Jerry Popiel


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Helping others make better music is a labor of love for me, especially if you're just starting out or perennially unable to get the sounds you want. Folk rock, indie rock, acoustic, classic rock are my sweet spots. Over 20 years of multi-track production experience. I'm not happy unless you're happy and will work to make that happen!

Remote music production, instrumentation and mixing from the sunny North Coast of the U. S. -- Cleveland, Ohio! I work in Logic Pro X and can take your music from your simple demo to finished track. I like working with singer/songwriters or soloists and specialize in natural-sounding, vintage or classic acoustic and electric sounds... but can also give tracks a modern edge if that's what you need. I've licensed music in film and for video game apps.

I have over two decades of recording experience, having started on multi-track tape and now working exclusively in Logic Pro X. No ego trips or attitudes here -- my sole objective is to help you achieve your musical goals and have fun while you're doing that. Because, isn't that the point?

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Interview with Jerry Popiel

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

  2. A: Gibson SJ-100 acoustic, iMac, Universal Audio interface, Rode NTK, Sennheiser HD650 headphones.

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

  4. A: As a small kid, my dad had a 2-channel reel-to-reel tape machine that I could record individual tracks on, so I started early with rudimentary original recordings! From there, I went to Tascam 4-track cassette to Fostex 8-track reel-to-reel, to Korg D1200, to Korg D3200 and eventually to Logic Pro. So I've seen a lot of tape in my day and can really appreciate the amazing digital tools we have now.

  5. Q: How would you describe your style?

  6. A: Indie-folky-rocky... but with a quirky streak when it needs it!

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

  8. A: Less is more!

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

  10. A: Acoustic music (guitars, mandolins, harmonicas, etc.) and indie folk or rock.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Collaboration

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

  14. A: I aim for clarity, both of purpose and of sound. First, I try to capture the pure intent of the creative person with clarity. Second, I pursue simplicity in instrumentation... often less is more for creating the most impact.

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

  16. A: I listen to the song idea first and foremost... the mood, emotion, lyrics, feel, from a simple demo usually. My first step is can I bring something of value to this song? I don't take projects that I don't feel I can do justice. Talk or correspond with the artist to get a feel for the person, song and vision. Once I get my hands on the basic tracks (vocal, a guitar or piano maybe), I start experimenting with arrangement, sounds, instrumentation to see what might fit most appropriately.

  17. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  18. A: Based around Logic Pro X with a treated space for tracking live instruments.

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

  20. A: I've had the pleasure of spending time over a couple of years with Mitch Easter at his Fidelitorium studio working on one of my band's projects. Besides Mitch being an awesome human being, I learned a lot from watching his workflow, his amazing attention to detail, incomparable work ethic and his bonkers creativity.

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

  22. A: Indie rock, folk rock, acoustic singer/songwriter.


GenresSounds Like
  • R.E.M.
  • Ray LaMontagne
  • The Decemberists
Gear Highlights
  • Logic Pro X
  • Neumann TLM 103
  • Rode NTK
  • Mackie monitors
  • Universal Audio interface
  • Matchless & Fender amps
  • Rickenbacker guitars
  • Gibson guitars
  • Fender guitars
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