"Esjay is a powerful producer and creator" - Krewella
Esjay Jones is a South African born producer, songwriter and artist now based between Joshua Tree and Los Angeles, California.
Esjay has had over a decade of success in the music Industry and during the first part she cemented herself as one of SA’s top female rock vocalists fronting Durban-based rock band, Stealing Love Jones. The band achieved mainstream success with singles “Kicks”, “A Little Easier”, “Out There” and “Limozeen”, and shared the stage with major international bands such as Fall Out Boy, Violent Femmes, Jimmy Eat World and Groove Armada.
After the success of Stealing Love Jones, Esjay made the move to Los Angeles in 2009 where she was discovered by Tom Maffei of Primary Wave Management and introduced to Zach Katz (BMG) and JR Rotem who signed her to a Publishing deal with Beluga Heights.
Esjay has been a part of compositions for Sean Kingston, Jeffree Star, Disney, Netflix, Fabletics, TimeFlies, Escape The Fate, Mystery Skulls with Nile Rodgers and brandy, Alien Ant Farm and many other Top 40 artists.
Esjay has received praise for some of the biggest names in the music industry.
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I've worked extensively with Esjay Jones for the past 5 years, and she's hands down my favorite songwriter. She just has that certain magic that makes her songs stand out and resonate with an audience. Esjay and I work on label projects here in LA regularly, she is a professional that understands what it takes to make music for today's artists.
Loved working with her. She’s a genuine gal who loves what she does and knows the industry really well! I’m a singer/songwriter and she loved my songwriting and trusted me to write a song from scratch with her in the studio! Loved the way it ultimately came together! Highly recommend!
What an awesome producer! She knows so much about the industry not just the raw talent side but the ins and outs of marketing branding etc. Shes a beast in the lab and I’m blesssed to have her support and abilities behind my work. She truly wants to see her clients succeed and enjoy the process along the way! Whatever needs to happen Esjay has the undoubted ability to get done!!
Interview with ESJAY JONES
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am working on a couple of new singles with Alien Ant Farm and am very proud of where the project is going as these guys were one of my favorite bands growing up!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm developing a Native American rapper who is unlike anyone I have heard before!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Trey Vittetoe all day!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: both - depends on the situation and budget
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: we WILL blow peoples minds!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The journey from conception to mix and master
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long is the process from songwriting to fully producing out a radio ready single? - about 3 to 4 weeks depending on creativity and budget.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The amount of time put into each production far exceeds the financial value
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What exactly is your goal for this production / song?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Find someone who understand you as a person and artist and is wants to bring out the best in you
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: - My guitar - Slate Digital Mic & Plug Ins -
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started off in a number 1 selling band in South Africa and have been full time in music for almost 20 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Deftones - because they are everything :)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Collaboration is key!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, rock and metal
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: production and melody
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Melody, Lyrics and polish.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Getting to know the artist - keeping the integrity while creating a polished product that can stand alongside current top 40 radio hits.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I hire several different studios in LA and Joshua Tree depending on the client and budget.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Trey Vittetoe is one of my favorite creatives to work with.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Developing an artist and their sound. Songwriting and production.