Jean-Marc Herbreteau

Composer / Producer / Keyboard

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I'm a musician, also teaching at the famous "Jazz à Tours" music school. I collaborated with many artists, as keyboardist, composer, arranger, music director. Passionate and meticulous, I attach great importance to the details.

French musician, arranger, composer and producer for over 20 years, I offer my services to give life to your wildest projects. Motivated, creative, I attach great importance to details. I am passionate about harmony and I like above all to sublimate beautiful melodies.
During a first exchange, we will discuss together your project, your desires, your references, and once the specifications established I will go to my studio to record a pre-production. We will then fine-tune this production and once the project is validated I will give you a master and all the separate stems.
Give the "French touch" to your music !

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12 Reviews

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  1. Review by Hudomir
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    Great communication, great playing skills, he can deliver whatever you want. Highly recommend to everyone.

  2. Review by dj phantom
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    The best player for me, he can produce all style with class

  3. Review by Jahvanil
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    JM is a great musician, playing music with him can seem so easy, you may feel good vybes when doing so!
    No matter where you go, be sure he'll grab your idea and sublimate it. Harmony and rythm when he plays seem to be coming from another world. Meticulous, he knows how to adapt in numerous musical streams.

  4. Review by Gilles Ngningha
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    Jean-Marc owns Amazing skills with composing and arranging, and a huge background as a music listener.
    He always pays attention to serve the Music. He's really easy going and professional as well.
    I appreciated our collaboration.

  5. Review by Gilles Ngningha
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    Jean-Marc owns Amazing skills with composing and arranging, and a huge background as a music listener.
    He always pays attention to serve the Music. He's really easy going and professional as well.
    I appreciated our collaboration.

  6. Review by Gilles Ngningha
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    Jean-Marc owns Amazing skills with composing and arranging, and a huge background as a music listener.
    He always pays attention to serve the Music. He's really easy going and professional as well.
    I appreciated our collaboration.

  7. Review by Gilles Ngningha ( Singer )
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    Jean-Marc owns Amazing skills with composing and arranging, and a huge background as a music listener.
    He always pays attention to serve the Music. He's really easy going and professional as well.
    I appreciated our collaboration.

  8. Review by Antoine Loemba
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    Working with Jean-Marc makes things easy he's an experienced trustworthy and devoted musician, he also is a wonderful educator.

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    Working with Jean-Marc makes things easy he's an experienced trustworthy and devoted musician, he also is a wonderful educator.

  10. Review by Antoine Loemba
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    Working with Jean-Marc makes things easy he's an experienced trustworthy and devoted musician, he also is a wonderful educator.

  11. Review by Célia Lenérand
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    Excellent musicien, compositeur a la patte artistique singulière, Jean-Marc est toujours très à l'écoute dans la création en équipe. Un plaisir que de collaborer avec lui !

  12. Review by Olivier Linglet
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    Very talented musician and great listener too. Jean-Marc is easy to work with and blossoming with ideas !

Interview with Jean-Marc Herbreteau

  1. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  2. A: I mainly work with artists, musicians, songwriters who want to give a personal and unique character to their works. I write arrangements, I take care of the sound recording and the instrumental parts, and my connections in the musical environment allow me to envisage all the collaborations.

  3. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  4. A: I was at the initiative of the electro-jazz collective CONNECTED in the 2000s. I was a musician there, but also a composer, arranger and producer. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0YrUy7ib1tL744SrZnBoJ1?si=N5312yHtQzqFTx_VtIi6xA

  5. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  6. A: I work on many projects, notably with the SHÆLIN group (http://www.shaelincrew.com), but also with the Lîlo'River duo (http://www.liloriver.fr), the Kiff Kiff group (http://www.kiffkiff.fr), and I I invest myself with passion for the music school in which I work.

  7. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  8. A: There are so many talented professionals on SoundBetter, it's an impossible mission. I recommend the one that suits you best!

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: For the practical side and the ease of work I would say digital, but my heart rocks for analogic for the heat. I work in digital but I prefer acoustic instruments when possible and I do my best to keep this warmth of analogic.

  11. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  12. A: To do my best, to be sincere and to put all my heart and all my energy into it from the moment I commit to the project.

  13. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  14. A: Music, of course, is what drives me, but secondly I would say meetings and sharing.

  15. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  16. A: The question that comes up most often is: "when?". My answer: "as fast as my inspiration will allow me". Small hint: I am often very inspired and I am said to be very prolific ! :-)

  17. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  18. A: People often have a misconception of jazz, as if it were necessarily synonymous with "complicated". Jazz is a lively, open music, which inspires most of the great artists we admire today. It is a richness which makes it possible to adapt to most musical styles.

  19. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  20. A: What do you want to do ? What are your goals ? Can you give me references ? What is your deadline ?

  21. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  22. A: Be clear in your request, trust, and encourage creativity. Let yourself be surprised!

  23. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  24. A: My piano, of course, a computer, a sound card, a master keyboard, and a microphone!

  25. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  26. A: I am essentially self-taught. I learned from myself, through decisive meetings with inspiring artists. I started music in a small school in my village then I spent a few years in a jazz school in Tours (France), in which I am also a teacher today.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. A: It's always difficult to define yourself ... Listen to my music, and you tell me! ;-)

  29. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  30. A: There are so many! It's very complicated to choose only one ... Just for the experience, to try to "get inside his head", and because I think he will remain as one of the geniuses of our century, I would say Jacob Collier ;-)

  31. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  32. A: Each song is different. What works for one will not necessarily work for the other. The only production advice I could give is to be sincere, to work more with your heart than with your brain.

  33. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  34. A: My tastes, my culture, and my skills cover a wide spectrum. I can work on instrumental music as well as on songs. I am naturally attracted by Anglo-Saxon music, Soul, Neo Soul, RnB, but also by jazz, pop, minimalist music, world music. I have a very open mind !

  35. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  36. A: Due to my jazz training and my culture of popular music, I like to combine sophistication with simplicity. I think a song can be "obvious" while awakening the senses.

  37. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  38. A: For me the melody is the central point of a good song. My goal is to highlight it, to sublimate it, to create an "environment" that is both magical and emotional. I like that music "speaks" directly to the heart.

  39. Q: What's your typical work process?

  40. A: I start by taking the time to discuss with the client in order to properly target the project. We agree on a few references to guide the work. Then I get to work and regularly send drafts that will allow the client to validate or not the proposed direction. Once the pre-production is validated, I move on to the final production which can go as far as mixing and mastering, and can also be declined in stems.

  41. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  42. A: I work mainly on Ableton Live. I update my hardware park regularly according to my needs. In addition to a few midi master keyboards, I have a Yamaha concert upright piano, a Fender Rhodes Mark I (1978).

  43. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  44. A: Among the current artists I have the greatest respect for artists like Robert Glasper, Jordan Rakei, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Anderson Paak, but I am also inspired by essential artists or groups like Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, Prince, The Beatles ... There are so many that I couldn't name them all.

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Turn-around time of 3-5 business days; 2 free revisions included. Same-day emergency turn-around available. My name may not be used in credits unless prior approval is given. 50% rights on the music.

GenresSounds Like
  • Robert Glasper
  • Jordan Rakei
  • Tom Misch
Gear Highlights
  • Ableton Live
  • Fender Rhodes Mark I
  • Yamaha upright piano MC10B1
  • Omnisphere
  • Keyscape
  • Trillian
  • Reaktor
  • Absynth
  • Presonus AudioBox 1818VSL
  • Behringer Ultragain 2
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