Producer * Mixer * Pedal Steel

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Josh Kaler on SoundBetter

Hi! I'm a producer/mixer/musician in Nashville, TN. I've been lucky enough to record with artists such as Butch Walker, Marc Scibilia, Sierra Hull, Matthew Perryman Jones, Jump Little Children, Frances Cone, William Fitzsimmons, and Paris Monster. Some of this racket has been featured on Grey's Anatomy, Shameless, Lethal Weapon, & One Tree Hill.

Whether it's working on a production, mix, or pedal steel guitar part, my approach is always the same : never get in the way of a great song. I do this by choosing a palette of instrumentation and melody as best I can with 100% intention. It also has to feel inspired and fun. Unless it's a really sad song. No fun allowed.

I have recently found a passion for string arranging. I traveled to Brno, Czech Republic last year where I arranged for a 43-piece orchestra to play on the majority of an album of my own. Without a doubt this was the most memorable and meaningful experience of my career thus far.

When I'm not goofing off in the studio I can be found as a touring multi-instrumentalist. I've been honored to roam the world with Aaron Lee Tasjan, Dar Williams, and my "dork-rock" band Slow Runner.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Josh Kaler
  • Sierra Hull
  • Sierra Hull
  • Sierra Hull
  • Jump, Little Children
  • Jump, Little Children
  • Jump, Little Children
  • Jump, Little Children
  • Jump, Little Children
  • Jump, Little Children
  • Jump, Little Children
  • Jump, Little Children
  • Jump, Little Children
  • Jump, Little Children
  • Lilly Hiatt
  • Brian Fallon
  • Matthew Perryman Jones
  • Matthew Perryman Jones
  • Dar Williams
  • Dar Williams
  • Dar Williams
  • Dar Williams
  • Dar Williams
  • Dar Williams
  • Dar Williams
  • Dar Williams
  • Heather Nova
  • Heather Nova
  • Heather Nova
  • Heather Nova
  • Heather Nova
  • Heather Nova
  • Heather Nova
  • Heather Nova
  • Heather Nova
  • Heather Nova
  • Heather Nova
  • Heather Nova
  • Ronnie Fauss
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • William Fitzsimmons
  • Matt White
  • Matt White
  • Matt White
  • Matt White
  • Matt White
  • Matt White
  • Matt White
  • The Working Title
  • The Working Title
  • Kelly Buchanan
  • Kelly Buchanan
  • Kelly Buchanan
  • Kelly Buchanan
  • Kelly Buchanan
  • Kelly Buchanan
  • Kelly Buchanan
  • Kelly Buchanan
  • Kelly Buchanan
  • Slow Runner
  • Slow Runner
  • Tom Crowley
  • Tom Crowley
  • Tom Crowley
  • Josh Kaler
  • Josh Kaler
  • Josh Kaler
  • Josh Kaler
  • Slow Runner
  • Slow Runner
  • Slow Runner
  • Slow Runner
  • Frances Cone
  • Frances Cone
  • Frances Cone
  • Frances Cone
  • Frances Cone
  • Slow Runner
  • Slow Runner
  • Slow Runner
  • Jesse Terry
  • Jesse Terry
  • Jesse Terry
  • Jesse Terry
  • Jesse Terry
  • Jesse Terry
  • Jesse Terry
  • Jesse Terry
  • Jesse Terry
  • Jesse Terry
  • Marc Scibilia
  • Marc Scibilia
  • Marc Scibilia
  • Marc Scibilia
  • Taylor Leonhardt
  • Slow Runner
  • Slow Runner
  • Slow Runner
  • Slow Runner
  • Jesse Terry
  • Jesse Terry
  • Jesse Terry
  • Jesse Terry
  • Jesse Terry
  • Jesse Terry
  • Jesse Terry
  • Jesse Terry
  • Jesse Terry
  • Conor Donohue
  • Tattletale Saints
  • Tattletale Saints
  • Tattletale Saints
  • Tattletale Saints
  • Tattletale Saints
  • Tattletale Saints
  • Tyler Boone

4 Reviews

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  1. Review by Dante Marchi
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    Josh has the unparalleled ability to climb inside each song and each mix with high octane clarity for what is needed and what is wanted by the artist. He makes the process fun on all levels while making the final results sonically and melodically epic as well. I've worked with many talented producers, musicians and mixers but i would put Josh Kaler at the very top of the list!!

  2. Review by Carrie Welling
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    I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working with Josh in the studio. Everything he does is true magic. Not only is he an incredible producer/engineer, he’s also a very talented multi-instrumentalist. I felt at ease working and creating with him and he always kept a smile on my face! I couldn’t recommend Josh more!

  3. Review by Andy Doherty
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    I’ve worked on a lot of projects with Josh and he is a deep well of talent and creativity. He’s played drums, guitar, lap and pedal steel, bass, keys, ukulele and more on our recordings. His bedside manner can’t be matched, always willing to work through any problem you have musical or personal (as things always come up when pouring your heart into a song) and he keep the spirits UP! Also, it doesn’t mention here that he is very very funny and a top-choice hang in or out of the studio.

  4. Review by Jordan Perlson
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    Josh is one of the best engineers, producers and musicians I know. His steel playing is beautiful and he brings a ton to every project he's a part of. Hire him!

Interview with Josh Kaler

  1. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  2. A: Being able to play a variety of instruments while still listening to the song with a writer's ear.

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

  4. A: If the vocal performance isn't great, the song can't be great.

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

  6. A: I have my own project called Hula Hi-Fi and recently finished the final mixes with Joe Pisapia (Guster, KD Lang). I mix the majority of the albums I'm a part of but I learned so much from working with someone who I hold in such high regard. It was also out of my comfort zone which is something EVERY producer needs to experience.

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

  8. A: That I don't allow my contributions or anything I'm a part of....to suck.

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

  10. A: It all started with my band Slow Runner in Charleston, SC. From 2003 - 2016 we released five albums and one EP. Meeting Michael Flynn (the principal songwriter/singer) was very crucial to my path in production. He just kept showing up with amazing songs and I had to attempt to elevate them somehow. It was an amazing time of learning and failing. : ) A friend of mine (Kelly Buchanan) heard our band and asked if I would consider helping her produce her next album. I believe that was around 2005. I've been hooked on making records for artists every since.

  11. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  12. A: Digital if I had to pick one. GREAT records are being made on just a laptop, a mic, and an interface. I like to track on consoles/quirky outboard gear when I can though.

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

  14. A: RE-20, Chandler TG-2, baritone ukulele, Rickenbacker lap steel, Fender Princeton

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

  16. A: Singer-songwriter, Indie, Rock, Hawaiian Noir

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

  18. A: I have tremendous respect for Sharon Van Etten. She's still relatively new and is releasing the most exciting music these days. "Are We There" is a masterpiece.

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

  20. A: "Late Riser" by Frances Cone comes to mind! I co-produced it with Danny Molad who is in one of my favorite bands Lucius. I'm proud of it because it has a very unique sound and it was very challenging to get there. Christina Cone (the lead singer/principal songwriter) is an amazing artist but I found that we creatively clashed on several things on our musical journey together. This isn't unheard of by any means but my gut instinct was challenged often and I wasn't used to that at the time. In the end, I learned how to adapt and truly embrace the process because the outcome sounded so unique and special. I'll be forever grateful for this collaboration.

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GenresSounds Like
  • Matthew Perryman Jones
  • Frances Cone
  • Jump
  • Little Children
  • Little Children
Gear Highlights
  • Access to Trident Console 80A
  • Chandler TG-2
  • BAE 1073
  • API 2500
  • API EQs
  • Massive Passive
  • Distressors
  • Neumann U67 reissue
  • Tons of guitars and drums
  • GFI Pedal Steel
  • Pro Tools
  • Tons of plugs
  • etc
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