Vinyl Chord Productions was founded by singer/songwriter/producer Art Darien in June 2007. At an early age, Art began his journey with music . He began singing and learning to play the piano at the age of 4. At the age of 12 he began to play the guitar. He sites Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Raphael Saadiq, DJ Quik,Tupac, Tony Tone Toni, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Prince all as being some of his earliest musical inspirations. Kanye West would very soon be added to that list after Wests debut album release of The College Dropout. At the age of 17, Art began to look into the business of music and started to write and produce his own music. After hearing Raphael Saadiqs All The Hits at the House of Blues live album and seeing Raphael perform live in 2005, he was convinced that music was what he wanted to do. Finishing in the semifinals in The 2008 UK Songwriting Contest, he was driven even more to have music as a career. In 2010 he saw his track used on TV for first time on style Networks How Do I Look. Since then, as a producer and songwriter, Art has seen his music placed within the TV/Film industry on shows that include, Access Hollywood, Bad Girls Club 6?, Mob Wives, How Do I Look, and MTVs I Used to Be Fat and 10 On Top. As an artist and performer, he writes and produces his own projects and has performed at a variety of venues. This included performing as one of the opening acts for the legendary band War at B.B. Kings in Los Angeles, CA. Today as an artist he sites, Michael Jackson, Prince, Kanye, Stevie Wonder, Drake, and Raphael Saadiq as his main influences. Focused and determined, Art looks to be a major force in music and entertainment for many years to come.
Yes. Right now I am finishing up my solo project and I'll be getting a band together to play shows is Los Angeles. Right now I perform at open mics to stay fresh as a performer and test out new songs. From about 2005-2007 I performed in a R&B/Soul Band called "Avenue". At the time I was listening to a lot of Raphael Saadiq, Tony Toni Tone, and Red Hot Chili Peppers so a lot of our sound was influenced by those artists. It was a great experience and I had a lot of fun performing with this band. My fondest memory from being in this group was when we opened for the legendary band "War" in 2006 at B.B. Kings in Los Angeles. It's something I can always say that I did. My goal now as an artist is to continue strive for the best and just keep making great music.
My biggest musical influences I would have to say are Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq, Tony Toni Tone, and Prince. As far as songwriting and production goes some of my favorites are Kanye West, Michael Jackson, Prince, Tony Toni Tone, Quincy Jones, DJ Quik, Raphael Saadiq, Teddy Riley, Jeff Bhasker and David Foster. Many of my favorite songwriter/producers and artists are the same people. The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sublime are also 2 of my favorite bands. I could go on forever.
The DAW that I use is "Pro Tools". "Reason" I use for drum programming."Kore 2 Player" is where I get a lot of my synth sounds from. Native Instruments probably makes my favorite synth sounds. I'm also a pianist and guitarist.