Hi there - I am not your typical, run-of-the-mill session guitarist. I will make your music awesome.
I'm a guitarist and songwriter with 20 years experience in both. I specialise in funk, hip-hip, pop and rock but can turn my hand to pretty any genre you might need. A great guitar riff or solo can take a song to a whole other level. It is often the first thing people hear in a song and dictates wether or not a person decides to keep listening. Seven nation army, smells like teen spirit, lose yourself, voodoo child - the list goes on and on and on. If you want standard blues/rock/pop riffs and solos, I am happy to do this for you. But what truly excites me is a creating something completely unique, something that gives your song it's own identity that will wow the listener and take your song from being good to incredible.
I also write songs. If you want want a pop, funk, soul, blues song written to an incredibly high standard - I will do this for you. If you want to work together to take turn an idea you may have into the finished product, I can do this too.
Check out my demo reel - everything in it was written and recorded by me.
Send me a note through the contact button above.
ReviewsEndorse Jimmy Makk
Interview with Jimmy Makk
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Enrico Tiberi - an absolute madman behind the mixing desk
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Well I'm a guitar player so it has to be analog. But I am partial to an 808
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to considerably exceed their expectations
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Literally everything
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: No one ever knows the real you
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the overall aim of this project? Who are some of your favourite artists? Why are you doing this in the first place? What is the meaning life?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Trust me, I will make you very happy you chose me.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 3/4 acoustic guitar, laptop, red wine, red wine, red wine
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started playing when I was 14. Started sonf writing when I was 15 Self taught except for a few lessons at the start. Have played in many bands down the years as well as nearly a decade worth of bedroom/ production experience.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Funky, soulful, original and absolutely ruthless
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Tom Waits - do I even need to explain why?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If it ain't a good song, then no amount of studio trickery is gonna help.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Funk, pop, rock, soul, hip-hop, blues and everything in between.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Coming up with an idea that no one else would have thought of.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Personality, I hear a lot of generic session guitar players and I am the opposite of this. I have also been know, on several occasion, to bring the funk.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I want to understand what a client is after by speaking to them before I start work on the actual song. Where do they want this song/ project to go? References are always handy at this stage. Do they want Hendrix meets Public enemy behind the bike sheds as Led Zeppelin films the whole thing on a go pro? OK then great lets do it. I'll listen to a song multiple times, and come up several ideas that I can send the client.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Several Fender stratocaster guitar inc an American 62 reissue with bareknuckle pickups. Masterbilt Epiphone AJ-500R acoustic. SE electronics 2200a mic, SM57. Guitar rig 5 cab sims.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Prince, Bowie, Kanye West, PJ Harvey, Funkadelic, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Kendrick Lamar, Leonard Cohen, The White Stripes, Danny Brown. Anyone who has ever done something groundbreaking and original.