A highly creative music producer from Canada, now based in L.A. I have 25 years of experience making music for top labels(Sony, Universal, Warner). My music style is rooted in deep house, disco, and funk. The highest sound quality and composition in my standards are paramount. Lets team up to bring your music to the NEXT LEVEL!
Born in Montreal, Canada, graduating from Trebas Institute of Recording Arts. Upon graduation I moved to Quebec City to share my passion with my mentor, Dan Coulombe(B-52’s, Robert Palmer, Indochine and many others). In 2002 I began to produce music for myself and other artists by opening my first studio in Montreal. Shortly after I met Nic B., a talented local DJ and teamed up to create my first house music project “The Couch Potatoes” which had a huge instant success in the electro/dance international scene. After a number of successful vinyl’s/albums and live acts, I was personally invited by Guy Laliberté, CEO of Cirque du Soleil to be the main music act for all his special events around the world. Concurrently, I began to produce and remix many major Canadian artists such as Celine Deion, Sarah McLachlan, Stefie Shock, Corneille, Dubmatique, Mitsou and others. In 2012, I decided to move to Los Angeles with all of my gear, exploring new avenues and finally opening my current recording studio Owl Foot Ranch.
My main music production style is a blend of Disco and Funky moods with a futuristic approach. Whether producing or engineering I bring a level of focus, patience, composition and sound standards. Artists can expect a timely, high quality product that satisfies everyone in the production process. If you share the same passion for music lets make a hit!
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10 ReviewsEndorse Jean-Michel Lapointe
Great place, amazing vibes. You only get the best of quality and services this guy! A1!
Jean-Michel Lapointe is an outstanding producer. He loves music so much; his knowledge of different artists, genres, writers and producers from so many eras and decades makes him a rare musical resource. Jean-Michel is as easy to work with as he is easy to talk to. He's personal and he's professional, punctual and considerate. I've had a great experience working with JM and his team in Owl Foot Ranch, the time and energy used to make our records shine are well worth the costs. I highly recommenced Jean-Michel for your producer, arranger or mixer as he's the right choice for your music.
The whole recording and producing process with Jean-Michel has been the best recording experience of my career so far. Jean is warm and hospitable, and makes you feel right at home in his studio. He is a gifted producer with a great ear, and can easily translate your ideas and turn them into a reality. He is creative, hard-working, and masterful producer.
I've been making music with Jean-Michel for several years and he keeps amazing me with his talent and versatility not only as a producer/engineer but as a musician as well. He has golden ears! JM is also a very generous person and will always go the extra mile to make sure you're happy with the results. Owl Foot Ranch is one of the most inspiring studios I've had the chance to record at, with top of the line gear. And be sure Jean-Michel will make you feel comfortable so you can focus on your music knowing everyting else is taken care of, and in good hands. Don't hesitate, book now!!
JM is absolutely fantastic! Phenomenal engineer and producer, who's incredibly knowledgeable and talented. I've been working with him for awhile, now, and he's since become a dear friend. I'm so happy with the recordings and I would recomend Owl Foot Ranch to anybody, and have done so on many occasions! You will not be disappointed.
My band has been working on three songs with Jean-Michel, and we're thrilled to be working with him. We met with JM at least three times before we started recording and we loved his energy, his passion for music and his technical knowledge. The recording process was a dream. It was definitely the best time I've ever had recording vocals. And I hate recording vocals :) The studio itself is comfortable, relaxing, chic and overall a gorgeous place to work. I honestly can't recommend JM highly enough.
Jean-Michel is one of a kind. To me, the most impressive aspect of his talent is his versatility. His knowledge of music is so vast, he can produce almost any style of music - and he has. He has a taste for the finer things in life (as you might one day have the privilege of experiencing if he cooks for you). Fine food, fine wine and the same goes for his music. He is a man of great taste, no matter what he's doing. He only produces music at a high level and his sound is always authentic. Above all that, his mixing skills never cease to amaze me and his studio is HEAVEN ON EARTH!
I have been an manager of musicians and artists for many years now. I know when I work with Jean-Michel I can expect effective listening to understand what myself and the artists are looking for. The result is fire beats, top-notch production value and the best out of the artists potential. He helps stretch their limitations in the most patient way to attain the perfect track. Outside of the music JM is a great person with an awesome sense of humor and work ethic making long days easy! If you want great music, bet that it's one click away with JM!
Jean Michel is fantastic to work with. He was the perfect guide to bring songs I've been incubating for a long time to life. He clearly loves the process and he brings a phenomenal ear for what a song "wants" to bring it to it's full potential. JM knows how to guide without stifling or pushing. Love working with him and am looking forward to doing it again.
Jean-Michel is a true TALENT!
I often hire him to create soundtracks for my commercials, records VO and ADR or to master the finish track before broadcast.
JM is always professional, open and honest with me about his opinions to enhance my work while listening to my feedback. He never disappoints in turning my concepts for what I need into something I didn't even imagine it could sound like. He is my go to producer for all things music and sound. Work with him and I guarantee he will be yours as well!
Interview with Jean-Michel Lapointe
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producing songs and albums is my specialty. Listening to clients demos and vision to come to a mutual understanding where I can direct them to make their music the best it can be.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Quincy Jones, Trevor Horne, J Dilla, RZA, AME, and many more!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Ranch house studio with sumptuous state of the art control room and live room. S3 control surface, and lots of preamps(Neve, API, Focusrite, Calrec, etc.). Outboard compressors such as Universal Audio 1176, Blue Face(Pair), Distressors, MC7 Purple Audio Limiter, and many more. Microphones such as Manley Reference, Sony C800, Bock AudioI47, Telefunken C-60s, Neumann TLM 103, U67 and many more. Main monitoring system ATC SCM45. Full gear list can be provided as well.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Producing a guide track, then tracking vocals and live instruments. Then going deep into the production!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I use my 25 years of music production to make the song shine to it's highest potential and sound quality, as well as getting the best out the artist(s) that I am working with.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Keyboards, arrangements, vocal and live instrument recordings.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Funk, Rock, House, and Folk!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always track your vocals with the best possible performance and sound quality to build around.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Funky disco with a futuristic approach.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been making music for 25 years as a producer, as well as a studio owner with facilities in Canada and now currently in Los Angeles.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Electricity generator to ensure my other machines work on the island. Then a Neve 1073 PreAMP, Sony C800G microphone, fully loaded with software and plugins laptop, and my ATC SCM45.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I believe in quality first with no compromise when it comes to the sound and production of music. So if you are looking to hire me expect the same standard for yourself.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: May I hear past and current work you have done? What artists inspire you as a frame of reference? Who is your audience?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: For myself, because of my past in deep house and that area, people often presume that I will always lean that direction in production.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: I will be asked can you make it sound like (insert any known artist name here)? A: My answer is of course I can. Q: I will be asked should we start by tracking the verses or the chorus? A: My answer is lets do a guide vocal from start to finish and from there lets see what the best options we have.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Meeting artists and people from all over the world with different ideas and music styles to bring to the table to collaborate.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do anything and everything to have and keep you more than satisfied!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog for the timeless quality sound! Digital when using state of the art converters can be great too to facilitate editing and avoiding going into laborious processes.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes, Kiel Feher. He is an amazing drummer and great person to work with and in general. His page is as follows: https://soundbetter.com/profiles/16753-kiel-feher
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working with an extremely talented band comprised of three brothers from Istanbul and doing an album in Los Angeles with an amazing singer/songwriter/musician from Montreal.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My original deep house project "The Couch Potatoes", because everything for me started from here and it gave me the opportunity to tour around the world!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jamiroquai, because his music reflects a deep thoughtful production style that results in amazing music that you can dance to.