Over the past 10 years, I've engineered for many high level Artists, Producers, and Songwriters. I've pulled from their knowledge and experience to craft my own unique approach to making great records. I work with creators of today to make timeless music to last well into the future.
As a mixing engineer and producer my goal is the same, to make records that bring songs to their highest potential. Whether it be from enhancing sonics in the mix, or re-interpreting instrumentation and vocals in production, I want the song to tell its story to the listener without any clutter or misinterpretation, without any hype or gimmicks.
Mixing Credits include:
Jaden Smith "SYRE", "SYRE The Electric Album", and "CTV2"
Willow Smith "Ardipithecus", and "The 1st"
¿Teo? "Self Titled"
Tyler Cole "We're in Love and The World is Ending"
Production Credits include:
Willow Smith "Wait a Minute!"
Jabs "Moments" EP
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Interview with James Chul Rim
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Jaden Smith - SYRE The Electric Album. I recorded and mixed everything. It was a very experimental project where everything about it was far left. I had to reinvent my perspective on mixing and production and forget any rules or guidelines I’d previously followed. In the end it became a vibe that was beyond what any of us imagined.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you looking for in the mix? Just a clean polished version of what you already have, or a reinterpretation of the record? Or somewhere in between?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Do it
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I know it’s not a literal question, but if I’m on a desert island I’m just trying to collect coconuts and spear fish. My love of engineering ends as soon as I leave civilization.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 11 years experience. I took a common path of going to school for engineering, getting an internship at a studio, and then working my way up the ranks until I became the lead engineer. After going freelance on my own I started doing more production and mixing for indie artists.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Freestyle. I never stop evolving and every song is a different journey so I can’t settle on having a “style”.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never stop learning. Always be a student of the craft and practice both technical and creative skills. Study and research can be boring , but it’s the best way to level up.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop, Electronic, RnB/Soul, Pop, Rock
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: For most of my past clients, I’m the sole engineer on their entire projects. I record, edit, vocal comp/tune, co-produce, and mix. Because I’m the mix engineer, everything I do is an extension of the mix process. Even during the recording process I'm making mix decisions. Throughout the process I’m helping them shape their vision into the final product.