Just trying to make the world a better sounding place... and have fun while doing it!
I am a music producer, engineer, mixer & guitar player, who mostly mixes from my apartment in upper Manhattan. My production credits include artists such as Stephen Stills & Judy Collins, Ben Harper, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Langhorne Slim, Elvis Perkins, The Low Anthem, Ingrid Michaelson, Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Pussy Riot, Lola Kirke (Mozart In The Jungle), Jessi Colter, Ian Axel (A Great Big World), Ivan & Alyosha, Jukebox The Ghost, James Blood Ulmer, Blind Pilot, Marco Benevento, Sam Cohen, among others.
I was the Executive Producer of Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One, a tribute album to Bob Dylan’s overlooked 1980s catalog, featuring Built To Spill, Gene Ween, Slash, Glen Hansard, Reggie Watts, Lucius, Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), Deer Tick, members of My Morning Jacket, Blitzen Trapper, and Widespread Panic.
I also make concert films/documentaries! I directed and produced the Tedeschi Trucks Band's Live From The Fox Oakland, featuring Grammy-winning husband-and-wife duo Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. I am currently directing a second film for Tedeschi Trucks about their reunion of Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs & Englishmen, featuring the late Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, Chris Robinson (The Black Crowes), and Warren Haynes.
Aside from my film work with Tedeschi Trucks, I also mix their live archival releases, which you can listen to on Nugs.net!
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
- Ben Harper- ID
- Tedeschi Trucks Band- Live From The Swamp
- Lola Kirke- Heart Head West
- Stephen Stills & Judy Collins- "Judy"
- Jessi Colter- The Psalms
- Elvis Perkins- I Aubade
- Sam Cohen- Cool It
- Langhorne Slim- Animal
- The Low Anthem- Oh My God Charlie Darwin
- The Low Anthem- Smart Flesh
- Various Artists- Bob Dylan In The 80s Volume One
- Various Artists- Sincerely L. Cohen: A Live Celebration of Leonard Cohen
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Interview with Jesse Lauter
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am proud of all of them. Feel lucky to get to do what I love.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! Because... whatever sounds and works best in that given moment, is what's going to be best!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You're going to have a pleasant experience. No drama. I am at your service.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to work with amazing talents and get to meet a lot of amazing people along the way...
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your goals with this project and your career?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be true to yourself... and be honest about literally everything....
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: U67 (with cables), Tascam 388, Maestro Rhythm King, a decent acoustic guitar with a pickup that won't die, espresso machine... I can make a record with just that...
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started working in studios when I was freshman in high school in Atlanta (I was taking out the trash and cleaning up after sessions for Usher and Cee-Lo)! I was constantly recording my high school band with a small demo setup. For college, I was accepted into New York University's Clive Davis Institute, and studied under producer/engineers/mixers Bob Power, Nick Sansano, Jim Anderson, Tony Visconti, Kevin Killen, and Tony Maserati. I started producing a band in college called The Low Anthem. It was the first band I ever produced that wasn't my own band, and they got signed by Nonesuch, so my first record got signed out the gate... and I've been at it ever since (so I guess that means I've been doing this for 18 years).
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Hippie chic...
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Outkast... because the world could use a new Outkast album...
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The artist is always right. Even when he/she is wrong. Never forget it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Folk, Soul, Americana, Blues...
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I don't want to ruin the surprise... but trust me, it's very organized!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Getting to the core of what a song needs and what the artist deserves...
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Energy, positivity, response, a love of music history...
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a great mixing setup at home. 8 channels out of of an Apollo 8, all hitting the Rascal Audio Toneboss for analog summing (class A discrete transformers), back into the Burl B2 Bomber ADC. Monitoring SPDIF with the Grace m905. ATC SCM20ASL are my bad boys for speakers and I also have a second set of "hi-fi monitors"- B&W DM602s S2s, powered by a Bryston 8B. Plug-ins for days (UAD, Soundtoys, iZotope, PSP, Waves)...
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Too many to list. If you follow my personal page on Spotify, you'll find tons of playlists of the music and productions that have inspired in many given moments. The musical ocean is vast and full of wonder (...and terror...) ...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my work these days is mixing! I mix full LPS, EPs, singles, demos and I love mixing live-concert recordings.