I will get your music to the top of its genre. My name is Julian Chown and I run Joules Productions recording studio, London. I have been working in music as a musician and producer for over 20 years. My circle includes musicians from Groove Armada, Freestylers, Jamiroquai, Charlie Winston and Archive.
At the heart of what I do is the music. I love it and am all about working together to get a sound. My background is from true musicianship - I am a piano man and love my synths, Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Steinway Piano and my computer that makes it easy to tweak to my heart's content for the music.
Julian's creative experience stems back over 2 decades as a professional musician and technician. Wearing many hats as a keyboard player, producer and engineer; he has prepared tracks in with production and arranging for releases and touring.
His recording studio was inspired from the days of working in Bunk Junk and Genius, Raezor Recording Studios and Metropolis. These were where Julian spent most of his time in his younger years as tape-op.
His recording studio is aimed to deliver brilliant sound along with the knowhow. The equipment adds warmth with analog alongside the modern digital-tools for high-speed work and detail.
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Interview with Joules Productions Studio
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both because they add the edge.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will perfect what you give me and take it further than you expected.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Knowing what in doing well
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's done in an hour
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What music do you love and listening to regularly?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Always have a direction of you get lost or simply just create... Learn to play the sofa you love abs master an instrument! - always the best advice!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Assuming there's and the animals don't mind if like a Fender Rhodes suitcase piano, Bechstein grand piano, Fender Telecaster guitar, my computer with everything in it right now and x2 U67 microphones. Done headphones or/and some nice speakers too if that's allowed though as I said, I wouldn't want to scare the critters.. ha!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started at 17 as tape operator in studios in London including Raezor, Bunk Junk & Genius, Mark Angelo Studios. I then followed on to working at Sony and worked on various games and continued on releasing tracks with Universal and Sony BMG. Worked with some big names over the years including Number1 artists and writers including Craig Walker and Valerie M and have produced and mixed tracks reaching the top20 officially music charts in the UK.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I work to completion and keep listeners interested in music with sound design and arrangements
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Damion Albarn because he is fresh and out the box
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Vocals are the most important part of a song. Melodies just be memorable.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All sorts - rock, electronic, R&B with a crossover of anything. I bring new trusts to the obvious
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Musicianship, production, arranging and mixing
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A journey that is full in sound, yet spacious musically. I'm a music sound scapest with an edge and complete theoretical background of music
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Once I am in it, I work it to completion. As a musician I with musically (doh) and as a listener I rock the track with an edge. I usually produce and mix together - it's just how my ears and creativity unravels.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My recording studio is filled with vintage analog gear such as Teletronix LA2A, Neive, Fender Rhodes MK1, Wurlitzer 200a, Prophet 6, Ensoniq SQ80. Digital includes the lines of Fabfilter, Soundtoys, Acustica, Slate Digital, ... allowing tracks to be produced with ease for radio-ready broadcast. If you are a singer in need of a professional that knows how to guide your vocals musically and dynamically for a track, along with innovative music production, musicianship, song arranging and mixing you're in the right place. Send be an email
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Quincy Jones Pharrell Williams (though he's inspired by the above) Avicii, as many ask me to create a similar sound at times. He certainly innovated some great things in his music combinations. Mutt Lange and his fiddling methods, I do similar things in this respect including vocal harmony production.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: *Arranging and developing a production. *Writing chords to fit Melodies. *Making the drums to suit the music production. *Vocal editing - tuning, timing + mixing *Vocal Harmony arranging - this can be done with a single lead line and also I can sing new rhythms over the lead and send them back for a singer to re-record. *Mixing anything from 5 to 150 tracks with my analog and digital studio to radio and release quality