Hi I'm John. I've been writing, arranging and producing songs for five years. In that time I've had two original songs licensed for professional use, received an honorable mention from the 2010 USA Songwriting Competition, and recently had a song produced by a Grammy winning producer/engineer whose credits include Kelly Clarkson and Avril Lavigne.
I can help you craft a killer song that will stand out from the crowd, one you can proudly present to hitmakers in the industry using the tools and methods that awarded me the same opportunities.
I work with programs like Garageband and Cubasis for iOS. This allows me to work both in the studio and on the go. Using these programs I will create a fully produced mix of your song (up to 32 tracks!). This includes tracking and mixing with full effects (reverb, delay, eq, compression, etc.). I complete all projects within 30 days or less.
Not fully satisfied with the initial result, I offer two mix recalls at no added cost.
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
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Interview with John Marble
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I always strive to create music that reflects my many moods. I'm a very a introspective, romantic individual. Often my material has a kind of romantic bittersweet sound, a combination of lush Beach Boys style harmonies and melodies fused with a slightly melancholic lyric and driving pop/rock arrangement. I also have a tendency to weave a bit of an 80s synth pop feel to a lot of my work.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Brian Wilson hands down. I would love to see his masterful skill at work in the studio of creating and producing from start to finish.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I grew up going to the cinema all the time. And that's often been my first introduction to a new song, hearing it featured in a movie. So when I'm coming up with a song, I want it to inspire a story or at least bring to life a scene in my mind and the mind of the listener.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I often start with a chord progression, a simple melody or both. I like to build a song by setting the proper drum pattern with either a guitar or piano structure and will continue to grow the song, adding or removing parts when necessary. As is often the case most songs I produce happen organically in that it there is rarely a preconceived notion of how it must sound. They simply come together over time and each one develops its own identity.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Presently I use Garageband and Cubasis for iPad to craft songs as I am often on the go and need a set up that I can easily take with me everywhere I go. For larger scale projects, particular those that require live tracking of drums, there are several across the country that I can turn to satisfy those particular needs of a project.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My greatest influence in the work that I do is Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson. I learned how to pick out individual harmonies, understand the basics of song structure, and arrange tracks in a compelling manner listening to his records. Current artists that I am very much influenced by include Sheppard, Maroon 5, Kings of Convenience, The Corrs, Imagine Dragons and Of Monsters and Men
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: It's always a great help if the client has a general idea of where they want the song to go. You know, just what sort of vibe they are expecting in the end. This gives me a platform to work off of when creating the different tracks for the song. And this idea could be a lyric or melody that the client has that he/she would like for me to incorporate in the song.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Well I suppose I started by picking up the guitar when I was about 13. I spent the summer listening to the Beatles and begged my parents to get me a guitar so I could learn to play those songs. From the age of 16 I taught myself to play the piano, which starting as me picking out the different parts to my favorite film scores by ear. When I was 19, I trained at the Los Angeles Recording School completing the Audio Engineer a Program, which included an internship at Terminal Studios in Mississippi. I took a hiatus from music in my mid 20s to focus on other areas of my life, but returned to the studio in 2008/2009 and have been working on songwriting ever since.