Bradley Johnson

Music Producer and Engineer

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Music has been a passion for me since I was a little kid and I started playing when I was 9, did my first recording when I was 15, and started recording on my own when I was 19. I have some professional work under my belt working for other producers, but now I'm trying to break out and secure my own work.

My strengths in audio are in songwriting, arrangement, editing and mixing. I have trained under Joe Corey (Assisted Jack Joseph Puig for 5 years) as well as Jeremy Edwardson (Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe, Michael W. Smith). I continue to assist in production for Jeremy Edwardson and have worked on many commercial releases because of this relationship.

I am now trying to break off and develop my own business so I am currently building up my portfolio. I work at competitive rates, but not at compromised quality. I work ethically and hard and dedicate myself 100 percent to every project that I take on.

I work remotely for editing services (Vocal Tuning and Drum Timing) and for Mixing and Mastering services.
If you would like to have me engineer or produce a project then I work out of a local studio in the Southern California area that is equipped with industry standard equipment.

I stand behind all of my work and also will be happy to provide you with references to back up my work ethic and commitment to excellence. I look forward to helping you make your dreams come true.

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Interview with Bradley Johnson

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I worked on an album by a Worship Leader/Songwriter named Chris McClarney. I am proud of that record because it was a live album and I think the whole thing turned out great. I was involved with assisting in engineering for both in studio rehearsals and the live recording itself, as well as the editing.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I am prepping to start work as a Producer on a worship album for my church I attend.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Both. I love Analog gear such as preamps and compressors for recording, but digital is a God send for audio editing and mixing/mastering.

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: That if you aren't fully satisfied with my work than you will get your money back.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: I love the feeling of creating music first and foremost. The fact that it didn't exist before and now it does. I also love the feeling of helping someone get art that was in there head onto a recording. It really is a business of helping people realize their dreams.

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: Q. Can you record/mix/master my song in one hour? A. If you are a singer songwriter who is prepared I can record and fake mix and master in an hour.* *What that means is you are asking for 3 separate things. If you want the quality you are looking for you are going to need to invest in each part separately, which will take more time than an hour.

  13. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  14. A: That to make a great record all we have to do is put a mic in front of something and hit record.

  15. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  16. A: What is your expectation for me in this project? Have you recorded anything else before? What is your end goal for this project?

  17. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  18. A: Look for someone who listens to what your vision is for the project. If there isn't good communication between you, the project can get off track really fast and can be a hard process (and expensive) to get it back on again. Make sure who you hire has a good game plan to make sure that the process goes smoothly.

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: Macbook (With Software), SM57, Duet, monitors, acoustic guitar. If there isn't electricity I would need a generator...maybe there is a shipwreck on the island I could just find one on?

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: I have been a guitar player and drummer since I was 9. I have played in multiple bands since I was young and was in my first recording session when I was 15. By my late teens I started recording myself and that's when I caught the bug. Since then I have produced 2 EPs, wrote and demoed couple of dozen songs, and currently work as a production assistant for Jeremy Edwardson (Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe, Michael W. Smith). Music is in my blood and it is a huge love of my life.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: I believe every great production has to start with a great song. Now from there I can go many different directions. I love just stripped down songs, but I also love huge production as well. I like pretty and ethereal (Sigur Ros, Bon Iver) but I also love to experiment with more electronic production styles (Zedd, Calvin Harris) Ultimately though my heart lives in the "Indie Rock" world.

  25. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  26. A: Justin Vernon. He is musically versatille and not afraid to take risks in his productions. He also experiments with blending styles to create unique sounding recordings.

  27. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  28. A: When tuning vocals ALWAYS detune breaths and scoops. If you only tuned the notes they are trying to hit and keep the rest untouched you will make the singer sound like a rockstar as well as keep the natural vibe of their voice. They won't even know you touched it.

  29. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  30. A: Indie, Singer/Songwriter, Worship, Pop, Rock.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: Songwriting. I have been songwriting for most of my life and a music listener since the day I was born. Since I was very little I would sit in my room and listen and analyze songs for hours on end.

  33. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  34. A: I have been a musician and songwriter for most of my life. So when I listen to a song I am paying attention more to the artistic merits over a technical one. I feel this is very important in both producing and editing because you never want to sacrifice feel for what is "technically right". I want music to move me and to hit me on an emotional level so my goals are always first and foremost that.

  35. Q: What's your typical work process?

  36. A: Depending on what kind of work I am doing. If I am doing editing I usually just dive right in and start editing. If it is a production I will start with demoing out tracks over a vocal and rhythm instrument to get the feel/arrangements. Once that is done and the artist and I feel confident then we will take it into the studio. I will then edit for mix and master.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: I have a simple home studio set up. It's more of an editing and mixing bay. I edit in Pro Tools and Melodyne and mix in Logic X. If I want to record full instrumentation then I will go to a local studio which has industry standard gear.

  39. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  40. A: A lot of the work I have been doing lately is editing work. From beat detecting drums to tuning vocals in Melodyne. I also do engineering and producing work as well.

  41. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  42. A: A lot of the work I have been doing lately is editing work. From beat detecting drums to tuning vocals in Melodyne. I also do engineering and producing work as well.

Terms Of Service

I allow up to 3 revisions for a mix. If I am in preproduction and arranging a song then I work with you as we go. 1 hour Lead Vocal Tuning, 30min for BGV. 2 hour average for drum editing.

Gear Highlights
  • Melodyne
  • Pro Tools 11
  • Logic Pro X
  • Waves Mercury Bundle
  • U47
  • API Preamps.
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