I produce atmospheric but up-beat dance music. I've done remix work for San Holo, and fully compose/arrange/record/master all of my own music. Looking to take on additional production work in any area to showcase my abilities further.
My name is Mike. I live in a small town near Leeds called Knaresborough.
I primarily operate under the name Former Hero, which is a project dealing in dance music that occupies a space between Future and Ambient music.
I'm looking to expand my horizons beyond my own projects and want to be a part of the creation of as much music as possible with the time I have on this earth.
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1 ReviewsEndorse Mike Jones ~ Former Hero
Mike did a terrific job mastering my EP. I was really struggling to put the finishing touches on it and make the masters cohesive sounding and he really brought it all together nicely. He even went the extra mile and helped out with advice on the mixes and fixing the bass on one of my songs. He was extremely quick to respond and got everything done within my timeline. I am look forward to working with Mike in the future.
Interview with Mike Jones ~ Former Hero
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The San Holo remix for the song Surface. I effectively made my own song with the stems provided. The original song itself was incredibly influential for me, so getting my opportunity to flip it on its head was very rewarding. The band Caspian who feature on the song are also one of my all time favourite artists, so getting to play around with their parts was so fun. Getting to hear it get played at EDC Las Vegas last year was a huge moment for me, and experiencing it on-stage during the Bitbird ADE event last October was equally something i'll never forget.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently working on an EP under Former Hero for Bitbird, and working on a few different projects with friends/peers that will hopefully see the light of day before the end of the year.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both are wonderful, but digital currently feels like the right one for me. I think we're at a point where the differences are very minimal in the end product, and most music isn't going to be heard in a scenario where it's noticeable. Many streaming services are still only just rolling out 320MP3 as the 'high quality', so it's best to focus on making a digital product sound good in all the most common resolutions.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I'm not really a gear-head, so it'd be my two AKG headphone sets, my PC, an Aston Origin mic, and my Fender Telecaster. I'm very in-the-box, so as long as I have the headphones and PC, I should be fine.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've wanted to do music since I was about 7 years old. I solidified it by specifically going towards Music courses during high school and A Levels, and moved onto Music Production at York St John University, which I received a 2:1 BA degree from. Aside from this, i've been playing with music production in my spare time since I was 11. Even when i've been doing other full-time jobs, I've tried to centre them around the music industry, such as my last full-time employer being a big music retailer in the UK.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Charli XCX. Aside from being an incredible song-writer with a wonderful voice, she has a really interesting approach to the production choices that feel simultaneously nostalgic but forward thinking, particularly on the last two releases Pop 2 and Charli.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Bounce synth patches down to audio as soon as you feel like they sound good. It leaves you with one less thing to worry about, and help you stop overthinking the arrangement process.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Primarily it's been electronic dance music, with a specific focus on the more future bass aspects, though I like to combine elements from all sorts of different subgenres that can fit properly.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I feel it's songwriting.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to start by creating a 'world'. By this, I mean creating a space in the DAW that fits the theme/emotion I want to express in a song. This could be by layering some different atmospheric pads, or by starting out with a chord progression. Other times I like to start with a vocal melody, and build around that, as I feel that building around the vocal makes it the main feature and tangles it properly into the production, not just stacked on top.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I currently utilise a bedroom setup. I work with a pair of Harmam/Kardon monitors, and have access to Rokit G4's. I primarily mix using my two favourite reference headphones: AKG K52s and AKG K72 MKII's. I also reference on some standard consumer gear, such as a few different models of ear-buds, airpods, I have a Windows production PC with FL Studio as my primary DAW. but also have a Mac Air and iMac with Logic X which I use primarily for audio editing purposes.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: San Holo is a huge inspiration. After working with him on a remix and in a writing session, the speed of their productions and emphasis on collaboration have been hugely inspiring. Perfectionists such as Porter Robinson or Madeon are also huge influences, as I believe attention to detail is incredibly important in the area of production i'm primarily in. Jon Hopkins is also incredibly inspiring in the way he's able to seamlessly write neo-classical pieces and hard techno belters whilst maintaining a cohesive sound between them.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: So far my portfolio is primarily remix work, though during my time at York St John University I did a lot of spec work