My name is Jesse. I primarily am a producer/songwriter, but I've toured as a session player throughout the US and abroad by playing the keys. I studied at Cornish College of the Arts as a performance major, but realized my love for encouraging artists to see their vision come to life in their songs. I love to hear new songs and see them come alive.

Producer: I make sure that your project is complete with the vision you originally had. As a producer, it is vital to get the performance. Thus, with your help, I select the right musicians for the project. I go through a list of studios that I may feel right for you. I handle everything from the bookings, scheduling, arranging, writing, (if you'd like) all the way until the mastering engineer is called. I also love to be creative in the areas of marketing to ensure that the artist's songs are heard.

Songwriting: My love. I absolutely love writing songs. Whether it be the music or the words, I can help you in both.

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • universal audio
  • neumann
  • focusrite
  • yamaha
  • warm audio
  • softube
  • ssl

Genres I specialize in

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Interview with Jesse L. McDaniel

What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on a fantastic soul EP. We recorded at London Bridge here in Washington, and I'm really happy with it. Top notch people all the way around.
Analog or digital and why?
Both. Because we can. I use to be all about analog, but I'm less fussy about those things as technology allows for incredible sounds these days.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I'll believe as much or more in you than you do.
What do you like most about your job?
I get to create something that has yet to be heard.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
People think music is instant in an instant world. It's not. There's a ton of work that goes into every project and that's a definite misconception. Especially in a streaming world of convenience. Because the music is instantly uploaded, people may believe that the process is just as immediate. But a great song takes time and hands to shape it into form. From pre production to master.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What do you want out of all of this? What are you after? What sound are you going for? What are your dreams?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Just send an email and let's start a conversation.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Gear would be pointless on an island. Music is meant to be shared.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been playing piano since 8. Went into college as a piano major, band leader, touring musician, songwriter, composer, engineer, and then realized that I am a producer. It's the love of all of these things.
How would you describe your style?
Old school pointing north.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I'd love to work with Corinne Bailey Rae. I love what is going on in Europe. I've been a fan for a very long time, and there's something timeless in her voice. She has the ideas behind the songs.
Can you share one music production tip?
Your team is everything. Humble yourself. Appreciate everyone you work with and hold yourself at a professional level. People will remember that.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Soul, Gospel, Worship, R&B, Pop, Sing-Songwriter, and Folk.
What's your strongest skill?
Songwriting and producing. Many people today instantly see an engineer as a producer. I've worked with a lot of fantastic engineers who take over as a producer, and it gets really messy. But a producer's job is to see the entire project come to life. It is my job to work with an entire team of selected individuals to get a project done. I'm a people person that has a wide range of skills and background in music that enables me to collaborate with music professionals.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring an idea. I believe many people ask the question "how," and I want to ask the question "why?" At the very core of the song, there has to be a soul. There has to be an idea that gets out- otherwise it's just a group of sounds. I bring a relationship because I deeply care for the person, and want their ideas to be expressed accurately through the song.
What's your typical work process?
My first priority is knowing the artist. Without knowing you, I cannot be as passionate as you to see this project come to life. I do a few sessions of writing to ensure that we're on the same page- and then start scheduling heavier stuff after that. I am constantly communicating through email, and ensure that when clients and I do meet up- we take full advantage of the time and get a lot done.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I work out of studios primarily. My thing is to capture the live sound in a room. There's nothing like that energy. I can do over dubs anywhere once the foundation is laid- and that is done through a Universal Audio LA-610 MKII and then into my Focusrite Clarett 8Pre- then into Pro Tools. It's a very easy set up and it depends what we're doing. We can use a variety of mics to capture whatever sound we are going for- but I am all about minimalism.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I am inspired by Raphael Saadiq, Mark Ronson, and producers who are both bringing something back- and still looking ahead. I am very inspired by European trends in music as well.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I see the project until the end. That means, hiring the right musicians, writing, scheduling, and bringing together the collaborative effort from start to finish.