Top 23 Mike Dean Quotes

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“No disrespect to people that don’t use music theory or don’t know it. It does help to be able to figure out what key a song is in, even though with your scales you can figure it out so you can set your Auto-Tune right. So many songs with Auto-Tune are off or have the wrong note playing on the 808. And they pass it off as being hood.”

― Mike Dean

“I’m not a gangster. I’m a musician.”

― Mike Dean

“I’ve always been fascinated with sound, since I was a little kid when my mother Dorothy Dean took me to my first piano lesson. Later on, my guitar, bass guitar, and synthesizer were my secret weapons.”

― Mike Dean

“Major labels don’t play with samples not being cleared.”

― Mike Dean

“Music and motorcycles was my thing when I was a kid.”

― Mike Dean

“I play the sax, piano, guitar, bass… I started as a kid with piano lessons.”

― Mike Dean

“If I hear music that has a hole in it and has a space for me to fit in, I go for that stuff.”

― Mike Dean

“I used to play in biker bars, different places like that.”

― Mike Dean

“Willie D is one of the first people I worked with.”

― Mike Dean

“Moog embodies a sound luxury like no other.”

― Mike Dean

“My taste for rappers is very high. I’ve only worked with, like, Pac and Jay-Z and Scarface.”

― Mike Dean

“I worked with Pimp C since he was 14 years old, and he was one of my best friends.”

― Mike Dean

“That’s just what I call myself when I DJ: Mexican Wrestling Association.”

― Mike Dean

“’Black Skinhead’ almost got deaded because it was too much like a soccer song.”

― Mike Dean

“For ‘Twisted Fantasy,’ I probably spent 180 days in the studio.”

― Mike Dean

“Justin Vernon is one of the collaborators Kanye will always go to. He doesn’t fit in with any genres – you never know if he’s gonna sing, like, the Bee Gees or some crazy, distorted thing. And you don’t know what he’s saying half the time. He’s kind of like Michael McDonald, like he’s got marbles in his mouth.”

― Mike Dean

“I raced motocross; I raced for Suzuki when I was a kid.”

― Mike Dean

“I grew up on a bayou. The small town that I lived in was, like, 10 miles from me. I grew up in the middle of nowhere.”

― Mike Dean

“I was a Dow Chemical baby. My dad designed chemical plants for Dow Chemical.”

― Mike Dean

“It’s great to watch people come up and help mold their careers. I really took it literal when Kanye said, ‘Listen to the kids, bruh.’ That really means something.”

― Mike Dean

“I try to keep track of what the kids are doing on Soundcloud, and all the new guys coming up.”

― Mike Dean

“One of my favorite moments was when me and Jay-Z made a song ‘For Rhyme or Reason.’ It ended up on ‘Reasonable Doubt,’ but they switched the beat because we couldn’t get clearance from my label.”

― Mike Dean

“People come with the record done but just need a little more sauce on top. That’s what I’m good at.”

― Mike Dean
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