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Dragi Ivanov: From recording engineer at KIDinaKORNER to being a lead producer
In the modern music industry there are a plethora of famed music producers making their own music and producing for other artists; and for many of us, the question arises over what sets them apart from the rest. Is it refined technical skill, an endless stream of creativity, or perhaps, the ability to translate the ideas of the artists they're producing into a coherent whole that grabs the attention of today's audiences?

When it comes to the work and career of Dragi Ivanov, it is undoubtedly all of the above. The moment the Macedonian born producer and recording engineer discovered his love for making music on guitar back in his early teens he knew he was onto something special. He quickly began recording and producing for his band Dan Rice, before moving to the states where, after cultivating his technical skill as a recording engineer, his career began to skyrocket.

Ivanov recalls, "I think the idea of being able to do everything yourself was the most attractive thing about being a recording engineer and a music producer. I no longer had to rely on people to do things that I could've done myself and I was allowed to experiment and try things the way I wanted them to be." 

To Ivanov, being an adept recording engineer was essential to producing; and his dexterity in the studio when it comes to recording and mastering has been key to his success.

He explains, "Being a recording engineer is very useful when producing music and since I'd always wanted to produce music I picked up engineering along the way. I never thought of them as separate but rather two parts of the same thing."

Initially getting his feet wet as an assistant engineer at KIDinaKORNER in Los Angeles, the record company founded by internationally celebrated UK producer Alex Da Kid, Ivanov proved his skill and climbed the ranks, becoming the company's lead recording engineer within only six months.

Alex Da Kid says, "I know I can trust him when it comes to studio sessions with high profile artists because of his manner and the vibe he brings to the studio."

As lead engineer, Ivanov has been key in recording C.S. Armstrong's "Spooky Love" EP produced by Taz Arnold, who's produced for Kanye and Kendrick Lamar, BET Hip Hop Award winner A$AP Ferg, Grammy and Brit Award nominee Aloe Blacc, Jamie N Commons, and many more renowned artists.

About working on some these projects, which for many of them he mixed, mastered and attended writing sessions, Ivanov says, "As the head engineer I was not only responsible for recording everything and making sure that all the session went well but I was also in charge of three studios."

A Grammy Award winning producer known for his work on some of the most recognizable hits of the past decade, like Eminem's 'Love the Way You Lie' feat. Rihanna, Diddy's 'Coming Home' with Dirty Money feat. Skylar Grey, and Imagine Dragons 'Radioactive,' Alex Da Kid is as famous as they come-- and working so closely with him only proves the caliber of talent and skill Dragi Ivanov brings to the table.

"I know I can always rely on having the job done and that everything will be delivered to me, as well as knowing that whoever is in the studio will be satisfied with the results and how they sound," says Alex. "Dragi worked on almost all of the music that is coming out as part of my record label called KIDinaKORNER and specifically my latest single called 'Go' featuring H.E.R. and Rapsody."

Working on Alex's recent hit song "Go" featuring H.E.R. and Rhapsody, which has streamed over one million times, has been more than just a pivotal point in Ivanov's career, the groundbreaking process that went into the song's creation is one that has changed the future of the music history. For the song "Go," Alex Da Kid actually found Rhapsody to collaborate on the song through the IBM AI program Watson, which narrowed down his search to find for the artist that fit the specific requirements he was looking for. You can find out more about that here.

As lead recording engineer at KIDinaKORNER, Ivanov's vast skill on both a technical and creative level speaks for itself.

"I think on one side I can be very logical and organized where is on the other side I can be very artistic and creative and I believe that producing requires both of them to work together," says Ivanov.

While his own EPs "Sky Blue I" and "Sky Blue II", which he recorded and produced clearly reveal his musical genius, Ivanov has also been the producer behind recent hit tracks for many other artists, such as Terrell Hines' '$3.99 (model 1)', Wake Child's 'Hangup Blues', the single 'Queen' off Matilda Jonsson's latest EP "Drifting By," and more. His newest electronic track 'Sky Orange,' which is off his forthcoming Sky Orange 1 EP, also dropped earlier this month.

Having producing tracks that span the gamut of musical genres, Ivanov admits, "I don't have a certain type or genre of music that I focus on, I just want to be a really good musician and a producer, and to be able to create things that are exciting, forward thinking and push boundaries, as well as have it be helpful and exciting to the listeners."

With the balance of what he offers as a producer and his seasoned expertise as a recording engineer, not to mention the added benefit of having worked alongside the best in the industry, Ivanov has proven himself to be a powerful producer in his own right. Aside from continuing on with his work as head engineer at KIDinaKORNER, he says that he is currently producing some new music for artist Matilda Jonsson, so make sure to be on the lookout for that!

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