Music and Sound Design
I’ve worked with many directors, producers, editors and artists over the years – each with their own styles and personalities – and I continue to be motivated and excited about this “job”.
Scoring Music to film (film/TV/games) is a different discipline than writing music as a “stand-alone” art. There are technical and artistic boundaries that come into play when writing music to be synchronized with visuals. On top of all that, the music needs to serve a predominantly supporting roll to the visuals.
Sound Design is a creative art just like music. However, from an audience's perspective, although a good film score may attract attention and comments - a good sound design should do the opposite.
Music has always been part of my life, but my first career was in the technology industry as a consultant and project manager. I helped to open the Experience Music Project – a rock and roll museum in Seattle.
I hold a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration degree from McMaster University. I also hold a diploma in Audio Engineering from the University of Washington and I'm a graduate of Hummie Mann's acclaimed Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program. My studio, where I compose, write songs, record and mix are located in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Musically, my influences range from classical to jazz, blues to progressive rock, alternative pop/rock to current trends. I have the enviable job of doing daily R&D to find the new sounds and techniques that can inspire my next project.
“Having worked with Dave on a couple of projects, I can attest to his ability to deal with anything. Different projects require different approaches, and Dave has an innate ability to stretch his talents to meet those demands. He is patient and attentive, taking direction well and bringing great ideas to the table.
He brings such joy and passion to the projects he works on. He is a great collaborator, a great person, and a very talented individual. I can’t wait to work with him again.”
Writer / Director
“Dave is not only a great musician and score composer, he’s an overall great collaborator who’s willing to go above and beyond to make your scenes sound better and feel better. The work he did on my pilot as both composer and sound designer was absolutely phenomenal. Super recommended!”
Writer / Director
“I’ve had the good fortune of working with Dave on a few projects, and what he brings to the table is creativity and competence. As a producer Dave can take a simple song idea and transform it into something big. As an mastering engineer, he can make even the best mixes sound better. I look forward to working with Dave again on many projects!”
“Dave is a consummate professional. He knows his craft, is obsessed with detail in the best and most necessary way, and is an absolute pleasure to work with. We’d not only recommend working with him, but Mojave will also hire him again for our next album!”
Lisa and Paul Jarvis
Songwriters & Musicians of MOJAVE
“Dave is very talented and a pleasure to work with. He composed the music and did final mix on my indie feature film. He was very accommodating and was able to give the movie the identity it needed and work within my limited budget. I had a wonderful time working Dave and can’t wait for the next collaboration. Also, this is the most relaxed man I have ever met.”
“Dave Chick’s feel for composition and performance is always on target.
Whether it’s an abstract piece or some very specific need, his playing always hits the nail on the head. He’s quick and a pleasure to work with and more frequently goes beyond the call of duty to deliver not only what is asked for, but offers many great ideas along the way.”
Multi-instrumentalist, Producer, Engineer and Mad Scientist
“Dave has the ability to share, interpret and enhance your vision with his music.
If you have a good film, Dave will make it great. His combination of incredible musical talent and perfect sense of timing create end products that are truly amazing.
Upon viewing our films after Dave has worked his scoring magic, we find ourselves either dancing with joy or simply staring in silent, awestruck admiration.”
Travis A. Sterner
Screenwriter & Director
“Dave Chick is one of those rare composers who really listens to his clients needs and desires and matches those criteria to the production needs, before he composes his music.
Dave comes up with the right composition to bring the production to life. His music is always on target. Combine that and being easy and fun to work with, and Dave becomes a great choice to supply your musical scores.”
Larry D. Gertz
Principal, L D Gertz & Associates Museum & Themepark Design
“Aside from being just a great all-around guy and a super nice person, Dave is extremely professional and very talented. He listens to you and makes every effort to deliver your vision–as well as adding things that you never even knew you wanted.
He is flexible and able to work within evolving projects and deadlines. It is a pleasure to work with Dave.”
Producer – Experience Music Project
“Dave Chick is a serious musical talent. Over the last five years I have had the pleasure of working professionally with Dave in several different ensembles, and he is a excellent keyboardist, as well as a pleasure to work with.
Whether he’s playing Brahms or Chopin on piano, or a tearing it up on a Hammond B-3 solo, Dave plays both with style and musicality.
His compositions are rich, and diverse. I have sincerely enjoyed our musical collaborations and look forward to our future endeavors.”
Bassist, Vocalist, Multi-instrumentalist
“I had a wonderful time working with Dave: there are some things I am very exacting about – and others I left to his capable judgment. He delivered exactly what I needed – the musical characterization of the theme and characters in the film, each of which required a fresh, new sound.
Not one note in MORTAL WOUND is derived. It’s original. I told Dave that we needed a completely unique sound – nothing we’ve heard before. He came through with flying colors – and right on time!
I won’t post any of the emails we sent flying in cyberspace, but I will say that we shared a lot of laughs at the expense of Austin Powers – now musician of mystery! 😉 “
Writer – Director
“Not only has Dave been a great guy to interact with but he turned in 1 of my favourite remixes ever! I look forward to working with him again in the future!”
Singer / Songwriter
“Dave is a dream to work with. He is very collaborative and creative in his process. He was super fast at getting back to me through email or phone. I would definitely work with him again!”
Producer / Actor
“Just finished a full length album with Dave, and not only did I have a blast, but it is my best album yet, according to most critics and myself as well.
Dave really committed to help create the sound and feel that I wanted, and was wonderful to collaborate with.
Never did I feel pressured into a decision, or rushed, or like my ideas weren’t listened to.
Dave was fantastic to work with.”
T Lizzy (f.k.a. T Riley)
Rockstar / Director / Actor
“Over the last year and a bit, I have had the pleasure of working with Dave on a few of my films projects, NiiSoTeWak:Two Bodies, One Heart (2017), a CBC short documentary and OChiSkwaCho (2018), a short narrative about a sacred being. He was also kind enough to support me with another one of my short documentary’s entitled APishKweShiMon (2017).
He is talented, generous, fun to work with, and always open to new ideas! Dave is professional and innovative in his approach to sound design, a true sound master. I love how he is so detail oriented, and how he focuses on every aspect of the story. I’m amazed at how he captures the essence of story with ease. I look forward to working with him on many more projects in the future!”
Director / Screenwriter
“Dave was an absolute game-changer for Extraordinary Amy, not only was he able to deliver incredible scores in an unbelievable turnaround, but was an excellent collaborator who came to the table with powerful suggestions and an uplifting and positive attitude!
Dave Chick was Extraordinary Amy’s MVP!”
“Dave Chick is not only an absolute pleasure to work with, his work is of the highest quality, he keeps even the smallest projects to a professional standard and he has a super cute dog. I would recommend him to anyone.”
“I’m not overexaggerating when I say that Dave is a wizard of sound and music. He intuitively knows what is needed for your film and will make suggestions whenever you feel stuck. Most recently, he created a spooky soundscape for the slasher/horror CAMPING TRIP and threw in a subtle sound cue for one of the characters that not only added an extra element of unease but is also a great Easter egg for close watchers to catch onto.
During the Crazy8s process (an 8 day filmmaking contest), Dave composed beautiful, iconic music (in less than 5 days!!) for EXTRA-ORDINARY AMY – a story of a dancer with a very dark side. He was quick to respond and always on top of deadlines. At the screening gala, audience members were approaching us asking who had composed such beautiful music for our film. It’s safe to say that Dave is the only guy you need for your sound needs.
There are so many wonderful things I could say about him and his work ethic that I could write an entire thesis paper. Thank you Dave for helping make our stories come to life and always having a smile on your face!”
Producer / Screenwriter
“I have worked with Dave as a composer, sound designer and sound mixer on various projects I have directed and every time has been a fantastic experience. He handles sessions with commitment and patience, making sure every avenue is explored and that the vision for the project is enhanced.
The wonderful thing about working with Dave is that he brings creativity and passion to every project. He comes to the table with fresh ideas that always manage to up the film’s game. He interprets themes in such a cool and interesting way, meaning that the sound and score are always huge assets to the film whenever Dave has been involved!
He’s a dedicated, supportive member of every creative team and he’s always the first person I call when I’m building a post-production crew for a project.”
“Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Dave Chick. What more is there to say really? Working with Dave Chick was
an experience of epic proportions. His professionalism and willingness to make sure you get exactly what you want is incredible and he absolutely brought our show to life with his music. I look forward to the day we get to work together again”
Producer & Actor
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