Toronto Singer-Songwriter, DAHLIA FERNANDES soon to release her EP titled SHIFT, an  alternative-indie-pop musical examination of love, pain but most importantly hope.

WHO DOES "DAHLIA" SOUND LIKE - by Stephen Stepanic

Who does DAHLIA sound like ?.....well...Dahlia...there is no doubt!

Dahlia has really found an immediate truth and a sense of power, gut, and sophistication in her music, all at once. With the production of Nick Name on her new EP aptly titled "SHIFT", there is so much depth and clever partmaking going on here supporting Dahlia’s big vocals. It has been such a pleasure to put a few of my own paint brush strokes to this great canvas.

I am thankful for the opportunity to work with on this special project, it was an honour being involved. Much musical love !

Stephen Stepanic, Freelance Record, Mix, and, Mastering Engineer.


About Stephen Stepanic


Stephen Stepanic was totally hooked after cutting his first record at the age of sixteen on sixteen track analog. While earning an Honours Degree in psychology at The University of Western Ontario in 1993, he never stopped working with bands and recording.

Post university led to a degree earned at the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology (OIART) in 1994, where, he finished at the top of his class. Stephen then landed a job at Digital Music Studios in 1995 working under Mike Jones where he gained valuable experience as a second engineer. Stephen moved on to the legendary Manta Eastern Sound studios in 1998, the exciting start of his mastering career. Here he worked with such artists as Beyonce (Destiny's Child) and Billy Ray Cyrus.

Stephen continued immersing himself into the mastering sand box, and, decided the next logical step was a productive ten year stint working freelance. In 2010, Stephen had taken the head engineer position at Grayson Matthews Music + Sound which led to mastering work on sound tracks for Hockey Night in Canada and music for the feature film Art of the Steal (TIFF 2013), and countless commercial works. In 2014 the pull of freelance had returned. This is where Stephen is today, functioning as one of Toronto’s busiest freelance engineers, and, also continuing proudly as senior mastering engineer with joaocarvalhomastering.