Apr 19, 2013, 12:38

Location:Sun Valley,California,USA

Member since: April 2, 2013

Tracks in portfolio on MusicRevolution.com: 68 (click here to hear all tracks)



Dean Daughters is the songwriter and composer behind Prizm Prime. Dean has been an electronic music producer for over 16 years. Drums are Dean’s main instrument, so Prizm Prime’s music tends to be very rhythm oriented. Dean writes electronic music in many genres: downtempo, trip-hop, chill-out, breaks, trance, house, techno, trance, orchestral & more. Prizm Prime mixes different styles together and does not follow “genre rules”!

Some Questions We Asked Dean of Prizm Prime:

Primary instrument?

The drums have always been my main instrument.  I knew when I was about five years old that I wanted to be a drummer.  My love for all music only grew over the years, and I wanted to be able to make my own complete music pieces from the ground up, so I learned how to write, produce and mix all kinds of music and to play guitar and keyboards as well.

Favorite music-making piece of gear or software you currently use?


Hands down – Alchemy VST instrument from Camel Audio.  This beast of a sampler/synth hybrid is simply amazing — versatile and inspiring to work with.  Spending only a few minutes fiddling around with Alchemy will surely spark new musical ideas and give me fresh creative direction.  One of the reasons I like it so much is that it works for so many different genres of electronic music.  That’s me on any given day, always something different – anything from downtempo, dub & chillout to dancefloor house and trance BANGERS! Alchemy always seems to “fit” with the kind music I want to make.  The sonic richness and overall quality of sound(s) it can produce is nothing short of STELLAR.

Piece of gear or software you wish you owned?


Right now I just would like to get more sound libraries for the Alchemy VST instrument!

Film score or song you admire? Why?


I’m a big fan of the soundtrack for the independent art-house movie, “PI” written and directed by Darren Aronofsky. Clint Mansell did the soundtrack and not only am I a big fan of Clint’s music, I find it very inspiring to see the front-man from the English alternative rock band, “Pop Will Eat Itself” move forward in this direction with his music production(s).

Music education background?


I taught myself to play the drums through years of listening to music and endless practice.  I took school band in junior high school.  Took a few guitar and keyboard lessons while in high school to get me started with those instruments, and I taught myself through much trial and error how to mix and produce full musical compositions.  I also took some music theory and studio recording classes in college.

Memorable “Aha!” moment during your musical education?


One day when playing the drums in junior high school band class, I had a strange realization that if I could think of a beat in my head, I could effortlessly get my hands and feet to co-operate and play it.  It was a “magic moment” to say the least and will always be remembered.  It just happened – one minute I was struggling to get both hands and feet to co-operate simultaneously, then BAMM – it just happened.  My drumming ability really took off from that day forward.

Most embarrassing music-related moment?


That’s an easy one! One night while performing a live gig in a techno duo I was in, we had the place JUMPIN’!  EVERYBODY came out to the dance floor for one of our up-tempo 4-on-the-floor tracks.  Girls were taking off their shoes and making piles of their jackets and purses so they could DANCE to the music we were putting out. For some reason, I thought it might be a good idea to give everyone a quick breather, so we played one of our downtempo tracks as the next number — and we CLEARED THE FLOOR.  You’ve never seen a packed dance-floor clear-out so quickly.  lol – I’ll NEVER make that mistake again!

If you had a time machine and could record or perform once with any artist, who would it be?


I don’t need a time machine for this one — I’ve always wanted to play drums for Peter Gabriel!!

Moment you first knew you would be a musician?


When I was about 5.  I’ve never wanted to be anything else.  It must be in my blood.

Advice you would give to a younger family member interested in a music career?


This is hard advice to hear for a lot of musicians (especially ones who are young), but — I heard somewhere when I was just starting to write my own music that you should write 100 songs and THROW THEM AWAY. THEN and ONLY THEN can you start to write GOOD music.  That was a long time ago, but I’ve done just that. I’ve written well over 100 pieces of music that I never released, honing my skills and learning the craft the entire time.  Looking back – it’s that kind of “Mr. Miagi Zen training” that’s shaped who I am today as a musician.

Five albums you’d take with you to a desert island?


Now that’s a tough one!

“Never Loved Elvis” from The Wonderstuff (my ALL-TIME favorite band).

“Strangeways Here We Come” from The Smiths.

“Fear” or “Dulcinea” from Toad The Wet Sprocket.

“Are YouNormal” from Ned’s Atomic Dustbin.

“Second Toughest in the Infants” from Underworld (I Just gotta have my techno, too!)

Can I squeeze in a sixth? ANY album from Billy Bragg!

 If you could master another instrument, what would it be?

Something ethnic for sure – maybe the Sitar?

Favorite time of day to work in your studio?


Evenings and nights are always good, as the vibe is nice!  The birds are quieter (for clean recording with microphones) and the neighbors usually aren’t sawing or grinding on anything – lol! 

What are your best, or even favorite tracks? Why?


That’s very difficult to answer as my catalog stands at hundreds of finished music track over the years, but I’m really proud of “Flute Fantasy” right now – it has wonderful instrumentation and lovely melodies with Cellos, horns and flute! Click here to listen to “Flute Fantasy”


 Any last words?

As a final thought – I just want to let all your customers and clients know that I can alter just about any piece of my music to suit their specific needs.  I can make tracks longer or shorter, change tempo(s), add or remove instruments and create alternate and/or “remixed” versions, too.  Thanks!

We thank Dean for sharing some of his musical background with us and for contributing Prizm Prime’s tracks to MusicRevolution.com, the Production Music Marketplace. The next time you need rhythm oriented electronic music in a range of genres– downtempo, trip-hop, chill-out, breaks, trance, house, techno, trance, orchestral & more– check out Prizm Prime’s tracks on MusicRevolution.com.


Chris Cardell is the co-founder of MusicRevolution.com https://www.musicrevolution.com, a production music marketplace with nearly 23,000 tracks online where media producers, video producers, filmmakers, game developers, advertisers, businesses and other music buyers can license high-quality, affordable royalty-free music and custom music from a online community of professional musicians. Cardell has been involved with digital content and E-Commerce since the mid-1990’s.


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