Producer and engineer at Degraw Sound in Brooklyn, NY and one half of the band Eighty Ninety. Eighty Ninety's first single "Three Thirty" charted #2 on Spotify's Global Viral playlist and our follow up EP, Elizabeth, has more than 15 million streams.
Producer and engineer at Degraw Sound in Brooklyn, NY and one half of the band Eighty Ninety.
Eighty Ninety's first single "Three Thirty" charted #2 on Spotify's Global Viral playlist and our follow up EP, Elizabeth, has more than 15 million streams.
I have a good track record of helping indie artists release music that moves their career forward: my productions, songs and mixes have been added to dozens of official Spotify playlists --including US and Global Viral Charts, Today's Top Hits, New Music Friday, Fresh Finds (cover artist), Indie Acoustic, Relax and Unwind, Mood Booster--charted on Hype Machine and Billboard Magazine, and spun on radio stations across the world.
My work has been featured in publications including Billboard Magazine, ARTISTdirect, Ones To Watch, the FADER, CLASH, LadyGunn, Galore, The Wild Honey Pie, Indie Shuffle, Indietronica, Local Wolves and Born Music.
Artists I've worked with include Eighty Ninety, Bell the Band, Aaron Taos, Sorcha Richardson, Hunter and Wolfe, AMFM, Cody Lovaas, Nola Wren, MisterWives, CHASE, Stevie Wolf, The Orwells, Alex Winston, Half Moon Run, Caveman, Common Jack, Drew Angus, Sharks In The Deep End, Spinn, Smif-n-Wessun, Busty and The Bass, Okieriete Onaodowan (Hamilton the musical).
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Reviews (5)Endorse Harper James
Very professional and a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended!
I have been working with Harper for years now with his role(s) as engineer, producer, and co writer. In each situation the music in my head was coming through the monitors. Our relationship is imperative to making the music come to life.
I stumbled into Harper in an elevator! I had been thinking about recording my music for a while, but never did because it seemed so daunting. Harper was extremely professional and did a great job in guiding me through this whole process that was so alien to me. The most important thing, however, was that he cared a lot about how *I* wanted my music to sound and did everything to make it so.
Harper is one of the most creative engineers & mixers I've ever met. He's got a wealth of studio knowledge and is great at approaching every project with an open mind. Definitely taking my next record to Harper for mixing.
Harper is a true collaborator and one of the few producers I've worked with who approaches each project with open ears, genuine consideration and higher standards than the last.
Interview with Harper James
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will show up and do my best. I will listen to you and hold you to a high standard.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Making follow up record for Eighty Ninety, just released a production for a great artist Aaron Taos
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: soon there will be Im sure
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with amazing clients, developing life long friendships and listening back to a song I've worked on that makes me feel something powerful.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What can you do for me? I can enhance what's already there. I can help you find what's special about your music and feature it. How much is this going to cost? Studio Cost + Engineer/Producer's fee. I try and keep pricing simple and transparent.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I've had success taking indie bands and delivering them a track or record that helps jump start their career or adds momentum to the early stages of their career. I think that's because I come to each project with an open mind and try and follow the artist's vision, rather than imposing my own agenda and preconceptions onto the material.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My brother and I worked on a track recently that made it to #2 on Spotify's Global Viral chart and has over 15 million plays. Proud of him and so happy to be in music with family.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Doesn't really matter. I like analogue because of how it feels to use; there's a physicality to it that is just fun and engaging. I like plugins because they are so easy and can do absolutely wild things. The easier the technical process the more energy can be focused on the art.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That gear matters a lot.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the scope of your project, what is your budget. What are your influences/favorite artists. What is your vision for the project emotionally & musically. What are your career goals. What do you like about your music and what would you like to work on, improve or change through the process of tracking/mixing/production etc. what was your favorite band when you were fifteen?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you like the person, and you’ve checked out their work before hand. Art is philosophy so make sure there’s some kind of complimentary world view shared between you.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: U67, Neve 1073, 1176, Telecaster Guitar, Gibson Acoustic,
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Was in a band, got interested in the studio side of things, assisted some friends, studied with some legends, got an apprentice gig at a studio, worked my way up to producer.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Paul McCartney. He's the best. He speaks music as a universal language. I feel like it would be more challenging to explain why he wasn't my first choice.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It's all about the vocals and the drums. In more abstract terms, it's about narrative and emotion fitting into space and time.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My most successful projects have been in indie pop, roots folk music and indie rock. Go figure! It's all music to me.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Understanding what an artist and a song needs from the production and mix. Sometimes it's a lot, sometimes it's a little.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Get to know the artists vision and goals, come up with a plan and get to work. Every project is different and should be treated as such.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The studio features a 25' x 17' live room, a favorite for drum tracking, live full-band recordings and film shoots, as well as a separate isolation booth and is equipped with individual monitor mixers for artists. The control room is centered around a vintage Trident Series 24 console, modded and maintained by Jeff DelBello, Pro Tools HD and stocked with a collection of classic analog outboard gear, microphones and instruments providing clients the tools and environment to record and mix a wide range of projects. There is also a smaller more affordable production suite centered around an 8 channel Neve console and otherwise digital workflow Clients also have access to an artists lounge with kitchenette, eat in bar and views of the Brooklyn skyline.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Ethan Johns inspires me because his philosophy is musician and song centric. I had the chance to work with Michael Brauer, who I believe if one of the great mixing engineers of all time and learn about his emotion based approach to mixing.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I am often hired to produce engineer and mix a record or single from start to finish.