Syl Johnson: Every Way The Wind Blows ((FEATURE FILM MIX)) by Daniel Dzula

I mixed this feature length documentary about Syl Johnson, the iconic soul singer and 'overlooked legend'. The film was produced by my friends at Production Company Productions and premiered recently at the 2015 Chicago International Film Fest.

Visit the film's website for more information, and watch the trailer below.

Soul singer Syl Johnson struggled for decades before leaving the music business in the 1980s to open a Chicago fried-fish chain. Since then, he’s become one of the most-sampled artists in hip-hop. The list of artists who've used his 1967 song Different Strokes includes Run-DMC, NWA, Public Enemy, the Wu-Tang Clan, the Beastie Boys, Kid Rock, Michael Jackson, Jay Z and Kanye West. With a lively soundtrack and an original score by Yo La Tengo, this documentary celebrates one man who can’t stop the music.

Detective Trousers in The Beat Goes On ((ORIGINAL MUSIC & AUDIO POST)) by Daniel Dzula

I handled all aspects of the audio production for this short cartoon directed by my bud Zack Scheer: Dialogue Record/Edit * Sound Design * Original Music * Broadcast Mix

This was great fun, and there was a lot of great talent involved. I'm excited to see how Detective Trousers is developed into a longer format.

We Don't Want to Make You Dance ((FEATURE FILM MIX)) by Daniel Dzula

I mixed this feature length documentary about a starry-eyed band of brothers from 1980s NYC. The film was over 35 years in the making, and delves deep into creative aspiration and the challenges (and disappointments) that stand in one's way in the pursuit of "success".

Check out the website for more information, watch the trailer below, or stream the film over at MusicFilmWeb.

From the feature-length documentary film "We Don't Wanna Make You Dance"

Directed by Lucy Kostelanetz. (c) 2013 Lucy Kostelanetz Productions. All rights reserved. This is not your regular Behind The Music story by any means. Rather it's one that speaks to the resiliency and resourcefulness that people can acquire in pursuing creative goals.