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Meet David Lopez of David Lopez Audio in North Atlanta

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Lopez.

David, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was fortunate to grow up surrounded by music and began playing at fairly young age. By about 16, I had my first real experience in the industry as a drummer down in Puerto Rico. Shortly after I began working as a drum technician for a Latin Rock band. After that I started getting more into electronic music and jumped into DJing. In my early twenties I shifted my focus to engineering and production. The blend of technical and creative aspects grabbed me and I decided to study in Miami. From there I started interning at a major studio and worked my way up to staff engineer. My next step was freelancing. After about four years I began working in education for an international creative media school. I started as a lab supervisor and then managed the department for a few years. Over time I began doing seminars and guest lectures on campus, which led to working as an adjunct instructor. In 2011 I became an Ableton Certified Trainer. Ultimately I found another passion and taught full-time for about four years. After almost eight years in higher education I went back out on my own. At first I just started freelancing again but it was a tough transition. I linked up with some production companies to try to get as much work as possible and took a part time job in audio sales for about six months. After about a year I knew I wanted to step things up and create a new company and brand. That was the beginning of DLA. I’m now in my second year into my new venture and thankfully things keep moving in the right direction. I’m bringing all of my experiences over the years together for this company and focusing on education, consulting, engineering and production.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve had plenty of challenges along the way and know there are many more to come. I’m a musician, engineer, and educator. I didn’t study business, marketing, or finance. It’s a constant learning journey. One struggle for me is that I’m a fairly private person and much of promoting my business relies on me putting myself out there. I’m trying to work on that and focus on marketing and content generation. Work/ life balance is another one for me. I’m all about working hard, but not working all the time.

David Lopez Audio – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
DLA is a professional audio services company offering consulting, education, engineering and production services, Our clients include artists, musicians, producers, bands, production companies, record labels, venues, houses of worship, colleges and schools, marketing companies and individuals. We specialize in consulting, education and Ableton Certified Training providing customized pro audio training for recording, live sound, music production and performance applications. We bring over twenty years of pro audio experience and over ten years’ experience in independent and higher education to our clients. DLA is home to one of the few Ableton Certified Trainers in the world.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I really can’t say there’s a singular moment. I’m most proud every time I see my students and clients pushing forward, be it in their education or their careers. Education really holds a special place for me. Growing up I felt like there was a good possibility I’d make my living thru music and audio, but not education. Turns out the two make an awesome combination for me. Although it’s no surprise that teaching came into the picture as it runs in the family.

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2 Comments

  1. Santiago Paramo

    December 21, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    I have worked with David in the past. I highly recommend hm. He is a great human being. Great work ethic. He truly cares about music and makes sure you push yourself to serve the music.

    • David Lopez

      January 23, 2018 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks so much Santiago!.. looking forward to our next studio session!

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