Iggy Jai (Igor Jankovski) is an experienced music producer and a former drummer for Ebony Bones. He studied music production at the Abbey Road Institute and has been working in the music industry in London for the last 10 years. Recently Iggy opened his own studio in Tallinn, Estonia, where he is based at the moment.
Iggy learnt the key to a successful song in many genres whether it is pop, indie, hip hop or even a movie score. He is a member of the wide network of industry professionals, working with the likes of 'The Verve', 'U2', 'Sam Smith', 'The Cult' and other household names. Moreover, he was part of such projects as 'Let it Shine', 'X Factor UK', 'Red Bull Academy', 'VICE'.
In addition to his production work, he has toured the world and performed in the US, China, Russia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, headlining venues such as Le Trianon (FRA), Berghain (GER), KOKO (UK), La Machine (FRA), Splore (NZ) etc.
Iggy specialises in sound design, production, arrangement, recording, mixing. He works in Pro Tools and Logic Pro.
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6 ReviewsEndorse Iggy Jai
Completed my song project with Iggy and the results are highly satisfactory. Iggy knows how to listen to his client and is able to make the project his own as far as dedication is concern. He will not give up until achieved best results possible. I would definitely recommend him to any songwriter who wants to turn their demo into an industry standard production.
I have worked with Iggy many times and every time, the projects were excellent. I can’t recommend someone better than him (And you’ll have a great time!!) ❤️
I’ve worked with Iggy for a couple of years and he is a top notch musician, writer, programmer and engineer. Enthusiastic, detailed and hard working. Highly recommended for any of the skills he is offering
An incredible music creative who can make a song from start to finish to a music industry standard. Always adds significant input every step of the way. Very easy to communicate with and talk through ideas and making them come to life. Always a pleasure to work with!
Highly recommend :)
Having worked with Iggy as my producer — I have witnessed his intense passion and creative ambition leading him to create lush and cutting edge sounding instrumentals — searching tirelessly for the pieces of the puzzle in the completion of the song, through creative and ingenious solutions in sound.....
A dedicated, intense, and tenacious artist that pays attention to all sonic details!!!
Looking forward to our music being released into the world!
Absolutely astonishing professional, got my music mastered and produced within a day. Always creative and calm, straight to the point and generally fun to be around while creating and recording.
My personal go to everytime I need to release a song or an album.
Interview with Iggy Jai
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: A small number of projects that i've been involved in. It's because I've only started producing about a few years ago, and having little to no time to contribute myself to music production due to a full time job. But now things have changed and I'm a fully dedicated, trained and qualified professional with two higher degrees in music and a home studio where magic happens.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: One of my favourite projects was UNO (@soundsofuno). It's been a great journey knowing Dean Ross who taught me production skills but also to be able to understand what I want to do in life. We wrote songs and recorded music, mixed it, promoted it. Having dealt with such a range of duties that are required for a modern day artist is priceless.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am recording my first solo album. I will be mixing it as well at some point.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes. A few people from Abbey Road institute. Actually, I think more than a few, I have to ask.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Simpler. Cost efficient.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Quality. You are guaranteed to get quality results. If you don't, we'll work it out.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like working in a comfort of a home. I'm not that much of a social person, so spending most of my time in the studio, crafting songs feels good.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They usually ask me how much do I charge, because the ones that do get in touch, want to work with me. They heard it from a word of mouth and this is how I get clients. I usually give them this website with all my prices.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What sound are they after? What emotion they want to put across with their song? What's the story behind the song? Is there (will there be) a video?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Just trust in my experience and listen to my sounds. If that's what you want to hear on your record(s), then hit that 'contact' button.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop (charger+solar battery), my audio interface, headphones... I wouldn't have time to make beats in the dessert anyway since I'm most likely to struggle from malnutrition and water shortage. That's not a healthy state to be in for music production.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been a musician my entire life. I went to music school, then University, studied orchestra conducting, then went to Abbey Road Institute and studied advanced music production and sound engineering. I worked in an international band, toured as a drummer for 5 years consecutively, as well as recorded for other bands and performed live gigs since my early teenage years. Overall it's been 15 years in the show business.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is Taekwondo.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Sigur Ros, because i think they are unique and their sound speaks to my ears.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Space is everything. Use early reflections, a few reverbs and delays on your vocals. You can use early reflections on your drums as well. Also, it's good to share the same reverb between vocals and acoustic guitar (a plate for instance). Parallel compression is cool on everything, but use it when you need it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work with pop, synth pop and electronic music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is listening. I pay a lot of attention to small little details and i constantly train my ears listening to classical music or live recordings. I not that bad of a mixer' as well.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Melody, harmony, depth, width, clarity, warmth. I like to make songs that I enjoy listening to myself.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I mix in Pro Tools and produce in Logic Pro X (which is quicker and easier for production purposes). I have my own templates with my favourite plugins and the workflow is usually simple and well organised.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a basic rig at home. Pair of Mackie HR824's, Avantone cube, Apollo Twin interface, mixer, microphones, a bunch of guitars, couple of synths, drum pads and a nice laptop.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm the 80's kid. I love synth wave and the sounds of Roland Juno, Moog, TR808. Depeche Mode was a huge inspiration for me back in the days. Nowadays I like the works of modern pop producers such as Max Martin, Klas Åhlund, Mark Ronson as well as some electronic producers such as Aphex Twin, Max Cooper, Anthony Gonzalez (M83).
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my time i spend producing music for local artists as well as mixing.