Hey I'm James, I've been producing for around 12 years (7 years professionally), and I will work very hard to bring out all the hit-potential in your song... that's my specialty! I've mixed and mastered around 6000 songs, so I've got a wealth of experience to draw on -- no matter what your project needs, I can deliver!
Recent highlights include Matilda Lundberg - Fear, RBECKA - Raindrops, and Lula Mills - Not OK (EP) and "At War" single.
I work between my home studio in Maida Vale, London, and Peak Studios in Bradford (one of the top pro studios in north England). Clients can attend either location if desired.
I’ve mixed literally thousands of songs (I’d guess around 7000-8000 as I started in a corporate gig mixing 3-5 songs a day for years). If you want a TRULY commercial standard mix, very few can work as fast as me, and hence I can afford to charge significantly less than others that can match me on quality. Check the examples (with good headphones to hear the detail and polish).
I've been professionally mastering since 2015 (after many years of practice until I could match the guys charging 3 times my rate). In the last year I’ve mastered records by some of the biggest upcoming UK bands, including Marsicans and Allusondrugs.
I’m out to make hit songs. I won't lie to you and protect your feelings just to make a quick buck... if there's something wrong with your song I will point it out and work with you to correct it, because if the track doesn't sound like it could get on the radio the next day, then I don't consider it finished.
Message me for before/after examples if needed.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
6 ReviewsEndorse James Grover @ Peak Studios
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Super quick with communication despite the time difference and knew exactly what he needed. Hassle free.
My track is better than I ever thought it would be possible! James is the guy! Very patient and talented! He really takes time working on your track
Here's a copy of the email I've just sent to James today...
"You've done a cracking job with these songs. We wouldn't change a thing with these latest mixes/master files.
It's been an absolute pleasure working with you and we look forward to working on a new set of songs in due course."
James is a very skilled producer and mixing engineer with great experience when it comes to song writing. I have worked with James on a number of songs and he really takes the time to get to know the song: lyrics, melody, arrangements and giving advice on changes that can improve the result of the finished song. I can highly recommend him!
James is a very skilled producer and super easy to work with. He's got a great ear and always delivers top class mixes.
Time & time again, James has delivered on projects we've collaborated on. Each & every time, James has amazed & surpassed my expectations. To say I've been happy with the results, thanks to James, would be an understatement! You won't regret hiring James!
Interview with James Grover @ Peak Studios
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is to make things sound as radio-ready as possible. If you don't want to sound as commercial as possible, I'm not the right collaborator for you.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because it lets me keep my prices low - I have £3k in software which would cost £300k if I had to do the same thing with all analog. Many of the top pros in the world are all-digital users, there's no downside anymore as the sound quality is proveably indistinguishable (it's a myth perpetuated by the people that have invested lots of money into analog gear in order to justify what they spent and so they can keep their high prices). Analog gear is very nice to have and fun to use, especially while recording the song. But it's 100% not necessary to get a world class result.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Mastering isn't just making it louder. The most important part is small tweaks to the overall EQ to get the most balanced sound possible, which means it will sound as good as possible on any speakers. Mastering is a scientific process, not an artistic one.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: My advice is to ignore everyone's big name "credits" -- listen only to the quality of their previous work, and how that compares to others in the same price range. In this industry everyone has "major credits" but most are meaningless. If it says they've "worked with" Beyonce, it often means they made coffee once for Beyonce and sat in a studio with her as an assistant. Anyone who's REALLY worked with Beyonce will have a specific credit on what song they worked on and what their exact role was. Eg. if you're hiring a mix/mastering engineer, then any major credit they have that isn't specifically for mixing/mastering is irrelevant to what they can do for you. Also, ask what their specialites and weaknesses are before hiring them. For example, not many producers can mix or master to the top standard, and not many mix/mastering engineers can produce to the top standard, since these are all very different and mostly unrelated skills. So if you need a 10/10 world class result, you should be hiring these people separately. I'd rate my mastering skill as 10/10, mixing skill as 9/10 and production skill as 7.5/10 on a world class scale.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If the song doesn't sound good with just a piano and vocals, then it's probably not a good song and you should write another instead.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Electronic pop, acoustic pop, dance and indie rock
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Hearing what's wrong and knowing how to fix it.