John Jeff Touch is a professional singer /producer/songwriter having the best equipment for studio recording /production www.johnjefftouch.net .John Jeff Touch is also the producer of WebArt Records. and helps every artist/ band to find his own sound and direction. (www.webartag.com).
John Jeff Touch (winner of various European Artists Awards and collaborations with bands such as Deep Purple, VISION, S.I.N., COSMICRAY, Sanny X etc) is one of the most promising singers /songwriters of Europe.
He is the co-founder and producer of WebArt Records, an indie rock label, that helps artists fulfill their dreams, produce their own music, promote it and release it in more than 350 online stores all around the Globe.
As a singer he is influenced by many kinds of music like melodic rock, pop -rock, jazz, ethnic, electro e.t.c. Some of his favorite singers are Freddy Mercury, Kip Winger, Chris Cornell, David Coverdale, Michael Jackson, George Michael e.t.c.
Expressiveness, wide vocal range and a big variety of sound colors characterize his singing.
John Jeff Touch is also the producer of WebArt Records. and helps every artist/ band to find his own sound and direction. (www.webartag.com).
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Interview with John Jeff Touch
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: First of all i m helping them find the problematic parts of songs and fix them (lyrics,arrangement,composition,playing,performance). Then its the recording and production part. when everything is recorded properly the production journey begins. The one i love most, because overtime is different. that's the most exciting thing in my profession.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: i love reading and learning techniques from the pioneers os music production like Quincy Jones, Bruce Swedien, Alan Parsons, Andrew Sweps, Dave Pensado etc..
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: HARDWARE -Apple Mac Pro 2015,Quad-Core 3,7Ghz and Dual CPUs - ME253 -Universal Audio Apollo 8 DUO (Black) -Universal Audio Apollo QUAD (Silver) (High Resolution Audio Interface) -Universal Audio UAD-2 QUAD Satelite -UAD Unison Technology Preamps/Strips: Neve 88RS Channel Strip Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ API Vision Channel Strip UA610 A Tube Preamp & EQ UA610 B Tube Preamp & EQ -Universal Audio LA-610 Channel Strip (Tube) -Kemper Profiling Amplifier (Rack Version) Analogue Profiling Digital Guitar Amp -AKAI DS 4000 MKii Tape Recorder Monitors: -Yamaha NS-10M + Sub Headphones: -2x Akg K-701 -Beyer Dynamic DT-150 Microphones: -Neumann U89 i -CAD E-100 (1st Generation) -2x Shure SM 81 LC -Shure beta 87A -Shure SM 57 -Shure SM-7 -AKG D112 Other: -AKAI DS 4000 MKII (Reel To Reel) -Yamaha S-80 Synthesizer -Martin D12X1AE, 12string Guitar -Cort Earth 70e, 6 string Guitar -Cajon -High quality cables with neutric connectors SOFTWARE -OS X Yosemite version 10.10 -Pro Tools 12.4 -Cubase 7.5.4 -UAD Plugins: -Brainworx bx_digital V3 EQ -Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ Collection -Neve® 88RS Channel Strip -Neve 88RS Channel Strip Collection -AMS RMX16 Digital Reverb -Eventide® H910 Harmonizer -Oxide Tape Recorder -1176LN Classic Limiting Amplifier -1176SE Classic Limiting Amplifier -Ampex® ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder -API Vision Channel Strip -Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection -Helios™ Type 69 EQ -Trident® A-Range Classic Console EQ -Maag EQ4® EQ -Valley People Dyna-mite™ -Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite -Dangerous BAX EQ Collection -Chandler Limited GAV19T Amplifier -Sound Machine Wood Works Plug-In -CS-1 Channel Strip -RAW -EMT® 140 Classic Plate Reverberator -EMT® 250 Classic Electronic Reverb -Little Labs® IBP Phase Alignment Tool -Little Labs® Voice Of God Bass Resonance -Manley® Massive Passive EQ -Manley Variable Mu® Limiter Compressor -Precision Limiter -Precision Mix Rack Collection -Massenburg DesignWorks® MDWEQ5 Parametric EQ -Neve® 33609 / 33609SE Compressor -Precision Buss Compressor -Precision Enhancer kHz -Precision De-Esser -Precision K-Stereo Ambience Recovery -Pultec EQP-1A -Pultec Pro EQ -Pultec Passive EQ Collection -RealVerb Pro Custom Room Modeler -SPL® Transient Designer -Studer® A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder -Teletronix®LA-2AClassicLeveling -Teletronix® LA-3A Classic Audio Leveler -AmplifierFairchild® 670 Compressor -Roland® Dimension D - BOSS® CE-1 Chorus Ensemble -EP-34 Tape Echo -Cooper® Time Cube Mk II Delay -Teletronix® LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection - Lexicon® 224 Digital Reverb - Ocean Way Studios - API® 500 Series EQ Plug-In Collection - SSL G Series Bus Compressor - FATSO™ Jr./Sr. Tape Sim. & Compressor - Millennia NSEQ-2 EQ - Harrison® 32C / 32C SE Channel EQ - UA610 Tube Preamp & EQ Collection - dbx® 160 Compressor / Limiter -Softube Bass Amp Room 8x10 -Softube Amp Room Half-Stack -Softube Summit Audio Grand Channel -Synthogy Ivory 2 Grand Piano
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I feel like a swiss knife. i act wherever the artist/band having a problem. composition, lyrics, arrangement. I m like the extra member of the band that sees music from above.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Alternative rock, pop rock, hard rock, acoustic
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never overdoing compressors ,widening,fx etc. Always use all these a little here a little there and keep it natural . try to listen to the production as a listener not a producer or artist
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: i m interested in collaborating with different artists and producers to collect new knowledge and experience.i m not interested in working only with the best or the most famous. I m also interested in working with young new ones because they are the future of music and they always having innovative ideas.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like good music that speaks to my soul. styles are for music shops, not for artists
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That together we ll find the way ,discover and capture with the best music they have in their soul. The most important thing is to help artist capture their best
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Combination of both. Vintage equipment adds color and character. New equipment / software saves time and a lot of space in the studio, very easy to work on a full production than some decades ago.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My ears , my voice and my soul
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The challenge. every time is different. every time i have to figure out a new way. That's the magical thing in music production.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Recording/ Producing Elinna's debut album and also working on my band's upcoming album. I also producing a song of a small musical. Next month i m recording the vocals of the next album of Stargate band and also producing it.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Every project that i m involved in is really special for me. is something like a new challenge. I ve worked with a project for Deep Purple's 40th anniversary songs where i did the backing vocals for "Smoke on the water". Sanny X was the producer.