- Belmont, MA
LanguagesFluent in spoken Spanish
D is available forFreelance, full-time, or part-time work. They are an experienced podcast producer, editor, sound engineer, sound designer, script writer, host, and show developer.
They also consult for businesses and non-profit organizations committed to elevating underrepresented voices in their communities and in popular media. Past clients include Homoground, Switched on Pop, Silvergate Media/Sony, Boston University, and several town and city art organizations in the state of Massachusetts.
Feel free to read D's AIR New Voices Fellow spotlight here: https://airmedia.org/community/spotlight/d-orxata
D produces and hosts episodes for Queer Joy, a series where LGBTQ+ identified artists describe what queer joy means to them through voice memos and music. D also hosts and moderates Homoground's live virtual events, with a talent for being adept at guiding the flow of interviews while keeping conversations on topic and navigating complex and sensitive subjects with care. Peers describe D as kind, curious, and thoughtful. D knows how to make listeners "feel like a longtime close friend".
With twenty years of audio production experience, they've developed a keen ear for mixing, mastering, and sound design. D offers freelance audio engineering services for broadcast and streaming media, and recently worked with Janji, LLC for two CTV ads currently airing on several streaming platforms.
D has over fifteen years of experience as a culture consultant for individuals, organizations, and communities. D meets one-on-one with podcast producers and journalists to consult on the development of LGBTQ+ themed episodes and articles. A vocal advocate for the improvement of Mexican-American representation in popular media, D was the culture and music consultant for the pre-production of the animated adaptation of the award-winning bilingual book series ¡Vamos!.
An accomplished singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, D's duo project with FBGM is lauded for their compelling performances, genre-bending songwriting, and emotionally intelligent storytelling. FBGM focuses on ways to promote gender and racial equity via booking shows for the purpose of showcasing local bands led by LGBTQ+/QTBIPOC musicians and stepping aside from headlining to maintain focus on emerging artists. As a solo musician, D composes and produces original music spanning multiple genres. They enjoy creating soundtracks for imaginary video games they wish existed.
D is a guest columnist for online publications. Their article “5 Things Every Synth Novice Should Know” was the featured cover piece for Performer Magazine’s special synthesizer issue.
D hosted a conversation with Hayley Rosenblum, a fan engagement and crowdfunding expert (currently: Amanda Palmer, previously Kickstarter) to share best practices for independent musicians looking to build an audience, grow an online community, and translate their efforts into a successful crowdfunding, membership, or direct-to-fan monetization strategy.
D interviewed the artist vincethealien, a self-described "outsider desperately trying to understand people, love, sex and pain" who considers his music a "record of his mission to find a planet, a people, or just a person to connect with". vincethealien dives into his past relationships and religious upbringing and how they shaped his music and identity. He also spoke in depth about the songs on his album "Combustion".
D hosted an exclusive live Q&A session with Cruisin' Records, a label created to support Queer artists. They discussed what it's like running a record label, and Cruisin' Records artists Danny Denial and Wizard Apprentice shared their experiences in the music industry and working with a queer label.
D interviewed Kim Warnick, the Executive director of Calling All Crows, a non-profit organization committed to create industry change in approach to sexual violence prevention. Calling All Crows has worked with over eighty-five artists, venues and festivals, and has trained over 3,000 music fans and professionals to safely and effectively prevent violence during shows.
- Tape Syncs
- Story Editing
- Sound Design
- Show Development
- Scrubbing and Audio Editing
- Field Recording
- Audio Engineering
- Microphone: Samson Technologies Q2U dynamic microphone, desktop stand, windscreen
- Interface: Focusrite Scarlet 3rd Gen 2i2
- Headphones: Beyerdynamic Closed-back 80Ω Ref Headphones
- DAWs: Logic, Ableton Suite, ProTools, Audacity
- Plug-ins: iZotope RX10
- Computer: MacBook Pro M1
- Producer, Host, Sound Engineer, Show Developer, Interviewer, Moderator at Homoground (Ongoing)
- Audio Engineer at Janji, LLC (October 2022)
- Singer/Songwriter & Composer at Self (Ongoing)
- Music Consultant at Silvergate Media/Sony (October 2021)