Multi-Instrumentalist, Topliner, Studio Musician and Producer. Songs featured globally in Films, Ads, and TV shows. Truly multi-genre focus from Indie Singer Songwriter, Americana, Alt. and Mainstream Pop, to Hip Hop, Deep Groove, and Cinematic Soundscape (Oh...dare I forget Super Fun Kid's Music). I love what I do and I do a lot of what I love.
For over 20 years I've lived and worked around the world with Grammy, Emmy, SAMA, ASCAP, and CMT winning artists as a songwriter, producer, studio musician, mixing engineer, and composer. In Film/TV/Video Games my songs are consistently licensed by clients such as Lionsgate, Apple, NBC, ESPN, TESCO, Orange, MTV, Naughty Dog, E! and more. I have performed for the Grammy’s Reimagined series and have been nominated for multiple awards around the globe for my songwriting, my production, and my film compositions. Taking my cues from producers and creators such as Rick Rubin, Jimmy Iovine, Michael “Smidi” Smith, and Beck, I am proudly genre-defying. I will pour just as much knowledge, creative energy, and detail, into a Rootsy Folk or Indie Songwriter track as I will into a Hip Hop or Disney Pop song. Through music creation and collaboration with other industry juggernauts such as Gary Paczosa, Smidi, Riana Nel, Lira, Heinz Winckler, Katie Herzig, Guy Moon, Richard Harris, and Marty Rifkin, I have come to know the elements that make-up groundbreaking songs and detailed production. At the end of the day, the coolest thing for me is that the process of making awesome music is just flat out fun and exhilarating. SoundBetter increases the opportunity to work with artists around the globe, but if I’m doing my job, you’ll feel like you are right here in my studio with me.
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2 ReviewsEndorse Andrew Jed
Andrew was a mixing engineer on my single and I can't praise him enough. He was super nice to work with. Fast turn around, fast response and he really dig into my references (Songs etc) to get me the mix that I wanted. Do recommend and I definitely use him again.
Jed is the King of The Hook. He can take any turn of phrase and make an ear worm out of it, and builds his music on hook after hook. On top of that, he’s endlessly positive and an honest to goodness blast to work with.
Interview with Andrew Jed
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: In Kindergarten my class did some music performance. I played triangle. I was awesome. Never looked back.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: It's a secret. But I'm having a blast.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Noah Needleman (although he does what I do...but I love the guy). Leah Zeger...amazing violinist.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will be surprised at how awesome the process is.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Inspiration. Losing track of time and coming out of the studio realizing you haven't eaten all day. Then eating.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Question: Can I watch you work? Answer: That's the only way you'll know how to do it yourself. Pull up a chair.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That everything is a guaranteed success. No one can promise success. The music industry doesn't operate that way.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you want to do with this project? Where do you envision it landing? Who do you listen to? Do you like Peanut Butter? Is Harry Styles better than Justin Timberlake?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Hire the right person who will talk to you, ask you the right questions to truly get at what YOU want.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. My guitar 2. My laptop 3. My record player (and some clutch albums) 4. Sunscreen 5. Surfboard
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Well, I wanted to be an actor. But in college when I started playing in bands, I realized I could be myself with music. In acting you play a role, in music you lay bare yourself. That is more thrilling. I've only ever been involved in music. Oh, I was a barista for a bit.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Fun, inventive, and positive. I'm always looking in a song for the payoff moment--the WOW moment. No one wants to hear a song that doesn't have a climax or a reveal somewhere. I like putting things in songs that you only hear the 7th time you've listened to it. That's fun.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Beck. Like Rick Rubin that guy isn't afraid of anything. One record will sound completely different than the next. And he will either win a grammy for it or be told his career is officially over. That is pure fearlessness and artistry and those are the people I want to hang with. Beck never phones it in.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Songs don't have to be complicated. Take simple concepts and explode them into the stereo atmosphere of a mix in creative and innovative ways. Being busy is dumb.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Honestly all kinds, but people usually come to me asking for my acoustic instruments and Americana feel. Maybe it's because if it has a string on it I can play it...and if I can't make it sing, I can find someone else who can.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Hopefully just being a good, encouraging, and inspiring person who is crazy about music. On a more technical note, I work really fast and know how to record in one or two takes. Creatively I'm not satisfied until I dig out a hook somewhere in the song that people can point to and say..."That's The Moment".
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Vibe, energy, heart...hopefully a little magic. Yet I've also been around long enough to know the immeasurable value of great tone and depth of sound in recording. I can nerd out on the science of sound and look for little things to tickle a listener's ear. I do that so the artists I'm working with don't have to.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Dig, Dig, Dig...Yep there it is.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's a secret.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Rick Rubin. Period. (He's a rather well known music producer). The reason is that he does not limit himself to one genre. Like him, I literally love and absorb everything musically that I can; I want to work on anything and everything I can. Everything excites him and he knows how to get artists to think outside the box and draw out creativity from them they never knew was there. Creativity and depth seem to be his focus and he pops his crazy haired producer head up in all the most surprising places. Life is too short to only be known for one sound.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Frequently I am contacted by artists who are young and fresh and looking to be in music but feel super insecure about it. I walk with them through the recording process, help strengthen their lyrics, and bring their songs to life by tracking guitars, bass, synths, beats, bottles, snaps, claps, stomps, and whoops. It's a scary thought for many people to get a song out there but if I am doing my job, I make them feel like it's totally possible to be an artist with impact.