Jayme David Silverstein is a record producer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, mixer and touring bassist who has worked with a variety of artists both on stage and in the studio including Miguel, Alicia Keys, J Cole, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Nico & Vinz, Estelle, Kaskade, Cher Lloyd, Jay Sean, Swizz Beats among others.
I absolutely love to help artists find their own sonic palette. I love to take ingredients from different records you already love and combine them in different ways resulting in a new sound that is uniquely you. It is my mission to do what I can to enhance and maximize the emotion of every song I work on. If we get the chills, the listener will too!
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Interview with Jayme Silverstein aka BRIDGES
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most commonly complete songs from start to finish. An artist will come in and we will start from scratch and by the end of the day we'll have a great sounding demo. IF we choose to move forward with the song which we always do, we schedule a vocal day to get final vocals and then I'll comp and tune vocals and then mix.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I can honestly find something to love in pretty much any song but I really like guys like Louis Bell and Greg Kurstin. Guys who can do any and everything but still put their sauce on it.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have an excellent vocal chain consisting of a Manlef Ref C Mic, going into a BAE 1073 preamp, followed by a Tube-Tech Cl 1B compressor and an Api Eq. I use a UAD Apollo for conversion and my monitors are Adam S2xs. I also have an amazing collection of Fender, and Fodera guitars and Basses.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If starting from scratch, I like to talk to the client. Maybe even take a walk first and hear about them personally. I am looking for a story they may want to tell. Something inspiring. Once something sparks I'll go to my keyboard or guitar and play some chords that I feel encapsulate that emotion. Once I get you singing along, Its off to the races! Then I'll put together the track quickly and get you singing a demo vocal. We should have a great sounding demo together in a bout 4-6 hours. If I'm not starting from scratch, I will listen to whatever I have to work on a few times and take notes. Once I have a long list of notes to execute I get to work.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is finding sounds, textures, lyrics, ideas and concepts that are believable to hear from the artist I'm working with. If the listener doesn't believe the artist there is no way they'll like the song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Urban Pop, Dark Pop, Rnb
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Focus on contrast and flow of energy from section to section.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to do a song with Drake because I really respect his writing and I know wed make something that's interesting to experience and it would also be an undeniable smash.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would say my style is aggressive yet sophisticated.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started producing while I was in college studying jazz bass. As soon as moved to LA after college I started working a lot as a touring bass player. After my touring years I decided to focus solely on music production and I've been so happy ever since!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MacBook Pro, Apollo, 78 P Bass, Tele, Adams
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have an open mind and being open to where inspiration takes us!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you goals? Immediate and long term. What do you see your music sounding like?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Honestly, I don't think there are any misconceptions. I
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: When can we start? : )
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Knowing that I truly helped someone express something deep inside them.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to help you convey an honest, artist message the people will believe the conviction of.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Man..... Digital is really catching up
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Romy Dya!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Being the best human I can everyday! Producers that actually working on big stuff can't really answer this question haha
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My artist Angelic. She's about to take over! I produced the track and mixed it.