Hello! My name is Jonathan "J.Bonkaz" Howard. I am a music producer, song writer and engineer. I have been in the music business for about 20 years. I started really young which makes me seasoned but still young enough to deliver today's flavor. I have worked on artist's projects such as 50 Cent, Cyhi Tha Prynce, Big Sean, Roscoe Dash, Red Cafe.
I offer professional production (music, beats,etc.), mixing & mastering, recording and more. If you need beats remade for covers, I also can do that very well.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
22 ReviewsEndorse J.Bonkaz
"Went in the studio blind but now I see" Real nice first time session. I got lots of help and support. Recommended by a friend, and he was right J.Bonkaz was just what I was looking for. I'm already preparing for the next session.
Bonkaz is the best at what he does! Excellent production, superb mixing, and he is thorough but at the same time doesn’t take a long time in the music creating process. Highly recommended!
I just finished my EP ‘The Vibe’ with J. He’ such a musical genius! Very hands on and very professional!! I would recommend anyone to work with him. The quality of the finished product is Immaculate! Thanks again for such beautiful work man!
Had the pleasure to work with J in a full EP project. Very professional, stickler for perfection and very involved, he makes sure the vocals are as on point as they can to ensure a strong record all around. Highly recommend.
Super dope producer! Did my first record. Definitely talented and nothing less!
Solid from beginning to end. Engineering, Production of any kind. Music is his God given gift. Without a doubt one of the best I have ever work with in the industry. Highly recommended. True Talent. GodsChild!
This guy is something serious. He’s definitely the guy to work with when it comes to production and/or music overall. Mad love to Born Genius Records.
This man is beyond talented: Everything from his exceptional ear for music to his knack for branding and individualizing an artist’s sound. I’m an up and coming artist, and as I’m getting started, I wouldn’t rather work with any other producer BUT J. Bonkaz! I’m very particular with how I would like my sound to be, and he’s the best Producer to set me apart from other artists. If you’re SERIOUS about making music and being an artist, then J. Bonkaz is your guy!
J has helped me put an album together and it wasn’t just get in the booth and do your thing he really cared how it sounded and listen to what I wanted to bring out in the music.. def will be coming back for more work!!!
B was a teen when I first worked with him. We worked together on songs for a Latino group known as Tha Heights. He's been my musical Lil' brother since. He continued to awe and inspire me with his musicality and his ability to bring emotions (not just Beats) to everything track that he touches! I liken him to young Jam and Lewis (in one person) He caters to the Artist, not just the track. His approach to music is always multi-layered and sonically on point. A grounded and humbled man, and yet still he grinds to grow! Period. I will always musically trust him. Worth every $
J Bonkaz is a Genius when it comes to this music. The first time I recorded with him I never wanted to record with nobody else. He knows what he’s doing and I respect his ear when it comes down to changing anything if needed. Very professional and very talented. I always get grade A product that’s very hard to find.
Very dope producer and engineer. One of the best in the business as well. He creates a very pleasant musical atmosphere that an artist can grow and thrive in. He’s also very professional and understands what it takes to have a win.
I have known J.Bonkaz personally for over 15 years. Professionally, his musically ear and professional acumen is unmatched. His is one of the best mixers I have witnessed in my A&R career.
J. Bonkaz is an A1 Producer, writer, and engineer. He can take a project from conception to the final quality product, which is rare to find in one person. J has the best ear. He finds harmonies that really bring a track to life. If you want someone who has vision, can produce a quality sound, and can help you grow as an artist J. Bonkaz is your man.
One of the dopest engineer / producers I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Very humble and experienced. #1 guy to go to for Production and mixing services.
Got my shit sounding right 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Bonkaz mixed my ep and it’s sounds absolutely phenomenal! Glad I chose him!
One of the best producers i’ve had the pleasure to work with!
Bonkaz is the best! Not only has he helped me as an artist, but he also teaches you while he works with you. He’s down to earth, never steered me in the wrong direction, and his resume speaks volume. Thank you for everything, and he’s someone in the business you wanna work with whether an artist or executive.
Dope beats and great professional input. Bonkaz is a world class engineer! His ear is super strong, and his ideas are some of the best today. He can take a mediocre song and make impactful changes that are subtle but powerful! If you have a chance to work with him, you better take advantage.
This man is BY FAR the most professional, affordable, creative, affordable & focused producer/engineer I've ever worked with PERIOD. He's engineered/produced (vocally & overall) my last two projects & every session I leave with QUALITY work & a life lesson, business tip or something positive to better myself as an artist, businessman & individual. Every artist needs a J. Bonkaz on their team & roster.
J has a great ear, he finishes projects quickly and efficient, and I always love the end product. He also makes changes and adjustments quickly if needed. Truly a pro
Interview with J.Bonkaz
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: 50 Cent - Bulletproof (P.I.M.P. Pt 2) because it sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide.My role was producer.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Record label and developing artists to release!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. It's necessary!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To keep going until it is right!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Making my clients happy and doing what I love to do.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "How long have I been doing this" - "Forever"
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I'm just an engineer. When I AM A PRODUCER! Well rounded.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure the person you hire has a style that matches yours and is experienced.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, Midi Keyboard, Harddrive, Microphone and Interface.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started making music in 97. Thats over 20 years!!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Clean, melodic and very catchy!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Russ, because I think we can make super smashes together.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more! Use big sounds!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing, Producing and Hearing
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring expertise to a song. A professional and trained ear, vocal production, mixing and everything else to make the song radio ready.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I love to work with the artist to produce quality from the beginning process to the end.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is private, clean, smoke free and has professional grade gear and DAWs that produce a professional quality sound. No Ifs, Ands or Buts!!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by everybody on the grind doing their thing. From minor to major!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do for my clients would be audio engineering, recording, mix mastering & music production.