Old school is new school. All my gear/tech is pre-1990, almost exclusively analog and 8-12 bit noisemakers. If the Beatles could make Sgt. Peppers on 4 tracks - then that's technically all you need (yes, I do have a few 8 tracks for good measure)
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2 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Jack's Music Lab
Well, it's been a bizarre year for both of us...but we finally made it once again! I found a very good partner for future productions
Excellent job from a fantastic and very talented man.
I found his lyrics very inspirational and there is "something" there for sure!
Interview with Jack's Music Lab
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I work a lot with singer/songwriters who are new to recording. They're looking to flesh out their songs and put together a complete recording.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Glyn Johns, Rick Rubin, Gram Parsons, Towns Van Zant, Paul Westerberg, John Prine, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have about 25 keyboards - almost none are "big names". I found a few message board that chronicled the "unknown" awesome keyboards from the 80s, so I made it my goal to collect each one of those, along with a similar collection of drum machines. I LOVE tape and now have the quintessential collection of 4, 6 and 8 track cassette recorders on earth (all in great shape). I also have about 19 guitars - all, weird off-brand guitars like Silvertone, Kay, Hagstrom, Teisco, Univox and others with no head stock so it's anyone's guess. It's a big open space, lots of fun to write in.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I try to have fun. When I'm working out a song with an artist we'll move around a lot, trying piano or a keyboard, until we find something that compliments the song well and then we go for it. I want artists to just be relaxed and have a good time. Recording can be stressful...
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A different perspective :)
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Keeping the recording process relaxed and making quick decisions to keep moving.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer/songwriter stuff primarily
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: A great song combined with a great performance trump any recording medium. If you can't write a great song and perform it well you shouldn't be making records.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Sia - she's the epitome of what pop music was supposed to be.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Eesh...Indie/folk/alt-rock - somewhere in there. I love big loud rock 'n roll songs but I also love moody folks songs.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I kinda fell into it. I started making records with my band in 2005 and over time just wanted more control over the recording process. So I built my own studio :)
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Tascam 246, my Teisco Prestige, my Kawai R-100, my Casio CZ-1000 and my Shure SM7
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Pick someone you like and follow the golden rule from there
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What kind of album do you want to make and what are some examples of stuff you really like?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'm not going to change your sound - I only hope to highlight and accent what you do best by providing a killer supporting cast of sounds and arrangements
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog - cause it was good enough for the greatest years of rock 'n roll. How many great acts and music movements have come since the late 90s?
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Working with a few different female singer/songwriters right now. Lots of fun
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: www.seaelectric.band. I was the vocalist, co-writer and wrote a few of the melodies as well. First song we published is still my fav - hoping to finish this album up in a few months.