Having worked with Sasha Sirota (Justin Bieber, Drake), Derryck "Big Tank" Thornton (Missy Elliot, Christina Aguilera), Troy Welstad (P!nk, Colbie Caillat) and Jay Gordon (Linkin Park, Korn); I've worked with some of the most talented producers in the world and just had a production I did featured on Spotifys curated "Friday Cratediggers".
Having went to Las Vegas Academy to study drums, guitar, piano and music theory; I became a professional drummer in Las Vegas since I was seventeen. Gigging anywhere from 2 - 7 nights a week on the glamorous Las Vegas stip. Through my various bands and projects, I’ve played and recorded all over the United Stares and even toured in the U.K. (Rabid Young/Drums) with thousands of hours behind the drum kit on stage and in studios.
I began taking music production seriously when I was eighteen, beginning to produce dubstep and little pop songs on Ableton. I began working with singers and songwriters in Las Vegas who mainly wrote songs on acoustic guitars. I feel in love with taking their songs on acoustic and adding modern production to it and really taking it to that "radio" standard. Since then I have worked with artists from NY to LA. Co-writing for artists on Circus Records (Mark The Beast "Hollow") and Cathedral Collective (Branded, Denisse Borquez). I recently just produced Matthew Rapps song "Place" which was on Spotifys curated "Friday Cratediggers" with 180,000 listeners.
I’m very understanding and flexible with budgets (being a musician myself) and want to experiment and make your project stand out in this modern music climate and get you heard.
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Interview with Jake Magness (aka Bukka)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Some stuff for commercials, songwriter and singers. Theres always projects happening haha.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I've met amazing musicians, travelled the world, and have worked with some of the most talented songwriters/producers of our time.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently just did some sync licensing up in Portland with my collective "Cathedral Collective." We wrote some amazing songs that I think will get licensed in a commercial, movie, or tv show soon.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Its just so much easier and the workflow is much faster and allows for me to be more creative. Analog though if you have a bigger budget lol.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That you'll walk away with an amazing piece of music that we'll both be proud of.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Can you really make a hit record off a laptop?" With samples and sofware. Yes. 100% percent. Most of what you hear on radio today could only be possible on a laptop. "When should I book time at an actual recording studio?" For vocals and live instruments (if you have a medium-big budget). There really is no substitution for a vocal hall with analog gear, but if you don't have a budget, its better to spend money on the composition, rather than just booking a studio to post on instagram that you're "in the studio"
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That producers don't do anything... when really do 1,000 things at once. Like EQ a snare while the singer is trying to show us their harmonies when we need to drag a piano vst in place of the synth patch we spent 5 minutes creating.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you influences and what do you find most important in a song.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't go in with this conception of what you want. Have a general idea, but be willing to experiment. You might just stumble onto something way greater than you ever imagined.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: An apollo arrow. My macbook pro. Acoustic Guitar. Akai Midi Piano. Bongos.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this for 7 years, it all just started out of making songs that I would love to hear on the radio.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Fun. Charismatic. Adventurous.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Max Martin! As a producer, I just feel like he doesn't have a cut and past attitude. He really does make "producing pop" an art form.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The first idea you fall in love with is usually your best. Every single aspect of the song should be catchy or hook you in. Don't make music for other musicians. Its still a product at the end of the day.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop - Dubsetp - Acousic - Singer/Songwriter - Electronic
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Definitely just making a song as catchy as possible and making sure all the sounds are coherent and all fit the vibe of the song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I mean, I have a knack for writing catchy little ear worms. Whether its on guitar, a drum part, melody, little vocal chops; I won't stop until its the catchiest it could possibly be.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If I'm working on a song that already written: I lay down the chords and add the drum groove and kinda mold it so everybody will like it. If I'm writing a song from scratch: I just get a drum loop and chords going and just loop it 8 bars and right catchy melodies.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have an Apollo Duo Interface. Two Yamaha Studio Speakers A microphone set up A Fender P Bass A Fender Strat Guitar
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I really look up too Sonny Moore (Skrillex). The dude is an amazing producer, musician, and shreds on stage. From being in metal bands, making dubstep, and writing/producing #1 pop records; he's done it all.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I work mostly with Singer-Songwriters who want to take their song to the "next level".