This step into the music industry also led him to meet and collaborate with more established artists and recording vocals for the likes of, Daddy Freddy (Hard Core LP), Benny Page (The Burial), DJ Clipz Aka Redlight (Pass it Around) and Future Bound & Matrix (Knightrider) and more.
In 2006 Dapz completed a 7302 City & Guilds in Teacher Training and went to work for a Youth Organisation company based in Nottingham teaching Dj’ing and music production to students from the age of 13 to 18 around Midlands area.
2007 was a successful year as new music projects took Dapz not just around the UK but overseas to the various city’s in Germany to do live PA’s with MC $pyda, Mc Bomma and Slipz under the name of Strugglaz.
In 2008 Dapz started to produce 4×4 Bassline with Slipz as a side project from Drum & Bass. After taking the scene by storm, the duo (Slipz & Dapz) was getting huge support from mainstream Dj’s leading to Dj Cameo, Ras Kwame & Dj Target, playing their productions on his Radio 1xtra radio shows.
It wasn’t long after that Passenger Records signed them both to a sub-label called Basslayerz. After flooding the underground with a fresh sound, Slipz & Dapz remixed “Tell Me You Love It” Featuring Blu Rum 13 from The US.
2009 was when the hit single (Balaclava) with Mc $pyda got released, and Dapz was recording vocals and various projects for Skepta, Dj Phantasy, Nicky Black Market, Mc Bassman, Trigga and more.
As Dapz was making headway in the Drum & Bass scene, he was getting support from Dj’s in the UK and the US. Also in 2009 Dapz won Track of the year on Kemet Fm supported on Jo Nebulas Drum & Bass Weekly show with his epic version of (Buck Rodgers).
Within this busy year, Dapz had a number of releases on various other Drum & Bass labels such as Subsonic Audio, Dread Nought, Abstract VIP, Junction 11 and more.
In 2010 Dapz teamed up with runner up best female Drum & Bass Dj Misrepresent to form Silent Code and within 2011/12 the duo had interviews and support by, K Mag,Mix Mag, BBC Introducing to follow up with many digital and vinyl releases on labels such as Viper Recordings(Engaged), Physmatics Music(Dutty Gal Ft Ragga Twins), Formation Records(Black Remix), Dirt Lies And Audio(6 Million Dolla Man) and Easy Records(Box Your Chimp).
After creating a solid name in the scene they both were booked to Dj across Europe as Silent Code and individually, Their next step was to take on their own digital Label called (Sliced Note Recordings) this created many possibilities to release their own productions along with signing other artists.
By 2013 Dapz and Misrepresent moved to other bigger and better project and had three of their tracks used on EA Games Need For Speed game that sold over 9million copy’s worldwide.
Also in 2013 Dapz started to push the Mix-down & Master side of things for up and coming producers as well as established artists, due to his standard of work he was delivering. One client, in particular, was Dj Rap (Proper Talent Records) which lead to a remix of the mighty well know jungle classic tracks called Spiritual Aura & Diggable Bass.
In 2014, Dapz Teams up with Jo Nebula and produces a remix of (Twisted World)
This track has had nothing but love and supported by most A Listed Dj’s across the world. They both plan to follow this up with a track entitled (Turn It Up) forthcoming on Back2You Records.
Also within 2014, Dapz started up a new project for the Mixing & Mastering service’s called Compound Audio. This has now lead him to not only Engineer for Artist’s but to build a huge Customer based platform that’s opened up the doors to more possibilities within the music industry.
later in 2014, Dapz went solo then taken part in many remix projects and collaboration’s with major artists such as Snoop Dog (Flip it), Fatman Scoop (Bass Dunk). Along with Paul Rayner, Charlotte Devaney, Mampi Swift (Charge Recordings) & Jo Nebula (Back 2 You).
In 2015 Dapz did a number of Jungle remix’s for labels and (AnnGree – Give your Love To Me) sat at number 1 in the jungle charts for 3 weeks. Another huge track that got a lot of support on BBC Radio 1 & BBC 1xtra from mainstream DJ’s was the mighty collab with Mampi Swift Ft MC Dynamite track titled BIG TUNE.
Throughout the year, plenty more came from Dapz as he had a line-up of forthcoming releases on labels such as Physmatics, Short Circuit, Back 2 you, Agitated Audio, Digital101, Rogue Beats, Charge Recordings and more.
2016/18, Things really starting to take off at Compound Audio to the point where mixing and mastering became a full-time Monday to Friday job, and the music production was starting to take a back seat, while the Clients starts to grow, one worth a mention, Dapz was given a chance to not only mix but to master over 4hours worth of audio content for a computer game called (Homefront: The Revolution) by Dambuster Studios in Nottingham.
More on the Mix-Mastering side, Labels such as Juice Records, Skeleton Records, Brain Records, Proper Talent, Quayside records and more, all gave Dapz the go-ahead to Master forthcoming tracks as well as Re-Master classic anthems from the early 90s Drum&Bass Jungle era.
Near the of 2018, Dapz went ahead and had a purposely built studio made. Utilizing his knowledge he has learnt over the years, he has carved a dream sound and vision perfectly to how he’s always wanted it.
2019 Dapz joined up with one of the worlds leading audio Mastering engineer (Streaky) to learn more tips & tricks along with keeping up to date with today’s industry standards by sitting an intense 8 module training course set out over 8 weeks.