Flexible audio services at flexible pricing. Able to record, produce, mix, live mix, and edit. Willing to travel, work remotely, and work from home. Will work with personal, professional, and non profit budgets.
Hello, my name is James I've been in the audio/visual industry my entire life. I've had the privilege of gaining experiencing in the many different aspects of audio field including: live audio engineering in houses of worship, live concert audio engineering, broadcast audio for meetings/forums, broadcast audio for new programming, boom operator, sound mixing, field audio recording, recording engineering, and mix engineering. I've also had experience installing sound systems in various different environments from houses of worship, to government buildings, to personal buildings, and more.
In the production, recording, and mixing field I specialize in Gospel, Hip Hop, R&B, and Pop music, and have experience in many other genres. I also have extensive experience editing audio and have worked on many podcasts.
I am willing to work with anyone seeking professional quality work done on a limited budget, and encourage you to reach out to me if you have any questions.
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Interview with James B.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I've made a song with Eli Aura (ig: @auraboy) named The Spectrum (on his Lovebearer ep) that I'm particularly proud of because it's the first project we worked on. I've also recently been working on What's the Message, a podcast with Message Magazines (fb: @message1898) that I record and edit. I'm proud of it because I think it's a great podcast, and I love the people I work with on it.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on a couple different podcasts (True Wisdom (truewisdom.buzzsprout.com), and What's the Message (on Facebook @Message1898), a mixing portfolio, a production portfolio, and a couple secret projects too 🤫.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I don't at the moment know anybody on SoundBetter, so can I recommend myself...
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Whichever is available. Equipment is only as good as the person using it (so if both are available, whichever is the most familiar).
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I have two promises. Promise number one is I'll be as flexible as possible, and promise number two is I won't get in your way.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get paid to push buttons. This is great.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I often get a variation of, "but you're so young, how could you know how to [insert job here]?" My answer is usually "I spend as much time as possible learning about [insert job here], because it's what I love," although sometime I do just use the basic "I've been doing it all my life."
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: My ability is often prejudged because I look (and am) young. Thankfully my work speaks for itself, and clients (and even the people I work with) consistently praise the level of my work after seeing me in action.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask a lot of question because I want to see the visions through the clients eyes. The main questions I ask are: "what specifically do you want (basic mix, vocal comp + mix, mix + master, etc.)", "what are 3 tracks similar to what you're looking for", "how long is the project", "how long is your expected time frame", "how/where/by whom was this recorded", and of course "what's your budget", and "how would you like to pay (up front, how much up front, in arrears, etc)"? Then, I may ask follow up questions depending on the answers.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: There are thousands of people out there with comparable levels of skill, but your not going to like all of them the same; go with someone you'll like, and favorable results will most likely follow.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A custom built computer (with an exorbitant amount of ram/processing power), KRKs, AX7s, top tier room treatment, and solar panels.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path has been very straight forward. I was practically born in a studio, and I haven't left since. I've been doing this in some sense for 14/15 years, and started doing this professionally as soon as I graduated 3 years ago.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my style as flexible. I do my best to adjust to the desire of any client I work with, because success is ultimately achieved when the client shines.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd like to work with Xavier Omär, because I think I'd be able to elevate his music in a way that allows me to flex my mixing muscles without stepping on his toes, but instead allowing him to shine as well.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The number one rule is there are no rules; the right thing to do is always the thing that sounds best.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Gospel, Hip Hop, and R&B.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I work hard. I don't like to think that there are people working harder than me, so that pushes me to work harder everyday.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My experience has taught me to put my pride/ego aside, so I am able to bring my willingness to want the talent to shine to every production I work on.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start mixing early in the morning because that's usually when my ears are the most fresh. My afternoons are spent on beat making and production, and I use my nights on preparing sessions to mix the next day. I use the few moments before going to sleep on learning new skills/reading up on mixing, as well as catching up on recent news in the audio world (reading before falling asleep is supposed to help the material to stay on your mind, so it's there when you wake up the next morning making it easier to recall throughout the day).
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use: MSI GE72 6QD Apache Pro, Focusrite Scarlett 2i4, Akai MPK Mini MKII, Mackie CR3's, AKG K240 MKII, Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro, Sennheiser HD 280 Pro, Sonarworks Reference 4, Pro Tools, and FL Studio Signature Bundle.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm heavily inspired by the people I work with who I see working hard/perceive working harder than me, because it inspires me to work harder.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I don't have an "average work day" but the 4 main things I do are: podcast recording/editing, live audio engineering, music production, post-production mixing.