UK producer with top 40 Credits. Worked with Major acts including Netflix, Stormzy, Izzy Bizu, SneakBo, Ghetts, Bridgette Kelly, Bipolar Sunshine, Misha B, Wayne Woodward, Jai Mcdowall, Benny Banks and More... Specialising in Hiphop, RnB, Pop, AfroBeat & Electronic styles. Studio Owner & Production Lecture at ACM London.
I’m a world class multi-instrumentalist Producer & Mixing engineer. I work in a wide range of genres and combine influences effortlessly. I'm a skilled vocal producer and guide singers/rappers to get the best performance.
One of my biggest strengths are my varied and rich melodies and Bass lines. I have that 2021 sound you're looking for. I have also 10 years of experience scoring strings, so my orchestral work is second to none.
Owner of Starcity Studios and former Assistant producer at Metropolis Studios London (Adele, Taylor Swift, Rhianna, Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Robbie Williams, Plan B, Paloma Faith) I have great experience working with Artist from all backgrounds.
I provide clear no-nonsense rates and precise completion dates. I normally turn around tracks in a few days and offer unlimited (within reason!) track revisions to ensure you get exactly the song you want. I love feedback and view mixing as a collaborative process.
All files will be delivered at 24-bit, 44.1kHz or 48kHz.
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3 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Jay Picasso
Jay has incredibly unique melodies, sounds and ideas that allow your songs to be very marketable as well as personable.
He is a very impassioned producer who is also very good at staying diligent with deadlines and patient through the process.
Would 100% recommend!
Jay is a very professional, meticulous and hardworking producer who'll engage with your vision and deliver so nicely!
He's very good at creating fresh and unique sounds while making something catchy and fun.
He's also incredibly good at meeting the deadlines you set for the project while delivering quality work!
It was an absolute pleasure working with Jay. Made the process easy, delivered everything in great time. Great energy and quality.
Interview with Jay Picasso
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hiphop, RnB, Trap, Soul, Gospel, House, EDM, Electronic Styles.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my work is production based. Creating bespoke beats/instrumentals for use by Artist & Labels both Major and independent. I am also an experience mixing engineer for producers & labels.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: There has been so many. Working with Izzy Bizu was very cool. I was producer and sound engineer and her first EP. Since then...hearing "White Tiger' in the shopping malls, restaurants, petrol garages has just been crazy. I still hear it now.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Lots of on going projects. Including an Album, Brand new signed Artist release for 2020 & A score for a Netflix documentary.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog if it were always possible. Digital when on the road.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To care about your music. To go the extra mile when it comes to delivery and to be open and strong at communication.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The variety!! SO much music, so many artists and voices. So many well written songs that I have had the privilege to share and now also call my own.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long will it take? It depends on what it is, but usually I prioritise my work very well. So I like to get things done within a few days. Subject to what needs doing.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Time. There is an assumption that good work should be done fast. Sometimes things can take a while to unravel. in my experience its best not to force it or rush it.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you listening to at the moment? Who are your biggest influences?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: It's a competitive industry....and who do you trust with your money. It's real hard. Examples of someones work should be readily available. Look for good engagement and conversation about your music. In most instances... You get what you pay for.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Microphone, MPC, Laptop (includes Logic Pro X & Software plugins ), Interface, Dave smith Prophet.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Over 15 years. Studied music at school, college and uni. Became an engineer in a studio, then an assistant producer, Then head producer and finally published.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: It's edgy. Always forward thinking. Flexible. I like to think the music makes its own decisions, its just my job to facilitate. I think presentation is everything!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jon Bellion. His music and production style is creative and clean. He is always willing to experiment and push his sound, and he has delivered several studio videos that show his practices, most of which I share.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Sometimes Less is more.....
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Music Theory.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I like to think I elevate each song I work on. I produce in a way that highlights the strength of the vocals and the writing. No section is left to copy and paste, every instrument, layer & effect is meticulously produced in order to continue to bring life to the song throughout.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen first!! To the clients needs, thoughts, inspirations, references. Sound selection, tempo and instrumentation. Then lay down initial production. Catch a vibe. It needs to move me before I continue layering. Drums are massively important to me. I don't always start production with drums, but I always pay particular close attention to sounds, swing , dynamics and intricacies.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Love my studio. Has everything the producer needs to deliver great and consistent results. It's Home. Beautiful set up, with industry standard outboard gear. Mixing console, multiple monitor sets, live instruments and synths scattered all round.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Dope songwriters are the biggest inspiration for production. When I hear a well written and performed song, the production almost writes itself. Its a Joy to work with talented writes as they make my job easy and fun. I always say a great song is great just with keys and vocals. Production should elevate it.