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)

Gear highlights

  • Large collection of multitrack cassette records
  • Tascam 388
  • dozens of lofi synths
  • legendary mojo guitars and a gorgeous upright piano are a few of the wonderful treasures at our studio

Genres I specialize in

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    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

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    Excellent job from a fantastic and very talented man.
    I found his lyrics very inspirational and there is "something" there for sure!

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Interview with Jack's Music Lab

Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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.
What are you working on at the moment?
Working with a few different female singer/songwriters right now. Lots of fun
Analog or digital and why?
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?
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
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
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What kind of album do you want to make and what are some examples of stuff you really like?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Pick someone you like and follow the golden rule from there
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My Tascam 246, my Teisco Prestige, my Kawai R-100, my Casio CZ-1000 and my Shure SM7
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
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 :)
How would you describe your style?
Eesh...Indie/folk/alt-rock - somewhere in there. I love big loud rock 'n roll songs but I also love moody folks songs.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Sia - she's the epitome of what pop music was supposed to be.
Can you share one music production tip?
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.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Singer/songwriter stuff primarily
What's your strongest skill?
Keeping the recording process relaxed and making quick decisions to keep moving.
What do you bring to a song?
A different perspective :)
What's your typical work process?
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...
Tell us about your studio setup.
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.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Glyn Johns, Rick Rubin, Gram Parsons, Towns Van Zant, Paul Westerberg, John Prine, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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.