I'm a recent graduate of Full Sail University with a bachelor's degree in audio production. I provide remote mixing and mastering services. I have experience in many genres including rock, pop, hip hop/R&B, country/Americana, and singer-songwriter. Check my website: mattjohnsonaudio.com for more information.
1 – 4 Songs – $100/song
5 – 9 Songs – $90/song
10+ Songs – $80/song
1 – 5 Songs – $35/song
6+ Songs – $30/song
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Interview with Matt Johnson
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Greg Kurstin, Charlie Puth, Kenny Beats, Marc Rebillet, Rick Beato, Leslie Brathwaite, Butch Vig
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have an extensive music theory and composition background, as well as extensive training in modern production, recording, mixing, and mastering.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I have a very eclectic musical taste and background ranging from classical and jazz, to contemporary commercial music such as rock, pop, and hip hop, as well as acoustic genres such as folk, country, and Americana. I like to bring influences from all facets of music to create something unique.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My final project for my graduation was a lot of work, and it became the culmination of the 8 years of educating and training that I had completed all while working a full time day job as a manager at a movie theater. I completed the entire project by myself including playing every instrument on the track, as well as recording, editing, mixing, and mastering. I also coordinated the entire project remotely during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic with a singer-songwriter in Nashville.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently producing tracks for multiple artists in NY and NJ.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I love analog, and use it when it's available, but digital has come a long way and has provided us with conveniences that have allowed people, who never thought they could be artists, to create.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to provide my services to the best of my ability and with the care and attention of a grandmother watching her precious grandchildren. They're not her children, but they are still special.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the thought of helping artists achieve their dreams. My goal one day is to see an artist I've worked with receive a Grammy.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: (How should I send the song?): For mixing I require separate .WAV files for each individual track in the song, or if you have produced and/or recorded using Garage Band, Logic Pro X, or Pro Tools, I can receive the whole project folder in a zipped file. For mastering, I require a stereo .WAV file of the entire song. (Like a final stereo bounce.)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Producers and engineers are not there to change or "fix" your songs. We're there to help guide you to help accomplish what you want to achieve.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 1. How many tracks is the song? (To determine if the project can be completed within the standard one week time window.) 2. Do you want mixing and mastering? (I offer package deals for getting both mixing and mastering together.) 3. How many songs do you need completed? (I offer reduced rates for bulk orders.)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you are just starting out trying to be a musician or songwriter, don't be afraid to reach out to a young producer/engineer. We are just as fresh faced as you, and we can both benefit each other immensely. Spending a little bit of money can really help you start off in the right direction.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My MacBook, my headphones, a midi controller, a huge external hard drive, and an unlimited bowl of Mac and Cheese.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been on a long path to get where I am today. I started out my post high school education studying classical composition and music theory. I then transitioned to more contemporary production and recording; finally landing at Full Sail where I had a heavy focus on modern, digital production, mixing, and mastering, as well as developing my personality as a producer and songwriter. All in all, I have been grinding through the education path for 8 years and I am now entering my first post graduate year of my career.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is very eclectic, but across all genres I would call myself vintage inspired. I love to infuse old school style into new school sounds.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Halsey, because she grew up near me, and she really knows how to make a great album.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: All the editing and mixing in the world isn't going to fix a song if it's written and performed poorly, so if you want your music to sound better, put the time in to make it better before you record.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most of the artists I work with in the northeast are hip hop artists, but I have prior experience with other genres, and I am looking to expand my regular client base.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Currently, I frequently work with artists from starting production and song writing all the way through mastering, but I encourage individual project responsibilities and collaboration.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a small home studio setup that is equipped to record vocals, guitar, bass, keys, and a basic drum setup. I work mostly in the box using software processing, but my hardware is slowly expanding.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My main work is mixing and mastering, but I also do production, songwriting, and beat making for artists in the tri-state area.