Hi my name is JJ Moloney, and I came here to provide you with amazing audio results! I am a Multi-Instrumentalist, Producer, Recording Engineer, Audio Editor, Mix Engineer, and Mastering Engineer. I graduated from the Art Institute of Boston, and continued to intern in some of Boston's best studios, before opening up my own professional studio.
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Interview with JJ Moloney
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: At the moment I record and produce a lot of Hip Hop clients. They mostly come to me by referral. Occasionally I mix and/or master EDM tracks for clients, and I feel that is my strength.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Too many musicians to list...mostly guitarists and drummers ranging from fusion/jazz/blues to metal. For production professionals...Dave Pensado (such an awesome humble guy), Joey Sturgis, Cameron Mizell, Zedd, to name a few.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: We built a custom monster computer for the main brain, using Pro Tools 9 and Reaper for DAWs. We use the RME UFX for clean, transparent conversion (one of the MOST important things in a setup). For monitoring we use the Adam A77Xs (amazing monitors) and the Equator D5s (almost NS10-like for honing in on problem frequencies) as well as numerous pairs of high-end headphones from Beyer Dynamic, M-Audio, and KRK. For outboard gear we have an API Lunchbox loaded with a Great River pre (one of the best), and a Lindell comp. For mics we use a Shure SM7b (Michael Jackson's favorite!) and an M-Audio Sputnik. We have tons of high end plugins from Waves, SPL, Slate Audio, among others.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It really depends on the scenario. Whether it's tracking/editing/production/mixing/mastering, I like to have an idea of the artists vision. We started this studio because we wanted to change the way people experience a studio journey. When we were younger, playing in bands or recording solo stuff in other studios, we weren't impressed by the engineers "sit there with no input/no vision for the song/just do the minimum to get the artist out of there" approach. Every song we put our hands on, is treated like it's going to be the next best song out there!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: After 20 years of being involved in all aspects of music, I feel I know which way a song should go, how it should sound, and how to present it in the best way for the listener.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: -Playing guitar/bass/drums -Writing Midi for a believable performance -Mixing
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: -Hip Hop -EDM -Metal -Singer/Songwriter
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: For the best sounding mixes, write a song while keeping frequency content in mind. You dont need too many instruments occupying the bass/mid/treble ranges!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with some of the amazing singers out there.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Recently I've come to realize that I have a love for power! I like everything powerful! Now that doesn't mean I mix everything too bass-heavy or too loud, it means I want the message of the song to be powerful, whether it's in the arrangement, the instruments, the sound, and guess what....it's always all of those points together that make it happen!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked on a project for a young female artist.....the video for it reached 28 million views on YouTube! That felt great!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 20 years.....musician-4-track recorders-live shows-touring-digital recording-mixing-editing-mastering-production-time in Nashville-OUR STUDIO! ...That about sums it up easily!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Does this island have electricity?!?! If Yes... -DAW setup -Drums -Guitar -Bass -Mic If No.... -Drums -Bass -Guitar -No deadly snakes -a listener
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Assuming they are scoping out other freelancers...I would say to ask each one of them, including myself, what they could bring to the table, and also how they vision the song at the end.