We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniel Loumpouridis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniel, what do you attribute your success to?
My success in music production has come from a lifelong admiration for innovative thinkers. All the artists that have ever blown my mind – whether we’re talking Prince, Stanley Kubrick, or Alan Moore – have changed our expectations for what their respective art forms could be. I’ve achieved my success by looking at what isn’t there, the negative space in the music industry. “What do I wish this genre was doing right now?” is one of my favorite questions to ask when I’m producing. It doesn’t matter to me whether I’m working with a country artist, a rapper, or an EDM group, that question keeps us on our toes. The other thing I ask is, “How do I best serve this artist?” Once I’ve figured out how to answer both, we’re golden. It’s a mindset that requires a lot of trust, both from the artist and from myself, but it’s that same trust that allows us to make things that are truly beautiful and unexpected – and the unexpected is what keeps me in business.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve always prided myself on my work ethic, that’s a big part of why I am where I am in my career. Nobody is good at something the first time they do it – unless you were born with a specific talent, the only way to master a skill is by putting in the time. When I was in college, all I did was make music. I realized I wasn’t where I wanted to be, so for four years I locked myself in my room and produced my classmates. I came out of that period with a gold record and a real, sustainable career. Of course, balance is also incredibly important. A good work ethic isn’t about working until you drop dead. You’ve got to know when it’s okay to sit down and take a break, but the end of the day my business succeeds through innovation, a good team, and hard work. Those three things are all important individually, but when you put them together I truly believe you have the world at your fingertips.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My priority is always food, so Tatsu Ramen on Melrose, Sugarfish (wherever it’s convenient), and Maury’s Bagels in Echo Park would be the first things on my list. In non-pandemic times I take visiting friends to Malibu for the sunset. There’s a popular spot called Rosenthal’s right next to the beach and you can get tipsy on their patio before heading towards the water. Makes for a lovely evening. During the pandemic my friends and I have found solace in frisbee golf, especially the course in La Cañada. It’s a twenty minute drive from our place in Echo Park, but getting to hang out and throw some frisbees in the mountains has been a great way to get out of the urban mindset while not really having to work that hard. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My managers, Brian Wilkins and Paige Powell, they’ve been absolutely life changing. Their unconditional belief in my work and their relentless pursuit of “the next thing” have kept our business not only afloat but thriving during the pandemic. They do their jobs so well that it allows me to focus on nothing but the quality of the music. As independent workers, musicians are expected a lot of the time to be businesspeople – negotiators, investors, A&R reps, managers, publicists, etc. When you find the right team as a musician, it allows you to be just that. That level of focus could not be overvalued, and I couldn’t be doing this without them. All of the releases from my artist project says “written, performed, recorded, produced, and mixed by Daniel Loumpouridis”, but “managed by Brian Wilkins and Paige Powell” is always the next thing in the liner notes.
Other: Sorry this is so sparse! Intentionally been avoiding social media during the pandemic – been excellent for my mental health.