"I have worked on both sides of the glass many times in many recording studios. I love music and I am very passionate about it, every project I take on I treat with as much care as if it is my own."

As a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and recording artist in his own right, Johnny Simmen brings a unique set of talents to every project he takes on. Simmen’s natural instincts in the studio and his ability to draw out the best possible performance he can from the artists he works with are a product of his intimate understanding of the dynamic between producer and artist. They’re also part and parcel of his desire to ensure that his clients come out of their sessions with not only the highest quality product that he can provide, but hopefully feel like they have a bit more knowledge and understanding of their capacity as musicians, songwriters and performers.

As well as working with bands, Simmen also builds tracks for songwriters for release or to be used for pitching purposes. He is a true multi-instrumentalist and has the skills to turn a voice memo in to a full production in multiple genres. Please contact Johnny to hear some of his recent tracks.

2x TIMA Awards - Best Folk Album, Best Indie Album.
JLSC Grand Prize - Best Country Song
JLSC Finalist - Best Folk Song

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • Apollo 8p
  • API512c
  • Vintech 573
  • BAE 1073MP
  • Retro STA Level
  • UA1176
  • TLA100A
  • DBX 160A
  • Gibson SG
  • (2x) American Tele's
  • Ernie Ball Stingray Cl
  • SVT Classic
  • Matchless Clubman 35 w/ 2x12
  • BareFoot MM35's

Genres I specialize in

Reviews of Johnny Simmen

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby

    Johnny is an incredibly talented producer and a pleasure to work with in the studio. I have worked with Johnny on three separate occasions over the past 5 years, each one as valuable as the first. He is so accommodating and has always made myself and my bandmates feel comfortable. I would highly recommend Johnny and his expertise to any musician.

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby

    Johnny Simmen has this energy about him that will naturally break your walls down. He’s someone who will take the time to sit down with you to truly understand the vision you have as a creative artist.
    Working with him was an incredible experience. His extensive knowledge in crafting the best piece of music has you sitting there, jaw dropped.

  • Default-avatar3 months agoby

    Johnny is the type of producer that transforms an idea into a reality. His exceptional ear for mixing and musical approach combined with his passion for holding the highest level of excellence over his work, makes him irreplaceable. I cannot thank him enough for all he has done in order to bring my project to life

  • Default-avatar3 months agoby

    Johnny Simmen showed us the full potential of our music. In every role he played, he brought our songs further than we could have anticipated. As a producer and mixer he is efficient, creative, and obsessive (in all the right ways), not afraid to explore but always in service of the artist's goal. Johnny delivered a product we are proud to share.

  • Default-avatar3 months agoby

    Johnny Simmen wants the best of you, and he will get it, I promise. He is a musician first - a creative mastermind - and an incredibly attentive, learned, well-versed producer and engineer. He hears things in your music that you don't even know are there, and he will breathe life into any track, any melody, any rhythm. He is my secret weapon.

  • Default-avatar3 months agoby

    Johnny is one of the smartest, most talented, most intuitive musicians I have ever met. Johnny plays a ton of instruments, and is also an incredibly skilled producer / mixer. He can do it all. But my favourite part about working with Johnny is that he treats every project like it's his baby. He always puts his heart and soul into his work.

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Interview with Johnny Simmen

What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Ask a lot of questions and get to know the person you are going to be working with.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would like to work with Jimmy Eat World. I love all their songs and they are so consistent with making great songs and great productions. I think I would learn a lot working with them.
Can you share one music production tip?
Stay out of the way of the artists vision. We are in a service industry and too many "Producers" do what they want to hear, and not necessarily what the artist would want to hear.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I am currently set up in Toronto. I use Pro tools 12 with UAD, waves, soundtoys, melodyne and other great plug ins. I have a select few pieces of outboard and instrument gear that you can see in my gear list.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Joe Chiccarelli, Manny Marroquin, Michael Brauer, Max Martin
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Production, Mixing, Building Tracks, Mastering.
What type of music do you usually work on?
PopRock, Pop, SingerSongwriter, Country, Folk, IndieRock, Indie
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
100% satisfaction garunteed. I work until whoever I am working with is happy with the result because that's what keeps me going in this industry.
What do you like most about your job?
I love when people are happy with my work. Music is a delicate and personal thing and when you can accomplish someone's goals and they realize they couldn't have gotten there without you, it's very rewarding.
Analog or digital and why?
I like the hybrid approach, I print most of the outboard stuff I do for the flexibility with recalls.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is working with people, I am a people person.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring professional quality and originality to the songs I work on.
What's your typical work process?
I like to get to know as much as I can about the artist I am going to work with. I have been in many bands and have always appreciated when producers took the time to understand my vision, so I do the same. From then on I try and live in the moment and get inspired while working so the process can be creative and original.